Catholic Rites Set to Begin Monday for Former Bishop

Associated Press, carried in
November 27, 2006

Tucson, Ariz. -- Two days of Catholic rites for a former bishop who died earlier this month are set to begin in Tucson on Monday.

Bishop Emeritus Manuel D. Moreno of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson died Nov. 17 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer.

A walking procession for Moreno will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, which would have been Moreno's 76th birthday. Services will begin at 10 a.m. followed by visitation. Recitations of the rosary will occur at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. A vigil service is set for 7 p.m., followed by visitation until 10 p.m.

The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by Moreno's burial at Holy Hope Cemetery.

Moreno was the first Hispanic bishop of the Tucson diocese, a position he held for 21 years.

The end of his tenure was marked by a spate of civil lawsuits over the sexual abuse of children by local clergy that resulted in a $14 million settlement in January 2002.

Moreno was accused of failing to report abuse. Those close to Moreno say the sexual abuse crisis that erupted both locally and nationally took a severe personal toll on him.


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.