He leads Catholics in a state that has just approved a stringent immigration law.
Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz. decries the new regulations, which allow police to check on immigration status when making contact with suspects.    
Vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Kicanas will speak in Portland on immigrant rights and immigration reform. He’ll give the Archdiocese of Portland’s annual Tobin lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at All Saints Church, 3847 NE Glisan in Portland.  
Bishop Kicanas’ topic will be “Strangers No Longer: Reflections on Immigration.”  
The Tobin Lecture is offered each year in honor of the late Msgr. Thomas Tobin, who dedicated his life to social justice and liturgical renewal.
Bishop Kicanas was born in Chicago. He attended seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and was ordained a priest for that archdiocese in 1967. He later served more than 25 years in the seminary system including service as rector, principal and dean of formation of the former Quigley Seminary South. He then he served as rector of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago in 1995 by Pope John Paul. Bishop Kicanas was named coadjutor bishop of Tucson in 2001, and became the sixth bishop of Tucson in 2003.  
He serves as the chair of the board of directors for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which does studies to help church ministry. He was the recipient of the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award in 2008.  
In January 2003, the U.S. bishops published the statement “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope.” The bishops asserted that immigration policy needs to be rooted in the context of human dignity.
The Tobin Lecture is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace. For more information, call 503-233-8361.