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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


On January 4th 2014, approximately 210 Catholic Scouts and Scouters from around the State gathered at the Tumacacori National Historic Park for the annual Anza Trek Catholic Scouting Retreat.  Hosted by the Diocese of Tucson’s Catholic Committee for Scouting, this annual retreat offers an opportunity to travel the trails of early Catholic missionaries in the region and build lasting friendships among Catholic Scouts while learning more about their faith.  This year’s theme was “Exploring the Rosary” and participants reflected on and learned more about the Rosary’s importance through presentations and the prayers of the Rosary as they traveled the trail from Tubac to Tumacacori.  Each participant was given a Rosary (donated by St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Sierra Vista) and a “How to Pray the Rosary” booklet (donated by the State Knights of Columbus).  In addition to the Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs, and Boy Scout Venture Crews from the throughout the Diocese, girls from American Heritage Girls Troop AZ1464 (charted by Council #4584, Sierra Vista) and Troop AZ1212 (chartered by St Mark’s Catholic Church, Tucson) also participated.  Bishop Kicanas celebrated Mass outside the walls of the original Tumacacori mission.  The event closed with a campfire that included skits and songs from the youth as well as a performance from the Singing Scoutmasters.

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 464, Cub Scout Pack 464, and
American Heritage Girls Troop AZ1464 completed the hike. All three youth groups are charted by the Knights of Columbus in Sierra Vista.

Bishop Kicanas celebrated Mass at the 11th Annual Anza Trek.

((Photo’s courtesy Chip Travers, Tucson.))


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