More than 1,000 people attended Mass on Tuesday at St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson, for Father Raul Valencia, who died Friday in a vehicle collision on Interstate 19. He was on his way to visit family in Nogales, Sonora, when he died.
Valencia, 60, was pastor of St. Monica Roman Parish in Tucson since 2011.
Before becoming a pastor, Valencia was a dentist in private practice in Nogales, Sonora from 1986 to 1997. He received his doctorate in the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1985.
He was ordained in 2003 at St. Augustine Cathedral.
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Rick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. From 1995-2004, he was director of photography at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. From 1988-94 he was a photographer at the Tucson Citizen. He is a graduate of ASU (yes, that ASU).
Staff photographer at the Arizona Daily Star. Previously at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming and the Savannah Morning News in Georgia. Honored with numerous awards including those by the NPPA and two time Wyoming photographer of the year.