it, the of 68 TODAY'S CITIZEN Ex-Rhode Islander Selected Tucson For Career As Priest By S.C. WARMAN Citizen Religion Editor Back in the early 1950s when the Rev. Peter M. McGloin was just plain Peter M. McGloin and beginning his priestly studies, he heard priests were needed in Tucson. He knew nothing about the Old Pueblo. "But I knew I wanted out of New England," he said. The late Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke then presided in Tucson and agreed to sponsor the student in the seminar for the Diocese of Tucson. The young Rhode Islander, who had grown up in North Providence, headed for the public library there to learn what he could about Tucson. "I hoped for an article in National Geographic," he said. "Imagine my surprise to find copies of Arizona Highways," which in full color tell the Arizona story monthly. Today Father McGloin is firmly planted in Arizona, holding down jobs as superintendent of diocesan schools and as editor of the Arizona Register, which circulates to 20,000 Roman Catholic families in both Tucson and Phoenix. As head of a system of 22 elementary schools and three high schools with more than 8.000 students, he is a leader in the current movement -- still unsuc- cessful Â·-- to win state aid for parochial schools. "We are in dire need of state aid or federal aid to keep Roman Catholic schools going financially," said Father McGloin. Pupils are entering these schools, he said, faster than Rev. P. M. McGloin nuns or priests are being educated to teach them. The educator-priest figures parochial school costs are rising o per cent a year. The church, he said, has a command to teach, making the schools necessary. And a parochial school, he said, can t.each Christian heritage; public- schools cannot. Father McGloin became diocesan superintendent in 196S and elected to remain in Tucson with Bishop Francis J- Green last year when the new Phoenix diocese' was created, splitting away many schools from his administration. The priest came to Arizona in 1956 after being sent to St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, the nation's oldest, and being ordained in Providence. Three fellow seminarians came with him and are still in Arizona, the Revs. Andrew Strednak of Douglas, William Byrne of Clifton and John M. Fahey of Ajo. Father McGloin started as an . assistant in St. Matthew's parish in Phoenix but a few weeks later went to Chandler as a teacher at Seton High School and enrolled in the graduate school at Arizona State University. He received his master's degree in school administration in 1962 and was assistant principal and then principal before taking the superintendent's post two years ago. Although he is a great reader, he welcomed the chance .to become editor of the twice-monthly Register last month and "join the throngs of those who break the silence with furious words The new job goes well with Ms superintendency, he said, because the Register, Eke thÂ« schools, is part of the church's teaching mission.