Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral
Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral is located in Nevada
Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral
Location in Nevada
39°31′33″N 119°49′03″W / 39.5258°N 119.8174°W / 39.5258; -119.8174Coordinates: 39°31′33″N 119°49′03″W / 39.5258°N 119.8174°W / 39.5258; -119.8174
Location 310 W. 2nd St.
Reno, Nevada
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Founded 1907
Dedication Saint Thomas Aquinas
Consecrated 1908
Style Neoclassical
Groundbreaking 1906
Completed 1908
Number of spires Two
Diocese Reno
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Randolph Calvo
Rector Rev. Jacob Carazo OFM Conv.

Rev. Jacob Carazo, OFM Conv.

                               Rev. Paul Fazio, OFM Conv. 
Rev. Tom Hamilton OFM Conv.

Joseph Bell

Robert Dangle

Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno, Nevada, United States. It is located at 310 W. 2nd Street in Reno. The cathedral was built in 1908 as the rise in Reno's Catholic population warranted a larger church. The cathedral was nearly destroyed by a fire in 1909 and was restored the following year.[1] The Cathedral is staffed by Conventual Franciscans: Order of the Friars, Minor.


On May 21, 1906, Catholic officials purchased the Sol Levy home at the corner of Second and Chestnut (now Arlington) streets in Reno for $10,000 to be the site of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. The cornerstone was laid in June 1906 and the cathedral was dedicated June 21, 1908. A fire on December 21, 1909, caused major damage, including collapse of the ceiling, but it was salvaged and reopened in 1910. A renovation conducted in the 1950s added a wraparound mural that surrounds the altar. In 2010, an expansive retrofit was conducted to stabilize the foundation of the church.[2]

The mural painting which adorns the sanctuary is considered to be one of the finest works of art of its kind in America. The mural was painted by Edith and Isabel Piczek, with the theme being the "Adoration of the Lamb of God, our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist." In the mural, the Saints of the Old Law, to the left, include Abel, Moses, Ruth, Abraham and Isaac, all in the presence of the Manna. Melchisedech, David, Nathan, Malachias, Anna the Prophetess and John the Baptist are also seen to the left of the Lamb of God. The saints of the New Law include Peter and John, with Paul in background. Augustine of Hippo, Clare of Assisi, Charles Borromeo, Paschal Baylon and Pope Pius X, who urges a modern working family to take the sacrament of communion.


See also[edit]

Sacred Heart Basilica, Timaru, New Zealand


  1. ^ Avella, Steven M. (2006). That All May Be One: A Celebration of the Church in Northern Nevada. Strasbourg, France. p. 168. ISBN 978-2-7468-1392-2. 
  2. ^ Walpole, Jeanne Laufe (2007). Insiders' Guide to Reno and Lake Tahoe. Globe Pequot. p. 370. ISBN 978-0-7627-4190-8. 

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