George Leo Thomas
The Most Reverend
George Leo Thomas
|Bishop of Las Vegas|
|Appointed||February 28, 2018|
|Installed||May 15, 2018|
|Predecessor||Joseph A. Pepe|
|Ordination||May 22, 1976|
by Raymond Hunthausen
|Consecration||January 28, 2000|
by Alexander Joseph Brunett, William S. Skylstad, and Carlos Arthur Sevilla
|Birth name||George Leo Thomas|
|Born||May 19, 1950|
|Parents||George and Mary (née Cronin) Thomas|
|Previous post||Bishop of Helena (2004-2018)|
Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle (1999–2004)
|Alma mater||St. Thomas Seminary|
|Motto||CHRIST OUR LIGHT|
George Leo Thomas
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Early life and Education
George Thomas was born in Anaconda, Montana, as the second of the five children of George and Mary (née Cronin) Thomas. Raised in Butte, he graduated from Butte Central Catholic High School there in 1968, also when his family moved to Bellevue, Washington. Thomas studied at Carroll College in Helena, from where he obtained his BA degree in literature in 1972. He then went on to study for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bothell, earning his MDiv in 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen on May 22, 1976.
Thomas served as associate pastor at a Kirkland parish and St. James Cathedral. He was also a parish administrator at Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue and Duvall. Thomas did chaplain work for the King County Jail, Seattle City Jail, and Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Seattle. For 10 years, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Community Services.
Thomas entered graduate school at the University of Washington in 1981 and received an MA in counseling and community mental health in 1983. In 1986 he earned a PhD in history, specializing in Pacific Northwest mission history.
Thomas became chancellor and vicar general of Seattle in 1987, and its Apostolic Administrator following the death of Archbishop Thomas Murphy in 1997. He held the positions of chancellor and vicar general until 2004.
On November 19, 1999, Thomas was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Titular Bishop of Vagrauta by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on January 28, 2000 from Archbishop Alexander Brunett, with Bishops William S. Skylstad and Carlos Sevilla, SJ, serving as co-consecrators.
Thomas was later named the tenth Bishop of Helena on March 23, 2004, being installed as such on June 4, 2004. As Bishop of Helena, he is also Chancellor of Carroll College and sits on its Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the boards of directors for the Foundation for the Diocese of Helena, Montana Catholic Conference, Catholic Social Services of Montana, Montana Association of Churches, and Catholic Relief Services, for which he serves as chair of the U.S. Operations Committee. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas is a member of the Board of Bishops for the American College of Louvain and Ad hoc Committee for Native American Catholics.
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- Reis., Sr. Bernadette Mary (February 28, 2018). "Pope Francis appoints new bishop for Las Vegas, United States". Vatican News. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
|Catholic Church titles|
Joseph A. Pepe
| Bishop of Las Vegas
Robert Charles Morlino
| Bishop of Helena
| Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle