Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno

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Diocese of Reno
Dioecesis Renensis
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Country United States
Territory Counties of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe
Ecclesiastical province San Francisco
Area 70,852 sq mi (183,510 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
132,982 [1] (15.9%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established March 21, 1995[1]
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Thomas Aquinas
Patron saint Our Lady of the Snow
Holy Family
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Randolph Roque Calvo
Bishop of Reno
Metropolitan Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
Emeritus Bishops Phillip Francis Straling
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno is an ecclesiastical territory (or diocese) of the Roman Catholic Church in the northern Nevada region of the United States, centered on the city of Reno. The diocese comprises the counties of Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and Washoe. The bishop of Reno has his liturgical and canonical seat (cathedra) at The Cathedral of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

The See of Reno is a suffragan diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco. Other suffragan sees include the Dioceses of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Stockton.


St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

With the urging of Cardinal George Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago, Pope Pius XI established the Diocese on March 27, 1931. It was renamed as the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas by Pope Paul VI, October 13, 1976. On March 21, 1995 Pope John Paul II changed it back to the Diocese of Reno while splitting Las Vegas, Nevada into a new diocese.

Phillip Francis Straling officially retired on June 21, 2005, but continued to serve as apostolic administrator of the diocese. On December 23, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Randolph Roque Calvo, of the Archdiocese of San Francisco as the seventh Bishop of Reno. Calvo, born in Agaña, Guam is the first priest from Guam to head the diocese. Calvo was installed and ordained to the episcopate on February 17, 2006, by George Hugh Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco.


The list of bishops of the diocese of Reno and their tenures of service:

  1. Thomas Kiely Gorman, D.D., D. Sc. Hist. (1931–1952)
  2. Robert Joseph Dwyer, D.D., Ph.D. (1952–1967)
  3. Michael Joseph Green, D.D. (1967–1974)
  4. Norman Francis McFarland, D.D. J.C.D. (1974–1986)
  5. Daniel F. Walsh, D.D. (1986–1995) Appointed the first Bishop of Las Vegas
  6. Phillip Francis Straling (1995–2005)
  7. Randolph Roque Calvo (2006–present)

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop[edit]

Thomas Joseph Connolly appointed Bishop of Baker in 1971

Parishes of the Diocese of Reno[edit]

  • Corpus Christi (Carson City) - Carson City County,
  • Saint Teresa of Avila (Carson City) - Carson City County,
  • Fallon Naval Air Station Base Chapel (Fallon) - Churchill County,
  • Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (Fallon) - Churchill County,
  • Our Lady of Tahoe (Zephyr Cove) - Douglas County,
  • Saint Gall Church (Gardnerville) - Douglas County,
  • Sacred Heart (Carlin) - Elko County,
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe (Jackpot) - (Mission Church) Elko County,
  • Saint Joseph's Church (Elko) - Elko County,
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas (Wells) - Elko County,
  • Saint Brendan's Church (Eureka) - Eureka County,
  • Sacred Heart (McDermitt) - (Mission Church) Humboldt County,
  • Saint Alfonsus (Paradise Valley) - (Mission Church) Humboldt County,
  • Saint Paul's Church (Winnemucca) - Humboldt County,
  • St Augustine Church (Austin) - (Station Church) Lander County,
  • Saint John Bosco (Battle Mountain) - Lander County,
  • Holy Family (Yerington) - Lyon County,
  • Saint Ann's (Dayton) - Lyon County,
  • Saint John the Baptist (Smith Valley) - (Mission Church) Lyon County,
  • Saint Robert Bellarmine (Fernley) - Lyon County,
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Hawthorne) - Mineral County,
  • Saint Michael (Mission) (Gabbs) - Nye County,
  • Saint John the Baptist (Lovelock) - Pershing County,
  • Saint Mary's in the Mountains (Virginia City) - Storey County,
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church (Sparks) - Washoe County,
  • Holy Spirit (Mission) (Washoe Valley) - Washoe County,
  • Immaculate Conception Church (Sparks) - Washoe County,
  • Our Lady of the Snows (Reno) - Washoe County,
  • Our Lady of Wisdom (Reno) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Albert the Great (Reno) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Francis of Assisi (Incline Village) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Joseph the Worker (Empire) - (Mission Church) Washoe County,
  • Saint Michael's Church (Stead) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Peter Canisius (Sun Valley) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Rose of Lima (Reno) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Therese - Church of the Little Flower (Reno) - Washoe County,
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral (Reno) - Washoe County



  • Br. Matthew Cunningham, FSR (1990–2000)
  • Kitty Bergin (2002–2011)
  • Karen Barreras (2011–present)

High school[edit]

Elementary schools and preschools[edit]

  • Holy Child Learning Center, Reno - Preschool/Kindergarten
  • Little Flower School, Reno - Elementary School
  • Our Lady of the Snows School, Reno - Elementary School
  • Saint Albert the Great School, Reno - Elementary School
  • Saint Albert the Great Child Development Center, Reno - Preschool/Kindergarten
  • St. Teresa of Avila School, Carson City - Kindergarten to Eighth Grade
  • St. Teresa of Avila Preschool - Carson City - Preschool


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°31′37″N 119°49′18″W / 39.52694°N 119.82167°W / 39.52694; -119.82167