History of the Diocese of Reno
Pope Pius XI created the Diocese of Reno on March 27, 1931 with St. Thomas Aquinas as the Cathedral Church. The new Diocese comprised the entire State of Nevada. Its area of 110,540 square miles made it the largest ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the lower forty-eight states. The western half of the Diocese had been part of the Diocese of Sacramento; the eastern part, that of Salt Lake City.
Because of the growth in Nevada and the great distance between the communities of Reno and Las Vegas, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II decided to divide the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas into two separate dioceses: The Diocese of Reno and the Diocese of Las Vegas. Bishop Philip Straling, formerly of the Diocese of San Bernardino was appointed as Bishop of Reno and Bishop Dan Walsh, the Bishop of Reno-Las Vegas became the first Bishop of Las Vegas.
Bishop Straling retired in 2005, and was succeeded by Rev. Randolph R. Calvo, DD, JCD. a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He was appointed the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Reno on December 23, 2005 and was ordained and installed on February 17, 2006.
1931-1952 Most Reverend Thomas K. Gorman D.D., D. Sc. Hist
1952-1966 Most Reverend Robert Dwyer D.D. Ph.D
1967-1974 Most Reverend Joseph Green, D.D.
1974-1986 Most Reverend Norman McFarland D.D., J.C.D
1986-1995 Most Reverend Daniel Walsh D.D.
1995-2005 Most Reverend Philip Straling D.D.
2006- Most Reverend Randolph R Calvo D.D. J.C. D
Facts About The Diocese Of Reno
Established: March 27, 1931 as the Diocese of Reno by His Holiness Pope Pius XI; Canonical Erection of the Diocese, August 19, 1931; designated Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas by Pope Paul VI, October 13, 1976; Re-designated as the Diocese of Reno by Pope John Paul II, March 21, 1995.
Legal Title: "The Roman Catholic Bishop of Reno, and His Successors, a Corporation Sole."
The Diocese of Reno includes the following counties: Washoe, Humboldt, Elko, Eureka, Lander, Pershing, Churchill, Mineral, Lyon, Carson City, Storey and Douglas.
There are 40 active priests and 10 retired priests, 20 sisters; 3 brothers; 23 permanent deacons and 11 seminarians.
There are 28 parishes; 6 missions; 1 station; 1 hospital; 2 day care centers; 4 elementary schools; and 1 high school in the Diocese.
First Diocesan Synod, September 27, 1957.
Second Diocesan Synod, January 2016.
Dedication of St. Thomas Aquinas, July, 1907; Elevated to a Cathedral, March 27, 1931; Dedicated as Cathedral Church, August 19, 1931.
Established through an Apostolic Brief dated August 24, 1933.
Patrons of the Diocese: Our Lady of the Snows (August 5); The Holy Family (Sunday in the Octave of Christmas);
Square Miles: 70,852
The Diocese of Reno is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and is within Region XI Ecclesiastical Province along with:
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Stockton, San Jose, Oakland, Monterey, Fresno, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino,.Las Vegas, Honolulu