RENO — Pope Francis has named Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg as the eighth Bishop of Reno after having accepted Bishop Randolph R. Calvo’s request for retirement. Bishop Mueggenborg currently serves as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

He will be introduced to the priests and religious of the diocese on July 20 at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. The presentation will be live-streamed at 10 a.m. at Bishop Mueggenborg will be installed as the Bishop of Reno on September 24.

Born and raised in rural western Oklahoma, Bishop Mueggenborg graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a geology degree and a related computer science degree. He attended the pre-theology program at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and the theology program at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tulsa in 1989.

Bishop Mueggenborg completed a Licentiate degree in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1990. During his 30+ years as a priest, Bishop Mueggenborg has served as parochial vicar and pastor in several parishes and in a variety of ministerial roles, including high school chaplain and teacher, Newman Center chaplain, Director of Clergy and Education, and Vicar for Religious.  He also served on the administrative staff of the Pontifical North American College and was adjunct professor at the Gregorian University. Pope Francis appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle on April 6, 2017, and he was ordained bishop on May 31, 2017.

Bishop Mueggenborg comes from a farming and ranching family and enjoys mountain biking and hiking in his free time. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and has hiked the Grand Canyon as well as a substantial portion of the Camino de Santiago. He credits his love for the outdoors to his rural upbringing and his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America.

Installation of Bishop Mueggenborg - A Diocese of Reno Special Event
Introduction Speech from Bishop Mueggenborg - New Bishop of the Diocese of Reno

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Each Holy Order remains connected but are distinct in their role and nature. A Deacon serves as the Christ the Servant. Their role primarily is service within the Parishes and they can preside at Baptisms and Weddings and preach at Liturgy. Priests serve as Christ the head. They assist the Bishop in the Pastoral Care of the people, generally within parishes, but also in other venues such as hospitals and schools. Bishops serve as Christ the Shepherd who oversee a Diocese in its pastoral and administrative functions. The role of the Bishop is to Sanctify, Teach and Administer.

Bishops’ Recommendations: Every bishop may submit to the archbishop of his province the names of priests he thinks would make good bishops. Prior to the regular province meeting (usually annually), the archbishop distributes to all the bishops of the province the names and curricula vitae of priests which have been submitted to him. Following a discussion among the bishops at the province meeting, a vote is taken on which names to recommend. The number of names on this provincial list may vary. The vote tally, together with the minutes of the meeting, is then forwarded by the archbishop to the apostolic nuncio in Washington. The list is also submitted to the USCCB. This list is called a terna: A list of three candidates for a vacant office, including the office of bishop. For more information refer to USCCB at:

The word “Cathedral” derives from this word as the Bishop’s seat or Chair is located at the Cathedral. The Bishop is the Pastor of the Cathedral, and a priest is appointed as Rector. Ideally major liturgical functions involving the Bishop are celebrated at the Cathedral; but given the small size of ours often this is not possible. St. Thomas Aquinas was built as a parish church before the Diocese of Reno existed, and once formed as a Diocese in 1931, the parish was designated as the Cathedral.

Evening Prayer (also called Vespers) is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always” (Luke 18:1; see also 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Through this prayer, the people of God sanctify the day by continual praise of God and prayers of intercession for the needs of the world. Evening Prayer gives thanks for the day just past and makes an evening sacrifice of praise to God (see Psalm 141:1). Bishops, priests, deacons, and local men and women in consecrated life attend the Vespers ceremony.

He was ordained in Tulsa, at Holy Family Cathedral. He served as pastor of three parishes in Tulsa, held several diocesan leadership positions and was a faculty member of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Francis on April 6, 2017, and was ordained by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on May 31, 2017.