||Pope Benedict XVI |
Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Jesus Christ,Successor of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles,Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of Vatican City.
The direct successor of St. Peter was born in Marktl am Inn, Germany, April 16, 1927. He was ordained Priest on July 29, 1951. From 1962 to 1965 he was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a chief theological advisor. On March 24, 1977, Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of München un Freising (Munich and Freising).
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 Walsh became the first Bishop of Las Vegas.
Bishop Randolph R. Calvo, DD, JCD was appointed the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Reno on December 23, 2005 and was ordained and installed on February 17, 2006. Bishop Calvo was born on August 28, 1951 in Agana, Guam.
Bishop Calvo currently serves on the Communications Committee, the Task Force on Cultural Diversity, the Committee on the Church in Latin America and the Sub-committee on Asian/Pacific Islanders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is also the Episcopal Liaison for the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
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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.
Patrons of the Diocese: Our Lady of the Snows (August 5); The Holy Family (Sunday in the Octave of Christmas); Established through an Apostolic Brief dated August 24, 1933. Dedication of St. Thomas Aquinas, July, 1907; Elevated to a Cathedral, March 27, 1931; Dedicated as Cathedral Church, August 19, 1931. First Diocesan Synod, September 27, 1957. There are 28 parishes; 6 missions; 1 station; 1 hospital; 2 day care centers; 4 elementary schools; and 1 high school in the Diocese.
There are 37 active priests and 14 retired priests, 33 sisters; 4 brothers; 23 permanent deacons and 5 seminarians.
Square Miles: 70,852
Diocese of Reno Mission Statement
The Catholic community in Northern Nevada lives a common faith in Jesus Christ through baptism. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to:
• proclaim the good news of God's love for all;
• celebrate in word and sacrament;
• build community; serve our church, neighbors and world