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New Face Mask Mandate Effective Saturday, July 31, 2021

In accordance with the latest CDC recommendations and
Governor Sisolak's July 27, 2021, Emergency Directive No. 47 ("Directive 47"),
the Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council and Bishop Thomas direct:

Regardless of vaccination status, the wearing of face masks is required by all individuals age 2 and older who enter any Diocesan facility.

We ask for your patience as the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, and State of Nevada Governor's Office continue to update and modify
their requirements.

Vatican Appoints The Most Reverend Daniel Mueggenborg the New Bishop of Reno
 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. Read more.

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 Ordination Mass for Bishop Gregory W. Gordon


Bishop Thomas, Bishop Emeritus Pepe, and Bishop-Elect Gordon celebrate with 20 Sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross as they renewed their Vows on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Holy Father Pope Francis Names

Diocese of Las Vegas' First Auxiliary Bishop

My dear Priests, Deacons, Staff, and Friends of the Diocese of Las Vegas,

It is with great joy that I share with you the news that today, our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Gregory W. Gordon, Vicar General of the Diocese of Las Vegas, as Auxiliary Bishop of Las Vegas with the Titular See of Novapietra.

This is the first time the Diocese of Las Vegas has ever had an Auxiliary Bishop. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, hopes to attend the Ordination to proclaim the papal letter at the Ordination Mass of Bishop-elect Gordon on Friday, 16 July 2021. I will be the ordaining prelate of the Mass.

I ask you to keep Bishop-elect Gordon in your prayers. Kindly mark your calendars to concelebrate and to assist at the Episcopal Ordination Mass on July 16. The location of the Ordination is yet to be determined. More information regarding the details of that day will be forthcoming.

Let us give thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us, the clergy, and the faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas on this day.Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

Pope names Las Vegas vicar general as
auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Las Vegas

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Gregory W. Gordon, vicar general of the Las Vegas Diocese since 2020, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Nevada diocese.Bishop-designate Gordon, 60, also has been diocesan chancellor and moderator of the diocese since 2020.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Nevada, he was ordained a priest for Las Vegas Jan. 16, 1988.
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, announced the appointment in Washington May 28.

True joy comes from doing God's will, pope tells young people

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked young people meeting at the Medjugorje Marian shrine to follow Mary's example in wholeheartedly accepting God's will, bringing Christ to the world and being attentive to the needs of others.

"With her life, she shows us that our joy is found in God's will and that accepting it and living it is not easy, but will make us happy," the pope wrote to participants at the International Youth Festival in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The pope's message, released to journalists Aug. 2, was read at the festival Aug. 1.
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Mexican Consul General visits Bishop Thomas

On Thursday, April 29, the Honorable Julian Escutia Rodriguez, Consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, Nevada visited Bishop Thomas and his staff at the Catholic Center for a moment of introductions. Bishop Thomas and Consul Escutia shared their hopes for varied opportunities of collaboration.

Consul Escutia Rodriguez is a career diplomat who has served at Embassies of Mexico in the United States and New Zealand. Licensed in international relations and public policy, he has also served as Director of Protection of Mexicans in the Exterior and as Coordinator of the Subsecretariat for North America.

Consul Escutia expressed an eagerness to help many of our parishioners in our diocesan parishes with their immigration questions and concerns. These consular services include passports and visas, as well as domestic violence, refugee and humanitarian issues.

The Mexican Consulate, during this time of pandemic, recently hosted a Vacuna-ton as a means of encouraging the Mexican-American community and the community at large to receive their vaccines.
In cooperation with Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District, select parishes in our diocese may also host vaccine clinics, in an effort to reach out to the underserved within our Catholic community.

Consul Escutia and his family are happy to make Southern Nevada their adopted home. Educated by the Marist Fathers and Brothers in Mexico City and in San Luis Potosi, Escutia hopes to visit our parishes and get to know our priests and faithful.

Following this fruitful meeting and exchange, Bishop Thomas and Consul Escutia gathered before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Catholic Center, invoking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, in this miraculous image, is revered as Queen of Mexico and Empress of America.

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 Bishop Thomas' 2021 CSA Reflection

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Bishop Thomas Receives Claver Prayer

On January 8, 2021, Grand Lady Pam Hunter of the Knights of Peter Claver, along with her grandson, Elijah Hunter, Western States Junior Conference President, presented Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. with The Claver Prayer. The Knights of Peter Claver were founded on November 7, 1909 in Mobile, Alabama, consisting of seven founders – four Josephite priests and three laymen, all of whom served in Diocese of Mobile, Alabama.

The Claver Prayer was written by Brother Christopher Kiefer of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984. Brother Kiefer, at the time, was Grand Knight of Saints Peter & Paul Council No. 191. The Claver Payer was adopted by the 1984 National Convention in New Orleans. Thank you, Knights of Peter Claver, for your continued support. Special gratitude and New Year’s blessings to all the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver.

Bishop Vaccinated

 Bishop Thomas receives first dose of COVID Vaccine on January 21, 2021.

Bishop Thomas receives second dose of COVID Vaccine on February 15, 2021.

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