Las Vegas Area News
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APOSTOLIC NUNCIO INSTALLS BISHOP GEORGE LEO THOMAS KC*HS AS BISHOP OF LAS VEGAS
May 15, 2018
A magnificent blessing for all, especially for the 40+ members of the EOHSJ Las Vegas (LV) Council who attended this historic and SRO event held on May 15th at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer in LV. Thirty two bishops, two cardinals, and Pope Francis’s representative, His Excellency Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the US, oversaw the installation of Bishop George Leo Thomas as the third bishop of the LV Diocese. Bishop Thomas, a member of the EOHSJ since 1994, was formerly the bishop of Helena, Montana. Sir Michael Feeley and Lady Margie Romano also attend the two-hour ceremony.
Our own Father Robert Stoeckig said in his opening of the event that ”this is what we call a FULL HOUSE in our Las Vegas Shrine.” From that moment on, the tone of celebration and spiritual joy was set. All felt the exuberance and love from our new bishop. In his fabulous homily, he shared his vision for our diocese. His powerful reflection on Pope John XXlll’s thoughts on the Second Vatican Council provided a guiding light for all.
We are blessed in LV, with a huge Roman Catholic population of over 800,000, to have all three of our bishops (including Bishop Walsh and Bishop Pepe), still with us. The LV Council is fortunate to have two bishops in our fold!
During the ceremony, we were presented to His Excellency as Area Councillors of the EOHSJ. He remarked that he is looking forward to becoming a part of our LV Council.
We had a marvelous reception across the street at the Luxor hotel with a Western-Mexican menu on the buffet circuit.
Thank you and God bless,
Joe/Connie Micatrotto KCHS/LCHS
Biography of Bishop Thomas
Bishop Thomas was born in 1950 in Anaconda, Montana. In 1972 he entered St. Thomas Seminary, in Bothell, Washington and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976.
He held various assignments in the Archdiocese of Seattle including chancellor and vicar general for 17 years. Following the death of Archbishop Murphy in 1997, he was elected administrator for the Archdiocese of Seattle until the appointment of Archbishop Alexander Brunett, who re-appointed Father Thomas as vicar general.
In November 1999, Pope John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle. In March 2004, he was named Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana.
Bishop Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity, Master’s Degree in counseling and community mental health, and Doctor of Philosophy degree with an area of specialty in Pacific Northwest mission history.
February 28, 2018
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has named Bishop George L. Thomas as his successor, up until now the Bishop of Helena, Montana. Bishop Thomas, KC*HS, has been a member of the Equestrian Order since 1994.
Click here for the full story from the USCCB.
Area Councillors’ Report:
Fourteen new members will be invested at the annual meeting in Santa Barbara; this will increase our membership by about 30%. We have begun meeting with potential nominees for 2018 and have set a date with our Bishop for an information and “greet” meeting at his home in November.
We had a well-attended mid-year meeting, with 12 of the 14 investees noted above present. Everyone was excited to see/meet Michael Feeley, our Lieutenant.
We raised $45,000 for the wheelchair project. In February 2017, we remitted this amount to the American Wheelchair Mission (AWM) through the Western Lieutenancy (WL). Wheelchairs, walkers and canes will be distributed in the Holy Land within the next six months. The project was delayed due to the death of Chris Lewis’ wife. (Chris Lewis, Jerry Lewis’ son, and family founded and run AWM that supplies wheelchairs to the Holy Land and throughout the world.)
We raised $10,000 for the 2017 Zarqa schools summer camp project in Jordan. In June 2017, we presented a $10,000 check to the WL.
Our first Monday Rosary is now a whole-year event. Attendance hovers around 50.0% of the membership; attendance during the months of June, July and August averaged 26, a pleasant surprise. Special intentions are mentioned before the Rosary.
Several members attended the ordination of our two seminarians as deacons and then their ordination into the priesthood. The ceremonies were held at the Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas.
Our April 2018 Holy Land pilgrimage, with Bishop Joseph Pepe as the spiritual leader, is already fully subscribed and we have started a backup list. Joseph and Connie Micatrotto are the coordinators. We are excited that 22 of the pilgrims are members of the EOHSJ and each will receive the Pilgrim Shell in Jerusalem.
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