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Bishop Dan Mueggenborg, Class 1989, named Bishop of Reno, Nevada

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mueggenborg bishop of Reno to succeed Bishop Calvo

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Daniel Henry Mueggenborg is an American prelate of the Catholic Church and who serves as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Seattle. On July 20, 2021 he was appointed bishop of Reno.

Mueggenborg, 59, has served as an auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Seattle since 2017.

In Reno, he will replace Bishop Randolph Calvo, 69, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on July 20.

Growing up in Oklahoma in the 1970s, Mueggenborg spent time as an altar server, boy scout, and tuba musician in a marching band. After being named an Eagle Scout in 1980, he decided to study geology at Oklahoma State University.

 During his trips to study rock formations and other natural phenomena, Mueggenborg said that he would discuss his Catholic faith with his geology classmates.

After Mueggenborg was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa in 1989, he served in St. Mary, St. John, and St. Pius X parishes in Tulsa and worked with high school students as the chaplain of Bishop Kelley High School until 1994.

He later served as a chaplain of the University of Tulsa’s St. Philip Neri Catholic Newman Center from 1998 until 2001, before taking over as pastor of St. Clement Parish and leading the diocesan synod office until 2005.

Mueggenborg moved to Rome in 2005. He had previously studied in the city as a seminarian and earned a Licentiate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

As a priest, he returned to the Pontifical North American College, where he had once been a student, to minister as the assistant director of formation and later as the vice-rector for the administration until 2011.

Upon his return to the United States, he served as pastor of Christ the King Parish from 2011 to 2017 before Pope Francis appointed him as an auxiliary bishop of Seattle in 2017.

In Reno, Mueggenborg will oversee a diocese of 80,000 Catholics with 28 parishes, five Catholic schools, and 70 priests and deacons.