The 36th state to be admitted to the United States, 31 October 1864.
Nevada having been mainly a desert waste until the mines attracted settlers, c.1856, the history of the Church is not very extensive.
Contemporary with the organization of the Territory of Nevada in 1861 was the building of the first church by Reverend H. P. Gallagher, at Genoa.
Three years later a church was erected at Austin by Father Monteverde, and by 1871 Father Merril had built one at Reno.
The most notable pioneer priest of Nevada, however, was Reverend Patrick Monogue, later appointed the first Bishop of Sacramento.
After having been a miner in California, he decided to become a priest and studied in Chicago, and then at Saint Sulpice in Paris, where he was ordained in 1861.
He served first as a missionary to the Indians of California and was sent by Archbishop Alemany, in 1863, to Virginia City, Neveda, where he built a church and established the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, as well as two schools, an orphan asylum, and a hospital, all much needed in the unorganized mining community.
Catholic influence on place-names of the state is shown in the following:
Ecclesiastically the state is governed by the dioceses of
- Saint Clair
- Saint George
- Saint Thomas
- San Jacinto
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