Memorial for monsignor draws about 1,000 in Reno

RENO — About 1,000 people gathered in Reno to honor Monsignor Leo McFadden’s life and careers as a priest, chaplain and journalist.

McFadden, who died Feb. 9 in Reno at the age of 84, was remembered Friday at the funeral as a humble and humorous man who believed in making a difference in people’s lives.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported he officiated at thousands of funerals, weddings and baptisms after being ordained in Rome in 1953. He worked for the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service and served in war zones around the world from 1969 to 1974.

Among those paying tribute to McFadden at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church were Joe Crowley, former president of the University of Nevada, Reno, and Monique Laxalt, daughter of the late Nevada writer Bob Laxalt.

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