Most Reverend George Leo Thomas
Born in Anaconda and raised in Butte, George Leo Thomas attended Catholic Schools in Butte. He went on to earn a B.A. in literature from Carroll College and a Master of Divinity from St. Thomas Seminary in Bothel, Washington. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Community Mental Health and a Doctor of Philosophy degree, both from the University of Washington. George Leo Thomas was ordained to the priesthood in 1976 in Seattle.
Following ordination, Fr. Thomas served at several parishes in the Seattle area. He was also the Catholic Chaplain to the King County Jail and the Seattle City Jail for 12 years and served as the chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Community Services for 10 years. In addition, he served as the Chaplain to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Seattle.
In 1987, Fr. Thomas was appointed Chancellor and Vicar General, positions he held for 17 years. Following the death of Archbishop Thomas Murphy, Fr. Thomas was elected administrator for the Archdiocese of Seattle until the appointment of Archbishop Alexander Brunett. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Blessed John Paul II in 1999 and was ordained Bishop in 2000.
On June 4, 2004 Bishop Thomas was installed as the Bishop of Helena at the Cathedral of St. Helena. As Bishop of Helena, Bishop Thomas is the Chancellor of Carroll College and a member of the Board of Trustees. He serves on The Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana Catholic Conference, Catholic Social Services and Montana Association of Churches Boards of Directors.
Bishop Thomas also serves on the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Native American Catholics and in 2011 joined the Catholic Extension’s Board of Governors.