Friends and family remembered Monsignor Patrick Leary Saturday. Since 2003, Leary led the very popular non-profit Catholic Charities.
Monsignor Leary passed away on December 8th at the age of 64 years old.
For 13 years, he led Catholic Charities. Just last month, Monsignor Leary was present at the Catholic Charities' Thanksgiving dinner.
Saturday, at the Guardian Angel Cathedral, hundreds, including Mayor Goodman, turned out to share condolences and reflect on the legacy Leary left behind.
"He touched thousands and thousands, not in a group, but individually. He could look you in the eye, he cared he loved, he wanted to help and he did so much not only through Catholic Charities and through his ministerial duties but he did so much to touch our lives. We honestly lost a giant of a man, said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Catholic Charities is a non-profit that began in 1941 to provide social services to people in Las Vegas.
It is the largest agency of it's kind in Clark County, offering 20 programs--- from job placement assistance, adoption and senior services.
Catholic Charities serves 3,600 meals daily to those the less fortunate.
The diocese of Las Vegas and the board of trustees have set up a legacy fund to honor Monsignor Leary.
If you would like to donate you can do so at Catholic Charities at 302 Cathedral Way, Las Vegas, NV 89109 or you can call 702-385-2662.