On April 15th, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo marked a major milestone as he celebrated his 75th birthday. Happy Birthday, Bishop DiLorenzo! His special day also began a formal retirement process as he reached the age limit for a diocesan bishop. Canon law requests that when diocesan bishops reach the age of 75 they submit a resignation letter to the Holy Father. Until his resignation is accepted by Pope Francis, Bishop DiLorenzo still leads the Diocese of Richmond and remains in office until the Vatican announces a change. During this time, we ask all to continue to pray for Bishop DiLorenzo, our Diocese, and for our future bishop. Español
Prayer While Awaiting a New Bishop
Almighty God, Eternal shepherd and guide.
In your love for us, Grant to the Diocese of Richmond
A shepherd who will lead us
To be Christ’s heart of mercy,
Voice of hope, and hands of justice.
Help him to fill our minds and hearts
With the truth of the Gospel,
The power of the sacraments,
And the desire to build up your holy Church.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Article from Catholic Virginian about Bishop’s Birthday