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The Diocese of Richmond looks forward to its bicentennial in 2020. Bishop Barry Knestout has outlined the plans for celebrating the anniversary in a letter to the diocese. Please click here to view it.

Logo Competition
The Catholic Diocese of Richmond seeks a logo (corporate identity) to brand its upcoming bicentennial (1820–2020). The winning design will succinctly capture and vividly express the bicentennial motto: “Shine like stars in the world, as you hold fast to the word of life” (Phil 2:15–16).  The deadline for entry submission is April 30, 2019. More details can be found here.

Hymn Competition
The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is sponsoring a competition for a liturgical hymn or song in commemoration of its bicentennial in 2020. This hymn or song will be used at liturgies (e.g., special Masses in parishes, the Eucharistic Congress, Chrism Mass, and possibly ordinations) throughout the bicentennial year. Parishes across the diocese will be encouraged to use the hymn or song during (and after) the Bicentennial year.  The deadline for entry submissions is May 31, 2019.  More details can be found here:

More information will be provided. Until then, please view the Calendar of Events.



Bicentennial Prayer
Father of lights,
the radiance of your Son has guided the advance of the Gospel
across the Diocese of Richmond for two centuries,
strengthening our Church
from the waters of the Eastern Shore to the mountains of the Blue Ridge.
Grant that the nearness of your Son may dispel the darkness of our sins,
so that as our love increases more and more,
we may dare more than ever to proclaim the word fearlessly.
Holding fast to the word of life,
may we shine like stars in the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
© 2018 Catholic Diocese of Richmond