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Bishop Knestout Calls Thomas Lawrence and Dillon Bruce to Holy Orders

Bishop Barry C. Knestout has called seminarians Thomas “Tom” B. Lawrence III and Dillon Bruce to holy orders.

Deacon Lawrence

Deacon Lawrence will be ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.

Deacon Lawrence, 41, is currently working on a Master of Divinity degree at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America, where he previously earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He served his pastoral year at St. Mary Parish, Blacksburg, from May 2018 until August 2019.

Bruce will be ordained a transitional deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the last step on the path to the priesthood, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.

Dillon Bruce

Bruce, 27, is receiving his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2017.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person attendance at both liturgies will be by reservation only. Both events will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and social media pages so that our entire diocese can join together for these joyous occasions in the life of our local Church of Richmond.

Please continue to keep these men and all of our seminarians in your prayers.