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Bishop Knestout Celebrates Mass of Christian Burial for His Mother, Caroline Knestout

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Caroline Mae (née Lucci) Knestout on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Mrs. Knestout, mother of Bishop Knestout, passed away peacefully at age 93 on Wednesday, Oct. 21, surrounded by her family.

Bishop Barry C. Knestout with his mother, Caroline Knestout, on the day of his installation as the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard)

The Mass, celebrated at St. Pius X Church, Bowie, Md., where Mrs. Knestout was a member for many years, was livestreamed. You can watch the Mass on our YouTube channel.

Bishop Knestout served as the principal celebrant for the Mass. His brother, Rev. Mark Knestout, along with priests from the Diocese of Richmond and Archdiocese of Washington concelebrated the Mass with him.

Father Mark Knestout, Caroline Knestout and Bishop Barry C. Knestout at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, in 2018. (Photo/Jaclynn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard)

Memorial donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Martin’s Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore,  Md., 21228-3630 or by clicking here.

Bishop Knestout’s homily from the funeral Mass and Mrs. Knestout’s full obituary can be found in his Christ Our Hope column in the Nov. 2 issue of The Catholic Virginian.

Please continue to keep the Knestout family in your prayers.


John 14: 1-3

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go and prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.