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Bishop Knestout Meets with Newly Formed Diocesan Pastoral Council

8/19/19

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council met for the first time with Bishop Barry Knestout. The council is composed of 18 individuals, nine men and nine women, who were selected from each of the diocese’s 15 deaneries. The Diocesan Pastoral Council is one of several advisory bodies that will provide consultation…

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Bishop Knestout Announces the Appointment of Three New Deans within the Diocese of Richmond

8/13/19

Bishop Knestout has announced the appointment of three new deans within the Diocese of Richmond, effective Tuesday, August 13. The appointments are: Very Rev. Eric Ayers, V.F., pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Norfolk, as dean of Deanery 1; Very Rev. W. Daniel Beeman, V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport News, as dean of…

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Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations Expresses Gratitude for Letter from Pope Francis to Priests on the 160th Anniversary of the Death of St. John Vianney

8/8/19

August 7, 2019 WASHINGTON – On August 4, 2019, Pope Francis marked the 160th anniversary of the death of the Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, by addressing a letter to all priests throughout the world. In the letter, the Holy Father acknowledges the pain and suffering that the…

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President of USCCB and Domestic Justice Chairman Issued Statements Following Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

8/5/19

President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice Issued a Statement After a Tragic Shooting in Dayton, Ohio August 4, 2019 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, and President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, of Venice, Florida, Chairman…

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Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Issues Statement on the Death Penalty

7/30/19

July 30, 2019 WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice and Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has issued a statement on the federal government’s decision to resume the use of the death penalty. The full statement follows: “In his address to Congress during his 2015…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Holy Father’s Appointment of the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

7/23/19

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2019 Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Holy Father’s Appointment of the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Mark Brennan on his appointment by Pope Francis as shepherd of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  Having known…

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Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Announces New Associate Superintendent

7/16/19

The diocesan Office of Catholic Schools has named Dr. Jennifer Bigelow associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction. The appointment was effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Bigelow brings more than 15 years of experience in educational administration to the diocese, having most recently served as superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Arlington. “Dr. Bigelow has…

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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, applauds the convening of the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

7/15/19

July 15, 2019 WASHINGTON— This week marks the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the U.S. Department of State with 1,000 religious and civil society leaders and foreign ministers from 115 countries. The Ministerial reaffirms international commitments to promote religious freedom and develop durable, positive ways to combat religious persecution and unjust discrimination….

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Diocese of Richmond Implements Confidential EthicsPoint Reporting

7/1/19

Bishop Barry C. Knestout has announced the implementation of EthicsPoint, an independent, third-party ethics reporting system within the Diocese of Richmond. EthicsPoint provides a completely confidential platform that allows any employee, parishioner, clergy or volunteer of the diocese to anonymously submit concerns about suspected unethical behavior, misuse of resources or financial misconduct. The EthicsPoint hotline…

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Diocese of Richmond Adds Six Names to Credibly Accused Clergy List

6/27/19

 En español For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019 Catholic Diocese of Richmond Adds Names to Clergy List (RICHMOND, Va.) – Today, the Diocese of Richmond announces six names have been added to its list of clergy that have a credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse against a minor. The names were added after additional information…

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