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VCC Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on the Passing of Congressman McEachin


For Immediate Release: November 30, 2022   We are saddened by the passing of U.S. Representative Donald McEachin and offer our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We join our prayers to theirs. Together with the Virginia Catholic Conference, we commemorate his public service in Congress and in the Virginia General Assembly and his…

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Safe Environment Office extends protection efforts


November 10, 2022 Empowering God’s Children offered, encouraged in every parish Parishes in the Diocese of Richmond have implemented another way to safeguard children and youth from harm. Empowering God’s Children is a VIRTUS program that has been a successful part of diocesan Catholic school curriculum “forever,” according to Nazia Shafi, director of the diocesan…

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Bishop Knestout’s Statement on the Fatal Shootings in Chesapeake


For Immediate Release: November 23, 2022 (RICHMOND) – Bishop Knestout issued the following statement after multiple deaths following a shooting at a Walmart in the city of Chesapeake. “As families and friends prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving, a time where we celebrate what we are most grateful for in our lives, our…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s Statement on the Fatal Shooting at the University of Virginia


For Immediate Release: November 14, 2022 Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s Statement on the Fatal Shooting at the University of Virginia “As we once again mourn the loss of human lives due to an act of violence, I ask everyone to pray for those killed Sunday night on the UVA campus, their families and the entire…

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Bishop Knestout Statement on motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes


October 25, 2022 Dear Brothers and Sisters, On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic Letter motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, issuing new norms governing the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962. At the time of the motu proprio and the subsequent release of the Responsa ad Dubia, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and…

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U.S. Bishops to Meet Nov. 14-17 in Baltimore; Will Elect New USCCB President, Vice President, Committee Chairs, and Vote on Action Items; Assembly to Be Live Streamed


October 27, 2022 WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2022 Fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore, November 14-17. The assembly will begin with an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The bishops will hear from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles,…

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Bishop Knestout Calls Armando Herrera to Holy Orders


Nov. 4, 2022 Bishop Barry C. Knestout has called to holy orders Deacon Armando Herrera from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Deacon Herrera will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. More information on the ordination Mass will be forthcoming. More about Deacon Armando Herrera…

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#iGiveCatholic Advanced Giving


Advanced Giving for #iGiveCatholic is open from Nov. 14 through Nov. 28 for those unable to contribute on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29. Visit the #iGiveCatholic site during the Advanced Giving phase to support your favorite parish, school or ministry in the community. Ministries and projects of 74 organizations registered for #iGiveCatholic Giving Day will be…

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Bishop Knestout’s Homily from Mass for Hope & Healing – Thursday, Oct. 6


Homily: Mass for Hope & Healing, St. Bede Catholic Church October 6, 2022 First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16 Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-17 Gospel: John 10:11-18 The prophet Ezekiel: he was an unusual prophet. He often conveyed his prophetic messages through signs and symbols, rather than with words. When he did speak, his words were filled with mystical visions of the majesty…

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Bishop Knestout Will Celebrate Mass of Hope & Healing on Oct. 6


Bishop Barry C. Knestout will celebrate Mass of Hope & Healing on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 at 7 p.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. All are invited to come and pray for victim survivors of child sexual abuse and their families. For information, contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 804-622-5175.      …

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