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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Announces Independent Reconciliation Program

2/17/20

 En Español For Immediate Release: February 17, 2020 Catholic Diocese of Richmond Announces Independent Reconciliation Program Today, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announces the establishment of the Independent Reconciliation Program (“Program”) which aims to assist in the healing of those who were sexually abused as minors by Catholic clergy. The Program is independently administered by…

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Notice Regarding Rev. Msgr. Raymond A. Barton, Retired

2/14/20

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2020 Notice Regarding Rev. Msgr. Raymond A. Barton, Retired A representative of a deceased victim has come forward with a report sharing allegations of child sexual abuse by Rev. Msgr. Raymond Barton. The report identified the victim and described details of the abuse. The incident is alleged to have occurred…

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Bishop Barry Knestout and Father Dan Beeman Speak of Hope at Mass for Life

2/13/20

Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian   More than 1,500 people attended Mass at the Richmond Convention Center, Thursday, Feb. 13, prior to the second annual Virginia March for Life at the state capitol. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond concelebrated the…

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, “Querida Amazonia”

2/12/20

February 12, 2020 WASHINGTON — Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release today of Pope Francis’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia. The exhortation follows upon the Special Synod of Bishops held in Rome from October 6-27, 2019 that…

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100th Anniversary of the Death of Francis J. Parater, Servant of God

2/7/20

February 7, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Francis J. Parater, Servant of God. A seminarian of the Diocese of Richmond, Parater was studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome when he died of rheumatic fever. In 2001, a tribunal was established to examine Parater’s reputation for holiness, the first…

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Abortion Bills

1/31/20

January 29, 2020   Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on the passage of companion abortion bills yesterday and today by the Virginia House of Delegates (HB 980) and the Virginia Senate (SB 733) respectively: We ask all…

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Bishop Knestout Delivers Invocation at Virginia House of Delegates

1/29/20

Bishop Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, delivered the invocation at the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Below is Bishop’s full prayer. You can also watch the invocation here. “The Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: ‘There is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair…

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Director of Permanent Diaconate Announced

1/21/20

January 21, 2020 Bishop Barry Knestout announces the appointment of Deacon John J. Kren to director of the permanent deaconate for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, effective Jan. 21, 2020.  The part-time director position supports the Office of the Vicar for Clergy by overseeing the Permanent Diaconate program in the diocese. He will be responsible…

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Diocese’s Bicentennial Celebration Begins in Norfolk

1/18/20

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the seventh oldest diocese in the United States, began its bicentennial celebration Saturday, Jan. 18 with Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk. More than 600 people from the Eastern Vicariate participated in the celebration. Concelebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout and 42 priests, the Mass commemorated the arrival of Bishop…

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Statement on Announcement of Saint Gertrude and Benedictine College Preparatory

1/17/20

January 17, 2020 We offer our sincere congratulations to the Saint Gertrude and Benedictine College Preparatory communities on their recent announcement and partnership to form the newly established “Benedictine Schools of Richmond.” Both schools’ administrators reviewed the plans of a unique coordinate program with Bishop Barry C. Knestout in January prior to today’s announcement. He…

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