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Virginia Catholic Conference Releases Voter Education Resources


In preparation for the Nov. 5 elections, the Virginia Catholic Conference has put together voter education materials. A letter from Bishop Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Knestout of Richmond is available in English and in Spanish. You can also view Faithful Citizenship in Virginia, a document that provides information on moral issues about which Catholics…

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In Challenging Year, Annual Diocesan Appeal Tops Goal


During a year when scandal rocked the Catholic Church, many were unsure of how successful the 2019 Annual Diocesan Appeal would be, especially following 2018 when our new bishop engaged parishioners throughout the diocese and gave the appeal great momentum. Alex Previtera, director of development and operations for the Catholic Community Foundation, increased this year’s…

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Deacon Charles Williams Opens Ears and Hearts to Reality of Slavery


On August 31, Deacon Charles Williams, interim director of the diocesan Office for Black Catholics, led 50 participants along Richmond’s three-mile Slave Trail for the second Slave Trail Walk hosted by his office this summer. Deacon Williams urged participants to empathize with the enslaved men and women by setting the scene for how they arrived…

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Local philanthropist ‘happy to invest’ in All Saints Catholic School


Well known Richmond entrepreneur and philanthropist Marcus Weinstein presented a $1 million check to All Saints Catholic School on August 27. The donation prompted the beginning of the “The Future is Now” campaign to raise an additional $1.3 million with the goal of adding 6,800 square feet of classroom and office space, increasing security measures…

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Bishop Knestout Visits Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School for Playground Dedication


On Friday, Sept. 13, Bishop Knestout attended the dedication of Flutterfly Park at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, Powhatan. Keith and Kathleen Brower, whose late granddaughter was a student of BSH, donated $1.4 million to the school for renovations and technology improvements. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Bishop Knestout said the opening prayer and blessed…

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President of U.S. Bishops Conference Calls for Prayers After Deadly Hurricane Hits the Bahamas and Moves Closer to the Southeastern Coast


September 4, 2019 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Dorian that left seven people dead in the Bahamas and is moving closer to the southeastern United States. Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “As we continue to be…

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USCCB President Issues Statement Following Shootings in Midland and Odessa


September 1, 2019 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to the tragic shootings in Midland and Odessa, Texas. The full statement follows: “As we travel to Sunday Mass, we do so with heavy hearts. Just a few…

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President of the USCCB and Committee Chairmen of International Justice and Peace and Domestic Justice and Human Development issue a statement of concern regarding the fires in the Amazon


August 27, 2019 WASHINGTON- The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace issue the following statement regarding the fires in the Amazon:…

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USCCB Chairmen Applaud Proposed Regulations Preventing Government Discrimination Against Faith-Based Federal Contractors


August 21, 2019 WASHINGTON— Bishop chairmen of three committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed support for proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) clarifying religious protections that may be invoked by federal contractors, including faith-based organizations. Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester,…

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Bishop Knestout Meets with Newly Formed Diocesan Pastoral Council


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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