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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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Bishop Knestout Statement Following the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Decision to Change Consecration Location

1/17/20

January 17, 2020 It is with great sadness that I have received a letter from Bishop-Elect Susan Haynes stating that, due to the controversy of the proposed use of St. Bede Catholic Church for her consecration as the bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, she has decided to find another location for the ceremony to…

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Bishop Knestout and Msgr. Lehman Issue Letters Regarding Episcopalian Consecration at St. Bede

1/15/20

Bishop Barry C. Knestout and Msgr. Joseph Lehman, pastor of St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg, have issued letters regarding the use of St. Bede for the Feb. 1 consecration of Rev. Susan B. Haynes, newly-elected bishop of the Episcopalian Diocese of Southern Virginia. Read Bishop’s letter here. Read Msgr. Lehman’s letter here.

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HB 521 Threatens Private Education in Virginia

1/9/20

The Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC), the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, is calling upon all Catholics to voice their opposition to a bill that threatens the affordability of private education. The bill, HB 521, was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly on Monday, Jan. 6. If passed, HB 521 would eliminate the…

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President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Calls for Peace in Wake of Escalated Tensions with Iran

1/8/20

January 8, 2020 WASHINGTON—The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, released a statement on the situation in Iran last night which was shared on social media. Full text of the statement follows: “In the face of the escalating tensions with Iran, we must pray urgently…

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2019 Independent Audit Determines Catholic Diocese of Richmond Remains in Compliance with Child Protection Charter

1/6/20

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2020 The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has received confirmation from an independent auditor that it remains in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The diocese has remained in compliance since the initial audit in 2004. The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the…

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Bishop Knestout Releases Statement on Holy Cross Regional Catholic School

1/2/20

January 2, 2020 Bishop Knestout has released a letter detailing his final decision on the closing of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School following a Dec. 19 meeting with Holy Cross constituents. In part, Bishop writes, “Given all the facts, and having received the input from the pastors, school administrative staff and school advisory board members,…

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Daughters of Mary Immaculate Celebrate 100 Years of Service

1/2/20

The Daughters of Mary Immaculate celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of their order on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Bishop Knestout and priests of the diocese concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, in honor of the milestone. Parishioners of the Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs, sisters of the…

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Diocese of Richmond Introduces Office of Cemetery and Funeral Services

12/12/19

December 12, 2019 The Diocese of Richmond is pleased to introduce the Office of Cemetery and Funeral Services to oversee cemetery operations, effective January 1, 2020. The existing Office of Cemeteries, which has assisted parishes through a contract with Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS) since 2016, will be reconfigured into the new office. Deacon…

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