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In Memoriam: Father James E. Parke


The funeral Mass for Father James E. Parke will be celebrated Thursday, May 2, at Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach. Father Parke, 79, died Monday, April 22. Father Parke was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1965 and incardinated into the Diocese of Richmond in 1977. He moved to Richmond to…

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Holy Week 2019 Homilies


Bishop Knestout’s Holy Week homilies are now available on our YouTube channel for anyone who was unable to be with us for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum. (Photos/Michael Mickle) Holy Thursday “The awareness of the sacrifice of Jesus, his loss to us in his earthly human life, should heighten our appreciation of him in…

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Father Nick Redmond Reflects on Recent Visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame


Father Nick Redmond recently returned to the Diocese of Richmond from a visit to Paris, France. While abroad, he had the opportunity to concelebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. After learning of the devastating fire that ravaged the famed cathedral, a worldwide symbol of Christianity, on Monday, April 15, Father Redmond reflected on…

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire


April 15, 2019 WASHINGTON—Amidst the devastating fire taking place at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Pairs, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement to the people of Paris. The full statement follows: “The horrific fire that is engulfing the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de…

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Statement Regarding Daniel M. Wolfe, Former Teacher of Norfolk Catholic High School


For Immediate Release: April 11, 2019 The Diocese of Richmond received a complaint from an adult alleging sexual abuse by a former employee when the individual was a minor. In keeping with diocesan policy, the adult individual was encouraged to report the allegation to the Norfolk Police Department. The Diocese of Richmond was recently informed…

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Bishop Knestout Calls Seminarian Anthony Ferguson to Holy Orders


Bishop Barry C. Knestout has called seminarian Anthony Ferguson to holy orders. Anthony will be ordained as a transitional deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the last step on the road to the priesthood. Anthony, 30, whose home parish is St. Mary, Richmond, is a graduate of the University of Richmond, and currently attends…

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on the Announcement of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the Archdiocese of Washington


For Immediate Release: April 4, 2019 “I congratulate and assure Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of my prayers as he becomes Archbishop of Washington. Archbishop Gregory has exemplified the role of bishop as a shepherd in the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., and Archdiocese of Atlanta. As president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2001-2004,…

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Virginia March for Life Draws 7,000


An estimated 7,000 people gathered at the state Capitol for the first Virginia March for Life on Wednesday, April 3. “Today, you are in exactly the right place doing what needs to be done, which is pray,” Bishop Knestout told more than 2,500 people who attended Mass at the Richmond Convention Center prior to the…

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Catholic Men’s Conference Draws 300 Participants


The seventh annual Diocesan Men’s Conference, Saturday, March 23, at St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg, which had both an English-language and a Spanish track, drew 300 people to learn about a myriad of topics on the Catholic faith. Monsignor Walter Barrett Jr., a pastor in the Richmond Diocese, covered such topics as fatherhood, racism and…

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Rosary for Healing and Protection Livestream


Here is the full Rosary for Healing and Protection led by Bishop Knestout on Tuesday, April 2.   The Rosary for Healing and Protection Livestream begins at 10 a.m. Please view the rosary guide for the Prayer for Healing and to follow along.    In his Sept. 14, 2018 Pastoral Letter, “From Tragedy to Hope,”…

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