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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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