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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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Diocese of Richmond Announces New Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools


For Immediate Release: March 18, 2019 Bishop Barry C. Knestout has appointed Ms. Kelly Lazzara as Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, effective June 17, 2019. Ms. Lazzara will replace the current Superintendent, Ray Honeycutt, who will retire on June 30, 2019. “I would like to build upon and strengthen the wonderful…

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Bishops’ Conference Committee Chairman Welcomes Governor of California’s Declaration of Moratorium on Death Penalty


March 14, 2019 WASHINGTON—After California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on executions, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, FL, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed gratitude for the decision as a step to further the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human life. The full statement follows: “We…

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Notice Regarding Rev. Leo J. Guarnieri, Retired


For Immediate Release: March 8, 2019 The Diocese of Richmond has received a notice from the Diocese of Corpus Christi (Texas) that Fr. Leo Guarnieri, a retired priest of the Diocese of Richmond, has been accused of sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult. The allegation(s) were reported to the Diocese of Richmond, March 7, 2019….

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