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Coronavirus Information and Resources

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These resources have been compiled to address concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are continually monitoring the situation at all levels within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.  Bishop Knestout has instructed all parishes, schools, campus ministries, and residential adult care centers within the Diocese to implement the precautions listed below.  This page will be updated as the situation evolves.

Impacts to Diocesan Facilities and Programs*
(updated 5/21/20 at 11:00 a.m.)


Diocesan Facilities


Diocesan Programs

*Due to the rapidly evolving situation, this information will be updated as changes occur.


Precautions for Masses


Additional Considerations for Safety


Information for Individuals



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Virginia Department of Health

USCCB Memo on Liturgical Celebrations and Public Health Concerns (February 27, 2020)

Coronavirus Prayer Card from USCCB   (En español)

Magnificat – Free Online Version       MagnifiKID! – Free Online Resources for Children

Words of Hope & Encouragement form Bishop Knestout


Communications to the Diocese

*NEW! Returning to Mass Flyer (May 21, 2020)

Returning to Mass Guidelines (May 15, 2020)

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 Celebration of Public Masses to Resume in Catholic Diocese of Richmond (May 15, 2020) 

 La celebración de misas públicas se reanuda en la diócesis de Richmond (15 de Mayo, 2020)

Bishop Knestout’s Letter to the Faithful on Resume Public Masses (May 15, 2020)

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Bishop Knestout Message on returning to Mass (May 10, 2020)

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Expectations for three-phase opening (April 30,2020)

Message from Superintendent of Schools (March 25, 2020)

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COVID-19 Test Results are Negative for Bishop of Richmond (March 23, 2020)

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Schools Coronavirus Letter (March 18, 2020)

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Self-Quarantines as a Precaution (March 18, 2020)

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Bishop Knestout Directs the Suspension of All Public Masses in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond (March 17, 2020)

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Bishop Knestout Writes Letter to the Faithful in Regard to COVID-19 (March 17, 2020)

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Bishop Knestout Grants Dispensation Regarding Mass for Specific Individuals (March 12, 2020)

Bishop Knestout Authorizes Further Safety Guidelines in Response to the Coronavirus (March 11, 2020)

Schools Coronavirus Letter (March 5, 2020)

Statement from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond on Guidance Regarding Coronavirus (February 27, 2020)

Schools Coronavirus Letter (February 27, 2020)