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Diocese of Richmond Reorganized as Deaneries; Replace LPAs

September 27, 2018

The Diocese of Richmond has been reorganized into 15 deaneries, effective September 27, 2018. The deaneries were established through a canonical decree by Bishop Knestout which was officially announced on the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul, the Diocese’s patron saint. You can read Bishop’s announcement letter here.

The Richmond Diocese is divided into three vicariates, and each vicariate will include five deaneries. The new structure replaces the LPAs (Local Planning Areas) that were used as a result of the 2008 Pastoral Planning process and to encourage collaboration among parishes. Every parish, Catholic school, and campus ministry is now assigned to a deanery.

As a result of this change, some parishes have switched vicariates. View the new deanery structure in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond here.

Bishop Knestout has appointed a dean to serve each deanery. The dean, also known as a vicar forane, is a pastor who was nominated by clergy within their respective deanery. The 15 deans selected to serve will assist with annual parish visits within their deaneries, work with pastors, deacons, parish staff and the laity, and help communicate Bishop Knestout’s pastoral messages and concerns.

“I am appreciative of the support and additional responsibilities the deans have assumed and I am thankful for their commitment in assisting me,” said Bishop Knestout. “Given the size of the diocese, this structure, with regular reports from the deans, will assist me and the Episcopal Vicars to assess the local needs of the parishes and keep me informed of the various parish programs and ministries in order to best serve the people of our local Church.”

Bishop Knestout spoke of the deanery structure which he initially discussed in a June letter to the faithful of the Richmond Diocese.

Deans will receive training on a variety of topics in late October to assist them in their new role. The appointments of deans are effective Nov. 1, 2018.

“I look forward to working with the new deans and know their experience and insights will be a great value to me in the pastoral care and governance of the diocese,” said Bishop Knestout.

Richmond’s Deaneries

The following pastors were named deans:

(These appointments have been updated, effective Dec. 14, 2018.)

Deanery 1 – Very Rev. Joseph H. Metzger, III, V.F., pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Norfolk

Parishes: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Norfolk), Blessed Sacrament (Norfolk), Christ the King (Norfolk), Holy Trinity (Norfolk), Sacred Heart (Norfolk), Saint Andrew the Apostle (Chincoteague), Saint Charles (Cape Charles), Saint Matthew (Virginia Beach), Saint Peter the Apostle (Onley), Saint Pius X (Norfolk


Deanery 2 – Very Rev. Daniel J. Malingumu, V.F., pastor of Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach

Parishes: Anglican/Roman Catholic Community of Holy Apostles (Virginia Beach), Church of the Ascension (Virginia Beach), Church of the Holy Family (Virginia Beach), Church of the Holy Spirit (Virginia Beach), Saint Gregory the Great (Virginia Beach), Saint John the Apostle (Virginia Beach), Saint Luke (Virginia Beach), Saint Nicholas (Virginia Beach), Star of the Sea (Virginia Beach)


Deanery 3 – Very Rev. Romeo D. Jazmin, V.F., pastor of Prince of Peace in Chesapeake

Parishes: Church of Saint Therese (Chesapeake), Church of the Good Shepherd (Smithfield), Church of the Holy Angels (Portsmouth), Church of the Resurrection (Portsmouth), Prince of Peace (Chesapeake), Saint Benedict (Chesapeake), Saint Jude (Franklin), Saint Mark (Virginia Beach), Saint Mary (Chesapeake), Saint Mary of the Presentation (Suffolk), Saint Paul (Portsmouth), Saint Stephen Martyr (Chesapeake), Shrine of the Infant of Prague (Wakefield)


Deanery 4 – Very Rev. John David Ramsey, V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport News

Parishes: Immaculate Conception (Hampton), Our Lady of Lavang – Vietnam (Norfolk), Our Lady of Lavang – Vietnam (Hampton), Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Newport News), Saint Jerome (Newport News), Saint Joseph (Hampton), Saint Kateri (Tabb), Saint Mary Star of the Sea (Fort Monroe), Saint Rose of Lima & Korean Martyrs (Hampton), Saint Vincent de Paul (Newport News


Deanery 5 – Very Rev. Gerald S. Kaggwa, V.F., pastor of Church of Francis de Sales in Mathews and Church of the Visitation in Topping

Parishes: Church of Francis de Sales (Mathews), Church of Saint Therese (Gloucester), Church of the Visitation (Middlesex), Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (West Point), Saint Bede (Williamsburg), Saint Joan of Arc (Yorktown), Saint Olaf (Norge)


Deanery 6 – Very Rev. Monsignor Patrick D. Golden, V.F., rector of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond

Parishes: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Richmond), Church of the Redeemer (Mechanicsville), Holy Rosary (Richmond), Saint Elizabeth (Richmond), Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (Quinton), Saint John (Highland Springs), Saint Patrick (Richmond), Saint Paul (Richmond), Saint Peter (Richmond), Saint Timothy (Tappahannock)


Deanery 7 – Very Rev. James J. Begley, Jr., V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Richmond

Parishes: Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs (Richmond), Our Lady of Lourdes (Richmond), Saint Ann (Ashland), Saint Benedict (Richmond), Saint Bridget (Richmond), Saint Mary (Richmond), Saint Mary of the Annunciation (Ladysmith), Saint Michael (Glen Allen)


Deanery 8 – Very Rev. John C. Kazibwe, V.F., pastor of Church of the Epiphany in Richmond

Parishes: Church of the Epiphany (Richmond), Good Samaritan (Amelia), Sacred Heart (Richmond), Saint Edward the Confessor (Richmond), Saint Gabriel (Chesterfield), Saint John Neumann (Powhatan), Saint Joseph (Richmond), Saint Kim Taegon (Richmond)


Deanery 9 – Very Rev. Daniel A. Cogut, V.F., pastor of Saint Ann in Colonial Heights

Parishes: Church of the Sacred Heart (Prince George), Good Shepherd  (South Hill), Saint Ann (Colonial Heights), Saint Augustine (Richmond), Saint Catherine of Siena (Clarksville), Saint James (Hopewell), Saint John (Dinwiddie), Saint Joseph (Petersburg), Saint Paschal Baylon (South Boston), Saint Peter the Apostle (Lake Gaston), Saint Richard (Emporia)


Deanery 10 – Very Rev. Joseph Mary Lukyamuzi, V.F., pastor of Holy Comforter in Charlottesville and Crozet Catholic Community in Crozet

Parishes: Crozet Catholic Community Mission (Crozet), Holy Comforter (Charlottesville), Immaculate Conception (Buckner), Incarnation (Charlottesville), Saint Francis of Assisi (Amherst), Saint George (Scottsville), Saint Joseph’s Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel  (Columbia), Saint Jude (Mineral), Saint Mary (Lovingston), Saint Thomas Aquinas (Charlottesville), Saints Peter & Paul (Palmyra)

Deanery 11 – Very Rev. Silvio Kaberia, V.F., pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg

Parishes: Blessed Sacrament (Harrisonburg), Holy Infant (Elkton), Saint Francis of Assisi (Staunton), Saint John the Evangelist (Waynesboro), Shepherd of the Hills (Quinque)


Deanery 12 – Very Rev. Kenneth J. Shuping, V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Salem and Saint Gerard in Roanoke

Parishes: Church of the Transfiguration (Fincastle), Our Lady of Nazareth (Roanoke), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Salem), Sacred Heart (Covington), Saint Andrew (Roanoke), Saint Gerard (Roanoke), Saint John the Evangelist (New Castle), Saint Joseph (Clifton Forge), Saint Patrick (Lexington), Shrine of the Sacred Heart (Hot Springs)


Deanery 13 – Very Rev. Anthony O. Senyah, V.F., pastor of Holy Spirit in Christiansburg and Holy Family in Pearisburg

Parishes: All Saints (Floyd), Holy Family (Pearisburg), Holy Spirit (Christiansburg), Risen Lord (Stuart), Saint Edward Mission  (Pulaski), Saint Joseph (Woodlawn), Saint Jude (Radford), Saint Mary (Blacksburg), Saint Mary the Mother of God  (Wytheville)


Deanery 14 – Very Rev. Francis Xavier Musolooza, V.F., pastor of Christ the King in Abingdon and Saint John in Marion

Parishes: Christ the King (Abingdon), Good Shepherd (Lebanon), Holy Spirit Catholic Community  (Jonesville), Sacred Heart (Big Stone Gap), Saint Anne (Bristol), Saint Anthony (Norton), Saint Bernard (Gate City), Saint John (Marion), Saint Joseph (Clintwood), Saint Mary (Coeburn), Saint Patrick (Dungannon), Saint Therese (Saint Paul), The Church of Saint Elizabeth of Holy Family Parish (Pocahontas), The Church of Saint Joseph of Holy Family Parish (Grundy), The Church of Saint Mary of Holy Family Parish  (Richlands), The Church of Saint Theresa of Holy Family Parish  (Tazewell)

Deanery 15 – Very Rev. Salvador Anonuevo, V.F., pastor of Holy Name of Mary in Bedford and Resurrection in Moneta

Parishes: Holy Cross (Lynchburg), Holy Name of Mary (Bedford), Immaculate Heart of Mary (Blackstone), Our Lady of Peace (Appomattox), Resurrection (Moneta), Sacred Heart (Meherrin), Sacred Heart  (Danville), Saint Francis of Assisi (Rocky Mount), Saint Joseph (Martinsville), Saint Theresa (Farmville), Saint Thomas More (Lynchburg), Saint Victoria (Hurt)