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                    [post_content] => October 25, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic Letter motu proprioTraditionis Custodes, issuing new norms governing the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962.

At the time of the motu proprio and the subsequent release of the Responsa ad Dubia, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on December 18, 2021, I instructed the priests presently celebrating the antecedent liturgy that they were free to continue supporting the communities utilizing this form of the Mass, after requesting permission from me personally. At that time, I relayed to the communities that a time of study and reflection would commence in order to determine the most appropriate course of action to remain faithful to the Holy Father's directives.

In June 2022, I requested permission for several parishes to continue the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in their parish churches. Following a response on July 6, 2022, from the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I am implementing the motu proprio in the Diocese of Richmond.

The Very Reverend Brian W. Capuano, J.C.L., Vicar for Vocations and Interim Director of the Office of Worship has been delegated to care for the communities attached to the Missal of 1962 and will assist these communities and the priests designated to assist them in the proper ordering of the Mass in fidelity to the directives issued by the Holy Father in Traditionis Custodes.

While I recognize that these new directives will result in some changes to the liturgical life in a few of our parishes, I invite the faithful to a robust adherence to the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.

May we pray together for the grace of the Holy Spirit to enliven our faith through the sacred liturgy as we seek a unity in liturgical practice and fidelity to the Church.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout

Bishop of Richmond

*To read the full decree, please visit the Office of Worship website or click here 

**For any questions, please direct them to worship@richmonddiocese.org 
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                    [post_content] => Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on Governor Northam’s signature of legislation that drastically expands abortion coverage in Virginia:

“Governor Northam has crossed yet another tragic threshold by inserting abortion without limits into Virginia’s health benefits exchange. We decry the enactment of this deplorable policy, which is built on the destructive lie that abortion is healthcare. We are saddened when we contemplate the increased number of unborn lives likely to be lost as a result.

“The exchange is a virtual marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act, through which an estimated 240,000 Virginians access their health plans. Under state law for the past decade, plans participating in Virginia’s health exchange were prohibited from covering most abortions. This fundamentally pro-life provision undoubtedly saved many lives. Starting July 1 of this year, however, that provision will be eradicated from our law. Consequently, and tragically, health plans in the exchange will be allowed to cover abortions for any reason.

“In many cases, people receive public subsidies to purchase these plans. Beginning July 1, even these taxpayer-funded plans can cover abortions without limitation. This means that taxpayers will be forced to fund plans that cover abortion on demand.

“Without despair, and with maximum determination, we will continue our advocacy for the preeminent priority of protecting unborn children from this threat. So many lives, who have no voice except ours, depend on it.”

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The Diocese of Richmond

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond is under the leadership and pastoral care of Bishop Barry C. Knestout. With 220,000 Catholics, 149 parishes and 29 schools, the diocese is a diverse faith community that comprises the entire Commonwealth of Virginia with the exception of 21 counties to the north. The Diocese of Richmond encourages Catholics across our diocese to live an active life of faith through the many opportunities offered within our diocesan boundaries. Our local Church works to support our diverse parishes and schools and welcomes all to live and practice the Gospel with faith and charity. Want to know more about us? Visit: www.richmonddiocese.org.  [post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor Northam’s Signature of Abortion Expansion Legislation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-governor-northams-signature-of-abortion-expansion-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-12 14:57:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-12 19:57:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126520 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126289 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-02 10:40:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-02 15:40:06 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: March 2, 2021 The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout has released the following statement: “In October 2019, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced that they had made the difficult decision to withdraw from St. Joseph Home in Henrico. Mother Jeanne Mary promised that the sisters would not leave until everything had been fully handed over to a suitable buyer. “Today, the sisters have announced that that day has come. “The special charisms of the Little Sisters of the Poor – the spirit of being a family and creating a home for those in need – will be deeply missed in the Diocese of Richmond, but we fully support the sisters as they discern how their community can provide the best care possible for those to whom they minister. “I offer prayers of gratitude for all the Little Sisters who have served at St. Joseph Home, and I pray that they will find a welcoming family atmosphere wherever they are assigned. I continue to pray for increased vocations to the Little Sisters and to other consecrated religious communities so that their missions may be strengthened in the years to come.” To read the full press release from the Little Sisters of the Poor, click here.

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Bishop Knestout's Message for World Day of the Sick 2021

“On this World Day of the Sick, we are called to pray for many of our brothers and sisters. "We pray for those who are physically ill. We not only place before our Lord those who have COVID, but we pray for all who are undergoing treatment for illnesses that affect their bodies. “We remember the elderly, the weak and the vulnerable, that they receive care that provides them with the healing they seek while respecting their human dignity. “We hold up in prayer the terminally ill, that they no longer see illness and death as a tragic end, but as a heroic passage from this life to eternal life with our loving and merciful God. “We know that illness, like the inevitability of death, challenges our faith like no other experience. Long illness accompanied by extended periods of suffering or pain can produce anger, resentment, despair and isolation. It is a grace of our faith and the presence of God in our lives if we can experience such trial, but come through it with faith, peace, thanksgiving and hope. “We pray for those who suffer from mental illness, especially PTSD and addictions of any kind. May they accept the treatment necessary for them to learn how to live a fruitful life despite their illnesses. “We pray for family members of the sick and for their caregivers. In bringing comfort to those in need, they are following the example of Jesus. May they know that God is always with them and that the Holy Spirit will guide them in the decisions they make and the service they provide. “Finally, we continually offer prayers of thanksgiving for our health care personnel, volunteers, support staff, priests, men and women religious who, as Pope Francis notes 'have helped, treated, comforted and served so many of the sick and their families with professionalism, self-giving, responsibility and love of neighbor… they chose not to look the other way but to share the suffering of patients, whom they saw as neighbors and members of our one human family.'

“As our Church marks this World Day of the Sick, our Holy Father reminds us that we must match our words with actions in reaching out to the sick, that we must personally be the presence of Christ to them.”

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To access information about the diocese’s Office of Child Protection and Safe Environment, click here. To learn more about the actions Bishop Knestout and the diocese have taken to provide accountability in our local Church, click here. [post_title] => Statement from Bishop Knestout in Response to Today’s Released Vatican Report Regarding Theodore E. McCarrick [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-10 16:25:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-10 21:25:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124713 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124514 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-26 15:01:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-26 19:01:07 [post_content] => October 26, 2020 I offer warm congratulations to Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, on his elevation to the College of Cardinals. Through this appointment, the Holy Father has named the first African American a cardinal, which is a significant event in the life of the universal Church. I am praying for the continued leadership of Cardinal-designate Gregory’s ministry during this joyous time and beyond.

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For immediate release June 8, 2020

Catholic Diocese of Richmond Begins Review into Allegations Against Four Retired or Inactive Priests

(RICHMOND, Va.) - The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced today (June 8), it has begun a review into allegations of child sexual abuse involving four retired or inactive priests. None of the accused priests are currently serving in active ministry, nor have they recently served in ministry for the diocese. The diocese has not reached any conclusions regarding these allegations, rather this statement serves to announce the beginning of its inquiry into the allegations. Until this inquiry concludes, the accused are not deemed to have committed the acts alleged. At the same time, Bishop Knestout acknowledges it takes great courage to come forward to report allegations of this nature. “While the alleged incidents are from the past, we recognize the pain is still a deep and present reality for victim survivors of abuse and for their loved ones,” said Bishop Barry C. Knestout. “We continue to pray for their healing and for their loved ones who support them.” Bishop Knestout has prohibited all of the named diocesan clergy from any public ministry in the diocese while the allegations are being reviewed. As part of the Church process into the allegations, the Diocesan Review Board will make recommendations to Bishop Knestout. Based upon its findings, the Diocesan Review Board’s recommendations will assist Bishop Knestout with an appropriate response to the allegations. Then, Bishop Knestout will make a final determination. The Diocese has also notified the civil authorities.   Fr. William Dinga, Jr. | Status: Retired Without Priestly Faculties Allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against Fr. William Dinga, Jr. while serving at Christ the King Catholic Church, Norfolk in 1986. Fr. Dinga adamantly denies the allegations. He was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond in 1975 and served as a pastor or associate pastor at the following parishes: Christ the King, Norfolk; Saint Andrew, Roanoke; Holy Cross, Lynchburg; Saint Jerome, Newport News; Saint Vincent de Paul, Newport News; and Saint Peter, Richmond. Fr. Dinga retired in 1990. Prior to this recent allegation, Fr. Dinga did not have permission to exercise any public priestly ministry. His priestly faculties remain suspended.   Fr. Joseph Slowik | Status: Retired without Priestly Faculties Allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against Fr. Joseph Slowik while serving at St. Paul’s in Portsmouth in the early 1990’s.  The diocese has been unable to ascertain Fr. Slowik’s response to the allegations. The Church process will proceed based on the assumption that Fr. Slowik denies the allegations. Incardinated as a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond in 1979, he served as a pastor and/or associate pastor at the following parishes: St. John, Petersburg, St. Paul, Portsmouth and Church of Saint Therese, Gloucester. He was removed from public ministry in 2006. Fr. Slowik’s priestly faculties remain suspended.   Fr. Thomas L. Long, Jr. | Suspended from Priestly Ministry Allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against Fr. Thomas L. Long, Jr. while serving at Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk in 1986.  The diocese has been unable to ascertain Fr. Long’s response to the allegations. The Church process will proceed based on the assumption that Fr. Long denies the allegations. Fr. Long, ordained a priest of the diocese in 1981, was assigned to St. Joseph in Petersburg and Christ the King in Norfolk. He took a leave of absence in 1988 and has not served in priestly ministry within the Diocese of Richmond since that time. Prior to these allegations, Fr. Long’s priestly faculties were already suspended. His faculties remain suspended.   Fr. Eugene Daigle | Religious Order Priest Allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against Fr. Eugene Daigle, a religious order priest, while serving at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Fort Monroe in the late 1970’s. Fr. Daigle was ordained a Redemptorist, or member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (C.Ss.R), a religious community of Roman Catholic priests and brothers, before working in ministry in the diocese. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has informed the provincial superior of the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province, to whom Fr. Daigle reports to, of the allegations.  Currently, Fr. Daigle is no longer active in priestly ministry.* The diocese has been unable to ascertain Fr. Daigle’s response to the allegations. The Church process will proceed based on the assumption that Fr. Daigle denies the allegation. As always, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond encourages individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement first, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096, and by calling the Virginia Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064 or (VirginiaClergyHotline.com). Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim’s Assistance Reporting number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org. The Diocesan Child Protection Policy can be viewed online at: https://richmonddiocese.org/diocesan-policies/  

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  *Media Note: Any further information regarding Fr. Eugene Daigle’s date of ordination and previous assignments will have to be obtained from the Redemptorists. 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Como resultado de esta nueva información y para la seguridad de todos, el obispo Knestout está ordenando a todas las parroquias localizadas en la ciudad de Richmond y el condado de Accomack que retrasen el paso a la fase 1 de reapertura hasta la misa de vigilia del domingo, el sábado 30 de mayo de 2020.  Esto incluye retrasar el ofrecimiento de misas públicas.   La celebración de misas públicas se reanuda en la diócesi de Richmond Las misas comienzan el 23 de mayo en la vigilia del domingo de la Fiesta de la Ascensión   (RICHMOND, Va.) - Los católicos de la diócesis de Richmond volverán a celebrar la misa en sus parroquias el fin de semana del 23 de mayo. La celebración de las fue suspendida a partir del 22 de marzo de 2020 en la diócesis debido a la crisis de salud de COVID-19. "Hemos estado en la diócesis planeando por algún tiempo para encontrar maneras de proveer los sacramentos y las misas, pero con limitaciones para mantener la seguridad y el bienestar de todos. Esperamos una apertura gradual debido al tamaño y a la diversidad de nuestras parroquias dentro de cada localidad y dadas las circunstancias individuales de las parroquias", dice el Obispo Barry C. Knestout. "Nuestras directrices han sido desarrolladas en base a protocolos de salud pública y estatales y en base a las circunstancias actuales, por lo que los protocolos pueden cambiar con el tiempo". Las directrices enviadas a los sacerdotes el 13 de mayo por la oficina de Preparación de la diócesis detallan las instrucciones y la orientación a las parroquias, incluyendo el distanciamiento social de seis pies y el uso de cubrirse la cara por parte de todos los parroquianos reunidos de 3 años en adelante. Para más directrices y pautas específicas, véase "Directrices para volver a la misa". Lo que necesitas saber". La reapertura sigue la orden ejecutiva 61 del gobernador Ralph Northam, que permite que los lugares de culto tengan servicios de hasta el 50% de la ocupación del área más baja del culto en el templo y otras directrices recomendadas. Durante este tiempo, el obispo Knestout continúa dispensando a los católicos de la obligación de asistir a misa los domingos y días festivos. La dispensación es debida al límite de capacidad para las liturgias reduciendo el número de feligreses y reconociendo a los individuos que se definen como "vulnerables". La dispensación está en vigor hasta nuevo aviso. "Esperamos el día en que todos nos reunamos de nuevo, en que la distancia física no nos limite y podamos alegrarnos de la fuerza y la gracia que se nos ofrece en la Eucaristía", dice el obispo Knestout. "Sepan de mi profunda gratitud por su paciencia, apoyo y cooperación mientras trabajamos juntos como una comunidad católica durante este tiempo". Las parroquias continuarán abiertas durante sus horarios regulares. Se les anima a que continúen con lo siguiente: misas en vivo, programar la celebración de misas públicas con tiempo adicional entre una y otra para permitir que el espacio de culto se limpie y desinfecte, y publicar las homilías y las grabaciones de las misas en el sitio web de la parroquia. Los católicos que tengan preguntas sobre la reapertura de las iglesias deben contactar con sus parroquias o prepared@richmonddiocese.org [post_title] => La celebración de misas públicas se reanuda en la diócesi de Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => la-celebracion-de-misas-publicas-se-reanuda-en-la-diocesi-de-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-15 17:51:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-15 21:51:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121806 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 120362 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-03-16 14:32:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-16 18:32:08 [post_content] => UPDATED March 17, 2020 Bishop Barry C. Knestout has prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people for any ministry within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. This is an updated directive from the March 16 press release issued by the diocese in light of Governor Ralph Northam’s press conference on Tuesday, March 17, in which he announced that gatherings of 10 or more people will be banned within the commonwealth.  

(en español)

March 16, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As anxiety and concerns about the possible spread of COVID-19 takes root throughout this land and so much of the world, the Lord is speaking to us, calling us to a deeper relationship with him. This age may seem to be a time of fear and isolation, but we have an opportunity to see it in a new light, as a retreat into the desert with Our Lord and to encounter God in solitude and prayer. As Psalm 91 says:

“You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the plague that prowls in the darkness, nor the scourge that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at our side, ten thousand fall at your right, you it will never approach; his faithfulness is buckler and shield.”

Given the necessary restrictions to public gatherings in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to ensure the common good, to provide for public health and safety, and yet to maintain the mission of the Church allowing access to the sacraments, to Church teaching and to works of charity in a way appropriate to the circumstances of our age, as well as to renew our spiritual vitality as a diocese during a time of Jubilee, I am instructing the following to take place within our diocese. As a suspension of all public celebrations of Mass, on Sundays, holy days and weekdays in the Diocese of Richmond takes place, and as the days grow longer and the light of spring begins to shine, opening our eyes to the goodness of God, I invite all the faithful in their homes and in the solitude of their hearts to draw close to Christ our light in prayer and interior desire for the Lord who dwells within our hearts – asking for the grace of forgiveness, recovery of our spiritual sight and of an awakening of desire for God to be strengthened within us. This weekend, during a private celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and in the midst of our Jubilee year, I will celebrate Mass without a congregation, asking God’s grace and forgiveness, consecrating our diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. So that you may join me in this moment, it will be streamed live for the faithful. Each priest is to celebrate his daily Mass in private in the church or a chapel on behalf of the intentions of his parish and for the universal Church to assist all those affected by COVID-19. For the time being, I am instructing that during the daylight hours all of our parish churches are to keep their doors open for the possibility of private prayer or devotion. As the People of God of necessity go to the grocery store for food, they can also drop by their parish church to sustain their spiritual lives. If quarantines or greater public restrictions are put in place limiting to a greater degree public movement and gatherings, or if more than 50 people recommended by the CDC gather in the church building, it will be closed to further access from outside. While open, a porter, assigned by the pastor, is to be stationed during the daylight hours at the one unlocked door of the church so that no more than 50 people at any one time may be in the Church. Individually, and always keeping an appropriate social distance from one another, parishioners are free, during a time of fear and uncertainty, to come at their discretion during the day for personal devotion, communion by desire, to pray the rosary or the Stations of the Cross. I am also asking at this time that the Blessed Sacrament be move to the center of the large or main body of the church. Our Lord is to be reserved and secured in the tabernacle, clearly visible in the larger main body of the church throughout daylight hours especially Saturday and Sunday - so that during private devotion and prayer, appropriate social distancing can be maintained, which is impossible in the smaller adoration chapels. Priests are to be available for personal confessions at specific times of the day in a large adjacent room that would allow security, limited access and provide at least six feet of space between them and any penitent. Pastoral care by the priest to the sick is of utmost importance during this time.  If a priest is unable to visit the sick for whatever reason or concerned with visiting sick because he fits one of the vulnerable categories, he will contact his dean. Communion will not normally be brought to any other parishioner who is homebound or who cannot attend Mass. Prayers for communion by desire will be widely available in the church and the parish website. Communion, if requested, will be brought to those who are near death when administering Viaticum. Lay volunteers  will not be visiting the sick in any official capacity.  Deacons may visit the sick using their discretion, taking into consideration their age or immunocompromised status. Essential charitable efforts to the poor and vulnerable will continue with some adaptations. Restrictions will be in place for no more than 25 people in a building at a time. It will be recommended that only individuals who are not within vulnerable groups or immunocompromised be the ones to assist the poor. Hot food service or seated food service in soup kitchens will be discontinued and replaced by grab-and-go options. All surfaces, including restrooms, must be sanitized frequently. Drop-off locations for donations should be outside the main facility thus limiting those who may be exposed to larger groups. With these provisions in place, we will continue with the Church’s mission: teaching the faith, celebrating the sacraments as needed in this age, and care for the poor, even as we support the common good and assure the health and well-being of our neighbor. As the world responds to this emergency, we turn our attention to the Holy Spirit to give us strength and courage in times of trial and suffering. We offer our prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and ask the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May we know the depths of the Lord’s merciful love and may Our Lady keep us in the mantle of her protection to intercede for us in our time of need. With the assurance of prayers for you and all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am,

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout Bishop of Richmond

  [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Writes Letter to the Faithful in Regard to COVID-19 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-writes-letter-to-the-faithful-in-regard-to-covid-19 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-17 15:05:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-17 19:05:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=120362 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119664 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-31 09:07:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-31 14:07:56 [post_content] => 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 Catholics to step into the public square and to be witnesses of the Gospel on which our faith is founded. Because we believe that all life is a sacred gift from God, it is imperative for all people of faith to continue to speak and act on behalf of the unborn, especially those who will die if this legislation is enacted. We are saddened and deeply disappointed that a majority of Virginia’s elected leaders have chosen to pass bills that strip Virginia law of many longstanding provisions that protect unborn children and the health and safety of women. A just society respects life from the moment of conception until natural death, and we continue to call upon the Virginia General Assembly to reject any legislation that increases abortion access. Let us pray that members of the General Assembly will be guided by the love of God in opposing legislation that will result in the death of innocent human life. At the same time, we ask for all to pray for the mothers of these children that they will give them life and that we will support them in their needs. As the Senate now takes up consideration of HB 980 and the House takes up consideration of SB 733, the Virginia Catholic Conference urges pro-life Virginians to continue to voice their strong opposition to these bills. Voices of truth must be heard by our elected officials. This year’s Virginia March for Life is extraordinarily important, and we urge people throughout both the Arlington and Richmond Catholic Dioceses to join us on February 13 to show that Virginians are pro-life and expect their legislators to vote that way.

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Abortion Bills [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-passage-of-abortion-bills [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-31 09:07:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-31 14:07:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119664 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119449 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-17 12:00:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-17 17:00:29 [post_content] => 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 take place. In granting permission for this ordination to be held at St. Bede, we were welcoming, as the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council encouraged, those who have in common with us “the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Decree on Ecumenism, 3). We were following the example of St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis who enthusiastically engaged in ecumenical outreach and hospitality. We look forward to continuing our ecumenical dialogue with the Episcopal community, and to working with Bishop-Elect Haynes in fortifying the long standing, cordial relationship between our communities and our joint service to the poor. As I assure Bishop-Elect Haynes of my prayers for her and the community she leads, I ask our Catholic faithful to pray for them, too, and to pray that the fruits of the Holy Spirit, along with humility, kindness, gentleness and joy, be expressed and strengthened in all our faith communities. You can read the statement from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia by clicking here. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Statement Following the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Decision to Change Consecration Location [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement-following-the-episcopal-diocese-of-southern-virginias-decision-to-change-consecration-location [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-17 12:00:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-17 17:00:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119449 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119331 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-02 14:42:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-02 19:42:04 [post_content] => January 2, 2020 Bishop Knestout has released a letter detailing his final decision on the closing of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School following a Dec. 19 meeting with Holy Cross constituents. In part, Bishop writes, “Given all the facts, and having received the input from the pastors, school administrative staff and school advisory board members, as well as the advice of my staff and others, the decision stands to close Holy Cross at the end of this school year.” You can read Bishop’s full statement by clicking here.  [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Releases Statement on Holy Cross Regional Catholic School [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-releases-statement-on-holy-cross-regional-catholic-school [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-02 14:42:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-02 19:42:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119331 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [13] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118898 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2019-10-30 10:01:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-10-30 14:01:43 [post_content] => “For more than a century, the Little Sisters of the Poor have been faithful servants and true examples of Christ’s loving care and unwavering, tender devotion for the poor, sick, elderly and dying within our diocese,” said the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond. “I am deeply saddened to see them leave our region as their departure will leave a profound void within our community that is irreplaceable. Yet, I am immensely grateful for the decades of humble service, selfless work, great love and devotion they have provided to the most vulnerable in our community. On a personal note, I have a very fond affection for the Little Sisters, as I witnessed firsthand their compassion and accompaniment of the dying when they lovingly cared for Cardinal James Hickey until his death in 2004 at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, D.C. While not a diocesan entity, I understand the impact such a difficult decision will have as this transition process moves forward and the current challenges the Little Sisters face as they work to continue to fulfill their mission around the world. I know our Catholic community holds the Little Sisters in high regard and I ask the faithful to keep them in your prayers in the weeks and months to come. Be assured of my continued prayers for them as well. Through the intercession of Saint Jeanne Jugan, and our Blessed Mother, Mary, may the Little Sisters continue to be guided in their work as they seek to make Jesus Christ present in the world.”

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The Little Sisters have served continuously in the Diocese of Richmond since 1874. For more information about the Little Sisters of the Poor, visit www.littlesistersofthepoorvirginia.org     [post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s Statement on the Little Sisters of the Poor Departing from St. Joseph’s Home [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement103019 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-30 10:28:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-30 14:28:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118898 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [14] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117436 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-07-23 12:03:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-23 16:03:54 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: July 23, 2019

Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Holy Father’s Appointment of the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Mark Brennan on his appointment by Pope Francis as shepherd of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  Having known Bishop Brennan for more than 40 years, I am certain that he will guide and serve the people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston with great pastoral care and dedication. He is a pastor’s pastor, one who is prayerful, modest and lives a simple life with an attitude of service to God and to the mission of his Church and people.  Throughout my life, my path has crossed with Bishop Brennan’s many times. As a teenager, he served as parochial vicar at my home parish in Bowie, Saint Pius X. During my college years, he helped me discern my call to the priesthood and continued to offer me spiritual guidance in the years that followed. In my last year of seminary, Bishop Brennan became vocations director for the Archdiocese of Washington and was the one who provided the final recommendation to Cardinal Hickey to ordain me as a priest. I know Bishop Brennan will be a skillful administrator and provide gentle, careful and competent oversight for the financial and pastoral needs of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese.  The clergy, consecrated religious and lay faithful of the diocese will benefit greatly from his wisdom, counsel and great pastoral care. I look forward to working alongside him in the Baltimore province in the years to come. I assure Bishop Brennan of my prayers for him and that the people of our diocese will keep him in prayer as he is called to this new leadership role.

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USCCB statement on the appointment of the Most Reverend Mark Brennen as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston:  

Pope Francis Appoints the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

July 23, 2019
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Mark Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop Brennan was born on February 6, 1947 in Boston, MA. He holds a bachelor of arts from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1969; and pursued seminary studies at Christ the King Seminary in Albany, New York, 1969-1970. In 1972 he received a licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1972; he also pursued a graduate degree at the Gregorian, 1974. He was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington on May 15, 1976. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Brennan as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in December of 2016, and he was consecrated a bishop on January 19, 2017. Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Potomac, Maryland, 1976-1981, and Saint Pius X Parish, Bowie, Maryland, 1981-1985; parochial vicar, Saint Bartholomew Parish, Bethesda, Maryland, 1986-1988, pastoral care to Hispanic community, 1988-1989; director of vocations and priest programs, 1988-1998; pastor, Saint Thomas the Apostle parish, Washington, DC, 1998-2003, Saint Martin of Tours Parish, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 2003-2016. Other assignments include: member, priest council, 1978-1981, 2009-2015; member, College of Consultors, 1998-2001, 2011-2016; vicar forane, 2002-2005; advocate, Metropolitan Tribunal, 2006. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is comprised of 24,282 square miles and has a total population of 1,844,128 of which 77,874 or 4 percent, are Catholic.

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En español

June 27, 2019 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In recent years, the Church has become vividly aware of the sorrow and suffering associated with child sexual abuse perpetrated by some clergy. In response, I have taken a number of steps to support the survivors who have suffered abuse and help them on their path toward healing. In addition to strengthening our child protection policies, practices, and codes of conduct as well as continuing to provide counseling to survivors of abuse, the Diocese of Richmond earlier this year published a list of clergy against whom there are credible and substantiated claims of child sexual abuse. Overcoming the tragedy of abuse is not just about holding accountable those who have committed abuses, it is also about seriously examining the role and complex legacies of individuals who should have done more to address the crisis in real time. The continued honorific recognition of those individuals provides a barrier to healing for our survivors, and we want survivors to know that we welcome and support them in our Diocese. For this reason, effective today I am instructing that an additional step take place. As a policy, all diocesan institutions, its schools, and parish buildings are to be named after one of the saints, the mysteries of the faith, titles of Our Lord and of Our Lady, or the place where the ministry has been established.  They are no longer to be named after a pastor, founder, or individual. Any proposed change that varies from this policy would require the review and approval of the bishop. This policy does not apply to rooms or wings in existing buildings or institutions.  Neither does it apply to the listing of historic figures who held an office in the institution or plaques or signs recognizing donors. I am asking local administrators to exercise prudential judgment before making any changes as deemed appropriate.  All other Catholic institutions may determine a policy for themselves according to their own statutes and bylaws. With this in mind, effective today, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School will return to its former name of Catholic High School. From a practical perspective, I am allowing for a period of transition over the next year to complete all that is necessary to accomplish this name change. It is my hope and prayer the policy change is another way to continue to assist survivors of abuse in their healing, especially those who have, in any way, experienced the failure of Church leadership to adequately address their needs and concerns. Asking for the intercession of Our Lady and the grace of the Holy Spirit, I remain Sincerely in Christ, Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout Bishop of Richmond

Printable Letter From Bishop Knestout

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In English

27 de junio de 2019 Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, En los últimos años, la Iglesia se ha dado cuenta de la tristeza y el sufrimiento asociados con el abuso sexual infantil perpetrado por algunos clérigos. En respuesta, he tomado una serie de pasos para apoyar a los sobrevivientes que han sufrido abusos y ayudarlos en su camino hacia la sanación. Además de fortalecer nuestras pólizas, prácticas y códigos de conducta para la protección infantil y el asesoramiento continuo a los sobrevivientes de abuso, la Diócesis de Richmond publicó una lista de clérigos quienes tienen denuncias en su contra de abuso sexual infantil creíbles y verificadas. Superar la tragedia del abuso no se trata solo de hacer responsable a quienes cometieron los abusos, sino también de examinar seriamente el rol y los legados complejos de las personas que deberían haber hecho más para abordar la crisis. El reconocimiento honorífico continuo de estos individuos proporciona una barrera para la sanación de nuestros sobrevivientes, y queremos que los sobrevivientes sepan que les damos la bienvenida y los apoyamos en nuestra Diócesis. Por esta razón, de inmediato, les pido que se lleve a cabo un paso adicional. Como póliza, todas las instituciones diocesanas, sus escuelas y edificios parroquiales, deben ser nombrados por uno de los santos, los misterios de la fe, los títulos de Nuestro Señor y de Nuestra Señora, o el lugar donde el ministerio ha sido establecido. Ya no deben ser nombrados después de un pastor, fundador o individuo. Cualquier cambio propuesto que varíe de esta póliza requerirá la revisión y aprobación del obispo. Esta póliza no se aplica a las habitaciones o alas de los edificios o instituciones existentes. Tampoco se aplica a la lista de figuras históricas que ocuparon una oficina en la institución o placas que reconocen a donantes. Estoy pidiendo a los administradores locales que sean prudentes antes de hacer cualquier cambio que se considere apropiado. Todas las demás instituciones católicas pueden determinar una póliza por sí mismas de acuerdo con sus propios estatutos. Con esto en mente, de inmediato, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School se volverá a llamar Catholic High School. Desde una perspectiva práctica, estoy permitiendo, el próximo año, un período de transición para completar todo lo necesario y lograr este cambio de nombre. Es mi esperanza y oración que el cambio de póliza sea otra manera de continuar ayudando a los sobrevivientes de abusos en su sanación, especialmente a aquellos que, de alguna manera, han experimentado el fracaso del liderazgo de la Iglesia para abordar adecuadamente sus necesidades y preocupaciones. Pidiendo la intercesión de Nuestra Señora y la gracia del Espíritu Santo, permanezco Sinceramente en Cristo, Reverendísimo Barry C. Knestout Obispo de Richmond Carta del Obispo Knestout en española [post_title] => Carta del Obispo Knestout sobre el nombramiento de instituciones [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => carta-del-obispo-knestout-sobre-el-nombramiento-de-instituciones [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-28 16:25:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-28 20:25:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=116825 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 116413 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2019-05-31 20:01:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-01 00:01:43 [post_content] => June 6, 2019 The Holy Father has offered his condolences to the community of Virginia Beach. Bishop Knestout thanked Pope Francis for his prayers and sympathies on behalf of the faithful.
Letter From Pope Francis Bishop Knestout's Response
 
Updated & For Immediate Release:  June 2, 2019

Bishop Knestout Visits and Celebrates Mass with Two Virginia Beach Parishes Sunday June 2, 2019

“As you mourn the loss of friends, neighbors or family, I mourn with you and want to assure you of the sympathy and solidarity of all the people of the Diocese of Richmond. We join you in prayer and by being present with you to grieve the loss of the 12 souls who died and others injured in Friday’s violent shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. I hope in some small way this prayer and support brings comfort to you and to the Virginia Beach community. This is your home and I know words fall short in easing the pain of this time, but offer them to you in the hope that in being united with you in thought and prayer, we might also help you carry the burden of this loss. We feel sadness in our hearts, especially for those whom the sting of this loss is so much greater, for those who have lost a loved one. We know there is grief, and possibly also anger at the injustice of this senseless loss of innocent life. Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension which normally is an occasion of joy and thanksgiving. But it’s difficult to celebrate when we know members within our diocese are hurting and in pain following such violent loss. It is in this time of loss that we turn to our Heavenly Father in prayer. To ease our grief – it is God who provides the strength and peace to sustain us in times of loss and distress. I invite all the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to join me in prayer on the Feast of the Ascension for the people of Virginia Beach. We hold in prayer the many who are hurting as a result of this tragedy. We pray for the families who lost a loved one, for the injured recovering in the hospital, for the medical personnel working to comfort and care for the suffering, for our law enforcement community who so valiantly faced the danger at the Municipal Center. We pray for the co-workers mourning the loss of a friend and most especially for those who died: • Laquita Brown • Tara Gallagher • Mary Louise Gayle • Alexander Gusev • Katherine Nixon • Richard Nettleton • Christopher Rapp • Ryan Cox • Joshua Hardy • Michelle “Missy” Langer • Robert “Bobby” Williams • Herbert “Bert” Snelling May God grant them eternal rest and may the Virginia Beach community remain steadfast in their support of one another. Be assured of a continued remembrance in our prayers in the days and weeks to come.

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For Immediate Release: May 31, 2019 Bishop Knestout issued a statement following multiple deaths from a shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Complex, Friday, May 31, 2019: “As we await more information from law enforcement regarding the devastating news late this afternoon confirming 11 individuals have lost their lives in Virginia Beach, my prayers and thoughts are with the people of Virginia Beach and the community of Hampton Roads. Tonight, I will continue to pray for those who lost their lives, those who are injured, the medical personnel and first responders who are assisting the victims, families and all affected. I would ask all the faithful to pray with me during this time.” ~Bishop Barry C. Knestout [post_title] => Diocesan News on the May 31 Shooting in Virginia Beach [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement-following-shooting-at-virginia-beach-municipal-center [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-06 09:20:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-06 13:20:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=116413 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [19] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 116159 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-05-10 13:51:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-10 17:51:32 [post_content] => May 10, 2019 I welcome Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter "Vos estis lux mundi," issued Motu proprio, regarding the crime of sexual abuse. It further expresses his firm commitment to protecting children, young adults and the vulnerable from being sexually abused by church personnel, and it reiterates his expectation that care for victims and their families will always be a priority for Church leaders. Two additional points in the statement are worth noting: the pope’s delineation of accountability by the bishops in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by church personnel, and the expediency with which our Holy Father expects these matters to be addressed. These are concerns that have repeatedly been expressed by victims and other members of the faithful. We are encouraged that our Holy Father has specifically addressed them in this apostolic letter. I am grateful that Pope Francis has stated, “a continuous and profound conversion of hearts is needed, attested by concrete and effective actions that involve everyone in the Church, so that personal sanctity and moral commitment can contribute to promoting the full credibility of the Gospel message and the effectiveness of the Church’s mission.” We will strive for that conversion and take the action it requires for us — victims and the entire church — to continue healing from the sins of the abusers.

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Statement on Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement-on-pope-francis-apostolic-letter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-13 11:20:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-13 15:20:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=116159 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [20] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 115705 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-04-04 09:19:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-04 13:19:46 [post_content] => 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, he led the process in addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the United States. That process resulted in the adoption and implementation of “The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults” in 2002. Archbishop Gregory’s recognition and understanding of the abundant gifts found in the diverse Catholic community will serve the Archdiocese of Washington well. I continue to keep him and the people of the Archdiocese in my prayers.”

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Statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pope Francis Names Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta as New Archbishop of Washington April 4, 2019 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory as the new Archbishop of Washington. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on April 4, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, 71, was born on December 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Saint Mary at  Mundelein Seminary, and completed his doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1980 at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo) in Rome. He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973. On December 13, 1983, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Chicago. He was then installed as bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, IL on February 10, 1994. Pope John Paull II appointed him as the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was installed on January 17, 2005. Archbishop Gregory served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from Nov. 2001 to 2004, following three years as USCCB vice president. Under his leadership, the USCCB implemented the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” He also previously served on other committees including the Committee on Doctrine, Liturgy, Administrative, and International Policy and also as Chairman of the Bishops’ Committees on Personnel and the Third Millennium/Jubilee Year 2000. On October 12, 2018, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, 78, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Washington. Cardinal Wuerl had presented his resignation almost three years ago, when he reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.  Upon acceptance of his resignation, Pope Francis named Cardinal Wuerl as apostolic administrator to oversee the archdiocese until a successor was named. Cardinal Wuerl served as archbishop of Washington from 2006 to 2018. The Archdiocese of Washington is comprised of 2,104 square miles and has a total population of 2,994,625 of which 658,818 or 22 percent, are Catholic.

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El Papa Francisco Nombra al Reverendísimo Wilton Gregory como Nuevo Arzobispo de Washington 4 de abril de 2019 WASHINGTON—El Papa Francisco nombró al Reverendísimo Wilton D. Gregory como nuevo Arzobispo de Washington. La designación fue publicada en Washington, DC, hoy jueves 4 de abril de 2019 por el Arzobispo Christophe Pierre, Nuncio Apostólico en Estados Unidos. El Arzobispo Wilton Gregory, de 71 años, nació el 7 de diciembre de 1947 en Chicago, Illinois. Estudió en la Universidad de Santa María en el Seminario de Mundelein, y completó su doctorado en liturgia sagrada en 1980 en el Instituto Pontificio Litúrgico (Sant ’Anselmo) en Roma. El Reverendísimo Gregory fue ordenado sacerdote en la Arquidiócesis de Chicago el 9 de mayo de 1973. El 13 de diciembre de 1983, fue ordenado Obispo Auxiliar de Chicago. Luego fue instalado como Obispo de la Diócesis de Belleville, IL. El 10 de febrero de 1994, el Papa Juan Pablo II lo nombró como el sexto Arzobispo de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta. Fue instalado el 17 de enero de 2005. El Arzobispo Gregory sirvió como Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos desde noviembre del 2001 hasta el 2004, luego de tres años como Vicepresidente de USCCB. Bajo su liderazgo, la USCCB implementó la Carta para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes  (Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People). Previamente, el Arzobispo Gregory sirvió en otros comités incluyendo los de Doctrina, Liturgia, Administrativo y Política Internacional, al igual que ejerció como presidente de los comités de Personal y Tercer Milenio/Jubileo Año 2000. El 12 de octubre de 2018, el Papa Francisco aceptó la renuncia del Cardenal Donald Wuerl, de 78 años, del gobierno pastoral de la Arquidiócesis de Washington. El Cardenal Wuerl había presentado su renuncia hace casi tres años, cuando alcanzó la edad de jubilación para los obispos de 75. Al aceptar su renuncia, el Papa Francisco nombró al Cardenal Wuerl como administrador apostólico para supervisar la Arquidiócesis hasta que se nombrara un sucesor. El Cardenal Wuerl sirvió como arzobispo de Washington desde 2006 hasta 2018. La Arquidiócesis de Washington está conformada por 2.104 millas cuadradas y tiene una población total de 2.994.625 personas de las cuales 658.818, equivalente al 22 por ciento, son católicas.

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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on the Announcement of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the Archdiocese of Washington [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-on-the-announcement-of-archbishop-gregory-d-wilton-to-the-archdiocese-of-washington [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-04 15:34:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-04 19:34:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=115705 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 115059 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-02-26 08:50:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-26 13:50:39 [post_content] => The following is a Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) statement regarding the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. February 25, 2019 We are deeply dismayed and astounded that the U.S. Senate has failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). It is a matter of common sense and basic human decency to require, as S. 311 would have, that any health care practitioner present when a child is born alive following an abortion give the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as would be given to any other newborn. That this bill did not pass unanimously – let alone even pass at all – is appalling and beyond comprehension. We are dismayed and outraged that Virginia’s U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine voted against this critical lifesaving legislation. We urge the Senate to reconsider its decision as soon as possible. This joint statement has been issued by Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, and Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond. The VCC statement is available here.   -----------Translation----------- Estamos profundamente consternados y atónitos que el Senado haya fallado en contra de la ley de Protección a los Sobrevivientes del Aborto Nacidos Vivos (S. 311). Requerir esto es una cuestión de sentido común y dignidad humana tal como el S. 311 lo habría hecho, que cualquier profesional de salud que esta presente cuando el infante nace vivo depuse del aborto, este proporcionaría la misma atención que haría a cualquier recién nacido para preservar la vida y la salud. Que el fallo de esta ley no fue unánime – y peor aun que hayan fallado a favor - es terrible e incomprensible. Nos quedamos consternados e indignados que los Senadores de Virginia, Warner y Kaine, votaran en contra de esta legislación critica de salvaguardar la vida. Instamos al Senado a reconsiderar esta decisión lo antes posible. [post_title] => Virginia Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate’s Failure to Pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virginia-bishops-statement-on-u-s-senates-failure-to-pass-the-born-alive-abortion-survivors-protection-act [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-28 11:37:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-28 16:37:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=115059 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [22] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 114911 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-02-17 12:19:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-17 17:19:08 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: February 17, 2019 “The Holy See’s announcement, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, is a clear indicator that sexual abuse against a child or adult by those even at the highest level in the Church is intolerable. I pray this action by the Holy Father is one step to help victims of abuse move forward from the hurt and pain they have experienced. My personal affection for the people of the Archdiocese of Washington goes hand in hand with my concern for victims and survivors, my shame and disappointment in the failures of church leadership and my commitment to restoring the trust of the faithful in the Diocese of Richmond. As I mentioned in my most recent letter to the faithful in our diocese earlier this week, “be assured I will do all in my power to restore your trust and to make our Church an authentic witness to the Gospel…..” I ask you to pray for the healing of all victims and their families and to the victims who suffered abuse by Theodore McCarrick. I ask you also to keep in your prayers our Church and to continually ask God’s grace upon the clergy in our diocese who are serving with dignity, grace and integrity. May we all heal and work unceasingly to answer the call for spiritual renewal in our Church.”

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[post_title] => Statement from Bishop Knestout Regarding Holy See Judgement on Theodore McCarrick [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-knestout-regarding-holy-see-judgement-on-theodore-mccarrick [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-19 09:20:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-19 14:20:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=114911 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [23] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 114256 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-01-31 14:48:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-31 19:48:12 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 31, 2019 Horrific. Outrageous. Vicious. Those words were in my heart as I heard about the proposed legislation that would enable expanding the brutal practice of abortion. There is no place in a civil society for this sort of thought and action. Equally disheartening and reprehensible are the comments made by Virginia’s Governor and the legislator who proposed such a bill. The discussion a mother and doctor should have is in the best interest of the child as to how we can preserve and not destroy life. We should not be legislating in favor of abortion, let alone third trimester abortions at all. All our actions and decisions should be life-giving. “Each human being has value and is not a means to an end. Each human being is loved by God, and equally treasured.” Less than two weeks ago, I spoke those words in my homily at the closing of the Vigil for Life Mass in Washington D.C, just prior to the March for Life. I joined hundreds from our Diocese who marched in unison with thousands of others from across this nation to bear witness to the value and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. We must give thanks to God for the gift of human life and be unwavering in protecting this gift in all its stages from conception to natural death. As Catholics in the United States, we do this through prayer but also through our advocacy efforts on the national, state and local levels. We see these efforts visibly through the March for Life, but also by using our voices when public policy threatens the dignity of human life. Now more than ever, it’s important to raise our voices when we see such threats and injustices on the most vulnerable in our society. I encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to visit the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) and sign up for the Conference’s advocacy network. There you will receive information regarding these matters and how you can advocate best on behalf of the most vulnerable. I pray that through using our voices in the public square we will help end such immoral legislation that threatens human life.

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For more about the latest measures the VCC advocated against click this link: https://vacatholic.org/action-center/ For more about the VCC and how to use your voice in matters of public policy, click this link: https://vacatholic.org [post_title] => Statement from Bishop Knestout Regarding Recent and Extreme Abortion Legislation in Virginia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-knestout-regarding-recent-and-extreme-abortion-legislation-in-virginia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-01 10:02:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-01 15:02:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=114256 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [24] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 113288 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2018-11-19 13:22:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-19 18:22:46 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: November 19, 2018 [caption id="attachment_113161" align="alignright" width="400"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout attends the USCCB 2018 Fall General Assembly, Nov. 12-14, in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)[/caption] “The Church has no greater charge than the protection of children. I am hopeful that, despite our not acting upon specific measures related to the abuse scandal, the discussions which took place during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about bishops’ accountability regarding clergy sexual abuse will be the foundation for concrete action — not only for the Church in the United States, but for the Church universal. Child protection is not only a parish, diocesan and national concern in our Church, but it is a concern for the Church throughout the world. So, when our Holy Father meets with the presidents of bishops’ conferences in February, they will be looking at protecting ALL children and making ALL bishops accountable for what they do in this regard. Be assured we are continuing to move forward with the commitment I made to the faithful of our diocese in September:
  • to make public the names of those priests from our diocese who received credible and substantiated allegations of abuse;
  • to have a full, extensive audit of clergy files by an independent entity, with oversight from the Diocesan Review Board, which will hold us accountable; and
  • to establish an abuse victims’ assistance fund for counseling aid to those who have experienced abuse from clergy.
Please continue to pray for victims of abuse and for our Church as we heal and work unceasingly to answer the call for reform and renewal and to prevent such a scourge from ever occurring again.” Read the President of the U.S.C.C.B Statement Following the Close of the Fall General Session in Baltimore Nov. 12-14.

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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Close of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Public Sessions at the 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-following-the-close-of-the-u-s-conference-of-catholic-bishops-public-sessions-at-the-2018-fall-general-assembly-in-baltimore [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-26 13:16:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-26 18:16:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=113288 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [25] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 112791 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2018-10-12 11:50:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-12 15:50:31 [post_content] => October 12, 2018 “Today, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. Having assisted Cardinal Wuerl for nearly a decade with the many events of the Archdiocese, including coordinating the Archdiocesan Synod and 75th Anniversary celebration, implementing programs for the New Evangelization, and as co-chair of the committees to coordinate two papal visits, I know him to be a dedicated bishop who is devoted to and fully focused on ministering to the people of God. My experience with him in Washington was as an effective teacher, as one who fostered the unity of the Church, love for the sacraments especially the Eucharist and as one who provided careful oversight for charitable works of the Archdiocese. As I said on the day of my announcement as Bishop of Richmond: Cardinal Wuerl has taught me the importance of seeking the best from myself and the people around me who serve the mission of the Church, to proclaim the faith, to celebrate the sacraments and to serve in charity. For this, I am profoundly grateful. I have great love and affection for the Archdiocese of Washington, for the faithful, and for those I’ve worked with and encountered there. I ask everyone to pray for the people of the archdiocese and for Cardinal Wuerl during this time of transition. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide, inspire, and assist our beloved Church during this time.”

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout’s Statement Regarding Pope Francis Acceptance of Cardinal Wuerl’s Resignation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestouts-statement-regarding-pope-francis-acceptance-of-cardinal-wuerls-resignation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-12 11:51:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-12 15:51:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=112791 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [26] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 111276 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2018-08-15 16:08:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-15 20:08:06 [post_content] => Bishop Knestout will celebrate nine regional Masses of Atonement with the faithful. The Masses begin at 7:30 P.M. at the locations and times provided below except where otherwise noted. All are welcome.
  • Christ the King, Abingdon--Thursday, October 4
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem--Friday, October 5
  • Resurrection, Moneta--Saturday, October 6 **
  • Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville--Tuesday, October 9
  • Saint Stephen Martyr, Chesapeake--Thursday, October 11
  • Star of the Sea, Virginia Beach--Friday, October 12
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, Staunton--Thursday, October 18
  • Saint Jerome, Newport News--Tuesday, October 23
  • Saint Joseph, Petersburg--Wednesday, October 24
**This Mass will start at Noon  _______________________________________________________________________________________ If you were unable to be with us for the Mass of Atonement on September 14, you can now view the full mass by clicking here: Mass of Atonement Video _______________________________________________________________________________________

Mass of Atonement

"If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it." (1 Corinthians 12:26) Friday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m., Bishop Knestout will preside at the Mass of Atonement for victims of abuse held on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. The celebration of the Mass is the first of several steps Bishop Knestout is taking in response to the present crisis facing the Church. “Prayer must accompany us through every stage of our actions or responses to the present crisis…” wrote Bishop Knestout in a Pastoral Letter written to the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Diocese. To read his entire pastoral letter and the the additional steps called for by Bishop, click the link: https://bit.ly/2xb7Y0R As part of the Mass of Atonement, Bishop will remove the symbols of his office and prostrate himself before the cross and altar during the service. The prostration, similar to the prostration at the Good Friday liturgy, signifies contrition, humility, reverence, deep anguish for the suffering Christ, and too, the grief and sorrow of the Church. For more on the Mass, please click on the worship booklet below. If you are unable to join us for The Mass of Atonement at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, you can watch the Mass while it's live streamed here and on our YouTube Channel.                          Worship Aid                                      A Prayer for Healing for Victims of Abuse _______________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release: August 15, 2018 I am profoundly aware of the hurt and anger the Catholic faithful and the community at large are feeling in light of the recent report of abuse by Church leadership and now with the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on abuse in the Church. Those revelations further erode trust in Church leaders and in the Church as a whole. I am praying for all who have been abused. Our Church — especially its bishops — must continually seek forgiveness for our failures from those who have suffered as a result of those failures. To open ourselves to the grace we need to overcome this scourge upon our Church, we must prayerfully seek healing and reconciliation with all who have been hurt. As a step in this process, I am inviting the faithful to come and pray with me for all victims of abuse at a Mass of Atonement, Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. We will pray for all victims of abuse, express sorrow for the failure of Church leaders, seek forgiveness for our sins, and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the ongoing healing of the People of God. During the seven months I have been bishop, I have asked for a review of the process and procedures currently in place for reporting and responding to all abuse. I am encouraged by the work of our Diocesan Review Board, a committee of lay and clergy members who have assisted our diocese for the last 16 years, in assessing accusations of child abuse and the suitability for ministry of the accused. I am firmly committed, as Bishop of the Richmond Diocese, to addressing accusations of abuse quickly and transparently. Be assured, we will continue to make protection of the most vulnerable a priority in our parishes, schools and throughout our diocese.

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[post_title] => Mass of Atonement for Victims of Abuse [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestouts-invitation-to-mass-of-atonement-for-victims-of-abuse [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-22 06:21:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-22 11:21:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=111276 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [27] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 111243 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2018-08-09 13:11:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-09 17:11:35 [post_content] => A year following the violence that took place in Charlottesville as a result of protests and counter-protests, the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout offers the following statement: "As we draw closer to the weekend and the one-year mark of Aug. 12th which will once again draw national and local attention, I pray that it will not be approached with provocative rhetoric but provide an opportunity for prayer and dialogue about racism, and the action needed to overcome it.” “Racism is a sin. As the U.S. Bishops wrote in 1979 – ‘a sin that divides the human family.’ Prayer -- individually and as a faith community -- is a start in addressing racism and to help heal from the effects of racism, but it cannot be an occasional act and it shouldn’t be confined to one day.” “It is my sincere hope that all remain safe in these coming days and throughout the weekend, and may the Holy Spirit be a source of strength and comfort for the families and friends who continue to mourn the loss of a loved one.” “I pray that during this time when we are challenged by divisions that we commit to praying, listening, learning, thinking and working for peace, justice and an end to racism." “I ask all the faithful of the diocese to join me in asking for the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States, to pray with me for unity and peace in our communities.”

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En Español: Declaración de Su Excmo. y Rvdmo. Sr. Barry C Knestout sobre Charlottesville: Un año más tarde Un año después de la violencia en Charlottesville debido a las protestas y contra-protestas Mons. Knestout ofrece lo siguiente: “A medida que se acerca el fin de semana y el primer aniversario del 12 de agosto que nos llamará atención local y nacional, ruego que este día no sea una ocasión de retórica provocativa sino una oportunidad para oración y dialogo sobre racismo y la acción necesaria para superarlo.” “El Racismo es un pecado. Como dijeron los obispos de EE. UU. en 1979, ‘es un pecado de divide la familia humana’. La oración – por individuos y por la comunidad de fe- es un comienzo en tratar el problema de racismo, pero no debería ser algo ocasional o solamente un día particular.” “Es mi sincero deseo que todos se quedan seguros en estos días y por todo el fin de semana, y que el Espíritu Santo sea una fuente de fortaleza y consuelo para todas las familias y todos los amigos que lloren la perdida de sus seres queridos.” “Ruego que, en este tiempo en que nos sentimos interpelados por la división, nos comprometamos a orar, escuchar, aprender, pensar, y luchar por la paz, la justica, y el fin de racismo.” “Pido a todos los fieles de la Diócesis de Richmond que se unan conmigo y por la intercesión de Nuestra Sra. de la inmaculada Concepción, Patrona de los Estados Unidos, que oremos por la unidad y la paz en nuestras comunidades.”

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  [post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on Charlottesville: A Year Later [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-on-charlottesville-a-year-later [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 09:58:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 14:58:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=111243 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [28] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 111314 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2018-07-30 08:49:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-07-30 12:49:54 [post_content] => [post_title] => Letter to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => letter-to-the-clergy-and-faithful-of-the-diocese [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-17 08:56:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-17 12:56:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=111314 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [29] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 109534 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2018-04-18 10:45:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-04-18 14:45:21 [post_content] => Richmond, Va. – The following is a statement from The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond, where Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley served as Auxiliary Bishop from 1986-1994 before his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham. “I met Bishop Foley a number of years ago when he served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington. I was a teenager during the same years that my father was Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Washington. Since that time, I had met or encountered him on numerous occasions in my capacity as Vicar General and later Auxiliary Bishop in Washington. I remember Bishop Foley as a man of great kindness and gentle disposition. Yet, I know he also provided pastoral care as Auxiliary Bishop here in the Diocese of Richmond and later as the Bishop of Birmingham with a firm and competent hand. It is with sorrow that I heard of his passing and join with all the clergy, religious, and people of the Diocese of Richmond, in our common hope in the Resurrection, offering the assurance of prayers, to Bishop Foley’s family, friends and to the people of the Church of Birmingham.”

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[post_title] => Statement from His Excellency, The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, on the Death of Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-his-excellency-the-most-reverend-barry-c-knestout-on-the-death-of-bishop-emeritus-david-e-foley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-19 08:42:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-19 12:42:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=109534 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 108045 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-12-05 12:05:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-05 17:05:13 [post_content] => RICHMOND, Va. – Within hours of being announced as the 13th Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, 55, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, celebrated Mass with Pastoral Center staff for the first time in the diocese he will soon oversee. Earlier, he held a press conference where he was introduced to staff and media.

“I thank our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his trust in naming me Bishop of Richmond. I am honored to serve the Church in Richmond, which has a long and revered history of faith, and I will be blessed to serve the faithful across the beautiful and richly diverse Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Bishop-designate Knestout. “For 197 years the diocese has been led by men of happy memory who served with faith-filled wisdom and skill. I recognize especially Bishop Frank DiLorenzo, may God rest him, who served this diocese with devotion, steadfastness and a pastor’s heart.”

Bishop-designate Knestout succeeds the Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, 12th Bishop of Richmond, who died Aug. 17, 2017, at the age of 75.   Background A native of Maryland, Bishop-designate Barry Knestout, was born in Cheverly, MD, and ordained a priest in 1989 after completing his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s. He was named Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1999, and ordained an auxiliary bishop December 29, 2008 in the Archdiocese of Washington. Bishop-designate Knestout will take possession of the Diocese of Richmond during a Mass of Installation which is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. For more information about the newly named Richmond bishop and to watch the complete video of the press conference, go to www.richmonddiocese.org/livestream. The Diocese of Richmond spans 33,000 square miles and 74 counties across the central and southern portion of Virginia, stretching from the Eastern Shore to Southwest Virginia, and as far north as Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Download PDF Press Release Here [post_title] => Pope Francis Names Washington Auxiliary Bishop to Lead Richmond Diocese [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pope-francis-names-washington-auxiliary-bishop-to-lead-richmond-diocese [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-12-05 12:19:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-05 17:19:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=108045 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [31] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107146 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2017-10-02 15:10:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-02 19:10:19 [post_content] => We mourn for all who lost their lives or were injured in the horrific actions that took place in Las Vegas. We lift our voices in prayer on this Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels whom we ask to watch over us, to guide us, and bring consolation to all who are grieving. We pray for the victims, their families and the repose of their souls. Let the holy angels be with us and bring us comfort during these uncertain times.   Guardian Angel Prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen. [post_title] => Diocesan Administrator Very Reverend Monsignor Mark Richard Lane Statement on Las Vegas Shooting [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocesan-administrator-very-reverend-monsignor-mark-richard-lane-statement-on-las-vegas-shooting [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-02 15:10:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-02 19:10:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=107146 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [32] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 106371 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-14 16:39:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-14 20:39:50 [post_content] => (Richmond, Va.) – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement: “I remain deeply saddened about the devastating events in Charlottesville over the weekend, most especially I mourn the loss of lives and the injuries of many more. Hatred, and its manifestations of racism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are sins against God and profoundly wound the children of God. I am grateful for the many people, including clergy and people of faith, who bravely stood against hate, whether in prayer or in person. I also thank and pray for the men and women from law enforcement and emergency services who protect us. I continue to join my brother priests and bishops, the lay faithful and people of all faiths as we turn to God in prayer. We ask his mercy, pardon and wisdom as we root out these long-standing evils, strands of which, tragically, remain woven within the fabric of our society.” “In the coming days, our Diocese is exploring how we can address the issues highlighted in Charlottesville through prayer and action. As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we ask our Blessed Mother to intervene on our behalf. O Mary, Queen of Peace-pray for us.”

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Download PDF Statement Here [post_title] => Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement On Diocesan Response Following Aftermath in Charlottesville [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-francis-x-dilorenzo-statement-on-diocesan-response-following-aftermath-in-charlottesville [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-14 16:39:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-14 20:39:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=106371 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [33] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 106351 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-12 22:36:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-13 02:36:33 [post_content] => (Richmond, Va.)  – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the actions taking place in Charlottesville: “In the last 24 hours, hatred and violence have been on display in the City of Charlottesville. I earnestly pray for peace. I invoke the prayer of St. Francis who prayed “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon.”  I pray that those men and women on both sides can talk and seek solutions to their differences respectfully. The love of Jesus Christ is the most powerful weapon against hatred. Only the light of Christ can quench the torches of hatred and violence.  Let us pray for peace.”

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  Download PDF Statement Here [post_title] => Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement on Events Occurring in Charlottesville [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-francis-x-dilorenzo-statement-on-events-occurring-in-charlottesville [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-12 22:39:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-13 02:39:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=106351 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [34] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103205 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-02-21 16:29:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-21 21:29:10 [post_content] => February 21, 2017 Virginia Catholic Bishops Statement on Governor McAuliffe's Veto of Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood Richmond, VA - For the second consecutive year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the nation's largest abortion provider - at the expense of comprehensive health care for women. This morning, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed HB 2264, which would have redirected state tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and toward community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families. This legislation had been introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge. Surrounded by Planned Parenthood supporters at a veto ceremony outside the Governor's Mansion this morning, Gov. McAuliffe said his actions protected the rights and dignity of Virginia women - when, in fact, his actions harm the dignity of the women deceived by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion. Despite its deceptive talking points about caring for women's health, Planned Parenthood performs less than 2% of women's cancer screenings nationwide, and provides no mammograms whatsoever. It offers, instead, the opposite of health care - conducting almost 17 times more abortions than birth-oriented services and aborting 160 children for every 1 child it refers for adoption. Planned Parenthood is responsible for nearly 900 abortions every day, a third of all abortions in the U.S. And yet, despite the fact that most Americans don't want their tax dollars to pay for other people's abortions, Planned Parenthood received half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer funding in its most recently reported fiscal year. It received this money despite extensive evidence that it illegally profited from the transfer of fetal tissue harvested during abortions. The Virginia Catholic Conference upholds the timeless truth that every human being, born and unborn, has an equal right to life. The Conference finds Gov. McAuliffe's pride in protecting an organization that destroys life and harms women and their families deeply offensive.  We will continue to fight for the day when Virginia law protects all human life, at every stage of development, from conception until natural death. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of Virginia's Catholic bishops and their two dioceses. [post_title] => Virginia Bishops Issue Statement about Governor's Veto [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virginia-bishops-issue-statement-about-governors-veto [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-21 16:29:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-21 21:29:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103205 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [35] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102987 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-01-31 11:13:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-31 16:13:46 [post_content] => January 31, 2017 Richmond, Va. – Today, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo released the following statement: “Today, I stand in union with my brother bishops who have spoken out about the recent executive order on the new refugee admissions policy. Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued statements on the matter. I encourage our faithful in the Diocese of Richmond to read the announcements and act to make your voice known to your elected representative through the following action alert. Let us pray for our country, for peace in our world, and for the dignity of all.” Joint Statement from USCCB President, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo & USCCB Vice-President Archbishop José H. Gomez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-027.cfm Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm You can take action - http://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/action-alerts/ [post_title] => Bishop DiLorenzo Issues Statement on Refugee Policy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-dilorenzo-issues-statement-on-the-2017-march-for-life-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-03 11:22:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-03 16:22:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/bishop-dilorenzo-issues-statement-on-the-2017-march-for-life-2/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [36] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102834 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-01-30 08:39:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-30 13:39:33 [post_content] =>
January 26, 2017
Richmond, VA. - Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the 2017 March for Life. “I send my blessings and prayers to the many faithful who plan to participate in the 2017 March for Life. I am always encouraged and it fills me with great joy when I witness the number of Catholics from our Diocese, to include the youth and young adults, who prepare to stand in solidarity and voice their support for the protection of all life. I look forward to celebrating Mass with our young people prior to their attendance at the March for Life. Their presence and commitment assures me that our younger generations will continue to be the voice for the most vulnerable of our society.” “May God bless you and may the Holy Spirit move all to see the value in life from conception until natural death.” [post_title] => Bishop DiLorenzo Issues Statement on the 2017 March for Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-dilorenzo-issues-statement-on-the-2017-march-for-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-03 11:56:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-03 16:56:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102834 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [37] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102445 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-01-19 15:58:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-19 20:58:32 [post_content] => Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael Burbidge issued the following statement today about Virginia’s continued use of the death penalty: Read here. [post_title] => Bishops' Statement on Death Penalty [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement-on-death-penalty [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-30 15:00:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-30 20:00:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102445 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [38] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101193 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2016-10-13 15:21:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-13 15:21:28 [post_content] =>

Today, I ask the good people of this diocese to open their hearts to our brothers and sisters to the south of us who are still experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.

Severe flooding brought on by swollen rivers continues to cause problems here in parts of the United States. Many people, even in inland communities, have been forced out of their homes and at least 20 people have lost their lives. The island nation of Haiti once again faces hardship, disease and untold loss of life. More than a million Haitians are desperate for humanitarian help which now includes warnings of a cholera crisis. Our Office of Social Ministry is in close contact with our Haitian partners and monitoring developments carefully, especially in the Diocese of Hinche, our sister diocese.

I have invited all parishes to hold a special second collection to help with relief efforts in the U.S. and in Haiti within the next few weeks. Your contributions will be divided, with 75 percent going to Catholic Relief Services for humanitarian aid to Haiti and 25 percent assisting relief efforts in our country through Catholic Charities USA.

Please join me in praying for all those who have lost their lives or are coping with the loss of loved ones and homes, and for our emergency responders working to assist all in rescue and recovery efforts. Let us ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Patron Saint of Haiti, to strengthen and protect those most in need.

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Download PDF version  here. [post_title] => Bishop's Statement on Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement-on-aid-to-those-affected-by-hurricane-matthew [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-30 15:04:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-30 20:04:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=101193 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [39] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101576 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-07-22 16:19:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-22 16:19:41 [post_content] => The Catholic Church makes its position very clear as it pertains to the protection of human life, social justice initiatives, and the importance of family life. From the very beginning, Catholic teaching informs us that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death. The right to life is a fundamental, human right for the unborn and any law denying the unborn the right to life is unequivocally unjust. Legislative issues pertaining to these matters are advocated on behalf of myself and Bishop Loverde, of the Diocese of Arlington, before the Virginia General Assembly, U.S. Congress, and with state and federal agencies and administrations through the Virginia Catholic Conference, a public policy advocacy organization. Through this organization, elected officials in Virginia are aware of the Church’s positions on such important issues. We continue to maintain an open communication with public officials who make on-going decisions impacting critical, moral and social issues. This is a responsibility I take seriously, along with my brother bishops, to reach out to public leaders to explain Catholic principles and encourage them to protect human life and dignity in all decisions they make. We always pray for our Catholic leaders that they make the right choice, act in the best judgment and in good conscience, knowing the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. It is the duty of all Catholics, no matter their profession, to decide through an upright and informed conscience as to their worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

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Contact: Deborah Cox dcox@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5161.

See the statement in pdf here.

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo appeals for peace, offers prayers

 in wake of shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana

 "With great sadness I learned of the heartbreaking violence that occurred last night in Dallas when multiple law enforcement officers were shot, five of them fatally, in the last minutes of what had been a peaceful protest march. I pray for those officers, who sacrificed their lives to protect the peace, their families, and for the city of Dallas. Yesterday, I appealed to the people of our Diocese to turn our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ for strength, compassion and mercy in the wake of deep concern about two shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Today I once again urge all to pray continually for peace throughout all the communities in our great nation. Let us pray that future demonstrations are peaceful and we continue to work as a people toward mutual respect, dignity and justice. May God comfort the brokenhearted, and let peace prevail! I invite all to consider this 800-year-old prayer of St. Francis, which is fitting today.

Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Contact: Deborah Cox: dcox@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5161

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Statement by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo for Peace and Unity Following Deaths in Louisiana & Minnesota

Richmond, VA - Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement: "Today, I would like to express my deep sorrow and sadness for the loss of life that has occurred in Louisiana and Minnesota. During these difficult times, let us turn our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ for strength, compassion and mercy. It is through Him that we will find hope and peace.” “In this Year of Mercy, may we all continually pray for peace in our country. It is my hope that the demonstrations across our nation remain peaceful and they encourage mutual respect and dignity for all. May God comfort all the individuals, their families and communities affected by these recent events and that a fair, just and peaceful resolution is found." See the pdf here.

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Contact: Deborah Cox: dcox@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5161

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Diocese hires Cemetery Management Company,

Announces New Office of Cemeteries

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has authorized the Diocese of Richmond to hire Catholic Management Services, a strategic planning and professional services firm, to restore, maintain and make financially viable almost 60 cemeteries, mausoleum and columbaria within the Diocese of Richmond. CMS, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif. specializing in providing business planning services to revitalize cemetery operations. After successfully revitalizing the Diocese of Oakland cemeteries, CMS was hired by other dioceses to share its expertise in cemetery management. It serves the Dioceses of Sacramento, Spokane, Detroit and Saginaw, among others, and has recently expanded operations by opening an office to service the eastern region of the United States. Under the new arrangement, CMS’s first order of business will be to hire a director for the Diocese’s newly created Office of Cemeteries to manage and maintain its burial sites and to work with parishes to raise awareness of this ministry of consolation. See the job posting here. The Diocese’s new initiative will represent a paradigm shift, bringing into focus the role of cemeteries and other burial sites as sacred places of Catholic outreach, education and evangelization. At the same time, the initiative is designed to restore cemeteries to fiscal health, many of which are financially struggling. “We believe that providing well-maintained, financially sound cemeteries and other burial sites will better enable our Diocese to evangelize what we as Catholics believe about the care and respect we show to our deceased loved ones,” said Bishop DiLorenzo. “CMS and our new Office of Cemeteries will serve as a vital resource to our parishes and parishioners in this important time. In addition, financially sound cemeteries will bring in additional resources to support this ministry.” The Catholic Church teaches that the human body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Canon law of the Church defines cemeteries and other sites as sacred places of repose for the body until the final resurrection. Because of this belief, the Church requires its dioceses and parishes to maintain cemeteries, mausoleums, and columbaria in virtual perpetuity. Church buildings and grounds, however, are fluid: closures, remodeling and expansions occur due to the changing demographics and pastoral needs of the parish. In response, the Diocese implemented a new policy, endorsed by the diocesan Priests Council in January of this year, prohibiting new construction of cemeteries, etc. within close proximity of church buildings. In 2014 CMS began an extensive assessment, including visits, to nearly all 24 parish and regional cemeteries, 33 columbaria and 3 mausoleums located throughout the Diocese. The assessment showed inconsistencies in policies, procedures, pricing and maintenance of cemeteries and columbaria and indicated these parishes would benefit from guidance and recommendations for best practices to better address the challenges they face today. Some of these locations present financial liability issues because they have inadequate endowment funds to provide for their perpetual care. The assessment also revealed pastoral concerns about how and where cemeteries and columbaria are being located, as well as an opportunity to educate families about the rich liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church and Christian burial. The results of this assessment was presented to the Priests Council upon its completion. Earlier this year, pastors and parish staff were invited to presentations at three locations throughout the Diocese to discuss the role of the new Office of Cemeteries and the Diocese’s hiring of Catholic Management Services.

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See the announcementin pdf.

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At the time of the motu proprio and the subsequent release of the Responsa ad Dubia, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on December 18, 2021, I instructed the priests presently celebrating the antecedent liturgy that they were free to continue supporting the communities utilizing this form of the Mass, after requesting permission from me personally. At that time, I relayed to the communities that a time of study and reflection would commence in order to determine the most appropriate course of action to remain faithful to the Holy Father's directives. In June 2022, I requested permission for several parishes to continue the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in their parish churches. Following a response on July 6, 2022, from the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I am implementing the motu proprio in the Diocese of Richmond. The Very Reverend Brian W. Capuano, J.C.L., Vicar for Vocations and Interim Director of the Office of Worship has been delegated to care for the communities attached to the Missal of 1962 and will assist these communities and the priests designated to assist them in the proper ordering of the Mass in fidelity to the directives issued by the Holy Father in Traditionis Custodes. While I recognize that these new directives will result in some changes to the liturgical life in a few of our parishes, I invite the faithful to a robust adherence to the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. May we pray together for the grace of the Holy Spirit to enliven our faith through the sacred liturgy as we seek a unity in liturgical practice and fidelity to the Church. Sincerely in Christ, Most Reverend Barry C. 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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2022
 
We are saddened by the passing of U.S. Representative Donald McEachin and offer our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We join our prayers to theirs. Together with the Virginia Catholic Conference, we commemorate his public service in Congress and in the Virginia General Assembly and his work to improve the lives of the poor and marginalized in the communities he served.
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Empowering God’s Children offered, encouraged in every parish

Parishes in the Diocese of Richmond have implemented another way to safeguard children and youth from harm. Empowering God’s Children is a VIRTUS program that has been a successful part of diocesan Catholic school curriculum “forever,” according to Nazia Shafi, director of the diocesan Office of Safe Environment. As of September 2022, it is present in every parish. Read the full story in The Catholic Virginian: http://bit.ly/3gHa2HL

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For Immediate Release: November 23, 2022

(RICHMOND) – Bishop Knestout issued the following statement after multiple deaths following a shooting at a Walmart in the city of Chesapeake.

“As families and friends prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving, a time where we celebrate what we are most grateful for in our lives, our diocese awakens to the somber and agonizing news of more souls lost because of a senseless act of violence.

"This is the second time within two weeks we grieve for multiple lives tragically taken far too early by violence. I once again ask our faith community to hold in prayer all who are directly affected by these actions. I continue to pray for those who are hurting today and in the weeks and months to come, as a result of these acts.

"I ask all to continue to pray for our first responders who were called upon to handle yet another heartbreaking scene."

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For Immediate Release: November 14, 2022 Bishop Barry C. Knestout's Statement on the Fatal Shooting at the University of Virginia
“As we once again mourn the loss of human lives due to an act of violence, I ask everyone to pray for those killed Sunday night on the UVA campus, their families and the entire UVA community. Like you, I grieve for the loss of life and my heart breaks for the suffering caused by this troubling act. “While we await more details from school and law enforcement officials, let us reflect on how violence permeates the culture in which we live, and our efforts to promote peace within our society. May our Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace, intercede for us.”
 
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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout's Statement on the Fatal Shooting at the University of Virginia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestouts-statement-on-the-fatal-shooting-at-the-university-of-virginia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-11-14 13:37:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-11-14 18:37:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=132390 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132345 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-11-08 09:23:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-11-08 14:23:32 [post_content] => October 25, 2022 Dear Brothers and Sisters, On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued the Apostolic Letter motu proprioTraditionis Custodes, issuing new norms governing the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962. At the time of the motu proprio and the subsequent release of the Responsa ad Dubia, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on December 18, 2021, I instructed the priests presently celebrating the antecedent liturgy that they were free to continue supporting the communities utilizing this form of the Mass, after requesting permission from me personally. At that time, I relayed to the communities that a time of study and reflection would commence in order to determine the most appropriate course of action to remain faithful to the Holy Father's directives. In June 2022, I requested permission for several parishes to continue the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in their parish churches. Following a response on July 6, 2022, from the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, I am implementing the motu proprio in the Diocese of Richmond. The Very Reverend Brian W. Capuano, J.C.L., Vicar for Vocations and Interim Director of the Office of Worship has been delegated to care for the communities attached to the Missal of 1962 and will assist these communities and the priests designated to assist them in the proper ordering of the Mass in fidelity to the directives issued by the Holy Father in Traditionis Custodes. While I recognize that these new directives will result in some changes to the liturgical life in a few of our parishes, I invite the faithful to a robust adherence to the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. May we pray together for the grace of the Holy Spirit to enliven our faith through the sacred liturgy as we seek a unity in liturgical practice and fidelity to the Church. Sincerely in Christ, Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout Bishop of Richmond *To read the full decree, please visit the Office of Worship website or click here  **For any questions, please direct them to worship@richmonddiocese.org  [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Statement on motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement-on-motu-proprio-traditionis-custodes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-11-08 09:42:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-11-08 14:42:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=132345 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132316 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-11-07 09:44:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-11-07 14:44:36 [post_content] =>
October 27, 2022
WASHINGTON - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2022 Fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore, November 14-17. The assembly will begin with an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The bishops will hear from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, as he gives his final address as USCCB president upon completion of his three-year term. Prior to the general sessions, the bishops will spend time in prayer and fraternal dialogue with one another. The bishops are anticipating a full agenda with plenary sessions including a number of items such as: the Synod of Bishops; the ongoing war in Ukraine; the bishops’ Eucharistic revival initiative and national congress; supporting women and families since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision this summer; an update from the migration committee chairman; a discussion of a new catechumenate model of marriage preparation; World Youth Day 2023; the review and approval of five translations for liturgical rituals; the Journeying Together intercultural dialogue and encounter process; a consultation of the bishops on causes of beatification and canonization; and a vote on the USCCB’s 2023 budget. The bishops are expected to decide their approach to Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and related materials, to be executed over the following year. The agenda is expected to include presentations from Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). In acknowledgment of twenty years since the drafting and passage of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the bishops will also take time during the plenary for prayer and reflection. During the assembly, the bishops will vote for the new Conference president and vice-president, as well as chairmen-elect of six Conference committees. The terms for the bishops elected for Conference president and vice president will begin at the conclusion of this November meeting, and the bishops elected for committee chairmen will serve for one year as chairman-elect before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the 2023 Fall Plenary Assembly. Public sessions of the assembly will be held on November 15 and 16 will be livestreamed at: www.usccb.org/meetings. News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations, and other materials will be posted to this page. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media can use the hashtag #USCCB22 and follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/usccb).

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout has called to holy orders Deacon Armando Herrera from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Deacon Herrera will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. More information on the ordination Mass will be forthcoming.

More about Deacon Armando Herrera [caption id="attachment_132309" align="alignleft" width="357"] Deacon Armando Herrera during his ordination to the transitional diaconate, May 21, 2022.[/caption]

Deacon Herrera, 29, studied at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., receiving his degree in sacred theology. Prior to entering seminary, he graduated from Virginia Military Institute. Although he grew up in New Jersey, his family moved to Roanoke while he was a teenager, where Deacon Herrera attended Roanoke Catholic High School and was active in athletics. His home parish is St. Andrew, Roanoke and he is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese for Military Services. Currently, he serves as a deacon at Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg. 

A full story on Deacon Herrera's journey to the priesthood is featured in The Catholic Virginian. A video story “in his own words” about his call to the priesthood is coming soon. We will update this webpage when it is made available. [caption id="attachment_132331" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] After the call to holy orders, Bishop Knestout celebrated Mass at the Pastoral Center with Deacon Armando Herrera and Fr. Brian Capuano, Director of Vocations, as well as with members of the Vocations Board, Fr. Timothy Kuhneman and Msgr. Francis Muench (not pictured).[/caption]

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[post_title] => #iGiveCatholic Advanced Giving [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => igivecatholic-advanced-giving [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-11-03 16:07:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-11-03 20:07:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=132300 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132155 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-10-07 16:35:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-10-07 20:35:11 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_132150" align="alignright" width="400"] Bishop Knestout delivers his Mass for Hope & Healing homily. (Photo: Deborah Cox)[/caption] Homily: Mass for Hope & Healing, St. Bede Catholic Church October 6, 2022 First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16 Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-17 Gospel: John 10:11-18 The prophet Ezekiel: he was an unusual prophet. He often conveyed his prophetic messages through signs and symbols, rather than with words. When he did speak, his words were filled with mystical visions of the majesty of God. He was a prophet living during the end of an era in Israel, the time immediately before the Babylonian Captivity. He continued his prophetic work while the people were in exile in Babylon. Because of this, he was someone who witnessed and warned of the fall of his people and the consequences of their sins and their failures. Yet, like all the prophets, no matter how hard their message was to hear, and how much doom they witnessed, they always spoke with hope about the future. God has a plan for the salvation of his people, no matter how much they fail to live according to his plan. His plan eventually is fulfilled in the Pascal Mystery of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit so that God would no longer dwell with his people only, as he did in the Old Testament, in one place, one temple in Palestine. He would dwell in each heart and help each person to seek forgiveness, experience new life, and remain faithful to his grace throughout all our lives. This passage today does not come from the earlier part of his book of Ezekiel that prophesied doom for God’s people. It comes from the later part of the book which expresses hope for restoration. Restoration in the future, after the time of penance and exile are concluded, and all the previous generations who had failed in their devotion, had passed from this life. The passage today comes after a bitter indictment of the bad shepherds, those among the priestly, prophetic, and kingly classes, who fail to care for God’s people as he intended. Our renewed hope comes from God’s words heard today – that he himself will shepherd and care for us, his people. He draws close to us in all our circumstances. We gather today because it is important for us, as a Church, to not become complacent about or gloss over the failures of the past. I again confess that we as shepherds failed to care for the People of God as we were called to do and as God intended for us to do. To anyone who was harmed or injured by the sexual abuse of clergy, on behalf of the church of Richmond, I express my sincere sorrow and apologize. This should never have happened in the Church. We allowed horrific actions to take place and we failed to act decisively to protect the young and vulnerable. We admit these failures and ask forgiveness for them. Ezekiel reminds us that no matter how terrible the failures may be, God has love for his people, and he will find a way to properly care for them. We pray today for renewal in the dedication and integrity of all those called to provide oversight for God’s people, that we might guide the Church faithfully and competently, teaching, leading others to holiness, by giving example with personal lives of holiness ourselves, and we recommit to act with integrity and charity toward all God’s people, especially the young and vulnerable who are in our midst. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who will lead the Church to where it should always be – a place where all people find safety, refuge and new life in the teachings and sacraments of the Church. The second reading, St. Paul’s reading to the Colossians, a people in Asia Minor, what is now Turkey, who experienced a mixture of pagan, Greek, Roman, and Jewish influences, and beliefs. St. Paul’s writes to the small Christian community there, to encourage them to not allow pagan ideas or practices to hold sway over them. Paul makes clear, that there is primacy and power in Christ as the Son of God over all these ideas and practices. There is no other mediator between God and men. It is only to him that we turn and find salvation and knowledge of God. It is sometimes possible for us to be overwhelmed with the power of sin and the damaging actions that one person can do to another. Harmful acts of abuse and manipulation may seem to have a great power. But St. Paul reminds us, and the Colossians, that all power and authority over sin, death, and the destiny of all men are in Christ himself. The passage we hear today is drawn from an early baptismal instruction. These are words used to instruct those about to be, or who were newly baptized into the community. These words outlined the expectations for the Christian life, and the interior change expected of the newly baptized, as well as the virtues that should be evident in anyone who received the new life of baptism. This passage comes toward the end of Paul’s letter and is an exhortation for the Christian life. At times when we fail due to sin, we can all benefit from a renewal in mind and heart, to begin again and truly and fully live the life God calls from us. After sin and scandal, the Church needs recommitment to its baptismal calling. It is only by living fully these virtues, these spiritual fruits of the Holy Spirit that we could ever hope to overcome the sins of the past. Heartfelt compassion, humility, kindness, and gentleness are the qualities expected of the disciple, and found in the life of Christ. So, it is for us today to recommit to fully live the life of Christ. The portion of John’s Gospel we hear today is a formal accusation of the Pharisees who are not good shepherds. This is because they have their own interests at heart, not that of God’s people. Jesus knows the sheep. Jesus’ love is all inclusive. It embraces those beyond Israel and extends to the entire world. It extends not only to those who feel connected and remain close to the Church, but his love and his voice reaches out to all people, even those who have difficulty hearing the Good News because of the failures of the bad shepherds. Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, overcomes this damage through his pascal mystery. He lays down his life for all of us. Because of the pascal mystery, and the gift of salvation, there is firm hope that the Church can recover and grow. It, once again, can express the fullness of what it means to be the Body of Christ, and for us to be disciples. The Church can and should always be a place of forgiveness, refuge, life, and holiness, to all who experience her embrace. It is not our power or abilities, nor our commitments, or even our continual efforts which will bear the fruit of new life. Relying solely on our own power will eventually fail. The fruitfulness of our efforts, for all in the Church is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. It is here that we must always turn, and return, to find forgiveness, new life, and the grace to begin again. It is then that our efforts will bear the fruit of justice and peace. May all those who have experienced any form of abuse and harm from a trusted person, like a priest, consecrated brother, religious sister, teacher, coach, family, friend, or parent know that in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, we will always find refuge, healing, and peace. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout's Homily from Mass for Hope & Healing – Thursday, Oct. 6 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestouts-homily-from-mass-for-hope-healing-thursday-oct-6 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-10-07 16:35:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-10-07 20:35:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=132155 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132073 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-10-03 10:51:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-10-03 14:51:07 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout will celebrate Mass of Hope & Healing on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 at 7 p.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg. All are invited to come and pray for victim survivors of child sexual abuse and their families. For information, contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 804-622-5175.           [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Will Celebrate Mass of Hope & Healing on Oct. 6 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-will-celebrate-mass-of-hope-healing-on-oct-8 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-10-03 10:53:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-10-03 14:53:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=132073 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132004 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-09-21 16:05:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-09-21 20:05:44 [post_content] => September 21, 2022 WASHINGTON - The Catholic Church in the United States observes October as “Respect Life Month.” This year, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities invites Catholics to “practice radical solidarity and unconditional love” for pregnant and parenting mothers. The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health this past June returned the responsibility of limiting abortion from the judiciary to the legislature. For those of us who have prayed for this moment to arrive, says Archbishop Lori, “it is the time for a renewal and rededication of our efforts to build a culture of life and civilization of love.” He explains that “justice requires that the basic protections of the law against violence be extended to the preborn child” while explaining that building “a world in which all are welcome requires not only justice, but compassion, healing, and above all, unconditional love.” Moving from law to culture, Archbishop Lori asks Catholics to “shift the paradigm to what Saint Pope John Paul II described as ‘radical solidarity,’ making the good of others our own good, including especially mothers, babies (born and unborn), and families throughout the entire human lifespan.” He reminds the faithful that “Our Church understands that parents, children, and families need help not just during pregnancy, but throughout the whole of life’s journey because millions of Catholics already accompany their neighbors in such circumstances.” Read Archbishop Lori’s full statement, “Building a Culture of Life in a Post-Roe World” here.

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Brennen McCoy

First Theology

Saint Mary's Seminary and University

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Home Parish: Saint Theresa, Farmville

 

David Hairston, II

Pre-Theology

St. Mary's Seminary and University

Westminster Choir College

Home Parish: Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke

 

Samuel McPeak

Pre-Theology

Theological College

University of Richmond

Home Parish: Saint Joseph, Richmond

 

Chad Wilson

Pre-Theology

Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Longwood University

Home Parish: Holy Name of Mary, Bedford

 

Jack Domark

College I (Freshman)

Saint John Paull II Seminary

Catholic High School

Home Parish: Saint Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach

  To learn more about our seminarians, click here.

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Español

[embeddoc url="https://richmonddiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Synodal-Synthesis-Online-Diocese-of-Richmond-FINAL66.pdf" download="all" viewer="google" text="Download The Full Report Here."] [post_title] => Diocesan Synodal Synthesis Report [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocesan-synodal-synthesis-report [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-09-07 15:44:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-09-07 19:44:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=131812 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [14] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 131763 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-08-30 13:40:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-08-30 17:40:29 [post_content] => August 30, 2022 Bishop Knestout has announced the appointment of four new deans within the Diocese of Richmond, effective Saturday, October 1, 2022. The appointments are: Very Rev. Anthony Morris, V.F., pastor of Saint Mary in Chesapeake, Church of the Holy Angels in Portsmouth, Church of the Resurrection in Portsmouth, and Saint Paul in Portsmouth, as dean of Deanery 3; Very Rev. Francis Xavier Musolooza, V.F., pastor of Saint John the Evangelist in Waynesboro, as dean of Deanery 11; Very Rev. John Asare, V.F., pastor of Saint Mary in Blacksburg, as dean of Deanery 13; Very Rev. Christopher Martin Hess, V.F., pastor of Saint Anne in Bristol, Saint Bernard in Gate City, and Saint Patrick in Dungannon, as dean of Deanery 14. Read more about the diocese’s deaneries and deans. *Directory of Deaneries will be updated once appointments take effect [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces the Appointment of Four New Deans within the Diocese of Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-announces-the-appointment-of-three-new-deans-within-the-diocese-of-richmond-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-08-30 13:40:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-08-30 17:40:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=131763 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [15] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 131757 [post_author] => 101 [post_date] => 2022-08-25 12:37:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-08-25 16:37:01 [post_content] =>

Youth Apostle Priest Added to Diocese of Fall River's Credibly Accused List

Father Michael Kuhn ministered previously at ODU

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2022

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Diocese of Fall River informed the Catholic Diocese of Richmond that Father Michael F. Kuhn, Y.A., has been added to its list of credibly accused clergy. The announcement was made public today, Aug. 25, 2022, by the Fall River Diocese. The entire press release from the Diocese of Fall River can be read here. Father Kuhn was ordained in the Diocese of Fall River and served as a member of the Youth Apostles Institute in Northern Virginia. Father Kuhn served as a chaplain for Old Dominion University’s Catholic Campus Ministry from 2011-2016. Since that time, he has not served in any assignment within the Richmond Diocese. The Diocese of Fall River has advised that the conduct giving rise to its finding did not occur in the Diocese of Richmond. The Diocese of Richmond urges anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of clergy, an employee, or volunteer in ministry to come forward and report it immediately to the civil authorities. We ask that you also call the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator (VAC) at 1-877-887-9603 or by email at vac@richmonddiocese.org.

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Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, has announced the following clergy appointments effective Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022:

Father Oswaldo Saul Anleu Sandoval, a priest of the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala, appointed as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Newport News.

Father Augustin Lukenge from administrator to pastor of St. Joseph, Clifton Forge, Sacred Heart, Covington, and Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Hot Springs.

Father Zaverio Banasula from administrator to pastor of Good Shepherd, Lebanon, St. Mary, Coeburn, and St. Therese, St. Paul.

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Sister Simone Adams, O.P., former St. Francis of Assisi parishioner among the young women who professed first vows.

The following statement is from the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn. August, 17, 2022

Six profess vows as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation

[caption id="attachment_131587" align="alignleft" width="286"] Sister Simone Adams, O.P. made her first profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Aug. 10, 2022.[/caption]

(Nashville, TN) – Six young women professed the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as members of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee on August 10, 2022. Among those who made their First Profession was Sister Simone Adams, O.P., a former parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Staunton, VA, in the Diocese of Richmond.

Sister Simone is the daughter of Jeff and Karen Adams, also parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in English (Secondary Education) at Aquinas College, Nashville, owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia.

The Mass for the Rite of First Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. The Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, was the main celebrant. The homilist was the Reverend Ambrose Little, O.P., a Dominican Priest of the Province of St. Joseph.

In addition to the sisters making first profession of vows, eight sisters professed their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Nashville Dominicans on July 25, 2022.

 In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its Motherhouse is located.  The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of 300 sisters serves in 53 schools throughout the United States and abroad, with mission houses in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Bracciano, Italy; Elgin, Scotland; Sittard, The Netherlands, and Limerick, Ireland. For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please visit their website at www.nashvilledominican.org

If you are interested in a vocation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please contact: Sister Anne Catherine, O.P.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed, and the Senate may soon consider, a series of such bills, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, the Respect for Marriage Act, and the Right to Contraception Act, and is advancing appropriations bills that exclude longstanding provisions prohibiting federal taxpayer funding for abortion and protecting the conscience rights of healthcare providers. Meanwhile, Congress has taken no action since Dobbs on any of the following measures, which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has previously endorsed and continues to support, and which would help to build up a culture of life: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; an expanded child tax credit, including for pregnant moms; the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act; the PFAS Action Act; and a federal paid family leave policy. On a positive note, it is encouraging that there is meaningful consideration of needed investments in care for our common home in a possible reconciliation framework. In light of this situation, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement: “The Dobbs decision presents a historic opportunity to reshape society for the better. The injustice of abortion has loosened its grip on our nation’s Constitution. We call on Congress to seize this hopeful moment by coming together around the dignity of every human person and the common good. “This begins with the recognition that every human life is an inestimable gift from God with an inalienable right to life deserving of full legal protection. We must also recognize that the family - founded upon the love and mutual self-gift of husband and wife - is the first building block of society, and that raising children is both a great gift and a lifelong responsibility. “The health, safety, and support of the family should be the focus of all good policymaking. A principled commitment to being pro-life entails a commitment both to protecting all human life, especially the most vulnerable, and to advancing policies that help families to flourish. As we accompany every family with prayer and support, those led by single or adoptive parents are close to our hearts. “Since Dobbs, too many in Congress have ignored bills that would advance these worthy goals and have focused instead on bills that would attack them. Such legislation places no value on the lives of children until their moment of birth, severs sex and marriage from their meaning, promotes using people as means to ends, and would strip rights of conscientious objection from those who oppose these hallmarks of the throwaway culture. Instead, we ask all our elected officials to take action to reach consensus and pass an expanded child tax credit, a refundable adoption tax credit, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a federal paid family leave policy, further supports for the health and wellbeing of pregnant and parenting women, assistance with nutrition and affordable housing, environmental restrictions on chemicals that cause birth defects, and provisions to assist low-income families. These are building blocks of our vision for Standing with Moms in Need. “Care for creation is also integral to care for human life, and we encourage continued efforts to advance proposals that will protect our common home and promote the well-being of human life and the environment for years to come. For more on this point, see the USCCB’s letter on the new framework for environmental investment currently before Congress. “Families and individuals, civil society, businesses, non-profits, and religious groups, government officials at all levels - and especially members of Congress - should ask themselves how they are supporting families at this moment, particularly around welcoming new life and raising children through adulthood. “Catholic social teaching shows the way to a better place - a society marked by justice, mutual support, civility, friendship, mercy, and love - than where Congress is now leading. We pray that Congress will rise to meet this generational moment.”

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Bishop Barry C. Knestout Appoints New Director of Office for Black Catholics

Msgr. Walter Barrett is First Priest to Oversee Office

(RICHMOND, Va.) – Msgr. Walter C. Barrett has accepted the position of director of the diocesan Office for Black Catholics, effective Aug. 2, 2022. On July 1, Msgr. Barrett retired from active ministry after 47 years and will fulfill the role of director on a part time basis. He succeeds the late Deacon Charles Williams, who died in January. “Bishop Knestout knows I have a love for the Church and a love for the Black Catholic community,” said Msgr. Barrett. He wanted someone “…who loves the whole Church and everybody in it. That’s how my name surfaced.” As director of the Office for Black Catholics, Msgr. Barrett, the second African American priest to be ordained in the Diocese of Richmond, will assist Bishop Barry C. Knestout in meeting the needs of the Black Catholic community. “We live in a culture where our people are divided like the rest of the world. This I can understand as a pastor. I can identify with what we face in our parishes is a microcosm of what a bishop has to face in the diocese,” Msgr. Barrett explained. “That’s why I said yes, because I want to help as much as I can.” Having been raised in the Diocese of Richmond and being a witness to the changing demographics in the local Church, Msgr. Barrett’s experience in the community equips him to address social justice concerns and facilitate authentic Christian discourse among parishioners. Msgr. Barrett most recently served as pastor of St. Joseph, Hampton, and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe, for 11 years. Prior to that, he served at St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News; Holy Rosary, Richmond; the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk; and St. Gerard, Roanoke. He has also served as episcopal vicar of the Eastern and Central Vicariates and was assigned to several committees. Msgr. Barrett was ordained a priest of the Richmond Diocese in 1975.

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Priest Added to Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Clergy List

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2022

(RICHMOND, Va.) – On July 22, 2022, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond added a deceased priest, Father Joseph J. Pucci, a religious order priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, OMI, to the diocesan list of clergy against whom a credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse involving a minor has been made.

The name was added after a review was completed in consultation with the diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board.  Father Pucci was ordained for OMI in 1941 and died in 2000. He served at St. Ann Catholic Church, Ashland, in the 1960’s, during which time the abuse took place. Father Pucci did not serve at any other parishes within the diocese.

The complete clergy list, originally printed in Feb. 2019 after a comprehensive review of clergy files, can be found on the Richmond Diocese website at the following link: https://richmonddiocese.org/list/.

In keeping with its pledge to help victim survivors in their healing, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond remains committed to respecting the privacy of all victim survivors. As with the diocese’s previous announcements regarding its list, the diocese will not release specific details regarding the victim survivor or the abuse.

Any individual who has been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese is urged to report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096, and by calling the Virginia Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential diocesan Victim Assistance Reporting (VAC) number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org.

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*For further information about the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Father Pucci, please contact OMI administration at 202-529-4505.

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About Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia

For 90 years, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia has been serving vulnerable populations of every race, creed and background in Hampton Roads. The organization strives to serve the whole person and strengthen families. Services include pregnancy, parenting and adoption support, mentoring initiatives, mental health counseling, financial and housing counseling, public and private guardianship, and senior services. With five offices spanning the region, the organization aids more than 10,000 families annually. CCEVA was recognized as United Way of South Hampton Roads' 2020 Agency of the Year. For more information, visit www.cceva.org.

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July 12, 2022 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection has released their 2021 Annual Report. The report is based on the audit findings of StoneBridge Business Partners, a specialty consulting firm headquartered in Rochester, New York, which provides forensic, internal, and compliance audit services to leading organizations nationwide. A survey on allegations conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is also included as a part of the report. This is the nineteenth such report since 2002 when the U.S. bishops established and adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a comprehensive set of procedures to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy and made a promise to protect and a pledge to heal. The 2021 report for audit year July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, states that 2,930 victim survivors came forward with 3,103 allegations. The number of allegations is 1,149 less than that reported in 2020. This decrease is due in large part to the resolution of allegations received as a result of lawsuits, compensation programs, and bankruptcies. Of the allegations received, 2,284 (74%) were first brought to the attention of the diocesan/eparchial representative by an attorney. During this audit year, 30 allegations were made by current minors, six of which were substantiated, nine are still under investigation, nine were unsubstantiated, five were unable to be proven, and one was referred to the provincial of a religious order. During the audit period, dioceses and eparchies provided outreach and support to 285 victim survivors and their families who reported during the audit period. Continued support was provided to 1,737 victim survivors who had reported in prior audit periods. The report notes the ongoing work of the Church in continuing the call to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. In 2021, the church conducted 1,964,656 background checks on clergy, employees, and volunteers. In addition, in 2021, over 2 million adults and over 2.4 million children and youth were trained in how to identify the warning signs of abuse and how to report those signs. Despite restrictions experienced due to the pandemic, elements included in the Charter audit process conducted by Stonebridge Business Partners, were not altered: 70 dioceses/eparchies were visited either in-person or via remote technology and data collected from 122 others. There were four instances of non-compliance: the Diocese of Corpus Christi, the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana, the Diocese of New Ulm, and the Eparchy of Newton were found non-compliant with Article 2 of the Charter due to inactivity of their Review Boards. Subsequent convening of the respective Review Boards brought each into compliance with Article 2 of the Charter. Three eparchies and one diocese did not participate in the audit: the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, and the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. The USCCB’s Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the National Review Board continue to emphasize that the audit and continued application of zero-tolerance policies are two important tools in the Church’s broader program of creating a culture of protection and healing that exceeds the requirements of the Charter. The full annual report, and all previously published annual reports, may be found on the secretariat’s website, along with the full text of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, along with additional information and resources on diocesan requirements for the protection of children and young people.

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Pastors

Father Rogelio Largoza, from Caceres, Philippines, to pastor of St. Mary of the Presentation, Suffolk.  

From Parochial Vicar to Administrator (Same location)

Father Dominic Leo, O.S.B., from parochial vicar to administrator of St. Gregory the Great, Chesapeake; replacing Father Eric Vogt, O.S.B., who has returned to St. Vincent Archabbey.  

Parochial Vicars

Father Johnny Mintah-Mensa, from Accra, Ghana, to parochial vicar of St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston; and Good Shepherd, South Hill. Father Ritche Malacas Sarabia, from Kalibo, Philippines, to parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg. Father Renier Supranes, from Kalibo, Philippines, to parochial vicar of St. Michael the Archangel, Glen Allen.  

Newly Ordained

  Father Dillon Bruce, ordained on June 25, to parochial vicar of St. Bridget, Richmond, effective July 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 11, 2022. He will return to Rome on Sept. 24, 2022, to complete his studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  Deacon Armando Herrera-DosReis, from studies at the Catholic University of America to serve as deacon at Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg, effective May 28, 2022.  

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Father Dillon Bruce’s ordination celebrated

  With the sun shining brightly over the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, on Saturday morning, June 25, Father Dillon Bruce was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. The 10:30 Mass was attended by more than 150 friends and family members of the newly ordained, 47 priests, 14 deacons and several religious. [caption id="attachment_130940" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Father Dillon Bruce's parents, Brian and Jeannette, and brother applaud the newly ordained priest at his ordination Mass, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] In his homily, Bishop Barry C. Knestout noted that through his ordination to the priesthood, Father Bruce would be entrusted to serve the people of God as Christ’s teacher, priest and shepherd. He said that although the first reading, Numbers 11:11b-12, 14-17, 24 -25, clearly illustrates that the life of a priest has its challenges, the Lord always “sends his grace and the help of his Holy Spirit,” and Father Bruce should “turn frequently to the Lord in prayer, offering him all your needs, worries and concerns.” [caption id="attachment_130942" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The elect lies prostrate in an act of humble prayer and surrender to God as the congregation sings the litany. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] “With ordination,” Bishop Knestout said, “you are ontologically changed, configured to Christ the Head, so that you may be an instrument of reconciliation.” The bishop reflected on the second reading, 2 Corinthians 5:14-20, in which St. Paul reminds us that in order to be an instrument of reconciliation, we must first meet our own need to be reconciled. “All of us – laity, consecrated and clergy – fall into sin and are in need of God’s grace,” he said. “We all are called to be vigilant and seek the holiness of Christ within ourselves if we hope to better lead others to that same holiness.” [caption id="attachment_130943" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Father Dillon Bruce distributes communion to his mother, Jeannette Bruce, during his ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Bishop Knestout advised Father Bruce to focus his energy and life as a priest toward serving the people of God. By proclaiming the word, celebrating the sacraments and expressing charity to others, “you will grow in priestly life and devotion.” [caption id="attachment_130944" align="aligncenter" width="684"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout kneels to receive a first blessing from newly ordained Father Dillon Bruce, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] The bishop concluded his homily by emphasizing how important it is for a priest to understand what he does and to imitate what he celebrates: “Remember when you gather others into the people of God through baptism, and when you forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the sacrament of penance, when you comfort the sick with holy oil and celebrate the sacred rites, when you offer prayers of praise and thanks to God throughout the hours of the day, not only for the people of God, but for the whole world, that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns, but to those of Jesus Christ.” On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Father Bruce will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Staunton. He will continue studies for his licentiate degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome later this year. [post_title] => Bishop: Let what you teach be nourishment for God’s people [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-let-what-you-teach-be-nourishment-for-gods-people [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-25 14:52:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-25 18:52:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130936 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [26] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130931 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-24 12:35:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-24 16:35:31 [post_content] => June 24, 2022 With deep gratitude the Virginia Catholic Conference welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Please read the statements issued by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout. We call upon Catholics across Virginia to continue to work with us to safeguard human life and guarantee its dignity at every stage. Since the Virginia Catholic Conference was established in 2005, we have advocated with determination and persistence for state policies that provide unborn babies and their mothers the protection, care and resources they need. Our efforts – joined with those of many others – led to the Virginia General Assembly’s enactment of life-saving laws numerous times. Tragically, however, pro-life protections developed over decades were later dismantled almost completely during the 2020 and 2021 legislative sessions. Our commitment to restore policies that protect lives and ensure compassionate care and support for unborn children, their mothers and families will continue. Our two dioceses offer vital assistance to women in crisis pregnancies. Since the beginning of 2021, for example, the Gabriel Project has assisted more than 500 pregnant women, and has given over $200,000 in financial assistance to expectant families for prenatal care, other medical care, rent, utilities, and counseling and baby supplies. And over the same period of time, Catholic Charities agencies across Virginia provided well over 1,000 women with adoption and/or other pregnancy support services. We will continue to highlight and support these extensive life-affirming services. Through prayer, advocacy for and direct assistance to our vulnerable neighbors in need may we continue to build a culture of life in Virginia. The outcomes we desire will take time and require increased and persistent engagement by Catholics across our Commonwealth. But the vision is clear and the goal is vital: We pray that one day every child – here and throughout our nation – will be welcomed in love and protected in law.

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June 24, 2022
WASHINGTON - In response to the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
“This is a historic day in the life of our country, one that stirs our thoughts, emotions and prayers. For nearly fifty years, America has enforced an unjust law that has permitted some to decide whether others can live or die; this policy has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of preborn children, generations that were denied the right to even be born.
“America was founded on the truth that all men and women are created equal, with God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This truth was grievously denied by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized and normalized the taking of innocent human life. We thank God today that the Court has now overturned this decision. We pray that our elected officials will now enact laws and policies that promote and protect the most vulnerable among us.
“Our first thoughts are with the little ones whose lives have been taken since 1973. We mourn their loss, and we entrust their souls to God, who loved them from before all ages and who will love them for all eternity. Our hearts are also with every woman and man who has suffered grievously from abortion; we pray for their healing, and we pledge our continued compassion and support. As a Church, we need to serve those who face difficult pregnancies and surround them with love.
“Today’s decision is also the fruit of the prayers, sacrifices, and advocacy of countless ordinary Americans from every walk of life. Over these long years, millions of our fellow citizens have worked together peacefully to educate and persuade their neighbors about the injustice of abortion, to offer care and counseling to women, and to work for alternatives to abortion, including adoption, foster care, and public policies that truly support families. We share their joy today and we are grateful to them. Their work for the cause of life reflects all that is good in our democracy, and the pro-life movement deserves to be numbered among the great movements for social change and civil rights in our nation’s history.
“Now is the time to begin the work of building a post-Roe America. It is a time for healing wounds and repairing social divisions; it is a time for reasoned reflection and civil dialogue, and for coming together to build a society and economy that supports marriages and families, and where every woman has the support and resources she needs to bring her child into this world in love.
“As religious leaders, we pledge ourselves to continue our service to God’s great plan of love for the human person, and to work with our fellow citizens to fulfill America’s promise to guarantee the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”
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[post_title] => USCCB Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-statement-on-u-s-supreme-court-ruling-in-dobbs-v-jackson [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-24 10:50:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-24 14:50:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130923 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [28] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130918 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-24 10:34:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-24 14:34:17 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: June 24, 2022 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout released the following statement today, June 24, after the United States Supreme Court issued a final ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “Today, I am gratified that our nation’s highest court has overturned the fundamentally unjust Roe v. Wade decision and restored to states the ability to protect the dignity and rights of the human person from the moment of conception. Every life – both mother and children – is sacred and immeasurably loved and valued by God. I pray that throughout our nation – including here in Virginia – lawmakers will open their hearts to the opportunities before them to protect unborn children, support women in crisis pregnancies and promote life-affirming alternatives to abortion. “Our local Church works to support and walk with women and couples who find themselves in unexpected or stressful pregnancies. As followers of Christ, we must walk with them during these challenging times. “Throughout the year, many of our parishes and Catholic institutions faithfully are the hands and feet of Christ by providing support so women can be assisted, comforted and strengthened to transform their lives in order to give their baby life. I am deeply grateful for the work of Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Seton Housing Program – a new initiative, nearly a year old, which provides a whole life care for mother and baby. In the eastern part of our state, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia served and empowered more than 350 mothers through its Pregnancy Support Program. Portsmouth-based Hope4Life dedicates itself to supporting moms with unplanned pregnancies and being a critical intervention to women when they are most in need. This non-profit is supported by many of our Catholic parishes and faithful. Resources are also found through Williamsburg House of Mercy – an extension of St. Bede Catholic Church, Mary’s Choice RVA, the East End Pregnancy Center as well as the pregnancy resource centers in Richmond and Roanoke supported by the Knights of Columbus. “For decades, the faithful who have vocalized and promoted the sanctity of life have felt like “the voice crying out in the wilderness” – the words the prophet Isaiah uses to describe the role of John the Baptist in proclaiming the coming of Christ. There have been many courageous, devoted and faith-filled individuals and families who have embraced this teaching. I am thankful for the faithful who use their voice to advocate for the unborn and for the sanctity of all life. This goal must be pursued with firmness and respect. We should not mistake politeness or civility for faintheartedness. Respect and charity are the Christian manner of stating one’s case, listening to what others say and responding. If we are to have any success in promoting pro-life concerns, we must commit to engaging in charitable dialogue. “While today’s decision brings much hope, tragically some will continue and even intensify their advocacy of abortion. I offer my prayers for the vitally needed conversion of minds and hearts and steadfastly ask the Holy Spirit to keep all safe during this time. With prayer and perseverance may we find the peace and abundant life that Christ offers.”

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June 21, 2022
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in the case of Carson v. Makin, which challenged a decision by the First Circuit to allow the State of Maine to exclude religious schools from a tuition assistance benefit on the basis that those schools include religion as part of their instruction. By vote of 6-3, the Court ruled in favor of the petitioners.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Thomas A. Daly of Spokane, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education, issued a statement in response to the Court’s ruling:
“The Supreme Court has rightly ruled that the Constitution protects not just the right to be religious but also to act religious. This common-sense result reflects the essence of Catholic education.  Moreover, the Court has again affirmed that states cannot exclude religious schools from generally-available public benefits based on their religious affiliation or exercise. In our pluralistic society, it is vital that all people of faith be able to participate in publicly available programs and so to contribute to the common good.
“It is fitting that this decision concerns a program in Maine, the state that James G. Blaine served as Senator in 1875 when he worked for the passage of the Blaine Amendment – a cynically anti-Catholic measure to amend the U.S. Constitution to ensure that no public aid be provided to ‘sectarian’ schools. While his effort was narrowly defeated, Blaine Amendments were ultimately adopted in some form by 37 states. These laws have nothing to do with government neutrality towards religion. Rather, they are expressions of hostility toward Catholics. We are grateful that the Supreme Court continues to rebuke this harmful legacy.”
The USCCB filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the petitioners, which may be found here: https://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Christian%20Legal%20Society%20et%20al%20amicus%20brief.pdf.
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[post_title] => Supreme Court Rules That Maine Cannot Discriminate Against Religious Schools Because They Teach Religion [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => supreme-court-rules-that-maine-cannot-discriminate-against-religious-schools-because-they-teach-religion [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-21 14:25:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-21 18:25:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130896 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [30] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130894 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-21 08:52:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-21 12:52:11 [post_content] => June 17, 2022 WASHINGTON – On June 24, the Catholic Church will celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. Established by Saint John Paul II in 2002, this celebration occurs annually on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day, the Church encourages priests to prayerfully reflect upon the gift of their vocation. The faithful are also invited to mark this celebration by praying for all priests that they may live lives of holiness and fidelity to Christ and his Church. Priests were not spared from the effects of the pandemic on their lives, so this year is again a good time to pray for our dedicated priests who creatively reached out to care for the faithful during this challenging time. Pope Francis has emphasized the importance of initial and ongoing formation in the life of the priest: “Precisely for this reason, it [ongoing formation] cannot be a limited task because priests never stop being disciples of Jesus, who follow Him. Sometimes we proceed with celerity, at other times our step is hesitant, we stop and we may even fall, but always staying on the path. Therefore, formation understood as discipleship accompanies the ordained minister his entire life and regards his person as a whole, intellectually, humanly and spiritually. Initial and ongoing formation are distinct because each requires different methods and timing, but they are two halves of one reality, the life of a disciple cleric, in love with his Lord and steadfastly following Him.” In conjunction with the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations said, “The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gives us a special opportunity to continue our prayers for our priests. May and June are traditionally when ordinations to the priesthood are celebrated. With many priests celebrating anniversaries, this annual day of prayer is significant. This year, it also marks the official promulgation of the sixth edition of The Program of Priestly Formation in the United States of America. I am grateful to all of those who assisted in drafting and reviewing the document for their diligent efforts; this new edition will guide diocesan and religious seminary formation programs for years to come. The CCLV committee is also currently developing the second edition of the Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests to provide priests with rich spiritual and practical insights to benefit them and their sacred ministry and assist in the ongoing renewal of their commitment to lifelong formation as envisioned by Pope Francis. We pray that this will help foster renewal in all our priests.”  May the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through the intercession of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, imbue all priests with his grace, strengthen their hearts, and renew them in their vocation to image Christ, Head and Shepherd, Servant and Spouse. Amen. Resources for supporting the life and ministry of priests are available on the USCCB website: https://www.usccb.org/committees/clergy-consecrated-life-vocations/priestly-life-and-ministry  

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[post_title] => World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests is a Special Moment to Pray for Priests and the Gift of their Vocation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => world-day-of-prayer-for-the-sanctification-of-priests-is-a-special-moment-to-pray-for-priests-and-the-gift-of-their-vocation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-21 08:52:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-21 12:52:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130894 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [31] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130883 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-17 08:59:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-17 12:59:00 [post_content] => June 17, 2022 On Wednesday, Governor Youngkin proposed two vitally important budget amendments – one to save lives, and the other to provide a lifeline to students in need. We applaud and deeply thank the Governor for his leadership in offering both of these extremely important proposals. This afternoon, one of these amendments passed and one of them failed. The amendment that passed restores full funding of the Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits program, thereby avoiding a previously proposed severe cut. The EISTC is Virginia’s only school choice program and provides low-income students critical financial assistance to attend schools that best meet their needs. Maintaining the program at full strength, as the budget now does, is vital. We express our gratitude to each legislator in the House and Senate whose vote ensured this successful outcome. The unanimous vote in the Senate was a strong display of bipartisan support. The amendment that failed would have adopted the federal Hyde Amendment abortion funding restrictions in the state budget. Across the country, the Hyde Amendment has saved at least 2.5 million babies from abortion. Because the Senate rejected the Governor’s Hyde Amendment proposal by one vote, an opportunity to save lives in Virginia was tragically forfeited, and taxpayers here will continue to be forced to pay for abortions beyond what federal law requires. We acknowledge with deep gratitude each legislator in the House and Senate who voted in favor of protecting life, and at the same time express our profound disappointment that this commonsense, life-saving policy failed to pass and will not be part of the state budget. We thank the thousands of Catholics in our two dioceses who took action on the Virginia Catholic Conference action alerts in support of both of these amendments. With determination and zeal, we will continue to pursue policies both to protect life and to provide education opportunities.  

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on State Budget Actions [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-state-budget-actions [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-20 09:00:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-20 13:00:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130883 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [32] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130826 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-15 15:12:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-15 19:12:56 [post_content] => June 14, 2022 WASHINGTON – Over the weekend, twenty senators announced a bipartisan proposal to address gun violence. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response: “I am deeply grateful that members of Congress have undertaken bipartisan negotiations to address the plague of gun violence in our nation. I commend their recent announcement of a framework to help prevent senseless violence, which includes reasonable gun safety measures. This willingness to engage in dialogue and commitment to the common good is an example of the ‘better kind of politics’ that Pope Francis champions in his encyclical Fratelli tutti, ‘For when the good of others is at stake, good intentions are not enough. Concrete efforts must be made to bring about whatever they and their nations need for the sake of their development.’ I encourage Congress to continue these important efforts which will help build a culture of life. It is imperative this Congress passes into law new protections for the American people.”  

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Domestic Policy Chairman Commends Congressional Efforts to Address Gun Violence [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-domestic-policy-chairman-commends-congressional-efforts-to-address-gun-violence [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-15 15:12:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-15 19:12:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130826 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [33] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130778 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-13 11:24:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-13 15:24:38 [post_content] => June 13, 2022 WASHINGTON – This June marks twenty years since the U.S. bishops gathered in Dallas, Texas to address the sin of clergy sexual abuse. At their 2002 meeting, the bishops drafted and passed the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., of Kansas City-St. Joseph, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People issued the following statement in acknowledgement of the Church’s continued commitment to vigilance in protecting children and the vulnerable: “It was two decades ago that the U.S. bishops gathered in Dallas to draft a comprehensive set of child protection standards that became the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which each diocese and eparchy is now committed to following. Since the implementation of the Charter, the USCCB has been a resource for the creation and implementation of child protection policies and safe environment programs that are enforced at the local level. “Dioceses and eparchies have faced evolutionary shifts and changes during these past twenty years since the passage of the Charter, and we are grateful to the Holy See for the multiple measures they have taken to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability for the global Catholic Church. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has tried to set an example by pushing for greater accountability, transparency, and honesty on handling clergy sexual abuse. “The USCCB’s Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People along with the National Review Board have provided vital guidance and insight for the dioceses and eparchies through educational opportunities, resource libraries, and policy consultation. I am most grateful for the engagement of survivors who have shared their painful experiences with us and have allowed us to walk with them in their journey towards healing as we strive to create a culture of protection and healing, and continuous improvement. “I invite you to pray for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, their families, and all those who accompany survivors in the path towards healing, that they experience Christ’s profound love for them and God’s healing grace.” The USCCB’s Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection will release several new resources in coming weeks. They include videos, podcasts, and a webinar series in its ongoing commitment to assist the dioceses and eparchies of the United State in safeguarding children and the vulnerable. This year, the Secretariat will continue its High Reliability Organization (HRO) initiative which provides diocesan/eparchial staff with proactive abuse prevention strategies, and the Child Abuse Prevention Empowerment (CAPE) online learning platform available to all Church personnel to learn more about matters of child and youth protection. These materials and resources may be found on the main page for the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and will also be shared on USCCB’s social media.  

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[post_title] => USCCB Continues to Offer Child Protection and Safe Environment Resources to Assist Dioceses and Eparchies [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-continues-to-offer-child-protection-and-safe-environment-resources-to-assist-dioceses-and-eparchies [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-13 11:24:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-13 15:24:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130778 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [34] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130775 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-13 11:20:37 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-13 15:20:37 [post_content] => June 13, 2022 WASHINGTON – In response to ongoing attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Religious Liberty and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement: “The Catholic Church has a long history of service to those who are most vulnerable, including both mother and child, and remains the largest private provider of social services in the United States. From religious communities to pregnancy care centers, from refugee resettlement services to foster care and adoption agencies, and from maternity homes to parish-based ministries, the Church consistently bears witness in word and deed to the beauty and dignity of every human life. “For two years now, Catholic churches have been attacked and vandalized at an alarming rate. In July of 2020, we strained to understand this violence. In October of 2021, we called on elected officials to condemn the attacks. This past January, we prayed that all religious communities would be free to worship without fear. Only rarely have the motives been clear; when they were, it was often opposition to the Church’s teachings on life in the womb. “Since the leak of the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, charities that support pregnant mothers in need have been firebombed, and pro-life organizations have been attacked almost daily and terrorized, and even the lives of Supreme Court justices have been directly threatened. In light of this, we urge our elected officials to take a strong stand against this violence, and our law enforcement authorities to increase their vigilance in protecting those who are in increased danger. We thank those who have already done so, and we encourage them to continue. “Above all, each of us must choose the path of peace and open our hearts to the love that God has for his children. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, touch our hearts and make them like your own.”

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2022 Seminarian Parish Assignments

  Continuing Pastoral Year Assignments (2021-2022) David Arellano, St. Anne, Bristol (Father Chris Hess) William Douglas, St. Benedict, Richmond (Father John David Ramsey) Charles Palmer, St. Jerome, Newport News (Father George Prado) Seth Seaman, Holy Trinity, Norfolk (Father James Glass)   Pastoral Year Assignments (2022-2023) Andrew Clark, St. Matthew, Virginia Beach (Father Peter Naah) Samuel Hill, Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach (Father Matthew Kiehl) Matthew Kelly, Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond (Father Jonathan Goertz)   Summer Assignments  Deacon William Buckley, St. Therese, Farmville; St. Mary, Blackstone; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Meherrin (Father Tochi Iwuji) Deacon Armando Herrera, Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg (Father Silvio Kaberia) Deacon Christopher Weyer, Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach (Father Daniel Malingumu Chase Imoru, St. Mary, Blacksburg (Father John Asare) Graham Fassero, Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke (Msgr. Patrick Golden) David Urlwin, St. Bridget, Richmond (Father Ken Shuping) John Paul Shanahan, Church of the Epiphany, Richmond (Father John Kazibwe) Charlie Tomayo, Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk (Father Eric Ayers) Peter Olbrych, Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville (Msgr. Timothy Keeney) William Yearout, Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach (Father Daniel Malingumu) Michael Anctil, St. Andrew, Roanoke (Father Kevin Segerblom) Scott Campolongo, Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach (Father Matthew Kiehl) Paul Flagg, Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville (Msgr. Timothy Keeney) Maximus McHugh, Home for the summer Ivan Torres, Home for the summer [post_title] => 2022 Seminarian Parish Assignments [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2022-seminarian-parish-assignments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-09 11:53:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-09 15:53:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130751 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [37] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130741 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-08 14:40:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-08 18:40:14 [post_content] => June 8, 2022 WASHINGTON – On Pentecost Sunday (June 5), gunmen threw explosive devices and fired on the congregation gathered at St. Francis Xavier Church in the city of Owo, Ondo State in Nigeria, killing at least 50 people. In response to the attack in Owo, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace sent a letter of solidarity to the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria where he reiterated his solidarity with the Church in Nigeria amidst the unabated violence besetting Nigerians and the Church particularly. He also stated his hope that those responsible for these acts are brought to swift justice. Bishop Malloy issued the following statement: “Nigeria has sadly become all too familiar with such growing violence. In addition to the horrible loss of life, this attack is a disturbing development as it occurred in the far south of Nigeria where such bloodshed heretofore has been largely unknown. Just three weeks earlier, a young Christian student was accused by fellow students of blasphemy and brutally murdered. When police arrested two suspects, riots broke out directed at several Church buildings. “The U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace has supported the Church in Nigeria for many years in its effort to stop terrorist attacks by Boko Haram and armed groups, to build peace between herders and farmers, and to ensure credible and transparent elections. Bishops on our committee have visited Nigeria and have received their Church leaders in Washington. We join our Holy Father, Pope Francis in commending the souls of the dead to the loving mercy of God and imploring ‘divine healing and consolation’ upon those who are grieving. The committee remains prayerfully determined as ever to support our brothers and sisters of the Church in Nigeria.”  

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[post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Call for Congressional Action to Address Gun Violence [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-call-for-congressional-action-to-address-gun-violence [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-08 11:58:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-08 15:58:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130739 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [39] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130781 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-06-02 14:25:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-06-02 18:25:47 [post_content] => June 2, 2022 WASHINGTON - Religious Freedom Week takes place June 22-29. It begins with the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, includes the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and ends with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. The theme for this year is Life and Dignity for AllThis year, as we approach the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is especially mindful of the debates around our country about abortion. The Catholic Church plays a crucial role in bearing witness to the gospel of life and serving all who will be affected by these discussions and their outcomes. The USCCB provides “Pray-Reflect-Act” resources at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek - one for each day on different religious liberty topics; this year, they focus on themes that intersect with life issues. Moreover, the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty has collaborated with the Office of International Justice and Peace to raise awareness about religious liberty in China and in solidarity with people throughout the world who suffer for their faith. Domestically, a major area of concern continues to be freedom for Catholic institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and child welfare service providers, to carry out their missions with integrity. In particular, protecting Catholic adoption and foster care will become even more vital, as we take new steps in building a culture of life and dignity for all in the United States. To build a culture of life and dignity for all, the Church must support women and children. In 2020, the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities launched Walking with Moms in Need. This initiative ministers at the local level by having parishes be places where pregnant and parenting women can find support and accompaniment. Through prayer, education, and public action during Religious Freedom Week, the USCCB continues to advocate for the essential right of religious freedom for Catholics and for those of all faiths. To connect with the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, please text FREEDOM to 84576 and sign up for First Freedom News, the committee’s monthly newsletter.  

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May 24, 2022
 
WASHINGTON – In response to the news of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas reported this afternoon, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offered the following statement from its spokesperson, Chieko Noguchi, director of public affairs.
 
“There have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent. Our Catholic faith calls us to pray for those who have died and to bind the wounds of others, and we join our prayers along with the community in Uvalde and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller. As we do so, each of us also needs to search our souls for ways that we can do more to understand this epidemic of evil and violence and implore our elected officials to help us take action.”
 
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[post_title] => Statement of USCCB on School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-usccb-on-school-shooting-in-uvalde-texas [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-25 11:24:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-25 15:24:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130670 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [41] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130641 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-23 15:23:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-23 19:23:55 [post_content] => May 23, 2022 The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, had a full house for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, May 21, 2022, when Bishop Barry C. Knestout ordained William Buckley, Armando Herrera and Christopher Weyer as transitional deacons. [caption id="attachment_130643" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (Photos/Michael Mickle)[/caption] In his homily, Bishop Knestout spoke about the importance of encountering one another in living the faith, reflecting upon it and handing it on to others. “As ordained deacons, you now begin your service in word and charity for the Church,” he told the three ordinands. “Like those who have handed on the faith before you, you, too, must turn to the Lord with a complete faith, a renewed faith in God, if your efforts are to be fruitful in your ministry as deacons.” The bishop noted the challenges the new deacons will face and encouraged them to rely on the grace of God and constant prayer in those moments. “To be a servant is not an easy task; one’s own will and preferences are often put aside for the task at hand for the commission one is given. Yet the reward for such sacrificial love is great and yet ultimately eternal,” Bishop Knestout said, adding that the newly ordained should “do the will of God from the heart” by serving the people in love and joy. “Never allow yourselves to be turned away from the hope offered by the Gospel,” he continued. “Now you are not only a bearer of this Gospel, but also its minister." [post_title] => William Buckley, Armando Herrera and Christopher Weyer Ordained as Transitional Deacons [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => william-buckley-armando-herrera-and-christopher-weyer-ordained-as-transitional-deacons [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-24 08:50:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-24 12:50:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130641 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [42] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130615 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-23 11:09:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-23 15:09:27 [post_content] => Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, has announced the following clergy appointments effective Friday, July 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted.

Pastors

Father Rolo Castillo, from pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Waynesboro, to pastor of Christ the King, Abingdon, and St. John the Evangelist, Marion. *Effective Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 Father Romeo Jazmin, from pastor of Prince of Peace, Chesapeake, to pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe; St. Joseph, Hampton; and St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News. Father Emmanuel Mensah, from pastor of St. Mary of the Presentation, Suffolk, to pastor of the Shrine of the Infant of Prague, Wakefield, and St. Jude, Franklin. Father Francis Musolooza, from pastor of Christ the King, Abingdon, and St. John the Evangelist, Marion, to pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Waynesboro. *Effective Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. Father Charles Ssebalamu, from pastor of St. Jude, Christiansburg, to pastor of St. Stephen, Martyr, Chesapeake. Father John Walugembe, from pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News, to pastor of Prince of Peace, Chesapeake.  

From Administrator to Pastor

(Same location)

Father Patricio Alcantara, from administrator to pastor of Holy Spirit, Christiansburg, and Holy Family, Pearisburg. Father Eric Anokye, from administrator to pastor of St. Theresa of the Holy Family, Tazewell; Church of St. Joseph of the Holy Family, Grundy; Church of St. Elizabeth of the Holy Family, Pocahontas; and Church of St. Mary of the Holy Family, Richlands. Father Joseph Appiagyei, from administrator to pastor of St. John, Highland Springs; Pro-Cathedral of St. Peter, Richmond; and St. Patrick, Richmond. Father Eric Baffour Asamoah, from administrator to pastor of Sacred Heart, Big Stone Gap; Holy Spirit, Jonesville; St. Joseph, Clintwood; and St. Anthony, Norton. Father Francis Boateng, from administrator to pastor of St. Mary the Mother of God, Wytheville, and St. Edward, Pulaski. Father Magnus Tochi Iwuji, from administrator to pastor of St. Theresa, Farmville; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blackstone; and Sacred Heart, Meherrin. Father Raner Lucila, from administrator to pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston; and Good Shepherd, South Hill. Father Peter Naah, from administrator to pastor of St. Matthew, Virginia Beach. Father George Prado, from administrator to pastor of St. Jerome, Newport News.  

Administrator and Campus Ministry Chaplain

Father Cassidy Stinson, from parochial vicar of St. Bede, Williamsburg, to administrator of St. Jude, Christiansburg, and chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry serving Radford University.  

Parochial Vicars

Father Peter Barfi, from parochial vicar of St. Gabriel, Chesterfield, and Good Samaritan, Amelia, to parochial vicar of Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth; Church of the Resurrection, Portsmouth; St. Paul, Portsmouth; and St. Mary, Chesapeake. Father Anthony Ferguson, from parochial vicar of St. Andrew, Roanoke, to parochial vicar of St. Bede, Williamsburg. Father Thomas Lawrence, from parochial vicar of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe, and St. Joseph, Hampton, to parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News, in addition to St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe, and St. Joseph, Hampton. Father Christopher Masla, from parochial vicar of Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville, and Our Lady of the Rosary, Crozet, to parochial vicar of St. Andrew, Roanoke. Father Daniel Molochko, from parochial vicar of Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth; Church of the Resurrection, Portsmouth; St. Paul, Portsmouth; and St. Mary, Chesapeake, to parochial vicar of Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville, and Our Lady of the Rosary, Crozet. Father Santos Ramirez Chicas, from parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg, to parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes, Henrico. Father Julio Reyes, from parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes, Henrico, to parochial vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem, and St. Gerard, Roanoke.  

New International Priests

(Appointed in June for July 1 assignment)

Pastor of St. Mary of the Presentation, Suffolk. Parochial vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Clarksville; St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston; and Good Shepherd, South Hill. Parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg. Parochial vicar of St. Michael the Archangel, Glen Allen.  

Retired Status

Msgr. Walter Barrett, from pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe, and St. Joseph, Hampton, to retired status. Father Richard Mooney, from parochial vicar of St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston; and Good Shepherd, South Hill, to retired status. Father Brian Rafferty, from pastor of St. Stephen, Martyr, Chesapeake, to retired status. Father Frank Wiggins, from parochial vicar of St. Augustine, Richmond, to retired status.

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May 5, 2022 WASHINGTON - Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of Victoria, bishop promoter of Stella Maris, the apostolate of the Catholic Church for the people of the sea, is inviting dioceses in the United States to mark the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea on May 22. To mark National Maritime Day, Bishop Cahill will celebrate Mass on Saturday, May 21 at 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Crypt Church) in Washington. The maritime industry is a vital part of the world’s economy and notably, many of the United States ports are the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. The annual National Maritime Day celebration is an opportunity to applaud the important work of seafarers and helps to create awareness for their around the clock work, that often goes unrecognized. Bishop Cahill is encouraging dioceses to remember seafarers in their homilies, special petitions during Mass, and other maritime events. When Mass is celebrated on May 22, the text for the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, is also encouraged. In the face of the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stella Maris National Office continues to support and celebrate the men and women of the sea. The impact of the pandemic and the stress it has caused on seafarers calls for action, especially to ensure the health and wellbeing of mariners and their families. “The world may have come to a standstill during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the ships have never stopped sailing from port to port, delivering critical medical equipment and medicines to support the fight against the spread of the virus. Some 90% of world trade is carried by ships or, more accurately, by the 1.7 million seafarers who work on the ships,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson during the Sea Sunday celebration, on July 11, 2021. Serving at that time as prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Turkson stressed the importance of celebrating and acknowledging the remarkable work of seafarers and the sacrifices of their families. National Maritime Day is an opportunity to recognize the hardworking men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine, seafarers, fishers, port personnel and all who work or travel on the high seas for the vital services they provide in support of our nation’s economic well-being and national security. Seafarers are a large migrant population in the world today, many of whom are Catholic Christians and unseen by the world. Stella Maris chaplains welcome, reach out to and celebrate seafarers and their families, and all who work or travel on the seas. Through the celebration of the Eucharist and the proclamation of the Word of God, as well as providing other vital services and necessities, Catholic chaplaincy teams fulfill the mission of the Church and help seafarers discover the loving presence of God in an often-challenging world. More information is available at: http://www.usccb.org/stellamaris.

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[post_title] => National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea to be Celebrated on May 22 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => national-day-of-prayer-and-remembrance-for-mariners-and-people-of-the-sea-to-be-celebrated-on-may-22 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-19 09:59:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-19 13:59:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130598 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [44] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130575 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-16 15:47:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-16 19:47:53 [post_content] => May 16, 2022 WASHINGTON - In response to the shootings in Buffalo, NY and Laguna Woods, CA over the weekend, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offered the following statement from its spokesperson, Chieko Noguchi, director of public affairs. “The U.S. bishops join with others throughout the country in offering prayers for the support and healing of the families, friends, and communities of those impacted by these violent incidents. We pray especially for those who were injured and particularly for those who lost their lives. We pray also for those on the front lines who risk their lives in responding to the calls for help, and to those in the medical fields who minister to those who have been harmed. “The bishops again call for an honest dialogue rooted in Christ in addressing the persistent evil of racism in our country. The Catholic Church has been a consistent voice for rational yet effective forms of regulation of dangerous weapons, and the USCCB continues to advocate for an end to violence, and for the respect and dignity of all lives. “We pray for and support the healing of the communities impacted and for all the victims of violence and that Christ’s peace be upon all affected.”

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[post_title] => Statement of USCCB on Shootings in Buffalo and Laguna Woods [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-usccb-on-shootings-in-buffalo-and-laguna-woods [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-16 15:47:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-16 19:47:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130575 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [45] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130549 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-12 13:45:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-12 17:45:01 [post_content] => May 11, 2022 WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Women’s Health Protection Act, S. 4132. This bill would have imposed abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute and would have eliminated pro-life laws at every level of government -- including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. S. 4132 also would have compelled all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars and would have also likely forced health care providers and professionals to perform, assist in, and/or refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as forced employers and insurers to cover or pay for abortion. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following statement: “The ‘Women’s Health Protection Act’ (S. 4132) is an utterly unjust and extreme measure that would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute. We are relieved that the Senate vote to advance this bill failed for the second time in less than three months. This bill insists that elective abortion, including late-term elective abortion, is a ‘human right’ and ‘women’s health care’ -- something that should be promoted, funded, and celebrated. S. 4132 is far more extreme than Roe v. Wade. It would invalidate widely supported laws that protect women and unborn children from an unscrupulous abortion industry, would force all Americans to support abortion here and abroad with their tax dollars, and seeks to force religious hospitals and health care professionals to perform abortions against their beliefs. “More than 60 million unborn children have already lost their lives to abortion, and countless women suffer from the physical and emotional trauma of abortion. This radical bill would add millions more to that tragic toll. As a nation built on the recognition that every human being is endowed by its Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we implore Congress to stop pushing abortion as a solution to the needs of women and young girls, and instead embrace public policy that fully respects and facilitates these rights and the needs of both mother and child.”

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[post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Respond to Senate Vote on Extreme Abortion on Demand Bill [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-respond-to-senate-vote-on-extreme-abortion-on-demand-bill [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-12 13:45:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-12 17:45:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130549 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [46] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130547 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-12 13:44:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-12 17:44:16 [post_content] => May 11, 2022 This afternoon, for the second time this year, the U.S. Senate held a vote to advance the deceptively-named, extreme Women’s Health Protection Act. And for the second time this year, the vote failed. This twice-rejected legislation would have imposed abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute, eliminated modest and widely supported pro-life laws at every level of government, and forced all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars. Today’s vote was scheduled in response to the leak of a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. We applaud all senators who today chose life instead of abortion on demand. We are also deeply disappointed that Virginia’s two U.S. senators voted in favor of moving forward with this radical legislation. We call on all members of Congress to direct their focus toward policies that fully recognize and support both mothers in need and their children. We thank all the faithful in our two dioceses whose advocacy and daily actions show Christ’s life-affirming care, concern and compassion for the most vulnerable in our communities.

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on U.S. Senate’s Second Rejection of Extreme Abortion Bill [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-u-s-senates-second-rejection-of-extreme-abortion-bill [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-12 13:44:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-12 17:44:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130547 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [47] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130528 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-10 14:53:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-10 18:53:30 [post_content] => May 10, 2022 [caption id="attachment_130530" align="alignright" width="200"] Deacon Dillon Bruce[/caption] Bishop Barry C. Knestout has called to holy orders Deacon Dillon Bruce, who will be ordained a priest Saturday, June 25, 2022, for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. His ordination Mass will take place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. You are invited to celebrate with the diocese in person or watch the ordination by livestream on the diocesan website and YouTube channel. More about Deacon Dillon Bruce [caption id="attachment_130529" align="alignleft" width="300"] Deacon Dillon Bruce with his parents, Brian and Jeannette Bruce, after his ordination to the transitional diaconate, May 22, 2021.[/caption] Deacon Dillon Bruce, who celebrates a June birthday, will have just turned 29 when he is ordained a priest. He is the oldest of Brian and Jeannette Bruce’s three sons, who are parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi in Staunton. Deacon Bruce attended public school throughout his life in Stuarts Draft and is a 2012 graduate of Stuarts Draft High School. He was accepted to Virginia Tech to study mechanical engineering because he “loved figuring out how and why things work,” but it was during his second semester of his sophomore year that he “felt Christ tugging at his heart.” “He made it clear to me that he would make me happy anyway… as long as I was following him and his commandments and striving to love him,” said Deacon Bruce. “Any path I would have chosen, he would have loved me and supported me and made me happy. But I just knew, he helped me to know that THE way he was calling me to encounter him more profoundly was to be his priest.” Deacon Bruce began formation at St. John Paul II Seminary in 2014 and graduated from the Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2017. Currently, he is studying theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. A full story on Deacon Bruce’s journey to the priesthood will be featured in The Catholic Virginian. A video story “in his own words” about his call to the priesthood is coming soon. We will update this webpage when both are available.

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[post_title] => Called to be Ordained to the Priesthood in 2022 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => called-to-be-ordained-to-the-priesthood-in-2022 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-11 12:49:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-11 16:49:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130528 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [48] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130523 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-10 12:28:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-10 16:28:26 [post_content] => May 10, 2022 WASHINGTON - In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer: In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:
  • For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
  • For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
  • For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
  • For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
  • For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.
  As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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[post_title] => Faithful Invited to Fast and Pray the Rosary on Friday in Midst of Tensions Over Leaked Draft Supreme Court Opinion [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => faithful-invited-to-fast-and-pray-the-rosary-on-friday-in-midst-of-tensions-over-leaked-draft-supreme-court-opinion [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-10 12:36:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-10 16:36:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130523 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [49] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130481 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-04 14:57:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-04 18:57:13 [post_content] => May 4, 2022 WASHINGTON – In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following call to prayer: “The leak related to the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization reminds us of the urgent need for prayer and action at this pivotal moment in our country. “As Catholics, we care about every unborn child and every mother. Our Church has consistently witnessed in word and deed that life begins at the moment of conception. As the bishops shared in our statement Standing with Moms in Need: we pledge ‘to redouble our efforts to accompany women and couples who are facing unexpected or difficult pregnancies, and during the early years of parenthood, offering them loving and compassionate care through initiatives such as Walking with Moms in Need and countless others.’ “At the same time, as we await the Court’s decision, we urge everyone to intensify their prayer and fasting that the final decision of the Court will bring about the reversal of Roe and Casey. “We hope and pray for a change in our laws and stand ready to help all pregnant women in need in each of our communities. “Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us and guide us.”

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[post_title] => USCCB Pro-Life Chairman Urges Faithful to Pray in Response to Leak of Draft Supreme Court Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-pro-life-chairman-urges-faithful-to-pray-in-response-to-leak-of-draft-supreme-court-opinion-in-dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-05-04 14:57:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-05-04 18:57:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130481 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [50] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130446 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-05-03 09:17:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-05-03 13:17:02 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: May 2, 2022 The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout has called to holy orders three seminarians from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to the transitional diaconate. On Saturday, May 21, 2022, Armando Herrera, William Buckley and Christopher Weyer will be ordained transitional deacons, the last step on the path to priesthood. Deacons are an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. They can assist at Mass by proclaiming the Gospel, preach the homily, serve at the altar, and they may baptize, witness marriages and conduct funeral services. This year’s transitional ordination will take place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. The ordination is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and YouTube channel.   Called to be Ordained to the Transitional Diaconate Armando Herrera, 28, whose home parish is St. Andrew, Roanoke, is a graduate of Roanoke Catholic High School and Virginia Military Institute. He is the son of Armando and Lizette Herrera and is a native of Morristown, N.J. He attends Theological College, the National Seminary of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese for Military Services, he is in his fourth year of formation.     William Buckley, 29, the son of Christopher and Karen Buckley, is a native of Long Island, New York, who grew up in Rockville Center. Following high school, he enrolled at the University of Richmond where he studied piano performance. He became the assistant music minister at St. Bridget, Richmond in 2015 which he considers his home parish. Two years later, he began formation at Theological College in Washington, D.C.     Christopher Weyer, 26, is a native of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and the son of Jim and Judy Weyer. He spent his youth moving between Little Rock AFB and the Pentagon. In 2013, Weyer began his college studies at Virginia Tech to pursue an engineering degree but left after completing the 2014 fall semester. Beginning in 2015, he studied philosophy and began formation at St. John Paul II Seminary and graduated in 2018. He entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, where he continues his formation and theological studies. His home parish is St. Theresa in Ashburn, VA.   To learn more about our seminarians, click here. For more frequently questions about the role of a deacon in the Catholic Church, click here.  

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Dorothy Mahanes Retires Following 17 Years of Service

RICHMOND, Va. – Bishop Barry C. Knestout is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Fogler, SPHR, as the new human resources officer (HRO) for the diocese. After a thorough national search, Sarah Fogler was selected to succeed Dorothy “Dot” Mahanes, SPHR, who is retiring after nearly two decades of service. [caption id="attachment_130408" align="alignright" width="242"] Sarah Fogler[/caption] Fogler has extensive experience in the field of human resources and project management within Church leadership and the corporate world. Currently, she serves as the director of the diocesan Office of Human Resources, where she has worked for the last 12 years in various positions of responsibility, including assistant director of human resources; senior recruiting, training and project manager; benefits and as payroll/HRMS (Human Resource Management Systems) manager. Previously, she worked for Capital One Financial for eight years. Fogler earned her master’s degree in administration, training and policy studies from Boston University and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. “Sarah brings more than 20 years of strategic human resources management and leadership to the diocese,” said Bishop Knestout. “I am grateful to have someone of Sarah’s expertise, principles and management skills to assist our hardworking professionals who work for our local Church. I look forward to the continuity she will bring to the office and the ongoing strengthening of our operations and employee recruitment that will build upon the caliber of work Dot Mahanes brought to the diocese when she walked through the doors more than 17 years ago.” [caption id="attachment_130409" align="alignleft" width="242"] Dot Mahanes[/caption] Fogler succeeds Mahanes, who announced her retirement in November. Mahanes was appointed by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo in 2004 to develop and strengthen the Human Resources Office. During her tenure, she was instrumental in creating the diocese’s Office of Safe Environment and establishing compensation structures and guidelines. In collaboration with the Office of Finance, she pursued technological efficiencies for payroll and expanded employee benefits to include multiple health plans and a defined contribution 403(b) plan. Under the direction of Bishop Knestout, she was responsible for implementing EthicsPoint – an independent, third-party reporting system that allows employees, clergy, volunteers or parishioners to anonymously submit concerns about suspected unethical behavior, misuse of resources or financial misconduct. Most recently, she assisted and guided the diocese with policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The human resources officer oversees the offices of: Human Resources, Safe Environment, Payroll, Facilities Management and Copy Services, and supports more than 2,700 lay and religious employees and clergy within the diocese. The change is effective May 2, 2022.

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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Appoints New Human Resource Officer for Catholic Diocese of Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-appoints-new-human-resource-officer-for-catholic-diocese-of-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-04-28 11:11:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-04-28 15:11:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130407 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [52] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130397 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-04-28 10:53:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-04-28 14:53:39 [post_content] => April 28, 2022 Brittany May from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, Newport News, was presented with the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for Excellence in Catholic Education on April 27 at the Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center, Richmond. This annual award is bestowed on a teacher based on commitment, leadership and service to Catholic education. [caption id="attachment_130398" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Brittany May, teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Newport News, receives the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for Excellence in Catholic Education, April 27, 2022. (Photo/Michael MIckle)[/caption] May has worked in Catholic education for 13 years. Though she is a part-time employee, she is fully invested in her students’ lives. In addition to teaching seventh and eighth grade history and civics, she also works with kindergarten students in the library. In her history lessons, May works to show how the present is tied to the past by analyzing and comparing current and historic events. She invites her students to examine modern culture with a Catholic lens by incorporating the lessons of Christ with her own. In addition to being a dedicated educator, she is also recognized as a role model for students because of her faith, kindness, patience and modesty. “For me, working in the field of Catholic education is not just a job, it’s a vocation,” she said. “I choose to work in a Catholic school because I know this is exactly where the Lord is calling me to serve; this is my mission.” Diocesan Awards for Excellence in Catholic Education were given to Angela Cash, middle school religion teacher at All Saints Catholic School, Richmond; Laura Hall, middle school science teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Richmond; and Heather Krys, seventh grade English teacher at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Virginia Beach. [caption id="attachment_130399" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Pictured left to right are Kelly Lazzara, superintendent of Diocese of Richmond Catholic schools; Brittany May, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News; Heather Krys, St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach; Laura Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond; Angela Cash, All Saints, Richmond; and Bishop Barry C. Knestout. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption]

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Bishop terms advocacy for unborn ‘more necessary than ever’

Signs declaring “The future is anti-abortion” and “Equality begins in the womb” were exclamation marks from the hundreds of people who gathered in downtown Richmond on Wednesday, April 27, for the fourth annual Virginia March for Life. Due to construction on the Capitol grounds, the March for Life rally, which preceded the march, was held at the bell tower on the lawn of Capitol Square. The crowd’s enthusiasm was palpable as pro-lifers of all ages waited for the first of several speakers to take the podium. Bishop Barry C. Knestout provided opening remarks, telling those gathered that their advocacy on behalf of the unborn “was more necessary than ever.” Quoting from a statement of the U.S. bishops, he said, “As our nation awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, we join together in prayer and expectant hope that states will again be able to protect women and children from the injustice of abortion.” [caption id="attachment_130388" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Bishop Knestout gives opening remarks and prays at the rally which preceded the fourth annual Virginia March for Life, April 27, 2022. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Following his remarks, the bishop prayed, “May those, who you have granted the authority to govern, recognize the fundamental human right to life, that they use their positions, to advance laws and policies, that protect each person’s right to life, from conception to natural death. “Let your gentle hand, with all those who are instruments of your healing, aid women in pregnancy, especially those in the midst of crisis and doubt, to bring their children safe and sound to the light of day.” ‘Excitement, hope’ Jeanne Mancini, March for Life president, said her biggest goal for the day was that “someone’s heart is changed more in the direction of life.” Just as important, she said, was for the state to “move in the direction of life, especially as it regards babies who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis.” She explained that Virginia allows more exceptions to abortion than many other states. Since April 27 was also Veto Day in Virginia, which relates to the state budget, marchers would be texting their legislators and “asking them to stop” those exceptions. She said that the beautiful weather was reminiscent of the first Virginia March for Life in 2019, but she noted that Virginia’s current pro-life administration had made this year’s event “extra exciting.” For the first time, the state’s governor was present at the Virginia March for Life. Glen Youngkin joined the march as the crowd left Capitol Square. Joan Andres, a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle, Clifton, believes “there’s still a lot of work to do, especially in the state,” but felt that the governor’s presence was a “source of a lot of excitement and hope.” “We have more hope now than we’ve had in a long time, so I think that the Holy Spirit is at work,” she said. [caption id="attachment_130389" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Hundreds of pro-life advocates of all ages filled the street during the Virginia March for Life, Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Bishop Knestout and Father Michael Boehling, vicar general for the Diocese of Richmond, joined the march. (Photo/Michael MIckle)[/caption] Connor Mancuso attended the Virginia March for Life for the first time; he has attended the national march twice. “I believe that our actions here will imprint upon others who see us that we are trying to make a difference… and show that all life is sacred, all life is unique, all life is valuable,” he said. ‘Protecting the innocent’ Attending his first March for Life, Joe Deffner, a member of St. Thomas More, Lynchburg, said he admires Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion after the “wake-up call that only the Lord can give you – and prayers.” “I admire her stance and the grief that she took when she made that change of faith,” he said of the former Planned Parenthood employee. He was joined by his brother, Bill Deffner, who was visiting from Portersville, Pennsylvania. “I traveled to Richmond because I get the opportunity to spend some time with my brother and drag him to the March for Life,” he said as Joe laughed. Bill added, “It’s energizing to see the excitement in the youth because they’re all survivors.” “It really is all about pro-life and really protecting the most innocent and the most vulnerable, which are the unborn. It’s life at all levels from conception to the grave,” said Robert McBride, pro-life director of the St. Michael, Glen Allen, Knights of Columbus council. McBride called the nearly 1 million babies lost to abortion in the U.S. each year “a tragedy,” and said he believes one solution could be “a matter of education” for people to fully understand what happens when a baby is conceived. “It really is a matter of human dignity at all levels,” he said. “The loss of life, in particular among minorities and young women – those are the groups targeted, literally targeted, by Planned Parenthood especially… it’s an abomination.” Living the faith Andres brought her 10- and 8-year-old daughters to the rally and march to make “the treasure of human life normal to them so there’s never a doubt in their mind what truth is.” [caption id="attachment_130390" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Participants of the Virginia March for Life gathered at Richmond's Captiol Square for a rally before marching in a loop downtown, April 27, 2022. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Magdalena Brier, parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ridge, also brought her two daughters, ages 9 and 7, to the march and rally – the first March for Life she has attended. “So this year in particular, after homeschooling for the last two years, it just makes everything come together. And it’s not just something that’s happening far away; it’s something that we talk about all the time with our faith, so it’s great to be able to come out and live that faith.” William Clough, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University who attends the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, said that he was “marching to help end abortion and save the lives of many infants in our country and especially the state.” Clough, whose home parish is St. Agnes in the Diocese of Arlington, said it saddens him to know that “many children won’t be able to live life” due to abortion, but he hopes that rallies like the one held in Richmond will continue to have a positive impact upon society. “I’m hoping that if we pray hard enough and we have a big rally, that hopefully we can overturn Roe v. Wade soon,” he said. [post_title] => Pro-life Marchers Voice Optimism at Annual Event [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pro-life-marchers-voice-optimism-at-annual-event [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-04-28 10:59:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-04-28 14:59:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130386 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [54] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130321 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-04-20 09:08:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-04-20 13:08:34 [post_content] => April 20, 2022 Holy Saturday, April 16, was an exciting time in the life of the Church of Richmond as the faithful prepared to welcome approximately 350 new members into the Church through the sacrament of baptism at Easter Vigil Masses across the diocese. Bishop Barry C. Knestout presided at the Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. [caption id="attachment_130331" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout baptizes a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, at the Easter Vigil Mass. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] The bishop noted in his homily that in the readings throughout the Mass, we hear of God’s love for his people. “We enter into a relationship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and receive new life by our own share in that Paschal Mystery, our own passage with Christ in the sacraments of initiation,” he said. “Since in these three days (of the Triduum) the whole Church is immersed in that Paschal Mystery, it is appropriate that we bring new members into the life of Christ, into the Church, on this evening through the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and Eucharist).” At St. Thomas More Parish, Lynchburg, nearly 19 individuals ranging from teens to septuagenarians were welcomed into the faith. Of those individuals, eight are students at Liberty University. [caption id="attachment_130333" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Nearly 19 individuals were welcomed into the faith at St. Thomas More, Lynchburg, during the Easter Vigil Mass. Eight are students at Liberty University. (Photo provided)[/caption] Msgr. Michael McCarron, pastor of St. Thomas More, said that the parish makes a “real effort” to welcome Liberty University students into the parish, as Catholic Campus Ministry there is relatively new. For example, a bus is sent to Liberty each Sunday to pick up students who want to attend the 11 a.m. Mass. Father Sean Prince, pastor of St. Pius X, Norfolk, welcomed approximately 24 individuals into the Church. That liturgy was heavily attended by parishioners, a welcome change from a year ago when many celebrated from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. Approximately six cadets from Virginia Military Institute received the right of initiation at St. Patrick, Lexington. A story about some of these individuals will appear in an upcoming issue of The Catholic Virginian. [caption id="attachment_130334" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Father Stefan Migac anoints a member of St. Patrick, Lexington, at the parish's Easter Vigil Mass. (Photo provided)[/caption] [post_title] => More Than 350 Welcomed into the Faith at Easter Vigil Masses [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => more-than-350-welcomed-into-the-faith-at-easter-vigil-masses [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-04-28 10:59:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-04-28 14:59:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130321 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [55] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130246 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-04-11 10:39:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-04-11 14:39:21 [post_content] => April 8, 2022 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) has been presented with a relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis by Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino in Italy. Blessed Carlo Acutis was an Italian teenager who used technology to spread devotion to the Eucharist before his death at age fifteen from leukemia in 2006. He offered his sufferings for the Church and for the Holy Father, and Pope Francis has called him a role model for young people. He was beatified in 2020 and is one of the intercessors for the national Eucharistic Revival, a multi-year initiative by the bishops of the United States to reinvigorate devotion in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Yesterday, Archbishop Sorrentino presented Blessed Carlo’s pericardium, a first-class relic, to the bishops’ conference for the Eucharistic Revival. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, and Bishop Joseph A. Espaillat, auxiliary bishop of New York, were joined by Archbishop Sorrentino for Mass and adoration of the blessed sacrament at St. Rita of Cascia – St. Pius V’s Church in the Bronx. During the Mass, Cardinal Dolan received the relic on behalf of the USCCB who will be the guardian of the relic for the multi-year Revival initiative. Opportunities for the faithful throughout the United States to venerate Blessed Carlo’s relic as a part of the Revival will be made available, and information as it is finalized will be available at https://eucharisticrevival.org. The full Mass can be seen on the Facebook page.  

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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Announces Clergy Assignments for April [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-announces-assignments-for-new-priests [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-04-08 09:33:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-04-08 13:33:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130177 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [57] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130173 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-04-01 12:24:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-04-01 16:24:43 [post_content] => April 1, 2022 (Richmond, VA) - With the arrival of April, we eagerly await the celebration of Easter. At the same time during this month, we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Protecting the vulnerable is one of our most important responsibilities as people of God. While it remains a daily focus in the work of the diocese, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, we shine an extra light upon the continuing efforts in our diocese to protect children and the most vulnerable from harm. This is and must always remain an ongoing effort. This year, it is my hope you will take some time to learn more about our efforts and to join us in prayer this month. I extend an invitation to all the faithful to join me in reciting a Rosary for the Protection of Children and Families on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. On this evening, as a Catholic community, let us come together in prayer as we recite the glorious mysteries to pray for strength and healing for all victim survivors of abuse. The rosary will be livestreamed through the diocesan website and on the diocesan Facebook page. In the April 4 issue of The Catholic Virginian, I devoted my “Christ Our Hope” column to our diocesan efforts to remain attentive to protecting children. I wanted to share further reflections with you, the faithful, on the work that is being done. You can read the column online or in the print edition. Additionally, an annual report on the work of the Office of Safe Environment will be published in the coming weeks on the Safe Environment webpage. In the report, you will have the opportunity to read how policies and procedures in the Diocese of Richmond have been enhanced and/or strengthened to help prevent abuse wherever and whenever possible. Please join me in my continued prayers for all who have been affected by abuse, that they may find healing, hope and comfort in Christ, our Light and Hope. God bless you and your support of our local Church.

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  • Asistir a la misa en la catedral diocesana con el obispo Knestout o por transmisión en vivo o asistir a la misa en las parroquias.
  • Recitar el Acto de Consagración durante el día.
  • Para las parroquias con campanas, tocarlas al mediodía o en otro momento apropiado del día para anunciar la consagración invitando a la gente a orar en unión con el Papa Francisco.
  • Estar presente en la hora santa con el Santísimo Sacramento para poner fin al conflicto, sanar la división y pedir por la paz.
  • Ofrecer un rosario u otra forma de oración para unirse con el Papa Francisco y los afectados por la crisis actual.
 

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en español

March 21, 2022

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, Bishop Knestout will join the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecration by the Holy Father will take place at 5:00 p.m. (Rome time) during the Celebration of Penance in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Bishop Knestout will preside at the noon Mass (EST) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, which serves as the Mother Church of the Diocese of Richmond. Bishop Knestout’s noon Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel for anyone unable to attend. The livestream link to Pope Francis’ consecration is on the Vatican’s YouTube channel. The booklet for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is available here. Pope Francis is inviting all priests around the world to join him in the consecration. The faithful are invited and encouraged to participate whether by attending Mass or spending time in prayer. Bishop Knestout is inviting all priests and parishes to participate and join him in person or through the livestream as a gesture of the universal Church. A Prayer of Consecration will be read during Bishop Knestout’s livestream Mass. All priests are asked to pray the Prayer of Consecration after the daily parish Mass on March 25. The Prayer of Consecration is offered so that all may recite it throughout the day as Pope Francis has indicated “in fraternal union” and “to entrust the future of our human family to the Queen of Peace.” Here are more ways the faithful can participate:
  • You are invited to join Bishop Knestout at the cathedral or by livestream for the noon Mass or attend your local parish Mass.
  • Recite the Act of Consecration when you are able throughout the day.
  • For those parishes with church bells, you may hear the church bells ring at the noon hour or another appropriate time in the day to announce the consecration inviting people to pray in union with Pope Francis.
  • Spend time in a holy hour with the Blessed Sacrament for an end to the conflict, healing of division and for peace.
  • Offer a rosary or another form of prayer to unite with Pope Francis and those affected by the present crisis.

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[post_title] => Statement on Pope Francis’ Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-on-pope-francis-consecration-of-russia-and-ukraine-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-03-25 09:16:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-03-25 13:16:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=130041 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [60] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 130024 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-03-17 12:07:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-03-17 16:07:13 [post_content] => March 16, 2022 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today on Ukraine. The Administrative Committee is led by the president of the Conference and is comprised of the USCCB’s officers, chairmen of the Conference’s standing committees, as well as a representative from each episcopal region of the United States. The committee operates as the board of directors of the Conference. The committee’s full statement follows: "In union with the Holy See, we call for the immediate cessation of Russia’s armed aggression and unprovoked war on Ukraine that has already exacted a staggering toll - thousands dead and an exodus of three million refugees - with no end in sight. We join our plea with that of the Holy Father on March 13 when he said, “In the name of God, listen to the cry of those who suffer, and put an end to the bombings and the attacks!” Similar appeals have been raised throughout the Orthodox Christian world and indeed by many Russians themselves. "We are witnessing an unprecedented threat to world peace. This possibility of global warfare is compounded by the unthinkable consequences that would result from the potential use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. "We call on Catholics of the United States and all people of good will to pray for an end to this war in Ukraine and for peace based on justice and respect for international law. We remember always that prayer is never a feeble gesture of last resort! It is a weapon of hope. "We continue to call on the U.S. government to aid humanitarian access and to support and provide assistance to those who remain in Ukraine and those fleeing the country. We call on all Americans to contribute generously and sacrificially to Catholic and other humanitarian agencies supporting these efforts. "At this dark time, we are united with the suffering people of Ukraine. May Our Lady of Fatima and the patron saint of Kyiv, St. Michael the Archangel, guide all peoples in the pursuit of peace and watch over all those in the path of war."  

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A report from Deacon Bob Griffin

I again have the privilege of sharing with you a report on the activities of the Office of the Propagation of the Faith for the calendar year. The statement of activity for 2021 shows the financial activity for the year. Mission Cooperative Program. This program assigns mission parishes and other organizations to make an appeal at larger parishes to help support their operations. In 2021, $59,239 was distributed, thanks to those parishes that allowed pastors and others to make an appeal. The pandemic continues to affect the amount that can be distributed. Each year on the next to the last Sunday of October we celebrate World Mission Sunday. That collection supports mission work in the United States and around the world. This year through the generosity of the people of the diocese $100,982.37 was collected. Distribution of these funds included: $33,661 to U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Home Missions; $33,661 to the Black and Indian Missions; $30,631 to the National Society of the Propagation of the Faith; and $3,029 to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. The Office of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith has funds that are invested with the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond. Distributions are made from this fund based on recommendations of an advisory committee and the approval of Bishop Barry C. Knestout. In 2021, a grant of $25,000 was made to Saints Peter and Paul, Palmyra. Home Mission Grant Program. This is not shown in the statement of activity. The source of the funds comes from a diocesan-wide collection in May and funds from the Annual Diocesan Appeal. The program is administered through the Office of the Propagation of the Faith in conjunction with a grant committee and Bishop Knestout. This program provides grants for repairs and small construction projects to the mission parishes and other smaller parishes. In 2021, grants of $156,225 were made. Information about applying for grants for 2022 can be found on the diocesan website at the directory for the Propagation of the Faith. The Office of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith also administers three other grant programs in conjunction with grant committees and Bishop Knestout. The activities of these funds are not shown in the attached statement: Fuel & Hunger. Grants were made In December 2021 in the amount $519,828 to 85 parishes, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia and conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Funds for this worthy cause come primarily from the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Respect Life. Grants were made in December 2021 to 17 parishes and organizations in the amount of $265,306. The source of the funds comes from an annual diocesan collection taken on the Sunday nearest to January 22. The grants support the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. Rice Bowl. Grants were made in December 2021 to eight parishes in the amount of $26,700. These funds come from the Lenten Rice Bowl Collection in which 75% of the collection goes to Catholic Relief Services and 25% remains in the diocese for local grants for such things as promoting just and peaceful societies, care for creation and economic empowerment. Thank you to all who make this work possible in our diocese — pastors, members of the advisory and grant committees and especially to the generous people of our parishes. [post_title] => Society of the Propagation of the Faith Supports Mission Efforts [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => propagation-of-faith-supports-mission-efforts [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-03-15 11:06:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-03-15 15:06:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129983 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [63] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129941 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-03-11 09:54:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-03-11 14:54:13 [post_content] => Congratulations to Sacred Heart Center and All Saints Catholic School, both of Richmond, on being selected for the 2022 Excellence in Virginia Government Awards! The ceremony, which will be held in person at the Downtown Richmond Marriott on Tuesday, April 26, recognizes Virginians who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and the welfare of our communities and citizens. Sacred Heart Center is the recipient of the Community Enhancement Award for its lifesaving efforts to educate and vaccinate the community against COVID-19. Early in the pandemic, it became apparent that the Latino community had low vaccination rates and higher hospitalization and death rates from COVID-19. Led by Executive Director Tanya Gonzalez, Sacred Heart Center worked with several foundations to educate and help vaccinate the local Latino community. The vaccination rate among Latinos is now above 80%, the highest in the Richmond area. All Saints Catholic School is the recipient of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Award, named for the late Dr. Grace E. Harris, an African American woman whose vision and leadership had a significant impact at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the community. All Saints School is recognized for its work to prepare students for success in high school, college and beyond in its educational environment that promotes leadership skills, confidence and integrity among its nearly 200 pre-K to eighth grade students from diverse backgrounds. The school has a 100% high school graduation rate, and many alumni go on to attend college. We are very proud of Sacred Heart Center and All Saints School for their outstanding work to improve the quality of life for residents of Virginia! [post_title] => Catholic Entities Recognized for Improving Quality of Life in Virginia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-entities-recognized-for-improving-quality-of-life-in-virginia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-03-11 09:54:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-03-11 14:54:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129941 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [64] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129803 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-03-04 14:53:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-03-04 19:53:11 [post_content] => March 4, 2022 WASHINGTON – As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace offered the following statement: “On February 24, the world watched in horror as Russia launched airstrikes and began shelling Ukraine. The death toll is already in the hundreds if not thousands and mounting. Over one million Ukrainians have already fled the fighting into neighboring European countries and millions more could become refugees. “In this time of crisis, we echo the appeal by Pope Francis to those ‘with political responsibility to examine their consciences seriously before God, who is the God of peace and not of war…who wants us to be brothers and not enemies.’ We join with the Holy Father in praying that ‘all the parties involved refrain from any action that would cause even more suffering to the people, destabilizing coexistence between nations and bringing international law into disrepute.’ We also join in solidarity with the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches and the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S. who are all united in prayer for their people and their homeland. “In view of the developing humanitarian crisis, I urge the U.S. government to provide all possible assistance to the people of Ukraine and to work closely with faith-based partners who are already on the ground providing emergency aid. I encourage everyone to give generously to organizations such as Catholic Relief Services and USCCB’s Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe that are bringing tangible relief and the hope of Christ to those in need. “Those suffering in Ukraine and in the surrounding region will remain close in our hearts through this conflict. During this penitential season of Lent, with Our Lady of Fatima as our guide, let us not grow weary in praying for peace, justice, and the salvation of the whole world.”

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24 de febrero del 2022 WASHINGTON— El arzobispo José H. Gomez de Los Ángeles, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, ha emitido una declaración sobre la situación en Ucrania: “En nombre de mis hermanos obispos, me hago eco del llamado del Santo Padre a la oración y al ayuno para poner fin a la guerra en Ucrania. En tiempos de angustia, invocamos la tierna misericordia de Dios... para que guíe nuestros pasos por el camino de la paz (LK 1: 78-79). Que nuestras oraciones, unidas a las de las personas de todo el mundo, ayuden a guiar a quienes libran la guerra para poner fin al sufrimiento sin sentido y restaurar la paz. Nuestra Señora, Reina de la Paz, ruega por nosotros”.

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February 24, 2022 WASHINGTON - Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on Ukraine: “On behalf of my brother bishops, I echo the Holy Father’s call for prayer and fasting to end the war in Ukraine. In times of trouble, we call on the tender mercy of God … to guide our feet to the way of peace (Lk 1:78-79). May our prayers, joined with those of people around the world, help guide those waging war to end the meaningless suffering and restore peace. Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President Echoes Pope Francis’ Call for Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-echoes-pope-francis-call-for-prayer-and-fasting-for-ukraine [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-02-25 08:42:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-02-25 13:42:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129705 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [67] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129588 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-02-03 16:32:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-02-03 21:32:47 [post_content] => 3 de febrero del 2022 WASHINGTON - Todos los años, la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio en Estados Unidos y el Día Mundial del Matrimonio ofrecen una oportunidad para que la Iglesia Católica se enfoque y celebre la vocación por el matrimonio y la vida familiar. Este año, la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio se celebrará en EE.UU. del 7 al 14 de febrero y el Día Mundial del Matrimonio, que se conmemora el segundo domingo de febrero, se festejará el domingo 13. El tema de este año para la celebración de la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio es "Llamados a la alegría del amor", que responde al nuevo Marco Pastoral Nacional para el Ministerio del Matrimonio y la Vida Familiar que fue aprobado por los obispos de Estados Unidos en junio del 2021, y que fue elegido para destacar las múltiples formas en que las parejas casadas y las familias son acompañadas por la Iglesia para vivir el llamado del amor. Durante la Semana Nacional del Matrimonio habrá contenido digital diariamente disponible en las redes sociales de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, tales como Twitter (@USCCB), Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb) e Instagram (https://instagram.com/usccb). El contenido diario incluirá una serie de videos que mostrarán cómo diversos ministerios están fortaleciendo a los matrimonios que enfrentan desafíos como la infertilidad, el dolor por la pérdida de un hijo y los factores estresantes de la vida diaria. Los eventos transmitidos en vivo estarán disponibles en las redes sociales de la USCCB, incluyendo el rezo del Santo Rosario para parejas casadas y comprometidas y una conversación sobre lo que significa cuidar a un cónyuge enfermo. Para las diócesis, los recursos disponibles incluyen un volante que las parroquias pueden usar como parte del boletín, así como gráficos de redes sociales para descargar en inglés y español en el sitio ForYourMarriage.org/celebrate-national-marriage-week/. La USCCB ofrece a los fieles recursos para la promoción y defensa del matrimonio como la unión de por vida entre un hombre y una mujer a través de sus páginas web ForYourMarriage.org, PorTuMatrimonio.org, y MarriageUniqueForAReason.org. La Semana Nacional del Matrimonio en EE.UU., establecida en el 2010, es parte de una iniciativa internacional que busca concentrar a individuos, organizaciones y empresas entorno a un propósito común, con el fin de fortalecer el matrimonio en las comunidades e influir en la cultura. Para obtener información y recursos favor visitar: NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org. El Día Mundial del Matrimonio fue iniciado en 1983 por el Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial.  

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  [post_title] => “Llamados a la Alegría del Amor” - La Semana Nacional del Matrimonio en EE.UU. y el Día Mundial del Matrimonio se celebrarán entre el 7 y el 14 de febrero [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => llamados-a-la-alegria-del-amor-la-semana-nacional-del-matrimonio-en-ee-uu-y-el-dia-mundial-del-matrimonio-se-celebraran-entre-el-7-y-el-14-de-febrero [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-02-03 16:32:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-02-03 21:32:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129588 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [68] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129586 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-02-03 16:31:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-02-03 21:31:55 [post_content] => February 3, 2022 WASHINGTON - Each year, National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day provide an opportunity for the Catholic Church to focus on and celebrate the vocation to marriage and family life. This year, National Marriage Week USA will be celebrated February 7-14 and World Marriage Day, which is commemorated on the second Sunday of February, will be celebrated on Sunday, February 13. The theme for this year’s celebration of National Marriage Week is “Called to the Joy of Love,” which hearkens to the new National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry that was approved by the U.S. bishops in June 2021, and was chosen to highlight the many ways that married couples and families are accompanied by the Church to live out the call of love. Each day of National Marriage Week, digital content will be made available through U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ social media channels: Twitter (@USCCB), Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/usccb). Daily content will include a series of videos featuring how various ministries are fortifying married couples in the midst of challenges such as infertility, grief for the loss of a child, and the stressors of daily life. Live-streamed events will be available through USCCB social media channels including the recitation of the Holy Rosary for married and engaged couples and a conversation on what it means to care for a sick spouse. For dioceses, resources available include a flyer that may be used by parishes as a bulletin insert, as well as social media graphics for download in English and Spanish at ForYourMarriage.org/celebrate-national-marriage-week/. The USCCB offers resources to the faithful for the promotion of marriage as a lifelong union of one man and one woman through its dedicated websites ForYourMarriage.org, PorTuMatrimonio.org, and MarriageUniqueForAReason.org. National Marriage Week USA, launched in 2010, is part of an international event seeking to mobilize individuals, organizations, and businesses in a common purpose to strengthen marriage in communities and influence the culture. For information and resources, visit: NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org. World Marriage Day was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.  

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[post_title] => “Called to the Joy of Love” - National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day to be Celebrated February 7-14 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => called-to-the-joy-of-love-national-marriage-week-usa-and-world-marriage-day-to-be-celebrated-february-7-14 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-02-03 16:31:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-02-03 21:31:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129586 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [69] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129528 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2022-01-26 16:26:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-01-26 21:26:02 [post_content] => January 26, 2022 *Bishop Knestout will be celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Mass originally scheduled for Jan. 29 has been rescheduled due to weather. View the livestream here WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church will hold its annual celebration of World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on February 2, and parishes will commemorate the event over the weekend of February 5-6. This event is a special time for individual parishes to celebrate the gift of consecrated life and pray for men and women discerning a consecrated vocation with the global Catholic Church. Instituted by Saint John Paul II in 1997, World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas Day, which commemorates through the blessing and lighting of candles that Christ is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations spoke of how the example of consecrated men and women should spur all of the faithful on to greater holiness. “With lives of poverty, chastity, and obedience, consecrated men and women provide us with an example of complete dedication to Christ. They remind us that regardless of the vocation the Lord calls us to, we are all called to union with Christ and to do our part to build up the Kingdom of God.” As it does every year, the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) to conduct a survey of the religious Profession Class of 2021. The survey polled women and men religious who professed perpetual vows in 2021 in a religious congregation, province, or monastery based in the United States. CARA received a response from 547 of 742 major superiors for an overall response rate of 74% among religious institutes. Of the 182 identified men and women religious who professed perpetual vows in 2021, 62 sisters and nuns and 60 brothers and priests responded to the survey for an overall response rate of 67%. Some of the major findings and highlights of the report are:
  • On average, responding religious report that they were 19 years old when they first considered a vocation to religious life.
  • The average age of responding religious of the Profession Class of 2021 is 37. Half of the responding religious are age 34 or younger. The youngest is 24 and the oldest is 70.
  • Seven in ten (71%) responding religious report their primary race or ethnicity as Caucasian, European American, or white. One in ten (13%) identifies as Asian/Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. One in ten identifies as Hispanic/Latino(a). Four percent identity as African/African American/black and just two respondents identify as mixed race.
  • Three-fourths of responding religious (76%) were born in the United States. Of those born outside the United States, the most common countries of origin are Vietnam and the Philippines (5 religious from each).
  • On average, the respondents who were born outside the United States were 23 years old when they first came to the United States and lived here for 15 years before perpetual profession.
  • Nine in ten (86%) responding religious report that someone encouraged them to consider a vocation to religious life. Men are more likely than women to be encouraged by a parish priest, friend, mother, and parishioner.
  • Almost all responding religious (99%) of the Profession Class of 2021 have at least one sibling. One in five (20%) have one brother or sister. Four in five (42%) report having two or three. A third (35%) have four or more siblings.
  • The Profession Class of 2021 is highly educated. Two in ten responding religious earned a graduate degree before entering their religious institute. Seven in ten (70%) entered their religious institute with at least a bachelor’s degree (63% for women and 77% for men).
  • Four in five (80%) participated in one or more religious programs or activities before entering their religious institute. Two-fifths of respondents (39%) participated in youth ministry or youth group. Three-tenth participated in young adult ministry or group (33%) and Catholic campus ministry/Newman Center (30%). One in five (18%) participated in a World Youth Day prior to entering their religious institute.
Prayers of the Faithful, and a parish bulletin quote for World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life may be found on the USCCB website. Profiles of the Profession Class of 2021 and the entire CARA survey can be found here.

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“Vocation, more than our own choice, is a response to the Lord’s unmerited call.”

– Pope Francis, Aug. 4, 2019

What can the faithful do to help more men in our diocese discern and recognize God’s call to the priesthood? Pray. The Office of Vocations is encouraging the faithful of our diocese to participate in a special novena for an abundance of holy vocations to the priesthood through the intercession of Servant of God Frank Parater (1897-1920). Parater, a seminarian of the Diocese of Richmond, was in formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome when he died at the age of 22. The special novena for vocations begins Jan. 30 and will end on Feb. 7, the anniversary of Parater’s death, with a holy hour for vocations at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Roanoke. Throughout the novena, the following prayer – promulgated 20 years ago – will be prayed each day in order to seek Parater’s intercession for holy vocations:

Loving Father, your servant Frank Parater sought perfection as a student, scout and seminarian. He offered himself to you completely through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through his intercession, may young people answer your call to follow Jesus as priests, deacons and religious.

Grant, as well, the favors I seek so that your Church will recognize his holiness and proclaim him Blessed.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

You and your family are invited to participate in the holy hour for Vocations in Roanoke, which includes the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a short talk, Benediction and presentation of the vocations cross. For further information about the Feb. 7 holy hour, call the diocesan Vocations Office at 804- 359-5661 or email vocations@richmonddiocese.org.

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January 14, 2022
WASHINGTON - On January 16, the United States commemorates Religious Freedom Day. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, has issued a reflection in anticipation of the annual commemoration:
“Our great tradition of religious freedom has allowed beauty to flourish in our cities and across the American landscape. Diverse religious communities have built beautiful houses of worship, adorned with stained glass, statues, and symbols of faith, in earthly reflection of the glory and majesty of God. In the midst of a popular culture that too often caters to our basest appetites, sacred art and architecture calls all of us to think about ultimate things. All Americans benefit from these religious displays.
“For nearly two years, the U.S. bishops have noticed a disturbing trend of Catholic churches being vandalized and statues being smashed. We are not alone. Our friends from other faith groups experience these outbursts too, and for some communities, they occur far more frequently.
“An attack on a house of worship is certainly an assault on the particular community that gathers there. It is also an attack on the founding principle of America as a place where all people can practice their faith freely. And it is an attack on the human spirit, which yearns to know the truth about God and how to act in light of the truth.
“Religious art instructs and inspires. It reminds us that we live most fully when we direct our lives toward our Creator and our neighbors. On the other hand, the defacement of such public symbols of the sacred degrades our life together and harms the common good.
“On this National Religious Freedom Day, let us resolve to promote religious freedom for all people, and to honor the place of the sacred both in our lives and our landscapes.  In response to the recent vandalism of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the National Shrine is hosting a rosary on Sunday, January 16. I encourage all Catholics to participate in this event, as we pray that all religious communities would be free to worship without fear and to continue to bless this great country.”
For further information about the Religious Freedom Day rosary, please visit https://www.nationalshrine.org/event/national-rosary-for-religious-freedom/.
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Diocese Announces New Director of Ethnic Ministries

Daniel Villar, acting director of the Office of Ethnic Ministries and associate director of the Office of Christian Formation, was promoted to director of Ethnic Ministries on Monday, Jan. 10. “I accepted the position of director for the Office of Ethnic Ministries in an effort to continue the wonderful work begun by [Comboni Missionary] Sister Inma Cuesta, the first director for the Office of Ethnic Ministries,” Villar said. “My hope is to continue ministering to the various cultural communities of our diocese by promoting the values of leadership, discipleship, cultural diversity and inclusiveness while journeying together in faith as one body in Christ.” Villar holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a master’s degree in Catholic theology. He has worked for the Diocese of Richmond for over six years, beginning his career in Hispanic Ministry. A story on Villar and his new role will appear in the Jan. 24 issue of The Catholic Virginian.

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[post_title] => Diocese Announces New Director of Ethnic Ministries [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocese-announces-new-director-of-ethnic-ministries [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-01-14 09:46:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-01-14 14:46:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129400 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [74] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129314 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-12-23 10:35:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-12-23 15:35:25 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: December 23, 2021

Catholic Diocese of Richmond Completes Sale of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School Property

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has completed the sale of property at 2125 Langhorne Road in Lynchburg, the site of the former Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and Tabor Retreat Center. The entire property is approximately 21 acres of land and includes both buildings. The buyer, Lee Design, a developer out of Oakton, Va., purchased the property for $3.5 million, of which $3.2 million is attributable to the former school. The closing date was Dec. 17, 2021. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond will use the proceeds from the sale to pay loan principal and interest to finance operating expenses, repairs and renovations incurred over the last ten (10) years, which exceeds $3.3 million. “While the closing of Holy Cross was a difficult, painful decision to make and one that was carefully thought through, we are grateful for the many years of fruitful, Catholic education and service the school offered to generations of families in the area,” said the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. “We continue to prayerfully consider how Catholic education and the needs of the faithful can be met in this evolving landscape following the pandemic. We look forward, with hope, to new opportunities that await through the work of the Holy Spirit.” Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, Lynchburg, permanently ceased operations at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year due to low enrollment and financial shortfalls for many years. The announcement of the school’s closure on Nov. 12, 2019, can be found here. The diocese received requests from several potential buyers through a Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation process involving five (5) groups. After consultation with the Diocesan Finance Council’s Real Estate Committee and the College of Consultors*, Lee Design was selected and approved for the sale. The planned development anticipates involving all 21 acres of the campus. After the school’s final year, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Catholic Schools was able to reclaim items such as teaching supplies, furniture, school equipment and shuttle buses for use by other schools within the diocese.

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* The College of Consultors is a diocesan body comprised of six to 12 priests, selected from the priest council by the bishop. Members are appointed to five-year, rotating, renewable terms. Canon law requires the bishop to consult with his College of Consultors before making important decisions, such as the sale of diocesan property. [post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Completes Sale of Holy Cross Regional Catholic School Property [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-completes-sale-of-holy-cross-regional-catholic-school-property [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-01-04 14:06:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-01-04 19:06:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129314 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [75] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129249 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-12-11 09:07:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-12-11 14:07:12 [post_content] => December 11, 2021   WASHINGTON - Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, have issued the following statement after tornadoes tore through multiple states in the South and Midwest late Friday into early Saturday morning. In their statement, Archbishops Gomez and Coakley call for prayer and assistance for all those who were in the path of the storm: “It is heartbreaking to see the destruction and devastation brought by the tornadoes that tore through the South and Midwest overnight. During this Advent season where we await in joyful anticipation for the birth of our Lord, we pray for those who have been injured, for those who have lost their lives, and for their grieving families and communities. May those who have been impacted by these storms find peace, comfort, and hope in our faith and in God’s endless love. We also pray for the emergency responders and those who have begun the work of providing for the needs of the impacted in these communities in the recovery efforts. We entrust all our brothers and sisters in harm’s way to our Blessed Mother, and we ask for her continued protection and for her intercession in comforting those who are suffering. “Catholics and all people of good will may help our brothers and sisters in their recovery by supporting the work of Catholic Charities USA at https://www.catholiccharities.us/campaign/ccusa-disaster-relief/c353051.”

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[post_title] => USCCB President and Committee Chairman Call for Prayers, Hope, and Assistance Following Deadly Tornadoes in the South and Midwest [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-president-and-committee-chairman-call-for-prayers-hope-and-assistance-following-deadly-tornadoes-in-the-south-and-midwest [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-12-15 09:08:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-12-15 14:08:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129249 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [76] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129163 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-12-01 10:24:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-12-01 15:24:06 [post_content] => December 1, 2021 WASHINGTON - Today, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, on the Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks. The question before the Court is whether all pre-viability bans on elective abortions are unconstitutional. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement: "In the United States, abortion takes the lives of over 600,000 babies every year. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health could change that. We pray that the Court will do the right thing and allow states to once again limit or prohibit abortion, and in doing so protect millions of unborn children and their mothers from this painful, life-destroying act. We invite all people of good will to uphold the dignity of human life by joining us in prayer and fasting for this important case.” Catholic and ecumenical prayers and resources for community engagement and action as we await the Court’s decision in this case may be found at www.prayfordobbs.com. All are encouraged to participate.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on Supreme Court’s "Dobbs" Case [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-pro-life-chairman-on-supreme-courts-dobbs-case [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-12-01 10:26:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-12-01 15:26:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129163 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [77] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129132 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-11-24 11:59:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-11-24 16:59:09 [post_content] => November 24, 2021 Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, has announced the following clergy assignments: Father Charles Saglio Jr., has retired, effective Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. At the time of his retirement, Father Saglio was serving as pastor of St. Jude, Franklin, and Shrine of the Infant of Prague, Wakefield. Father Romy Jazmin, pastor of Prince of Peace, Chesapeake, and dean of Deanery 3, will serve as temporary administrator of both parishes, effective Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, until a pastor is named. Father Peter Calixtus Ofori Barfi, from ministry outside the Diocese of Richmond to parochial vicar of St. Gabriel, Chesterfield, and Good Samaritan, Amelia, effective Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Father Barfi is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kumasi, Ghana, with bachelor degrees in sacred theology, sociology and religion. Father Patrick Kofi Boadu, from ministry outside the Diocese of Richmond to parochial vicar of St. Michael the Archangel, Glen Allen, effective Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Father Boadu is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kumasi, Ghana, with graduate degrees in philosophy, education guidance and counseling, and an undergraduate degree in sacred theology. Benedictine Father Mark Wenzinger, from ministry outside the diocese to parochial vicar of St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach, effective Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

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November 17, 2021

BALTIMORE— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for the 2021 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore this week. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bishops’ June 2020 spring meeting was canceled, and the November 2020 fall meeting and June 2021 spring meeting were held in a virtual format. This was the first in-person meeting of the full body of bishops since November 2019.

The meeting agenda included more than a dozen action items that were up for a vote:

  • By a voice vote, the bishops affirmed their support for the advancement of the causes of beatification and canonization for three lay individuals at the diocesan level: Charlene Marie Richards, Auguste Robert Pelafigue, and Joseph Dutton.
  • The bishops received an update on the Eucharistic revival initiative and voted on moving forward with a National Eucharistic Congress in the summer of 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The bishops approved the national event with 201 votes in favor, 17 against, and 5 abstentions.
  • Through the USCCB’s Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines, the Conference exercises faithful, competent, and socially responsible stewardship in how it manages its financial resources. The updated guidelines were presented to the body of bishops and this action item was approved with 216 votes in favor, 10 against, and 5 abstentions.
  • The bishops discussed the draft of a statement that is meant to be a reflection on the transformative beauty of the Eucharist that invites each of us into a deeper relationship with Christ. The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church was approved with 222 votes in favor, 8 against, and 3 abstentions.
  • The Latin Church members voted to approve the revised National Statutes for the Catechumenate for use in the dioceses of the U.S. by a vote of 222 - 1 with 0 abstentions. It was followed with a vote to approve the Estatutos Nacionales para el Catecumenado for use in the dioceses of the U.S. with 224 votes in favor, 0 against, and 1 abstention.
  • The Conference’s longstanding commitment to promote financial accountability in the pastoral governance of the diocesan bishop is affirmed through the Resolution on Diocesan Financial Reporting, which encourages the adoption of a voluntary financial reporting system by the dioceses as a means of offering further evidence of their compliance with canon law (Church law) pertaining to fiscal administration. Since its original passage in 2000, the resolution has been renewed by the bishops approximately every five years. It was approved by the bishops with 233 votes in favor, 0 against, and 1 abstention.
  • Each year, the USCCB publishes the Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America which lists each day’s celebration, rank, liturgical color, citations for the Lectionary for Mass, and Psalter cycle for the Liturgy of the Hours. In a vote of 213 votes in favor, 0 against, and 1 abstention, the bishops approved the proposal to inscribe Saint Teresa Calcutta as an optional memorial on September 5.
  • The Latin Church members of the Conference voted to approve the translation by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside Mass for use in the dioceses of the United States, which was approved with 200 votes in favor, 14 against, and 4 abstentions.
  • The Latin Church members of the Conference approved the revised English edition of the Order of the Christian Initiation of Adults with 215 votes in favor, 6 against, and 2 abstentions. It was followed by a vote on a revised Spanish edition of the Ritual para la Iniciación cristiana de adultos, which was likewise approved with 218 votes in favor, 3 against, and 1 abstention.
  • The full body of bishops authorized the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People to begin a review of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults in advance of the June 2025 mandated review date. The proposal was approved with 230 votes in favor, 5 against, and 0 abstentions.
  • The bishops accepted the recommendations of the USCCB’s Committee on Budget and Finance to approve the 2022 budget by a vote of 223 - 4 with 5 abstentions.

Recordings of the bishops’ general assembly and the press conferences may be accessed at www.usccb.org/meetings.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops Approve Action Items on Their Agenda at the Fall General Assembly [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-approve-action-items-on-their-agenda-at-the-fall-general-assembly [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-18 08:46:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-18 13:46:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129092 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [79] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 129039 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-11-10 12:33:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-11-10 17:33:10 [post_content] => November 10, 2021 The Diocese of Richmond continues to remain in compliance with the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults.” That determination is the result of an onsite audit conducted by StoneBridge Business Partners done Oct. 6-8. The audit period was July 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2021. In a Nov. 1 letter to Bishop Barry C. Knestout, the auditors stated, “The conclusions reached as to the compliance of your diocese are based upon inquiry, observation and the review of specifically requested documentation furnished to StoneBridge Business Partners during the course of this audit.” Nazia Shafi, director of the diocesan Office of Safe Environment, called the auditors’ report “uplifting.” “They were impressed with the initiatives by the bishop. They watched the video of his Mass of Atonement and had positive things to say about the Independent Reconciliation Program (IRP) and the listening sessions he conducted,” she said. Shafi said the auditors saw that diocesan policies had been updated to be in line with the charter and that, despite COVID, background training continued. “They were impressed with the annual report we did last April,” she said. “One of the auditors told me he had been doing this for 10 years and had never seen an annual report like ours. He asked for extra copies.” Shafi said the audit recognized the good work the Safe Environment Office has undertaken. “They liked that the bishop is totally engaged in our work,” she said. “They saw that we’re doing our best in protecting children and young adults.” You can view the compliance letter here. [post_title] => Diocese of Richmond in Compliance with Charter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocese-in-compliance-with-charter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-10 13:33:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-10 18:33:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=129039 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [80] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128964 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-11-01 14:40:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-11-01 18:40:49 [post_content] => Monday morning, Nov. 1, Bishop Barry C. Knestout celebrated Mass at All Saints School, Richmond. During his homily, Bishop Knestout told students, teachers and staff that saints lived by virtues, e.g., kindness, patience and charity, and encouraged them to do the same. The bishop also blessed additional classrooms that were constructed on what had been a parking area. Building the new classrooms was possible through $1.3 million raised through the school’s “The Future is Now” campaign and a $1 million contribution from philanthropist Marcus Weinstein and his wife, Carole, in 2019. Bishop Knestout will preside at the noon Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, All Souls' Day. Bishop Knestout will also celebrate special Masses at Mount Calvary Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery in Richmond the weekend of Nov. 6-7. Mass at Mount Calvary Cemetery will take place on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery will be celebrated Sunday at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

(Photos/ Brian T. Olszewski)

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September 27, 2021 The month of October brings with it our annual observance of Respect Life Month. As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, this year’s celebration highlights the example of that great saint. As the faithful protector of both Jesus and Mary, we find in St. Joseph a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life. Despite the mysterious circumstances surrounding Mary’s pregnancy, St. Joseph took her into his home at the word of the angel. He guided their journey to Bethlehem, found shelter, and welcomed the infant Jesus as his son. When Herod threatened the life of the Christ Child, St. Joseph left his homeland behind and fled with Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Like St. Joseph, we are also called to care for those God has entrusted to us–especially vulnerable mothers and children. We can follow in the footsteps of St. Joseph as protector by advocating against taxpayer-funded abortion, which targets the lives of millions of poor children and their mothers here in the United States. We can imitate his care and provision by helping to start Walking with Moms in Need at our parishes, "walking in the shoes" of mothers experiencing a difficult pregnancy, especially low-income mothers in our communities. At times, we may feel uncertain of our ability to answer the Lord’s call. But He invites us to faithfully respond, despite our own fears or weaknesses: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9). May we imitate St. Joseph’s faithful trust and courage as we work to uphold the dignity of every human life. St. Joseph, defender of life, pray for us! To learn more about preventing taxpayer-funded abortion, visit www.notaxpayerabortion.com . To walk with moms in need through your local parish, go to www.walkingwithmoms.com . To join in prayer for the intercession of St. Joseph, defender of life, visit www.respectlife.org/prayer-to-st-joseph.

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[post_title] => 2021 Respect Life Month Statement from Bishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman, USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2021-respect-life-month-statement-from-bishop-joseph-f-naumann-chairman-usccbs-committee-on-pro-life-activities [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-28 10:16:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-28 14:16:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128733 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [83] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128725 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-09-28 09:26:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-28 13:26:25 [post_content] => Jennifer Neville, Special to The Catholic Virginian   Bishop Knestout rededicated the sanctuary and blessed the altar of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk on Sunday, Sept. 26. Nearly 400 people attended the Mass. In his homily at the dedication Mass, Bishop Knestout spoke on the importance of serving others and denounced the pursuit of worldly possessions and wealth. He said that the parish’s generosity and service to the poor is its legacy. Established in 1791, the basilica is the oldest Catholic community in the diocese and is often called “The Mother Church of Tidewater.” The parish, located in downtown Norfolk, was first called St. Patrick Church. It predates the establishment of the Richmond Diocese by 29 years. Early parishioners at St. Patrick were French Catholics fleeing persecution in the French Revolution. Later, some of the earliest Irish immigrants coming to the country joined the parish. The original church, built in 1842, was destroyed by a fire in 1856, a suspected arson by the Know Nothings, a short-lived, once-secret political party in the mid-1800s known for its anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic beliefs. The current church was built in 1858, and the parish changed its name to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, making it the first church so named after the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX. On Dec. 8, 1991, the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception became a minor basilica. It is one of 34 minor basilicas in the United States, one of two in Virginia, and the only predominantly African American one in the country. The awareness that the sanctuary was in disrepair began modestly when parishioner Will McCadden noticed a dip in the roof line when he was walking into Mass one Sunday in 2014. A physical inspection of the roof revealed extensive damage; the roof was leaking and termites had eaten 60-70% of it. During the planning stages to repair the roof, a plaster angel fell from an interior column to the area below where the youth choir was singing during one weekend Mass. Fortunately no one was hurt, but it was a catalyst to investigate any other hazards in the church’s interior. As work progressed on the interior and exterior of the building, new issues were discovered. “We kept finding things, and we kept finding things,” said McCadden, whose company, Capitol General Construction, managed the project. In addition to remedying safety issues, the parish also decided to make cosmetic changes when construction began in 2016. About 75% of structural roof and upper columns were reconstructed. New pews with kneelers were installed and arranged to have a central aisle, something the church hadn’t had since a 1989 renovation. Other renovations included a new floor, restoration of stained glass windows, installation of air conditioning and heating in the balcony, repairs to an existing restroom, turning the grand altar to face the congregation and plastering and painting. A platform for the choir was also installed, the organ was repaired, and the angel was replaced. Other tasks completed during the project were restoration of existing lights and updating the sanctuary’s lighting to more energy-efficient LED, installing a light dimming system and a fire/smoke detection system to assist in protecting the historic building. Originally, the parish expected to pay $250,000 to repair the roof, but the total price for the project soared to $6.7 million as needs continued to mount. The funds were raised through parishioner donations, the diocese, foundations, the community, a fundraising event and a $1 million challenge. The parish worshipped in the fellowship hall for four and a half years during the restoration. Masses returned to the sanctuary in December 2020, and the restoration was completed earlier this year. “I can always tell when people went in there for their first time back. They come out weeping,” Father Jim Curran, pastor, said. “They’re just so happy and proud and thrilled to be back, not just back in the church but back in the church looking so beautiful.” “The building is beautiful, but there’s something about St. Mary’s that just grabs you even before the renovation occurred,” Cunningham said. “It’s rare that anyone leaves without feeling some sense of being full, being refueled to face whatever your oncoming week will play.” [post_title] => Renovated Norfolk Basilica Rededicated on Sept. 26 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => renovated-norfolk-basilica-rededicated-on-sept-26 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-30 08:36:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-30 12:36:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128725 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [84] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128700 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-09-25 14:50:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-25 18:50:00 [post_content] => Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian Bishop Barry C. Knestout ordained 15 men to the permanent diaconate Saturday, Sept. 25, instructing them to “be stewards of God’s mysteries.” Joined by more than 700 people at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, including 36 priests, 48 permanent deacons and additional congregants via Facebook and YouTube, the bishop provided a catechesis on the development of the diaconate. Referencing the liturgy’s second reading, Acts 6:1-7b, in which the apostles call forth the deacons, Bishop Knestout said, “The apostles want and need to devote themselves to prayer and word; sacrifice is their priority, yet they also must ensure that the good works of the Church are properly expressed and not neglected.” The bishop noted that this was part of a “movement inspired by the Holy Spirit flowing from prayer — the ministry of the Word, toward love —the ministry of the altar, and toward action — the ministry of charity.” He compared it to the Holy Spirit bestowing his presence and inspiration on the disciples as a response to their prayerful plea and openness to God’s work in them. “This movement — the progression — impels them to assist the apostles and go into the world with the work of evangelization, of worship, and charity,” Bishop Knestout said. Reflecting on the Gospel, John 15:9-17, in which Jesus instructs the apostles at the Last Supper to keep his commandments and adds, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend” (13), the bishop explained, “We see here another spiritual movement from action, that is, obedience to God’s commandments as a manifestation of love, leading to friendship with God, back again, coming back full circle, to prayer.” Inspired by the love of God, Bishop Knestout said, deacons’ works of charity express and return that love, which leads to deeper prayer and a greater receptivity to hearing God’s Word in order to build up the Church community. Speaking directly to the ordinands, the bishop said, “… do the will of God from the heart — serve the people in love and joy as you would the Lord.” Bishop Knestout said they should “be men of good reputation, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit.” “Never allow yourselves to be turned away from the hope offered by the Gospel,” the bishop said. “Now you are not only hearers of this Gospel but also its ministers.”

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Statement by Bishop Knestout on U.S. House Passage of “Women’s Health Protection Act”

September 24, 2021 (RICHMOND, Va.) - During his papal flight back to Rome Sept. 15, 2021, Pope Francis affirmed to journalists, “On the problem of abortion: abortion is more than a problem, it’s a homicide. It is a human life. Period.” The pope continued, “And this human life must be respected. This principle is very clear.” In the United States, the persistent acceptance of abortion has resulted in the death of more than 62 million innocent lives since Roe v. Wade. Yet, today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impose abortion on demand nationwide by passing the “Women’s Health Protection Act.” The “Women’s Health Protection Act” is a misnomer as it has nothing to do with health care, nor does it have anything to do with protection. Its purpose is to permit violent termination of human life. This legislation eliminates widely supported pro-life laws at every level of government. It would force Americans to pay for abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars. It would impose abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy. Such life-threatening legislation is against the very core of what our government stands for. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” As a pastor and shepherd of the Catholic faithful, I call upon our U.S Senators to direct our government’s resources toward policies that support both mothers and their children. Reverse the extremely dangerous and deadly course you are charting. Do not allow this legislation to pass in your chamber! I continue to call upon all Virginians to speak to our Senators, to have them vote against what I and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops consider the most radical abortion bill of all time. Together, all of us, including our elected officials, must reject abortion and welcome, protect and defend life every day through the decisions we make and the lives we live. Together, let all of us — especially our elected officials — embrace the God-given lives of all Americans at all stages of life, including the unborn.

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La declaración del Reverendísimo Barry C. Knestout sobre el vigésimo aniversario del 11 de septiembre

"Mientras que nuestra nación se prepara para celebrar el vigésimo aniversario del 11 de septiembre de 2001, recuerdo las palabras de San Juan Pablo II quien, durante su audiencia general al día siguiente, llamó a las acciones un 'día tenebroso en la historia de la humanidad, una terrible afrenta contra la dignidad del hombre '. Continuó, '… la fe sale a nuestro encuentro en estos momentos en los que todo comentario parece inadecuado. La palabra de Cristo es la única que puede dar una respuesta a los interrogantes que se agitan en nuestro espíritu'. "Para nosotros que tenemos la edad suficiente para recordar el 11 de septiembre, nunca olvidaremos las imágenes grabadas en nuestras mentes desde Nueva York, el Pentágono y Pensilvania, y la pérdida de vidas. Tantas personas todavía quedan impactadas por los eventos de ese día: los primeros en responder incluyen a aquellos aquí en Virginia que actuaron con valentía en el Pentágono, los voluntarios, los seres queridos de aquellos que no sobrevivieron, los rescatistas y muchos más. "Como tú, recuerdo dónde estaba ese día cuando escuché la noticia. Llevaba apenas un par de meses en mi rol como director de la Oficina de Ministerio Juvenil y Organización Juvenil Católica de la Arquidiócesis de Washington. Al escuchar a la estación de radio WMAL mientras conducía hacia el centro pastoral, supe que un avión había chocado con las Torres Gemelas. Como todos los demás, pasé el resto del día perplejo y conmocionado mientras veía las noticias en la televisión. "Nuestras reflexiones sobre lo que ocurrió hace 20 años nos recuerdan cuán valiosas son nuestra fe y esperanza en Dios, y cuán importante es para nosotros nutrirlas y vivirlas para que puedan prepararnos y sostenernos durante nuestras horas más oscuras. "Mientras ponemos en oración a todos los que sirvieron ese día y en los días y las semanas siguientes, tomemos en serio las palabras de San Juan Pablo II: “Aun cuando parecen dominar las tinieblas, el creyente sabe que el mal y la muerte no tienen la última palabra". "Que nuestra Madre Santísima, Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, proteja a nuestra gran nación".

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[post_title] => La declaración del Reverendísimo Barry C. Knestout sobre el vigésimo aniversario del 11 de septiembre [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => la-declaracion-del-reverendisimo-barry-c-knestout-sobre-el-vigesimo-aniversario-del-11-de-septiembre [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-10 15:21:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-10 19:21:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128572 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [87] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128564 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-09-10 14:58:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-10 18:58:38 [post_content] => September 10, 2021 Bishop Barry C. Knestout issued the following statement on the 20th anniversary of 9/11: "As our nation prepares to observe the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, I am reminded of the words of St. Pope John Paul II, who during his General Audience the following day, called the actions a 'dark day in the history of humanity, a terrible affront to human dignity.' He continued, '…faith comes to our aid at these times when words seem to fail. Christ’s words are the only ones that can give us a response to the questions which trouble our spirit.' "Any of us old enough to remember 9/11 can never forget the images forever seared into our minds from New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, and the devastating loss of life. So many individuals remain permanently impacted from the events of that day – our first responders, to include those here in Virginia who acted courageously at the Pentagon; volunteers; loved ones of those who did not survive; rescue workers and so many more. "Like you, I remember where I was that day when I heard the news. I was a couple of months into my assignment as director of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Youth Ministry and Catholic Youth Organization. Listening to WMAL as I drove to the pastoral center, I learned that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Like everyone else, I spent the rest of the day perplexed and shocked as I watched the reports on TV. "Our reflections on what occurred 20 years ago remind us how valuable our faith and hope in God are, and how important it is for us to nurture these and to live them so that they may prepare us for and sustain us during our darkest hours. "As we lift up in prayer all who served that day and in the days and weeks that followed, let us take to heart the words of St. Pope John Paul II: 'Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know evil and death do not have the final say.' "May our Blessed Mother, as Our Lady Queen of Peace, protect our great nation."  

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[post_title] => The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout's Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-most-rev-barry-c-knestouts-statement-on-the-20th-anniversary-of-9-11 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-10 15:07:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-10 19:07:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128564 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [88] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128556 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-09-10 14:00:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-10 18:00:42 [post_content] => September 10, 2021 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The full text of Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows: “As we remember the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, our hearts are with all those who lost loved ones on that day. We pray for the innocent lives that were lost, and we pray for those who grieve, and for the many who still bear the wounds from these attacks, physical, emotional, and spiritual. “It was a dark day of destruction and death, but we remember also the heroes — first-responders, firefighters, police, emergency medical and rescue teams. Many gave their lives in the service of their neighbors. This violence, borne of worst evil in the human heart, also brought out the best in our humanity. We think today of the courage and generosity of countless ordinary people and the spirit of unity and authentic patriotism we saw in the days after these attacks. “We honor the dead by the way we live. And today we pray for a new spirit of national pride and unity. May God inspire in all of us to seek fellowship, reconciliation, and common purpose. “We ask God to bring comfort to those who mourn and peace to every heart that is consumed by hatred, and may he bring peace to our troubled world. “We entrust our prayers and our nation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and the mother of each one of us.”

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[post_title] => USCCB President on the Twentieth Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-president-on-the-twentieth-anniversary-of-the-september-11-terrorist-attacks [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-10 14:00:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-10 18:00:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128556 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [89] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128559 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-09-10 14:00:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-09-10 18:00:28 [post_content] => 10 de septiembre de 2021 WASHINGTON- El arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Ángeles, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, emitió una declaración en la víspera del vigésimo aniversario de los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001. “La declaración completa del arzobispo Gomez es la siguiente: Al recordar el vigésimo aniversario de los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001, nuestros corazones están con todos aquellos que perdieron a seres queridos ese día. Oramos por las vidas inocentes que se perdieron, por quienes siguen de duelo y por las muchas personas que todavía sufren las heridas físicas, emocionales y espirituales de esos atentados. Fue un día oscuro de destrucción y muerte, pero también recordamos a muchos héroes como los socorristas, bomberos, policías, equipos médicos de emergencia y de rescate. Muchos de ellos dieron sus vidas al servicio de sus vecinos. Esta violencia, nacida del peor mal en el corazón humano, también sacó a relucir lo mejor de nuestra humanidad. Hoy pensamos en el coraje y la generosidad de innumerables personas comunes y en el espíritu de unidad y auténtico patriotismo de los que fuimos testigos en los días posteriores a estos ataques. Honramos a los muertos por la forma en que vivimos. Y hoy oramos por un nuevo espíritu de orgullo y unidad nacional. Que Dios nos inspire a todos a buscar el compañerismo, la reconciliación y un propósito común. Le pedimos a Dios que brinde consuelo a quienes hoy lloran, serenidad a los corazones consumidos por el odio, y que procure la paz para nuestro mundo atribulado. Encomendamos nuestras oraciones y nuestra nación a la Santísima Virgen María, Madre de Dios y madre de cada uno de nosotros.”

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[post_title] => El presidente de la USCCB sobre el vigésimo aniversario de los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => el-presidente-de-la-usccb-sobre-el-vigesimo-aniversario-de-los-ataques-terroristas-del-11-de-septiembre [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-09-10 14:00:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-09-10 18:00:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128559 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [90] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128399 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-08-26 18:33:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-08-26 22:33:23 [post_content] => Immediate Release: August 26, 2021 [caption id="attachment_128400" align="alignright" width="200"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout portrait[/caption]

Bishop Knestout Statement Following the Attack at Kabul Airport

"Throughout the last week, I’ve been offering special prayer intentions for the people of this diocese. Among those prayer requests, there have been many for the members of our military services, those serving in Afghanistan, and the Afghani people. This evening, I will add the U.S. service personnel and civilians who lost their lives or were injured in today’s explosion in Afghanistan to my special intentions. I ask you, our Catholic community, to join me in prayer and lift up those family members and loved ones who may be hurting from this violent attack. I especially ask to keep our U.S. troops safe as they continue with its humanitarian mission during this turbulent transition. May the Holy Spirit protect us and give us strength." [post_title] => Statement Following Kabul Attack; U.S. Military Loss of Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-following-kabul-attack-u-s-military-loss-of-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-26 18:42:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-26 22:42:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128399 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [91] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128333 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-08-17 17:30:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-08-17 21:30:39 [post_content] => August 17, 2021 WASHINGTON—A widespread humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan, with the Taliban swiftly seizing control of the capital on August 15. Thousands of people who have worked as interpreters, translators, and in other capacities alongside the United States military over the past twenty years, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, find themselves and their families in danger. The United States is in the process of evacuating diplomats and other U.S. government employees. However, all commercial flights to and from Kabul’s airport have been suspended for the time being. Yesterday, the President authorized use of up to $500 million from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for meeting the urgent needs of Afghan refugees and SIV applicants. In response to these events, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement: “We have known that the withdrawal of American forces and evacuation of vulnerable Afghans, including those who supported our military or worked with NGOs and other organizations, would be a complicated process that had the potential for instability in Afghanistan. The images and videos coming out of the country are difficult to view, as people make life or death decisions in desperation. We are particularly concerned for all those requiring evacuation, as well as Afghan women and girls, who risk losing opportunities gained over the last two decades and now face potential mistreatment. “For the past few weeks, staff from the USCCB, Catholic Charities, and other partners have been at Fort Lee in Virginia, assisting the U.S. government in the welcoming and resettlement of SIV applicants and their families. We will continue that work as long as necessary until those who are in harm’s way are brought to safety. “The government’s goal to relocate as many as 30,000 SIV applicants to the United States remains a monumental task that hangs in the balance. We know that time is of the essence to help our brothers and sisters in need, and we call on our government to act with the utmost urgency, considering all available avenues to preserve life. We also join the Holy Father in praying for peace in Afghanistan—‘that the clamor of weapons might cease and solutions can be found at the table of dialogue.’”

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Updates Face Mask Policy for the Beginning of the 2021-2022 School Year

(RICHMOND, Va) - Following today's (Aug. 12, 2021) announcement by Virginia's State Health Commissioner, the Office of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is updating its COVID-19 health mitigation measures to be compliant with the statewide public health emergency order. The State Health Commissioner Order, requiring the wearing of face masks in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status, goes into effect Aug. 12, 2021 and can be read here. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Richmond begin their academic year on Monday, Aug. 23. In addition to the updated mask mandate, Catholic schools in our diocese will continue to follow guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and consult as needed with health officials to protect the well-being, health and safety of students and staff.

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Updates Face Mask Policy for the Beginning of the 2021-2022 School Year [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-office-of-catholic-schools-updates-face-mask-policy-for-the-beginning-of-the-2021-2022-school-year [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-12 20:11:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-13 00:11:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128304 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [94] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128205 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-08-03 13:42:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-08-03 17:42:45 [post_content] => The Medical Society of Virginia has circulated a survey on assisted suicide to its physician and physician assistant members.  Please forward this message to any Virginia physician, physician assistant or medical student you know who opposes assisted suicide and urge them to take the survey as soon as possible. The deadline is August 10. As debate on assisted suicide continues, the stance of the MSV will be critical. Please urge Virginia healthcare professionals who share our concerns to weigh in now! If you are not a member of the Conference's advocacy network, click here to receive regular Conference email alerts and updates. Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our blog. In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.

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The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses. [post_title] => VCC Alert: Urge Healthcare Professionals to OPPOSE Assisted Suicide in Survey [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => vcc-alert-urge-healthcare-professionals-to-oppose-assisted-suicide-in-survey [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-03 13:42:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-03 17:42:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128205 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [95] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128209 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-07-30 18:59:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-30 22:59:57 [post_content] => July 30, 2021 *Read Catholic News Service article on The Catholic Virginian Website  WASHINGTON—Since 2001, the United States has been involved in Afghanistan, and later Iraq, in military and a nation-building capacities. During that time, Afghan and Iraqi nationals have assisted U.S. troops, diplomats, and government humanitarian personnel in the region by providing translation, interpretation, security, transportation, and other vital services, often at great risk to themselves and their families. In 2006, the U.S. Congress first authorized a bipartisan humanitarian program to provide Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for nationals from Afghanistan and Iraq that include resettlement services and legal permanent residence for the approved principal applicants, their spouses, and children. Since the creation of the program, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) team has worked with the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to provide resettlement services to some of the over 73,000 Afghan SIV holders and their families. The USCCB has also advocated periodically before Congress to extend and improve the program. On July 14, the White House announced the emergency relocation of Afghan SIV applicants in their final stages of processing to the United States, in an effort aided by US Partners and MRS and its community partners. The first group arrived in the United States today. Additionally, Congress passed a bipartisan emergency supplemental appropriations bill on July 29, which allocates over $1 billion for humanitarian support and assistance, authorizes an additional 8,000 visas for the SIV program, and makes certain changes to streamline the application process. This follows support from the USCCB on similar measures considered by Congress in recent weeks. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB, and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, issued the following statement, responding to these events and welcoming the Afghans: “We are proud to have the opportunity to welcome and assist those who have kept Americans safe in Afghanistan. By working with the United States, each of these individuals have put their lives and those of their family and friends at risk. As they now leave everything behind to begin new lives here, the many sacrifices they’ve made should not go unacknowledged. “The Catholic Church teaches that each person is created in the image and likeness of God and that we must uphold the inherent dignity of every person. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has emphasized welcoming the newcomer, saying it is ‘an invitation to overcome our fears so as to encounter the other, to welcome, to know and to acknowledge him or her. It is an invitation which offers the opportunity to draw near to the other and see where and how he or she lives.’ “The U.S. bishops, through Migration and Refugee Services, and together with Catholic Charities, are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the government and other NGOs to ensure the warm welcome, safe relocation, and resettlement of those who have already contributed greatly to our nation. We also applaud Congress for coming to an agreement on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill to help ensure that all Afghans who are in danger because they assisted the U.S. receive protection and welcome.” Learn more about the work of the U.S. bishops on migration and the Special Immigrant Visa program.

### Media Contacts: Chieko Noguchi or Miguel Guilarte 202-541-3200

[post_title] => USCCB President and Migration Chairman Statement on Arrival of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Applicants [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-president-and-migration-chairman-statement-on-arrival-of-afghan-special-immigrant-visa-applicants [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-03 17:09:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-03 21:09:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128209 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [96] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128212 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-07-30 18:59:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-30 22:59:32 [post_content] => For Release: July 30, 2021 In coordination with U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) and other non-profit organizations are assisting the U.S. government in relocating Afghan nationals who are in the final stages of approval for special immigrant visas (SIV) and seeking refuge in the United States. Since 2001, U.S. troops have been stationed in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans, in defiance of the Taliban, risked their lives to assist U.S. troops and diplomats, providing invaluable assistance as translators, interpreters, security personnel, and in many other vital roles. Because of the imminent and credible danger to their lives and the lives of their families, Congress authorized bi-partisan humanitarian programs to provide special immigrant visas, resettlement services, and legal permanent residence to SIV holders and their families. “Commonwealth Catholic Charities is proud to support these brave men and women who have worked side-by-side with our soldiers and diplomats, risking their lives and contributing so much,” said CCC CEO Jay Brown. “It is a privilege to be part of the effort to provide them with a warm, hospitable welcome as they reestablish lives here in the United States.”

In the coming days, special immigrant applicants and their immediate family members will arrive at Fort Lee in Virginia where CCC and community partners will assist with completing paperwork, coordinating appointments, and providing childcare.

“I am most grateful for the work of Commonwealth Catholic Charities as they partner with the government and other agencies to provide safe relocation and resettlement for those individuals who supported the U.S. government,” said Bishop Barry C. Knestout. “CCC's work is well known for its long history of welcoming families fleeing violence and persecution. I am proud of CCC's effort as they give witness to the Gospel (Mt. 25:35) to see Christ in the stranger and to welcome them with compassion, dignity and hospitality.

“Within our diocese, we recognize this good work," continued Bishop Knestout,"as Pope Francis calls us to be a Church that reaches out to the periphery—especially for those who are most vulnerable."

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Commonwealth Catholic Charities provides quality, compassionate human services to all people, especially the most vulnerable, regardless of faith. We envision a world without poverty, where all people are treated with respect, and all are inspired to serve. Established in 1923, Commonwealth Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Virginians from Central to Southwest regions of the Commonwealth. For more information, visit www.cccofva.org.  [post_title] => CCC Assists with Arrival of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Holders [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ccc-assists-with-arrival-of-afghan-special-immigrant-visa-holders [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-04 11:22:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-04 15:22:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128212 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [97] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128191 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-07-30 12:28:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-30 16:28:02 [post_content] => July 30, 2021 After Thursday’s  (July 29) action by the U.S. House of Representatives to vote in favor of H.R. 4502, Bishop Knestout has issued the following statement joining the USCCB chairman(s) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty and Committee for Pro-Life Activities: “H.R. 4502, appropriations legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, represents an attack on the unborn as it excludes the protections the Hyde Amendment has provided for the last 46 years. If this bill were to become law, not only would taxpayers be forced to pay for elective abortions, but it would force health care providers to refer for and perform abortions against deeply-held beliefs that are rooted in their faith. Further, employers and insurers will be required to pay for abortions. “I ask all people who are guided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ — the Gospel of Life! — to give witness to their faith and to contact our U.S. senators, asking them to vote against the Senate version of this appropriations bill if it does not include protections for the unborn and for health care professionals provided by the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment, which prohibits states that receive federal funds from discriminating against health plans based on their decision not to cover or pay for abortions.” The Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) shares important information about this action and other items. To take action, join the VCC network and sign the petition to let your voice be heard. There are many ways the Catholic Diocese of Richmond offers resources to accompany women when faced with unplanned pregnancies. Most recently, the Catholic Virginian featured the following article aimed at long-term help for unplanned pregnancies.

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Issues Statement Regarding U.S. House Vote on Hyde Amendment Protections [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-issues-statement-regarding-u-s-house-vote-on-hyde-amendment-protections [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-30 12:28:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-30 16:28:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128191 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [98] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128183 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-07-29 08:36:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-29 12:36:09 [post_content] => July 29, 2021 WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted 219 to 208 in favor of H.R. 4502, a package of appropriations bills that currently excludes the 46-year-old Hyde Amendment and other longstanding, bipartisan provisions like the Weldon Amendment. Eliminating these provisions would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and would have the effect of forcing health care providers and professionals to perform and refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as forcing employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement: “The House has voted in a way that is completely out of step with the will of the American people who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. The Hyde Amendment has saved at least 2.4 million lives since its enactment. Without it, millions of poor women in desperate circumstances will make the irrevocable decision to take the government up on its offer to end the life of their child. “To be certain, this bill includes provisions that help vulnerable people, including pregnant moms. As we have said before, ‘being “right” in such matters can never excuse a wrong choice regarding direct attacks on innocent human life.’ In truth, ‘the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the “rightness” of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community.’[i] “The injustice in HR 4502 extends to removing conscience protections and exemptions for healthcare providers who believe abortion is wrong, or whose faith drives them to serve and heal lives, instead of taking them. “Funding the destruction of innocent unborn human lives, and forcing people to kill in violation of their consciences, are grave abuses of human rights. We call on the Senate to redress this evil in H.R. 4502, and for Congress to ultimately pass appropriations bills that fully support and protect human dignity, and the most vulnerable among us.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Respond to House Vote to Force Taxpayers to Fund Elective Abortions [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-chairmen-respond-to-house-vote-to-force-taxpayers-to-fund-elective-abortions [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-30 08:36:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-30 12:36:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128183 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [99] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128129 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-07-23 09:11:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-23 13:11:23 [post_content] => Bishop Knestout has announced the following clergy appointment, effective Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021: Jesuit Father Michael J. Lamanna has been assigned to serve as a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart, Richmond, until July 31, 2022.  

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces Clergy Assignment for Sacred Heart, Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-announces-clergy-assignment-for-sacred-heart-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-23 09:11:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-23 13:11:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128129 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [100] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128082 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-07-16 11:00:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-16 15:00:04 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: July 16, 2021

Richmond Diocese Adds Four Names to Clergy List

Clergy List First Publicized in 2019

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four names to its list of clergy against whom a credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse involving a minor has been made. Of the four priests’ names added, three are deceased and the fourth, Father Joseph Slowik, has not served in active priestly ministry since 2006. The allegations brought forward by the victim survivors date back decades. The names were added after allegations were received and a review was completed in consultation with the diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board. The additional names, along with assignment histories and status, can be found on the Richmond Diocese website: https://richmonddiocese.org/list/. The new names added are listed below:  
Name Status Affiliation
Robert D. Beattie Deceased Priest of the Diocese of Richmond
Leo Creamer Deceased Priest Ordained in Diocese of Richmond later Incardinated in the Diocese of Arlington
Patrick F. Quinn Deceased Priest of the Diocese of Richmond
Joseph Slowik Suspended

Priest of the Diocese of Richmond

Civil authorities were notified of the allegations. In keeping with its pledge to help victim survivors in their healing, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond remains committed to protecting the privacy of all victim survivors. As with the diocese’s previous announcements regarding its list, the diocese will not release specific details regarding the abuses out of respect for the privacy of victim survivors. The Diocese of Richmond urges individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096 and by calling the Virginia Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim Assistance Reporting (VAC) number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org to report sexual abuse.

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[post_title] => El presidente de la USCCB ofrece oraciones continuas para la recuperación del Santo Padre tras la cirugía [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => el-presidente-de-la-usccb-ofrece-oraciones-continuas-para-la-recuperacion-del-santo-padre-tras-la-cirugia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-09 14:44:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-09 18:44:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128031 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [102] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 128029 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-07-09 14:43:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-09 18:43:49 [post_content] => July 9, 2021 WASHINGTON – As the world awaits to hear updates from the Holy See on the continued recovery of Pope Francis after his surgery last weekend, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement: “It is with gratitude that we received the news of the success of the Holy Father’s surgery this past weekend. We continue to offer our heartfelt prayers and good wishes for his recovery. Even as he is recuperating in the hospital, our Holy Father, in his role as our shepherd has selflessly expressed his closeness to those who are sick and in most need of care. “In solidarity with the universal Church, we offer our prayers for all who are ill and in need of God’s healing touch, and for those who work tirelessly in health care to bring comfort and medical care to the afflicted. Mary, Mother of Healing and Hope, intercede for us!”  

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[post_title] => USCCB President Offers Continued Prayers for Holy Father’s Recovery from Surgery [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-president-offers-continued-prayers-for-holy-fathers-recovery-from-surgery [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-09 14:43:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-09 18:43:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=128029 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [103] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127928 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2021-07-06 13:18:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-07-06 17:18:33 [post_content] => July 3, 2021 WASHINGTON – On July 1, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it was imposing a moratorium on federal executions and reviewing its policies and procedures regarding the use of the death penalty. In response, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement: “The Catholic Church has consistently taught that every person is created in the image and likeness of God, and for this reason we consistently uphold the sacred dignity of all human life. The U.S. bishops have also long called for an end to the death penalty, and we do so in unity with Pope Francis who has also advocated for an end to capital punishment globally. “The news of the Department of Justice’s moratorium on federal executions is a welcome step, and we must also tirelessly continue to advocate for the abolition of the death penalty from both our state and federal laws as we build a culture of life. “As we bishops have stated many times, God created and loves every person, and we should respond to this love with reverence for the dignity of every human life, no matter how broken, unformed, disabled, or challenged that life may seem.” Previous statements by the bishops, as well as letters to lawmakers and information on capital punishment may be found at: https://www.usccb.org/committees/domestic-justice-and-human-development/death-penalty-capital-punishment. ### [post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairmen on Justice Department’s Moratorium on Federal Executions [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairmen-on-justice-departments-moratorium-on-federal-executions [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-06 13:18:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-06 17:18:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127928 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [104] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127811 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-23 16:13:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-23 20:13:27 [post_content] =>

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided answers to commonly asked questions following its June 16-18 meeting. Why are the bishops doing this now? A major concern of the bishops has been the declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful. This was a deep enough concern that the theme of the bishops’ strategic plan for 2021-2024 is “Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope.” This document on the Eucharist will serve as a foundation for the multiyear Eucharistic Revival Project, a major national effort to reignite eucharistic faith in our country. It was clear from the intensity and passion expressed in the individual interventions made by the bishops during the meeting that each bishop deeply loves the Eucharist. Did the bishops vote to ban politicians from receiving Holy Communion? No. This was not up for vote or debate. The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving holy Communion. Each Catholic — regardless of whether they hold public office or not — is called to continual conversion. The U.S. bishops have repeatedly emphasized the obligation of all Catholics to support human life and dignity and other fundamental principles of Catholic moral and social teaching. Are the bishops going to issue a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians? No. There will be no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us. Did the Vatican tell the bishops not to move forward on drafting the document? No. The Holy See did encourage the bishops to engage in dialogue and broad consultation. The meeting was the first part of that process. Collaboration and consultation among the bishops will be key in the drafting of this document. [post_title] => Questions and Answers on the U.S. Bishops’ Vote to Draft a Document on the Meaning of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 127811-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-30 11:24:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-30 15:24:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127811 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [105] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127812 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-23 16:13:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-23 20:13:07 [post_content] => Desde que la semana pasada finalizó la Asamblea Plenaria de Primavera de los obispos de Estados Unidos, se ha prestado mucha atención a la votación para redactar un documento sobre la Eucaristía. El hecho de negar o no la Sagrada Comunión a alguna persona o grupo no estaba entre las decisiones a tomar. La votación de los obispos la semana pasada comisionó al Comité de Doctrina de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos para que redacte un documento educativo sobre la Eucaristía. La Eucaristía es la fuente y cumbre de la vida cristiana. La importancia de fomentar una comprensión cada vez más profunda de la belleza y el misterio de la Eucaristía en nuestras vidas no es un tema nuevo para los obispos. Este documento no tiene la intención de ser de naturaleza disciplinaria, ni está dirigido a ningún individuo o clase de personas en particular. Incluirá una sección sobre la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre la responsabilidad de todo católico, incluidos los obispos, de vivir de acuerdo con la verdad, la bondad y la belleza de la Eucaristía que celebramos. A continuación, algunas preguntas frecuentes sobre la reunión de los obispos y sobre este tema en particular: ¿Por qué los obispos están haciendo esto ahora? Desde hace algún tiempo, una de las principales preocupaciones de los obispos ha sido la disminución de la creencia y la comprensión de la Eucaristía entre los fieles católicos. Esta fue una preocupación lo suficientemente profunda y de hecho motivó el tema del plan estratégico de los obispos para el período 2021-2024 que es “Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope” (Creado de nuevo por el Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo: Fuente de Nuestra Sanación y Esperanza). Este importante documento sobre la Eucaristía servirá como base para el Proyecto de Avivamiento Eucarístico de varios años, un gran esfuerzo nacional para revivir la fe eucarística en nuestro país. En vista de la intensidad y pasión demostradas en las intervenciones individuales realizadas por los obispos durante la reunión de la semana pasada, quedó claro que cada obispo ama profundamente la Eucaristía. ¿Votaron los obispos para prohibir a los políticos recibir la Sagrada Comunión? No, esto no estaba sujeto a votación o debate. Los obispos no tomaron ninguna decisión sobre vetar a nadie para recibir la Sagrada Comunión. Cada católico, independientemente de si ocupa un cargo público o no, está llamado a una conversión continua, y los obispos de Estados Unidos han enfatizado repetidamente la obligación de todos los católicos de apoyar la vida y la dignidad humanas y otros principios fundamentales de la enseñanza moral y social católica. ¿Van a emitir los obispos una política nacional sobre negar la Comunión a los políticos? No. No habrá una políticanacional sobre negar la Comunión a los políticos. La intención es presentar una explicación clara sobre las enseñanzas de la Iglesia para generar una mayor conciencia entre los fieles de cómo la Eucaristía puede transformar nuestras vidas y acercarnos a nuestro creador y la vida que él quiere para nosotros. ¿El Vaticano les dijo a los obispos que no avanzaran en la redacción del documento? No. La Santa Sede animó a los obispos a establecer un diálogo y una amplia consulta. La reunión de la semana pasada fue la primera parte de ese proceso. Es importante señalar que la colaboración y consulta entre los obispos será clave en la redacción de este documento. [post_title] => Preguntas y respuestas sobre el voto de los obispos de Estados Unidos para redactar un documento sobre el significado de la Eucaristía en la vida de la Iglesia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => preguntas-y-respuestas-sobre-el-voto-de-los-obispos-de-estados-unidos-para-redactar-un-documento-sobre-el-significado-de-la-eucaristia-en-la-vida-de-la-iglesia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-23 16:13:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-23 20:13:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127812 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [106] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127797 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-21 14:42:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-21 18:42:22 [post_content] => June 21, 2021 “La semana pasada, mis hermanos obispos y yo votamos abrumadoramente para publicar un documento educativo sobre la belleza y el poder de la Eucaristía. El Comité de Doctrina de la Conferencia Episcopal comenzará a redactar ahora este documento y, en los meses venideros, los obispos continuaremos orando y discerniendo sobre eso a través de una serie de reuniones y consultas regionales. En noviembre, los obispos se reunirán para discutir el borrador del documento. La Eucaristía es el corazón de la Iglesia y el corazón de nuestras vidas como católicos. En la Sagrada Eucaristía, Jesucristo mismo se acerca a cada uno de nosotros personalmente y nos reúne como una sola familia de Dios y un solo Cuerpo de Cristo. Como obispos, nuestro deseo es profundizar en la conciencia de nuestro pueblo sobre este gran misterio de la fe y despertar su asombro ante este don divino, en el que tenemos comunión con el Dios vivo. Ese es nuestro propósito pastoral al escribir este documento. Invito a todos en la Iglesia a orar por los obispos mientras continuamos nuestros diálogos y reflexiones. Oro para que este sea un momento para que todos en la Iglesia reflexionemos sobre nuestra propia fe y disposición para recibir a nuestro Señor en la Sagrada Eucaristía”.

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Statement of Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
June 21, 2021
“Last week, my brother bishops and I voted overwhelmingly to issue a teaching document on the beauty and power of the Eucharist. The doctrine committee of the bishops’ conference will now begin drafting this document and, in the months ahead, the bishops will continue our prayer and discernment through a series of regional meetings and consultations. In November, the bishops will gather to discuss the document draft.
“The Eucharist is the heart of the Church and the heart of our lives as Catholics. In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ himself draws near to each one of us personally and gathers us together as one family of God and one Body of Christ.
“As bishops, our desire is to deepen our people’s awareness of this great mystery of faith, and to awaken their amazement at this divine gift, in which we have communion with the living God. That is our pastoral purpose in writing this document.
“I invite everyone in the Church to pray for the bishops as we continue our dialogues and reflections. I pray that this will be a time for all of us in the Church to reflect on our own faith and readiness to receive our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.”
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June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON —The Catholic bishops of the U.S. met this week for their Spring General Assembly, June 16-18 in a virtual format. Their meeting agenda included votes on 9 action items. Action Items #1 & #2: During their meeting, the bishops held a canonical consultation on the causes of beatification and canonization of the servants of God Joseph Verbis Lafleur, diocesan priest, and Marinus (Leonard) LaRue, professed Brother of the Order of Saint Benedict. The bishops expressed their support for the advancement of the causes of beatification and canonization of both individuals at the diocesan level. Action Item #3: The Conference voted to approve the development of a new formal statement and comprehensive vision for the Native American and Alaska Native Ministry. It was approved with 223 votes in favor, 6 against, and 0 abstentions. The plan envisions encompassing the concerns of the Catholic Native Communities but also a dialogue to develop ways for evangelization and matters of Catholic Native social justice. Action Items #4, 5 & 6: The Latin Church members of the Conference voted to approve three translations by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) for use in the dioceses of the United States. They included a vote that concerned materials for the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, which was approved with 188 votes in favor, 2 against, and 0 abstentions. This memorial was added to the liturgical calendar in 2018 and is observed on the Monday following Pentecost. The second vote was on a collection of intercessions and prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours, which was likewise approved with 186 votes in favor, 3 against, and 1 abstention. The retranslation of the Liturgy of the Hours is a large and ongoing project, and there are still several groups of texts that will need to be approved by the bishops in the coming years before the entire project can be completed. The bishops approved a new translation of the Order of Penance, with 182 votes in favor, 6 against, and 2 abstentions. This liturgical book is usually not needed for individual confessions but is particularly useful in the planning of parish penitential services. The votes for these three texts required affirmation by two-thirds of the Latin Church members and are subject to the confirmation of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Action Item #7: The full body of bishops also voted to task the Committee on Doctrine to move forward with the drafting of a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. Requiring a simple majority vote for approval, the action item passed with 168 votes in favor, 55 against, and 6 abstentions. Action Item #8: Following the Vatican’s 2018 synod on young people, faith, and vocational discernment, Pope Francis issued a post-synodal apostolic exhortation on young people, Christus Vivit. The bishops voted with 222 in favor, 7 against, and 0 abstentions to approve of the drafting of a National Pastoral Framework for Youth and Young Adults that would be the United States’ response to the implementation of Christus Vivit. Considering this movement in the Church of engagement of young people, and in the wake of the COVID pandemic which continues to impact life in the world, the bishops believe is an opportune time for this framework to guide the Church’s efforts in the coming years. Action Item #9: The bishops voted to approve a National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry in the United States: Called to the Joy of Love, that was proposed by the Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. The framework is intended to assist dioceses as local pastoral planning and implementation continues to take place since the publication of the 2016 apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. It provides guidelines for the pastoral accompaniment of married couples and families in every phase of life, drawing upon the teachings and recommendations contained in the apostolic exhortation. The proposal was approved with 212 votes in favor, 13 against, and 4 abstentions. Recordings of the bishops’ general assembly and the press conferences may be accessed at www.usccb.org/meetings.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops Approve Action Items on Their Agenda at the Spring General Assembly [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-approve-action-items-on-their-agenda-at-the-spring-general-assembly [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-21 10:22:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-21 14:22:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127781 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [109] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127774 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-06-19 12:08:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-19 16:08:07 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: June 19, 2021

Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Establishment of Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday

“The legislation signed by President Biden that establishes Juneteenth as a federal holiday is an occasion for all in our country to recognize the many people who sacrificed, suffered and fought to extend freedom in our country. Juneteenth  commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. This recognition provides an opportunity for all to learn more about June 19 or Juneteenth and its history. “Let this holiday be one of furthering our communion with one another as members of the Body of Christ. As noted in the 2018 U.S. bishops’ pastoral letter on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts,”: “From revelation, we know that the one God who created the human race is Triune, a communion of truth and love, and so by faith we recognize all the more clearly that human beings are, by their very nature, made for communion.” “It is with hope that this holiday, along with Martin Luther King, Memorial Day and Fourth of July, is a reminder that we can progress as a people to ensure the promise of our nation to guarantee the blessings of liberty and justice for all.”

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  [post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following the Establishment of Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-following-the-establishment-of-juneteenth-as-a-federal-holiday [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-19 12:14:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-19 16:14:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127774 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [110] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127764 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-18 14:52:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-18 18:52:32 [post_content] => June 18, 2021 WASHINGTON— For the last twenty years, World Refugee Day (June 20) has been observed annually in the United States and around the world to increase awareness of the plight of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. The United States has resettled an all-time low number of refugees during the last three consecutive years. As restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic loosen, together with a revised Presidential Determination for this year, there is now a path for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to regain its historical prominence. Currently, the world faces the largest forced migration crisis since World War II, with almost 80 million forcibly displaced people around the world and 25 million refugees among them, around half of whom are children. In advance of this year’s World Refugee Day, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement: “In the face of each refugee, we see the face of Christ, calling us to be a neighbor. It is this—our shared humanity—that should motivate us to respond to those in need, so as to imitate the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel. “We know that it will take time for our country to return the refugee program to the historic norms that have come to be expected in its efforts to assist refugees. However, my brother bishops and I remain committed to those who live each day seeking to free themselves from violence, poverty, and persecution. As Catholics, we recall that many in our own community came as strangers. We must never forget that experience, nor the related challenges of integration, which the Church is uniquely qualified to ease. “As Pope Francis teaches, ‘Being compassionate means recognizing the suffering of the other and taking immediate action to soothe, heal, and save. To be compassionate means to make room for that tenderness which today’s society so often asks us to repress.’ Today, we possess an opportunity to welcome the refugee with dignity and share the many blessings we enjoy as a country. Let us seize it.” More information on World Refugee Day, including a list of prayer services around the country, can be found on the Justice for Immigrants website.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman on the Observance of World Refugee Day (June 20) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-migration-chairman-on-the-observance-of-world-refugee-day-june-20 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-18 14:52:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-18 18:52:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127764 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [111] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127760 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-18 14:42:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-18 18:42:15 [post_content] => June 18, 2021 WASHINGTON – Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) responded to yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The statement of Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage follows: “Americans have long been a tolerant people who respect each other’s deepest differences. Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld that tradition, reinvigorating the First Amendment’s promise that religious believers can bring the full vitality of their faith to their charitable service and to the public square. This is a victory for the common good and for thousands of children who rely on religious foster care and adoption agencies to find a loving home with a mother and father, which is their right. “We are grateful the ruling recognizes our right to witness in our works of mercy and God’s plan for the family. We Catholics must continue to practice what we preach. Let us show all our neighbors the truth of our beliefs by their beauty when they are put into action.” The USCCB had filed an amicus curiae brief in the case in 2020, available here.

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[post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Protecting Freedom to Serve [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-welcome-supreme-court-decision-protecting-freedom-to-serve [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-18 14:42:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-18 18:42:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127760 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [112] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127744 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-18 10:06:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-18 14:06:04 [post_content] => June 18, 2021 WASHINGTON — At their annual spring Plenary Assembly, the bishops of the United States held a canonical consultation on the cause of beatification and canonization of the Servant of God Marinus (Leonard) LaRue, professed Brother of the Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.). Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, and Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney of Paterson, facilitated the discussion by the bishops. The bishops expressed support for the advancement of the cause of beatification and canonization on the diocesan level. Captain Leonard LaRue/Brother Marinus, O.S.B., was born January 14, 1914, and baptized at St. Joachim Church in Philadelphia. He attended the Pennsylvania Nautical School, serving aboard the Schoolship Annapolis, graduating in 1934. In December 1950, Captain LaRue and the SS Meredith Victory were delivering military supplies to northeast Korea when he encountered Korean refugees who were desperate to flee the oncoming Chinese soldiers. Knowing that staying behind would mean certain death, Captain LaRue did not hesitate to take the refugees onto his ship. In the end, 14,000 refugees were taken on board the SS Meredith Victory into the freezing Sea of Japan and the mine-infested waters to Geoje Island, where they disembarked on Christmas Day 1950, completing their 450-mile journey. Years later, reflecting on that Christmas voyage, Brother Marinus said, “I think often on that voyage. I think how such a small vessel was able to hold so many persons and surmount endless perils without harm to a soul. And as I think the clear, unmistakable message comes to me that on that Christmastide, in the bleak and bitter waters off the shores of Korea, God’s own hand was at the helm of my ship.” Captain Leonard LaRue entered St. Paul’s Benedictine Abbey in Newton, New Jersey, in 1954 and took the name of the Brother Marinus for the Blessed Lady. As a monk, he did not follow the path to priesthood, and instead he served at St. Paul’s Abbey as a religious brother, performing tasks such as dishwashing, working in the gift shop, and ringing the abbey’s bell each morning to wake the monks. When Brother Marinus was asked what influenced his entering religious life, he summarized it: “To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances. To seek Him the greatest adventure. To find Him, the greatest human achievement.” Brother Marinus also expressed his deep love for the Church and the mission of evangelization. In his correspondence with Bob Lunney, his friend and shipmate, one reads that “he has accepted recent publicity about that Christmas voyage only because there is such a tremendous need for vocations throughout the world.” And in the same letter he stated, “Our Lord has recommended the single life to those who can stand it, but it takes the assistance of the sacraments for an individual to live a virtuous life […] the more we attend Mass, the more we receive Holy Communion, the more Christ like we become and the more Masses will speak for us on our judgment day. Our Lord wants us to be daily communicants, and if you have never done so, I would urge you to do so… you do not know what you are missing until you do. It will completely change your whole life and put things in their proper perspective.”

Brother Marinus died on October 14, 2001, at the age of 87 at St. Paul’s Benedictine Abbey in Newton, New Jersey. The abbey is located in the Diocese of Paterson. Bishop Sweeney has affirmed Captain LaRue’s heroic actions as a Merchant Marine, and the monastic life of Brother Marinus, which was marked with simplicity and obedience, as reasons for moving forward with his cause of beatification and canonization.

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  • Causes for canonization for Servant of God Joseph Verbis Lefleur, and Servant of God Marinus (Leonard) LaRue
  • The approval of three translations by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) for use in the dioceses of the United States
  • A National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry in the United States: Called to the Joy of Love
  • The development of a new formal statement and comprehensive vision for Native American / Alaska Native Ministry
  • The approval of the drafting of a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church
  • The approval of the drafting of a national pastoral framework for youth and young adults
During the meeting, the bishops will hear a report from the National Review Board which advises the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and the USCCB on matters of child and youth protection, specifically on policies and practices. Also, on the agenda: an update from the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis on the Eucharistic Revival initiative; an update from the Subcommittee for Pastoral Care for Immigrants, Refugees and Travelers on a study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA); and an update on the work of the Subcommittee on the Catechism. The livestream of the public sessions of the general assembly, the votes (and tallies) of the action items, news updates, texts of addresses and presentations, and other materials will be available at www.usccb.org/meetings. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media are invited to use the hashtag #USCCB21 and follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/usccb). The livestream of the bishops’ meeting will be broadcast on the USCCB website:
  • Wednesday, June 16 (2:30-4:00 PM EDT)
  • Thursday, June 17 (1:00-4:00 PM EDT)
  • Friday, June 18 (1:00-2:30 PM EDT)
Broadcast media, please note, there will be no satellite feed available. There will also be a press conference livestreamed on the USCCB website on June 16 commencing approximately fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the general session (approximately 4:15 PM).

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops to Meet Virtually June 16-18; Assembly to Be Livestreamed and Live-Tweeted [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-to-meet-virtually-june-16-18-assembly-to-be-livestreamed-and-live-tweeted [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-15 10:08:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-15 14:08:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127659 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [114] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127582 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-06-07 14:13:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-07 18:13:55 [post_content] => June 7, 2021 WASHINGTON – The World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests will be marked by the universal Church on June 11. This celebration was established by Pope John Paul II in 2002 and occurs annually on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day, the Church encourages priests to reflect upon the gift of priesthood they have received from Christ; and the faithful are encouraged to pray for their priests that they may be strengthened in their ministry and remain steadfast in their commitment to the Lord. In his homily for the Holy Chrism Mass on April 1, Pope Francis reminded priests that the proclamation of the Gospel is always intrinsically linked to persecution. The Holy Father remarked that the weight of the cross was present throughout Our Lord’s life from beginning to end; just as he embraced its sufferings at every moment of his earthly life, so too must his priests: “If mere circumstances conditioned the saving power of the cross, the Lord would not have embraced everything,” he said. “But when his hour came, he embraced the cross fully. For on the cross there can be no ambiguity! The cross is non-negotiable.” Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations echoed Pope Francis’ message: “Preaching the Gospel often results in rejection and isolation. Priests confront this harsh reality too. Yet, the power of the cross prevails. I urge all priests, especially those suffering in a particular way, to remember that they do not bear their crosses alone; it is through and by the cross of Christ that we are given all of the strength we need for the challenges ahead.”

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[post_title] => World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests Emboldens Priests to Embrace the Cross for the Sake of the Gospel [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => world-day-of-prayer-for-the-sanctification-of-priests-emboldens-priests-to-embrace-the-cross-for-the-sake-of-the-gospel [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-07 14:13:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-07 18:13:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127582 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [115] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127571 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-06-06 21:41:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-06-07 01:41:11 [post_content] => Bishop emphasizes service at ordination Mass by Brian Olszewski, Catholic Virginian Editor Photos: Mark Gormus/Catholic Diocese of Richmond If there were any questions about what kind of man Bishop Barry C. Knestout ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Richmond, Saturday, June 5, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, his parents provided the answers. [caption id="attachment_127572" align="alignnone" width="400"] The Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Mr. Thomas Bagley Lawrence, III at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond VA Sat. June 5, 2021.[/caption] Thomas Bagley Lawrence Jr. and Elsie King Miller Lawrence, who were joined by 125 family members and friends, including members of his home parish, St. Bridget, Richmond, more than three dozen priests and 17 deacons for the Mass during which their only child, Thomas “Tom” Bagley Lawrence III, was ordained.   [caption id="attachment_127574" align="alignnone" width="400"] The Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Mr. Thomas Bagley Lawrence, III at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond VA Sat. June 5, 2021. He is joined by his parents to his left, Thomas Lawrence II and Elsie Lawrence.[/caption] “Thomas has incredible compassion for and love of people,” his father said. “He has always a love of God and the Church. He is a very dedicated person and he will serve the Church and community well.” His mother added, “I’m happy that he’ll be serving God. He will serve the Church well. He will do what is in the best interest of the Lord and be there for the people.” In his homily, Bishop Knestout noted that the three Scripture readings — Numbers 11:11b-12, 14–17, 24–25; 2  Corinthians 4:1–2, 5–7; John 21:15-17 — spoke about the “call and burden of leadership as well as the distress that those called (to priesthood) may at times experience.” “Sometimes this pastoral care and service can seem overwhelming,” he said. “Without a grounding in prayer and closeness to the sacraments, which is in fact closeness to Christ, we can be overwhelmed by our responsibilities and, possibly, begin to carry some resentment and bitterness, which like any corrosive element, weakens the generous love to which we are called.” [caption id="attachment_127573" align="alignnone" width="400"] The Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Mr. Thomas Bagley Lawrence, III at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond VA Sat. June 5, 2021.[/caption] Bishop Knestout noted that God doesn’t abandon anyone. “When we are struggling or in need, he comes to our aide, he refreshes us with his Holy Spirit and renews us, with a deep sense of joy, and the knowledge that we are participating in his sacrifice and in his salvific mission to redeem the world,” he said. The bishop said that while those who priests serve may not always express appreciation immediately, it is not unusual to hear years later how their words and deeds made a difference. “It is in those moments we realize that our priestly life and service is never only about what we say, or do, “Bishop Knestout said. “It is about what Christ says and does, and what God calls from us as his people.” Speaking directly to Father Lawrence, the bishop instructed “carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ.” Bishop Knestout concluded, “Keep always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd who came not to be served but to serve, and who came to seek out and save what was lost.” [caption id="attachment_127575" align="alignnone" width="400"] The Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Mr. Thomas Bagley Lawrence, III at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond VA Sat. June 5, 2021.[/caption] Father Lawrence’s first assignment as a priest will be as parochial vicar at St. Joseph, Hampton, St. Mary Star of the Sea Fort Monroe, and St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News.

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For Immediate Release: May 27, 2021

Catholic Diocese of Richmond Establishes Reintegration Plan for Parishes as Diocese Eases Social Distancing and Face Covering Mandate for Masses, Liturgical Celebrations and Social Gatherings

New Protocol Effective May 28, 2021

(RICHMOND, Va.) - The Catholic Diocese of Richmond will lift most COVID-19 protocols on May 28, 2021, as public health restrictions in the commonwealth end per Governor Northam’s Executive Order 79.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and its parishes sought to balance equitable precautions to protect the health of all, while continuing to provide access to Mass and the sacraments, and minister to the spiritual needs of the faithful.

“Although the pandemic is not over and we recognize that some concerns remain, it is now time to weave a course that is reasonable but also allows better access to the sacraments and liturgies,” said Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond.

Effective May 28, at the direction of Bishop Knestout and based upon the recent release of Executive Order 79 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the diocese announces that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals, including those age 5 and up, should continue to cover their nose and mouth. Those not wearing face coverings will not be asked to provide documentation that they are vaccinated or have an underlying medical condition.

For now, Bishop Knestout continues to grant a dispensation from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days, as some conditions and issues may prevent the faithful from doing so. The diocese will offer more information surrounding the subject in the future.

The distribution of the cup is still suppressed for deacons and the laity until further notice.

While specific guidance has been given on certain expectations, pastors are given discretion.

“These updated guidelines are to assist you,” said Bishop Knestout. “They also allow a certain amount of discretion for implementation at the local level.”

Updates about COVID-19 in the Diocese of Richmond will be available on the diocesan website.

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*Media inquiries should be directed to the Office of Communications by emailing communications@richmonddiocese.org.


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Continuing Pastoral Year Assignments

William Buckley, Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke Gregory Guilfoyle, St. Anne, Bristol Alex Jimenez, Holy Trinity, Norfolk Joseph Kauflin, Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach Christopher Weyer, St. Benedict, Richmond  

Pastoral Year Assignments

David Arellano, St. Anne, Bristol William Douglas, St. Benedict, Richmond Seth Seaman, Holy Trinity, Norfolk Carl Thompson, Holy Trinity, Norfolk  

Summer Parish Assignments

Dillon Bruce, St. John the Evangelist, Waynesboro Armando Herrera, Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg Andrew Clark, St. Bede, Williamsburg Samuel Hill - Rome for the summer Matthew Kelly, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe; St. Joseph, Hampton Chase Imoru, St. Jerome, Newport News Charles Palmer, St. Peter the Apostle, Onley Graham Fassero, Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach Ian Grosskopf, St. Andrew, Roanoke David Urlwin, Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville Jack Shanahan, Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville Charlie Tamayo, Church of the Ascension, Virginia Beach Peter Olbrych - Home for the summer [post_title] => 2021 Seminarian Parish Assignments [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2021-seminarian-parish-assignments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-05-27 10:45:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-05-27 14:45:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127456 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [120] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127378 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-05-24 11:17:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-05-24 15:17:22 [post_content] => Updated June 8, 2021 Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, has announced the following clergy appointment effective Monday, July 5, 2021:   Father Thomas B. Lawrence III, newly ordained, to parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Hampton, and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

May 24, 2021

Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, has announced the following clergy appointments effective Monday, July 5, 2021, unless otherwise noted.

Pastors

Father James M. Arsenault, from administrator of St. Elizabeth, Richmond, to pastor of St. Elizabeth, Richmond.

Father Salvador Añonuevo, from pastor at Holy Name of Mary, Bedford, and Resurrection, Moneta, to pastor of Holy Cross, Lynchburg. Father James J. Begley Jr., from pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond, to pastor of St. Paul, Richmond. Father Ernest L. Bulinda, from parochial vicar of St. Patrick, Richmond; St. Peter Pro Cathedral, Richmond; and St. John, Highland Springs, to pastor of St. Ann, Colonial Heights. Father Danny A. Cogut, from pastor of St. Ann, Colonial Heights, to pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem, and St. Gerard, Roanoke. Father Jonathan A. Goertz, from pastor of Sacred Heart, Danville, to pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond. Father Matthew A. Kiehl, from administrator of Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach, to pastor of Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach. Father Matthias Lusembo, from pastor of Christ the King, Norfolk, to pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Staunton. Father Stefan Migac, from pastor of St. Theresa, Farmville; Sacred Heart, Meherrin; and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blackstone, to pastor of St. Patrick, Lexington. Father Michael Mugomba, from administrator of Holy Infant, Elkton, and Shepherd of the Hills, Quinque, to pastor of Holy Infant, Elkton, and Shepherd of the Hills, Quinque. Father John Negparanon, from pastor of St. Pius X, Norfolk, to pastor of Holy Name of Mary, Bedford, and Resurrection, Moneta. Msgr. Raphael A. Peprah, from administrator of St. Luke, Virginia Beach, to pastor of St. Luke, Virginia Beach. Father Sean M. Prince, from priest secretary and director of the Office of Worship, Pastoral Center, to pastor of St. Pius X, Norfolk. Father Gino P. Rossi, from pastor of St. Patrick, Richmond; St. Peter Pro Cathedral, Richmond; and St. John, Highland Springs, to pastor of St. Joseph, Petersburg. Father Anthony O. Senyah, from pastor of Holy Spirit, Christiansburg, and Holy Family, Pearisburg, to pastor of Sacred Heart, Danville. Father Kenneth J. Shuping, from pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem, and St. Gerard, Roanoke, to pastor of St. Bridget, Richmond. Father Joseph Wamala, from pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Staunton, to Christ the King, Norfolk.  

Administrators

Father Patricio D. Alcantara, from parochial vicar of St. Theresa, Farmville; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blackstone; and Sacred Heart, Meherrin, to administrator of Holy Spirit, Christiansburg, and Holy Family, Pearisburg.

Father Joseph M. Appiagyei, from parochial vicar of St. Edward, Richmond, to administrator of St. Patrick, Richmond; St. Peter Pro Cathedral, Richmond; and St. John, Highland Springs. Father Raner O. Lucila, from parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Hampton, and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Hampton, to administrator of Good Shepherd, South Hill; St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; and St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston. Father Richard T. Mooney, from parochial vicar of Good Shepherd, South Hill; St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; and St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston, to interim administrator of Good Shepherd, South Hill; St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; and St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston, effective immediately and interim until Monday, July 5, 2021. Father Magnus Tochi Iwuji, from parochial vicar of St. Bridget, Richmond, to administrator of St. Theresa, Farmville; Sacred Heart, Meherrin; and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blackstone.

Chaplains

Father Dan N. Klem, priest on staff of St. Mary, Chesapeake; Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth; Church of the Resurrection, Portsmouth; and St. Paul, Portsmouth, to include interim chaplain of St. Matthew, Virginia Beach.

Msgr. Raphael A. Peprah, chaplain of Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, in addition to pastor of St. Luke, Virginia Beach. Father John Bosco Walugembe, assistant chaplain of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News. Father Walugembe remains pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News.

Campus Ministry Chaplain

Father Kyle O’Connor, parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg, to chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry serving the College of William & Mary, and parochial vicar of St. Bede, Williamsburg.  

Parochial Vicars

Father John R. Baab, from parochial vicar of St. Bede, Williamsburg, to parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg.

Father Jaime Delgado, from parochial vicar of St. Augustine, Richmond, to parochial vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem, and St. Gerard, Roanoke. Father Paul Kkonde, from parochial vicar of Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke, to parochial vicar of St. Edward, Richmond. Father James P. O’Reilly, from parochial vicar of St. Joseph, Petersburg, to parochial vicar of St. Bridget, Richmond. Father Policarpio J. Lagco, from priest-in-residence of St. Matthew, Virginia Beach, to parochial vicar of St. Theresa, Farmville; Sacred Heart, Meherrin; and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blackstone. Father Nicholas Redmond, from campus minister at the College of William & Mary and promoter of vocations to parochial vicar of St. Patrick, Richmond; St. Peter Pro Cathedral, Richmond; and St. John, Highland Springs. Father Frank L. Wiggins Jr., from parochial vicar of St. Patrick, Richmond; St. Peter Pro Cathedral, Richmond; and St. John, Highland Springs, to parochial vicar of St. Augustine, Richmond.  

Pastoral Center/Other Assignments

Father Brian W. Capuano, from pastor of St. Joseph, Petersburg, vicar for vocations and judge in the marriage Tribunal to interim director for the Office of Worship and continuing as vicar for vocations and judge in the marriage Tribunal. Father Ongen Largoza, administrator of Good Shepherd, South Hill; St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville; and St. Paschal Baylon, South Boston, has returned to the Philippines.

Retired

Father Joseph A. D’Aurora, from pastor of St. Patrick, Lexington, to retired status.

Msgr. William H. Carr, from pastor of St. Bridget, Richmond, to retired status. Father James C. Griffin, from pastor of St. Paul, Richmond, to retired status. Msgr. J. Kenneth Rush, from pastor of Holy Cross, Lynchburg, to retired status.   [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces Clergy Assignments Effective July 5, 2021 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-announces-clergy-assignments-effective-july-5-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-06-08 10:57:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-06-08 14:57:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127378 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [121] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127316 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2021-05-19 22:40:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-05-20 02:40:58 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: May 19, 2021 Land for sale is property of the former Holy Cross Regional Catholic School (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has announced the pending sale of property in Lynchburg which housed the former Holy Cross Regional School and Tabor Retreat Center on 21 acres of land. It is located at 2125 Langhorne Road. The prospective buyer, a local developer, is expected to purchase the property for an estimated $3.5 million with nearly all of the net proceeds from the sale being used to retire the former school’s debt. Closing of the sale is anticipated for late June or early July 2021. On November 12, 2019, the diocese announced Holy Cross would cease operating at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. For the last 17 years, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School’s enrollment declined and caused increasing financial challenges. As a result, the decision was made to close the school permanently. After the closure of the school, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Catholic Schools was able to reclaim items such as teaching supplies, furniture, school equipment, computers, a shuttle bus and other effects for use by schools within the diocese. The diocese consulted with the Real Estate Committee of the Diocesan Finance Council and other diocesan advisory bodies before the property was listed for sale.

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Announces Property Under Contract in Lynchburg [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-announces-property-under-contract-in-lynchburg [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-05-19 22:44:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-05-20 02:44:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127316 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [122] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127218 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-05-04 17:47:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-05-04 21:47:21 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: May 4, 2021 (RICHMOND, Va.) – Paul David Ryan, a former priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat located in Victoria, Australia, was indicted for two felony counts of child sexual abuse on April 13, 2021.  Ryan had already been named on the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s list of priests against whom credible and substantiated allegations had been made and was published Feb. 13, 2019.  The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has fully cooperated with the ongoing clergy abuse investigation by the Virginia Attorney General since it started in October 2018 and will continue to do so. Ryan came to the Diocese of Richmond in 1979, where he worked for less than a year at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Since the Attorney General’s investigation remains on-going, and out of respect for any victim survivors, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond will not comment further about allegations against Paul David Ryan. Bishop Knestout encourages all victims of sexual abuse to report allegations to law enforcement. We continue to pray for all victim survivors of abuse and remain diligent in our efforts of creating a safe environment for all. Individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese should report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096, and by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064.

Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim’s Assistance Reporting number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org to report sexual abuse.

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Holds Virtual 2021 Excellence in Catholic Education Awards

Honors Include Regional Excellence and Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Catholic Schools hosted the fourth annual Excellence in Catholic Education Awards virtually on April 29, 2021. Teachers representing each of the diocese’s 23 schools were nominated by their colleagues based on their commitment to Catholic education through their leadership and service to students, parents, colleagues, parishes and school. Together, these educators have a combined 354 years of teaching experience in Catholic education. During the evening celebration, Bishop Barry C. Knestout thanked the honorees and all Catholic educators for their dedication despite the challenges and uncertainties the pandemic presented. “With all the adjustments that had to be made, all of the uncertainty, the disruptions to the routine of life and adjustments that had to be made at schools, through it all, each of you have been ensuring through creativity, through perseverance, through your flexibility, through your persistence, to make sure that the work of Catholic education was furthered and kept moving forward.” Bishop Knestout continued, “In the midst of a world where, in many cases, education had to be either stopped or limited, all of you, educators [in the diocese] should be proud of the work we have done, together, in forming the whole child.” The Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for overall excellence was presented to Bettina Robertson of St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Virginia Beach. As recipient of the award, Ms. Robertson explained, “My Catholic faith has been my rock the one thing I know that will always be there and I want nothing more than to share it with as many people as I can. Being a Catholic educator gives me meaning and purpose to teaching. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to follow the Great Commission, to make disciples of the tiny nation I call my classroom.” The Elizabeth Ann Seton Award is presented to one teacher in the diocese whose instruction, support and service demonstrates a positive impact on Catholic education. The honoree is selected based on their selfless work in service of the Gospel in both word and deed, their dedication to Catholic education, their instructional expertise, and their witness to their faith to help transform the lives of Catholic school students. The award is named for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for her lifelong dedication to teaching and children.   The three educators selected as regional winners are: Joseph Bousquet, Catholic High School, Virginia Beach. “I feel a personal vocation to teach at a Catholic school,” he said. “Students need role models. I always try to demonstrate to my students the virtues I’ve been taught. Even the seemingly opposite fields of theology and mathematics do reveal God’s truth. My faith and my logic can be, and are, in fact, reconciled. As a math teacher in a Catholic school, I strive to help my students come to that same realization.” Elizabeth Kassel, St. Joseph Catholic School, Petersburg. “My job as a catechist is really only a facilitator, giving students the tools to approach the Lord on their own. I want my students to come away with the knowledge that they are a gift made in God’s image and likeness, and they are loved no matter what. There is always more to learn, and when students see teachers who are in love with the Lord, they will be inspired to take the next step.” Linda Mercier, St. Matthew’s Catholic School, Virginia Beach. “Each day, I am given the privilege of nurturing my students as each develops a strong moral compass and his or her uniqueness as a child of God. I am so grateful and blessed to be where I am, in a vocation I find peace and joy in, at a school that I was called to, with students and parents and colleagues that I love, surrounded by a Christ-centered environment. It doesn’t get any better than this.”   The Local 2021 Excellence in Education Award winners are: Richard Barnett, All Saints Catholic School, Richmond; Annelise Shelton, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, Powhatan; Joseph Bousquet, Catholic High School, Virginia Beach; Christi Martin, Charlottesville Catholic School; Rebecca Anthony, Christ the King Catholic School, Norfolk; Wendy Sellers, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Henrico; Theresa Barrett, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, Newport News; Jessica Kovalcik, Peninsula Catholic High School, Newport News; Kathy Noblin, Portsmouth Catholic School; Paul Begeman, Roanoke Catholic School; Sara Gauldin, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Danville; Scott Thiers, St. Anne Catholic School, Bristol; Marylou Carter, St. Benedict Catholic School, Richmond; Eric De Boer, St. Bridget Catholic School, Richmond; Amy Young, St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School, Richmond; Bettina Robertson, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, Virginia Beach; Ryan Balsly, St. John the Apostle Catholic School, Virginia Beach; Elizabeth Kassel, St. Joseph Catholic School, Petersburg; Leeann Klein, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Henrico; Jamie Green, St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, Hampton; Linda Mercier, St. Matthew’s Catholic School, Virginia Beach; Shelley Lomogda, St. Pius X Catholic School, Norfolk; Joanne Selig, Star of the Sea Catholic School, Virginia Beach.   To learn more about our schools, click here.

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  [post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Holds Virtual 2021 Excellence in Catholic Education Awards [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-office-of-catholic-schools-holds-virtual-2021-excellence-in-catholic-education-awards [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-04-30 13:23:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-04-30 17:23:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127139 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [124] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 127000 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2021-04-21 08:13:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-21 12:13:52 [post_content] => April 20, 2021 WASHINGTON – Following the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota today, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued a statement. The bishops’ full statement follows: “Today, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. As we receive this result, we recall that God is the source of all justice, love, and mercy. The death of George Floyd highlighted and amplified the deep need to see the sacredness in all people, but especially those who have been historically oppressed. Whatever the stage of human life, it not only matters, it is sacred. “The events following George Floyd's death also highlighted the urgent need for racial healing and reconciliation. As we have seen so plainly this past year, social injustices still exist in our country, and the nation remains deeply divided on how to right those wrongs. We join our voices and prayers in support of Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and the entire Minnesota Catholic Conference which said today: ‘As a diverse community, the Catholic Church is committed to changing hearts and minds and to moving the conversation about race in this country beyond accusations and recriminations toward practical, nonviolent solutions to the everyday problems that are encountered in these communities.’ “Let us pray that through the revelation of so much pain and sadness, that God strengthens us to cleanse our land of the evil of racism which also manifests in ways that are hardly ever spoken, ways that never reach the headlines. Let us then join in the hard work of peacefully rebuilding what hatred and frustration has torn down. This is the true call of a disciple and the real work of restorative justice. Let us not lose the opportunity to pray that the Holy Spirit falls like a flood on our land again, as at Pentecost, providing us with spiritual, emotional, and physical healing, as well as new ways to teach, preach, and model the Gospel message in how we treat each other.” The USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism has prepared resources for prayer which may be found here; earlier this week, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and priests across the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis offered special Masses “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice.” Last summer, several bishop chairmen of USCCB committees and the president of the Conference issued statements regarding George Floyd’s death in addition to the individual statements by bishops from around the United States.   ### [post_title] => Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen on Verdict in Trial of Derek Chauvin [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-u-s-bishop-chairmen-on-verdict-in-trial-of-derek-chauvin [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-04-22 08:14:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-04-22 12:14:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=127000 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [125] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126967 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-04-16 14:33:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-16 18:33:53 [post_content] => The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointment, effective Thursday, July 1, 2021: Dominican Father Walter Wagner, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlottesville. Dominican Father David Mott will continue to serve as administrator of the parish until that date. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces New Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlottesville [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-announces-new-pastor-of-st-thomas-aquinas-charlottesville [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-04-16 14:33:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-04-16 18:33:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126967 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [126] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126954 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-04-16 12:22:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-16 16:22:28 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout has called seminarians Thomas “Tom” B. Lawrence III and Dillon Bruce to holy orders. [caption id="attachment_126960" align="alignright" width="150"] Deacon Lawrence[/caption] Deacon Lawrence will be ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. Deacon Lawrence, 41, is currently working on a Master of Divinity degree at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America, where he previously earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He served his pastoral year at St. Mary Parish, Blacksburg, from May 2018 until August 2019. Bruce will be ordained a transitional deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the last step on the path to the priesthood, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. [caption id="attachment_126915" align="alignright" width="150"] Dillon Bruce[/caption] Bruce, 27, is receiving his seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2017. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person attendance at both liturgies will be by reservation only. Both events will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and social media pages so that our entire diocese can join together for these joyous occasions in the life of our local Church of Richmond. Please continue to keep these men and all of our seminarians in your prayers. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Calls Thomas Lawrence and Dillon Bruce to Holy Orders [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-calls-thomas-lawrence-and-dillon-bruce-to-holy-orders [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-04-16 12:29:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-04-16 16:29:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126954 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [127] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126914 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-04-15 11:27:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-04-15 15:27:07 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout will ordain Dillon Bruce, son of Brian and Jeannette Bruce and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Staunton, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Richmond, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. Following graduation from Stuarts Draft High School in 2012, Bruce, 27, enrolled at Virginia Tech to study engineering. He left following his sophomore year and entered St. John Paul II Seminary, Washington, in fall 2014. Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2017. Later that year, at the request of Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, he entered the seminary at the Pontifical North American College. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. From the summer of 2019 through the summer of 2020, Bruce served his pastoral year at St. Bridget Parish, Richmond. This fall, he will serve as a campus minister for Christendom College’s study abroad program in Rome.

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Hosts Rosary for the Protection of Children and Families in Recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month

All Diocesan Digital Platforms Will Stream the Rosary Live on April 14

(RICHMOND) - For the third year, the Diocese of Richmond invites you to join in praying for the healing and protection of all who have been touched and affected by sexual abuse during a special rosary held Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The rosary is a form of prayer and meditation in honor of the Blessed Mother, Mary, with the intention of drawing us closer to Christ. The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, will lead the Rosary for the Protection of Children and Families as part of the diocese’s observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The rosary will begin at 7 p.m. “The rosary is a way to lift up in prayer all who have been abused and all those who love and support them,” said Bishop Knestout. “As people of God, we hope that in prayer, all those affected by abuse might find a path toward healing and comfort.” Our meditation will be on the Glorious Mysteries: The Resurrection, The Ascension Into Heaven, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption, The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. The event will be livestreamed on the diocesan website, YouTube and other social media platforms so all can join in prayer, as the cathedral will not be open during the livestream. As Pope Pius XII said, “We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times.”

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Media Contact: Chieko Noguchi 202-541-3200 [post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairman Welcomes Repeal of Death Penalty in Virginia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairman-welcomes-repeal-of-death-penalty-in-virginia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-24 17:18:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-24 21:18:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126637 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [130] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126632 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-24 15:38:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-24 19:38:40 [post_content] => Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on Governor Northam’s signature of legislation abolishing Virginia’s death penalty: “Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed into law SB 1165/HB 2263, making Virginia the first southern state, and the 23rd state overall, to end its death penalty. Looking back, we sadly reflect on our commonwealth’s disturbing and tragic history of executions – carried out more frequently here than in any other state in our country’s history. As we move forward, we embrace this hope-filled new beginning. As Pope Francis states, ‘The firm rejection of the death penalty shows to what extent it is possible to recognize the inalienable dignity of every human being and to accept that he or she has a place in this universe’ (Fratelli Tutti, no. 269). Through our Virginia Catholic Conference, we supported this historic legislation as it progressed through the General Assembly because all human life is sacred. We are grateful to those who worked to make this a reality. "Our dioceses also continue our prayers for families of victims of horrific crimes and renew our commitment to provide for their pastoral support. We stand ready to accompany them in their journey to find healing and peace.”

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March 24, 2021 WASHINGTON — Following a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, CO, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued the following statement: “As we are still reeling from the loss of life in the mass shootings in Atlanta, it is heartbreaking to hear of yet another mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, CO, that reportedly has resulted in the deaths of ten people. We pray for the families and friends of those who were lost and for their communities. We are especially grateful for the efforts of first responders to safeguard the community and treat victims and urge all people of good will to offer concrete support to victims of violence wherever possible. “The bishops have long promoted prudent measures of gun control to limit mass shootings and other gun homicides and suicides, and we stand by those positions. We must always remember that each of us is a brother or sister in Christ, created in the image and likeness of a loving God. As we approach Holy Week, let us continue to reflect on God’s love and mercy for each one of us and renew the call for conversion of heart.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairman Mourns Loss of Life in Mass Shooting in Boulder, CO [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairman-mourns-loss-of-life-in-mass-shooting-in-boulder-co [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-24 13:33:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-24 17:33:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126626 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [132] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126600 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-22 15:00:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-22 19:00:23 [post_content] => March 17, 2021 WASHINGTON - Marking the fifth anniversary of the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis has asked the Church to celebrate the family and reflect upon how ministry supports married couples and the family in every level of Church life. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth is coordinating the anniversary celebration in the U.S. The “Year of Amoris Laetitia Family” is meant to be an opportunity for reflection and appreciation of the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation. In launching this initiative, the Vatican is upholding the important role that families play, which has been highlighted during the COVID pandemic. The spiritual, pastoral, and cultural content and resources for the initiative are meant to reach families around the world and are meant to be implemented at the local level in parishes and dioceses, as well as in universities, by ecclesial movements, and family associations. The USCCB has launched new pages on its website to celebrate the Year of Amoris LaetitiaFamily, which will run from March 19, 2021 to June 26, 2022. The year-long celebration will conclude at the Tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome in June 2022. The USCCB’s new Amoris Laetitia webpages feature:
  • Links to the Vatican website about the initiative with videos of Pope Francis teaching about the family and frequently asked questions about the apostolic exhortation
  • Catechesis on the Sacrament of Marriage, the Family as Domestic Church, Theology of the Body, and Natural Family Planning
  • Sharing the joy of marital and familial love with youth and young adults
  • Resources for families in many situations of need
  • Monthly reflections by the staff of the USCCB’s Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth on each of Pope Francis’s “Twelve Ways to Walk with Families”
  • Resources for pilgrims who plan to attend the World Meeting of Families in Rome
  • Resources for dioceses preparing simultaneous events to celebrate the World Meeting of Families locally.
More information for the initiative may be found at: https://www.usccb.org/topics/marriage-and-family-life-ministries/year-amoris-laetitia-family.  

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Marriage and Family Life Secretariat Launches Web Pages for Celebration of “Year of 'Amoris Laetitia' Family” [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-marriage-and-family-life-secretariat-launches-web-pages-for-celebration-of-year-of-amoris-laetitia-family [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-22 15:01:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-22 19:01:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126600 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [133] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126597 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-22 14:56:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-22 18:56:43 [post_content] => March 22, 2021 WASHINGTON — Following deadly shootings at three businesses in the greater Atlanta area this past week and the dialogue that has been ignited about other reported incidents of aggression against people of Asian descent, Bishop Oscar A. Solis of Salt Lake City, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs decried the culture of death, hatred and violence that underlies these incidents and called for solidarity with the vulnerable. The full statement follows: “I am deeply saddened to hear of another mass shooting that has tragically taken the lives of eight people and has renewed concerns about a rise of hostility against individuals of Asian descent. As bishops, we decry any kind of hatred and violence, particularly based on race, ethnicity, or sex. We pray for the families and friends of those who were lost, and for their communities, who may feel unsafe and vulnerable at this time. “This latest incident has prompted national dialogue on addressing anti-Asian bias that has taken the form of numerous other acts of physical violence, verbal attacks and destruction of property against those of Asian descent over the last year that have left communities across the country traumatized. “I echo Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer’s words that ‘[w]e must support all victims of violence and stand in solidarity with those who are vulnerable in our communities.’ More broadly, we must always stress that every human being is a brother or sister in Christ, created in the image and likeness of a loving God. Particularly during this season of Lent, let us remember God’s love and mercy for each one of us and renew the call for conversion of heart, that we may be more united to God’s love and share it with all of our neighbors.” Last May, in the midst of increased reports of incidents of racism and xenophobia against Americans of Asian and Pacific Island heritage, three bishop chairmen issued a statementexpressing their “call for a stronger resolve towards unity, demonstrated through acts of solidarity, kindness and love toward one another, so that we can emerge from this crisis renewed and stronger as one American people; a people that places value in every human life, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender or religious affiliation.”  

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[post_title] => Statement of U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Asian and Pacific Island Affairs on Discrimination Against the Asian Community [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-u-s-bishops-chairman-for-asian-and-pacific-island-affairs-on-discrimination-against-the-asian-community [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-22 14:56:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-22 18:56:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126597 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [134] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126554 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-18 15:49:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-18 19:49:05 [post_content] => March 18, 2021 WASHINGTON - Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), will celebrate a special Mass on Friday, March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The Mass will be livestreamed on the USCCB’s Facebook page.

Friday, March 19, 2021

11:00 AM Eastern Time (8:00 AM Pacific)

Livestreamed on USCCB’s Facebook page, LA Catholics, or LA Catholics Facebook page

A special blessing for families will be given during the Mass in recognition of the efforts and contributions of families to continue building the domestic Church. Pope Francis has declared December 8, 2020 – December 8, 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph, marking the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as the patron of the Catholic Church by Blessed Pope Pius IX. March 19 is also the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), and the Vatican is launching an initiative upholding the important role that families play, which has been highlighted during the COVID pandemic. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth is coordinating the anniversary celebration in the U.S., and more information may be found here.  

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President to Celebrate National Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-to-celebrate-national-mass-on-the-solemnity-of-st-joseph [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-18 16:07:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-18 20:07:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126554 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [135] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126536 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-15 14:41:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-15 18:41:26 [post_content] => March 15, 2021 WASHINGTON — Three committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are affirming their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2021. The Act would prevent the federal government and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare services from taking adverse action against a provider that declines to conduct its services in a manner that would violate its religious or moral principles. “Child welfare providers, who serve the needs and rights of children regardless of background, enjoy the cherished freedom of religious liberty like all Americans,” wrote the bishops in a letter of support to Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who introduced identical bills in their respective chambers. Some faith-based child welfare providers, including those operating in Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Philadelphia, New York, and the District of Columbia, have been excluded from carrying out adoption and foster care services because the providers act on their belief that children deserve to be placed with a married mother and father. The chairmen said, “The Inclusion Act would remedy this unjust discrimination, and maximize the benefit to thousands of children in need, by enabling all foster care and adoption providers to serve the needs of parents and children in a manner consistent with the providers’ religious beliefs and moral convictions.” Stressing that the Inclusion Act also respects the importance of a parent’s choice, the chairmen remarked, “Adoptive and foster care parents, as well as women and men who want to place their children, ought to be able to choose an agency that shares their religious beliefs or convictions about the best interests of their children.” The letter of support was signed by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; and Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and is available here.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairmen Reaffirm Protections for Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption Providers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairmen-reaffirm-protections-for-faith-based-foster-care-and-adoption-providers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-15 14:41:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-15 18:41:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126536 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [136] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126520 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-12 14:57:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-12 19:57:30 [post_content] => Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on Governor Northam’s signature of legislation that drastically expands abortion coverage in Virginia: “Governor Northam has crossed yet another tragic threshold by inserting abortion without limits into Virginia’s health benefits exchange. We decry the enactment of this deplorable policy, which is built on the destructive lie that abortion is healthcare. We are saddened when we contemplate the increased number of unborn lives likely to be lost as a result. “The exchange is a virtual marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act, through which an estimated 240,000 Virginians access their health plans. Under state law for the past decade, plans participating in Virginia’s health exchange were prohibited from covering most abortions. This fundamentally pro-life provision undoubtedly saved many lives. Starting July 1 of this year, however, that provision will be eradicated from our law. Consequently, and tragically, health plans in the exchange will be allowed to cover abortions for any reason. “In many cases, people receive public subsidies to purchase these plans. Beginning July 1, even these taxpayer-funded plans can cover abortions without limitation. This means that taxpayers will be forced to fund plans that cover abortion on demand. “Without despair, and with maximum determination, we will continue our advocacy for the preeminent priority of protecting unborn children from this threat. So many lives, who have no voice except ours, depend on it.”

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The Diocese of Richmond

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond is under the leadership and pastoral care of Bishop Barry C. Knestout. With 220,000 Catholics, 149 parishes and 29 schools, the diocese is a diverse faith community that comprises the entire Commonwealth of Virginia with the exception of 21 counties to the north. The Diocese of Richmond encourages Catholics across our diocese to live an active life of faith through the many opportunities offered within our diocesan boundaries. Our local Church works to support our diverse parishes and schools and welcomes all to live and practice the Gospel with faith and charity. Want to know more about us? Visit: www.richmonddiocese.org.  [post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor Northam’s Signature of Abortion Expansion Legislation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-governor-northams-signature-of-abortion-expansion-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-12 14:57:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-12 19:57:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126520 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [137] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126502 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-11 10:30:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-11 15:30:31 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: March 11, 2021 (RICHMOND) – Today, the Diocese of Richmond announced open enrollment for the newly formed Saint Vincent de Paul Virtual Academy (SVVA), a full-time, online learning school for families seeking a quality Catholic school curriculum for their children at home. Classes for grades 8-12 will begin this fall. Named for the patron saint of the diocese, Saint Vincent de Paul Academy will operate under the guidance of administration and staff from Peninsula Catholic High School (PCHS) in Newport News, but it will be managed by the Office of Catholic Schools. “The existence of a full-time virtual school has always been a goal for us. We’ve wanted to provide another option for families in our diocese who, because of where they live, aren’t close to a traditional brick and mortar Catholic school but desire the rigorous, faith-based curriculum that incorporates Catholic principles,” said Kelly Lazzara, superintendent for the Office of Catholic Schools. “The pandemic provided an opportunity to really test the digital systems already in practice, with the current faculty at Peninsula Catholic allowing us the advantage to streamline and see what was possible and manageable.” Since 2016, PCHS has offered digital learning days several times a year. For this school year and due to COVID-19, PCHS students had the option of learning face-to-face or virtually. In-person students are now accustomed to some of their classmates participating with them in a virtual setting. In February 2021, PCHS announced it would permanently add its own online program for high school students wishing to graduate from Peninsula Catholic. SVVA is a distinct and separate virtual school running in sync with the PCHS virtual education program. “This is a vision for the future and an exciting time for Catholic education in the Diocese of Richmond,” observed Jenny Franklin, principal of Peninsula Catholic. “We know an all-virtual option is an interest parents are pursuing because of the flexibility it offers and the learning style that fits a student’s needs. We know there are families in our diocese who want access to the spiritual growth a Catholic education offers for their teen, and SVVA provides such an opportunity – online from anywhere. We know students of active-duty military families can now have the option to always call a school home no matter where their parent is assigned in the world, offering a consistent school environment for them.” Since PCHS is already operating its own virtual school, there is minimal additional expense associated with opening SVVA. Saint Vincent de Paul Virtual Academy (SVVA) includes:
  • Choice between full-time and part-time students. Full-time students are seeking a diploma from SVVA. Part-time students are not, paying per course and complementing a homeschool learning structure as a component of a blended learning environment.
  • SVVA is strictly academics. The program does not include athletics, extracurricular or social activities.
  • Students attending full-time receive a diploma from SVVA.
  • Individuals would still have to apply and meet eligibility requirements. Applications would be approved by the SVVA Enrollment Committee.
“While in-person teaching is at the core of our Catholic faith and Catholic education, which engages the body, mind and spirit of each student, we must adapt to the times in which we live,” explained Bishop Knestout. “We are grateful for the technology and the teachers who have adapted to it for allowing those who cannot be physically present in our classrooms to benefit as much as possible from the formation we provide.” For additional information and to learn about the enrollment process for Saint Vincent de Paul Virtual Academy (SVVA), visit www.PeninsulaCatholic.org.

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[post_title] => Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Launches Saint Vincent de Paul Virtual Academy [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocese-of-richmond-office-of-catholic-schools-launches-saint-vincent-de-paul-virtual-academy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-11 10:37:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-11 15:37:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126502 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [138] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126358 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-05 12:56:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-05 17:56:36 [post_content] => 5 de marzo del 2021 WASHINGTON— El arzobispo José H. Gomez de Los Ángeles, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, y los presidentes de siete comités de la USCCB emitieron una declaración conjunta sobre el financiamiento del aborto en el Plan de Rescate Estadounidense. Al arzobispo Gomez se unen el Cardenal Timothy M. Dolan de Nueva York, presidente del Comité para la Libertad Religiosa; el arzobispo Joseph F. Naumann de Kansas City en Kansas, presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro-Vida; el arzobispo Paul S. Coakley de Oklahoma City, presidente del Comité de Justicia, Paz y Desarrollo Humano; el obispo David J. Malloy de Rockford, presidente del Comité de Justicia y Paz Internacional; el obispo Michael C. Barber, SJ, de Oakland, presidente del Comité de Educación Católica; el obispo Shelton J. Fabre de Houma-Thibodaux, presidente del Comité Ad Hoc contra el Racismo; y el obispo Mario E. Dorsonville, obispo auxiliar de Washington, presidente del Comité de Migración. La declaración de los obispos es la siguiente: “Nuestra nación necesita sanar, unirse y ayudarnos los unos a los otros. El Plan de Rescate Estadounidense es un paso importante en la dirección correcta. Ello debería proporcionar la asistencia que tanto necesitan las familias y empresas estadounidenses gravemente afectadas por la pandemia del coronavirus. Sin embargo, nos preocupa profundamente que esta importante legislación, tal como está redactada, corre el riesgo de crear nuevas divisiones al abandonar un compromiso bipartidista de larga data que respeta las conciencias de millones de estadounidenses. Durante 45 años, el Congreso de Estados Unidos, ya sea que esté controlado por Demócratas o por Republicanos, ha sostenido que no se debe obligar a los contribuyentes a pagar por los abortos en contra de su conciencia. Abandonar este compromiso en tiempos de emergencia nacional solo sirve para dividir a la gente en el momento mismo en que deberíamos estar unidos. Por favor, centrémonos en su lugar en brindar el alivio de COVID que tanto se necesita. Instamos al presidente Biden y al liderazgo en el Congreso a que no impongan a los estadounidenses la desgarradora decisión moral de preservar la vida y la salud de los nacidos o no nacidos, todos los cuales son nuestros vulnerables vecinos necesitados. Pedimos a nuestros líderes que por favor no enfrenten a las personas entre sí de esa manera. Pedimos a todos los miembros del Congreso que incluyan las mismas protecciones contra el financiamiento al aborto que han estado presentes en todos los proyectos de ley de alivio de COVID hasta la fecha y en todos los proyectos de ley de gastos anuales durante casi medio siglo”.  

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[post_title] => El Presidente y Directivos de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de EE.UU. Emiten una Declaración Sobre el Financiamiento al Aborto en el Plan de Rescate Estadounidense [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => el-presidente-y-directivos-de-la-conferencia-de-obispos-catolicos-de-ee-uu-emiten-una-declaracion-sobre-el-financiamiento-al-aborto-en-el-plan-de-rescate-estadounidense [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-05 12:56:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-05 17:56:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126358 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [139] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126354 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-05 12:54:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-05 17:54:42 [post_content] => March 5, 2021 WASHINGTON— Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been joined by the chairmen of seven USCCB committees in a statement on abortion funding in the American Rescue Plan. Joining Archbishop Gomez were Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Justice, Peace and Human Development; Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace; Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland, chairman for the Committee on Catholic Education; Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, chairman of the Committee on Migration. The full statement from the bishops follows: “Our nation needs to heal, come together, and help one another. The American Rescue Plan is an important step in the right direction. It should provide much needed assistance for American families and businesses hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. “However, we are deeply concerned that this important legislation, as written, risks creating new divisions by abandoning a longstanding bipartisan compromise that respects the consciences of millions of Americans. “For 45 years, the United States Congress – whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans – has maintained that taxpayers should not be forced against their conscience to pay for abortions. Abandoning this compromise in a time of national emergency only serves to divide people in the very moment we should be united. Please, let us instead focus on delivering the COVID relief so desperately needed. “We urge President Biden and the leadership on Capitol Hill not to force upon Americans the wrenching moral decision whether to preserve the lives and health of the born or unborn, all of whom are our vulnerable neighbors in need. We ask that our leaders please not pit people against one another in such a way. We ask all Members of Congress to include the same protections against abortion funding that have been present in every COVID relief bill to date, and every annual spending bill for almost half a century." ### [post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairmen Join Statement on Abortion Funding in American Rescue Plan [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairmen-joint-statement-on-abortion-funding-in-american-rescue-plan [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-05 12:54:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-05 17:54:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126354 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [140] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126341 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-04 10:51:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-04 15:51:10 [post_content] => March 4, 2021 WASHINGTON — Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace call for prayer and solidarity with the Holy Father and the people of Iraq: “We call on all the faithful and people of good will in the United States to pray for the success and safety of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq March 5-8 as he stands in solidarity with the local Church and promotes peaceful coexistence among all people of Iraq. “This is the first papal visit to Iraq and presents a critical opportunity to remember the suffering people of Iraq. We share in the Holy Father’s message of solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters who are a part of the rich and ancient cultural fabric of the region and yet have undergone great trials in recent years, dwindling significantly in number amidst much conflict. We commend the good work of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and Catholic Relief Services in Iraq and urge the faithful’s generous support of such organizations on this occasion. “We join our prayers to those of Mary our Blessed Mother, whose name is highly revered among the people of this land, beseeching that the anticipated interreligious meetings will be marked by new pathways of mutual understanding and peace. As Pope Francis exhorts in Evangelii gaudium, may these encounters be marked by ‘an attitude of openness in truth and in love.’” “May this moment in history mark a renewed hope for the Church in Iraq, the rebuilding of this society, and peaceful coexistence for all.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President and International Justice and Peace Chairman Express Solidarity with Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-and-international-justice-and-peace-chairman-express-solidarity-with-pope-francis-apostolic-journey-to-iraq [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-04 10:51:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-04 15:51:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126341 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [141] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126304 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-03 09:24:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-03 14:24:28 [post_content] => March 2, 2021 WASHINGTON— El 2 de marzo, el obispo Kevin C. Rhoades de Fort Wayne-South Bend, presidente del Comité de Doctrina y el arzobispo Joseph F. Naumann de Kansas City en Kansas, presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro-Vida de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB), emitieron una declaración sobre la vacuna Johnson & Johnson contra el COVID-19, recientemente aprobada para su uso en Estados Unidos. “La aprobación de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson contra el COVID-19 para su uso en Estados Unidos vuelve a plantear interrogantes sobre la permisibilidad moral del uso de vacunas desarrolladas, probadas y/o producidas con la ayuda de líneas celulares derivadas del aborto. Las vacunas de Pfizer y Moderna generaron preocupación debido a que se utilizó una línea celular derivada del aborto para probarlas, aunque no en su producción. Sin embargo, la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson se desarrolló, probó y se produce con líneas celulares derivadas del aborto, lo que genera preocupaciones morales adicionales. La Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe ha juzgado que ‘cuando las vacunas contra el COVID-19, que son éticamente irreprochables no están disponibles..., es moralmente aceptable recibir vacunas contra el COVID-19 que han utilizado líneas celulares de fetos abortados en su proceso de investigación y producción’. [1] Sin embargo, si se puede elegir entre vacunas contra el COVID-19 igualmente seguras y efectivas, se debe elegir la vacuna con la menor conexión con las líneas celulares derivadas del aborto. Por lo tanto, si la persona tiene la capacidad de elegir una vacuna, se debe elegir entre las vacunas creadas por Pfizer o Moderna, en vez de la producida por Johnson & Johnson. Mientras que nosotros debemos seguir insistiendo en que las empresas farmacéuticas dejen de usar líneas celulares derivadas del aborto, dado el sufrimiento que está causando esta pandemia a nivel mundial, afirmamos nuevamente que vacunarse puede ser un acto de caridad que responde al bienestar común”. Para conocer mayores detalles, se puede consultar nuestro comunicado de diciembre de 2020, las Respuestas a preguntas éticas clave sobre las vacunas COVID-19, la Nota de la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe y la declaración de la Comisión Covid-19 del Vaticano en colaboración con la Pontificia Academia para la Vida.

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[post_title] => Los Presidentes de los Comités de Doctrina y Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB se Pronuncian Sobre el Uso de la Vacuna de Johnson & Johnson contra el Covid-19 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => los-presidentes-de-los-comites-de-doctrina-y-actividades-pro-vida-de-la-usccb-se-pronuncian-sobre-el-uso-de-la-vacuna-de-johnson-johnson-contra-el-covid-19 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-03 09:24:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-03 14:24:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126304 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [142] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126299 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2021-03-03 07:08:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-03 12:08:27 [post_content] => March 2, 2021 WASHINGTON– On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for use in the United States. “The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States again raises questions about the moral permissibility of using vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with the help of abortion-derived cell lines. “Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has judged that ‘when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.’[1] However, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s. “While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good.” For further details, we refer people to our earlier December 2020 statement, to our Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines, to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith’s Note, and to the statement of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Life. [post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairmen-for-doctrine-and-for-pro-life-address-the-use-of-the-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-03 07:08:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-03 12:08:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126299 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [143] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126289 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-03-02 10:40:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-02 15:40:06 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: March 2, 2021 The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout has released the following statement: “In October 2019, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced that they had made the difficult decision to withdraw from St. Joseph Home in Henrico. Mother Jeanne Mary promised that the sisters would not leave until everything had been fully handed over to a suitable buyer. “Today, the sisters have announced that that day has come. “The special charisms of the Little Sisters of the Poor – the spirit of being a family and creating a home for those in need – will be deeply missed in the Diocese of Richmond, but we fully support the sisters as they discern how their community can provide the best care possible for those to whom they minister. “I offer prayers of gratitude for all the Little Sisters who have served at St. Joseph Home, and I pray that they will find a welcoming family atmosphere wherever they are assigned. I continue to pray for increased vocations to the Little Sisters and to other consecrated religious communities so that their missions may be strengthened in the years to come.” To read the full press release from the Little Sisters of the Poor, click here.

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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on Little Sisters of the Poor Announcing a Buyer for St. Joseph’s Home in Henrico County [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-on-little-sisters-of-the-poor-announcing-a-buyer-for-st-josephs-home-in-henrico-county [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-03-02 10:44:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-03-02 15:44:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126289 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [144] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126235 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-02-24 12:00:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-02-24 17:00:31 [post_content] => February 23, 2021 WASHINGTON—Five committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote a letter to members of Congress opposing the recent reintroduction of the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The bishops warned of the threats posed by the proposed legislation to both people of faith and of no faith, with respect to mandates impacting charities and their beneficiaries in need, health care and other conscience rights, taxpayer funding of abortion, freedom of speech, women’s sports and sex-specific facilities, and more. Their letter explained: “[E]very person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion. This commitment is reflected in the Church’s charitable service to all people, without regard to race, religion, or any other characteristic. It means we need to honor every person’s right to gainful employment free of unjust discrimination or harassment, and to the basic goods that they need to live and thrive. It also means that people of differing beliefs should be respected.” Furthermore, the bishop chairmen asserted, “The [Equality Act] represents the imposition by Congress of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding ‘gender’ on individuals and organizations. This includes dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting ‘gender’ as only a social construct. As Pope Francis has reflected, however, ‘“biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated.” … It is one thing to be understanding of human weakness and the complexities of life, and another to accept ideologies that attempt to sunder what are inseparable aspects of reality.’ Tragically, this Act can also be construed to include an abortion mandate, a violation of precious rights to life and conscience.” “Rather than affirm human dignity in ways that meaningfully exceed existing practical protections, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith,” they concluded. The letter was jointly signed by Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., of Oakland, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The letter is available here. More information and resources related to the USCCB’s stance on the Equality Act may be found here.  

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishop Chairmen Say Equality Act Would Discriminate Against People of Faith and Threaten Unborn Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishop-chairmen-say-equality-act-would-discriminate-against-people-of-faith-and-threaten-unborn-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-24 12:00:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-24 17:00:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126235 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [145] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126184 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-02-18 17:00:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-02-18 22:00:02 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout will participate in the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ “Journeying Together,” an intercultural dialogue for youth and young adults, this Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. The initiative is one of six monthly dialogue sessions convened by the USCCB’s Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. Bishop Knestout, a member of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for African American Affairs, will participate in this month’s online session focusing on the Black/African American family. Individuals will share their experiences, concerns and opportunities for the meeting. “Journeying Together” is based upon an apostolic exhortation Pope Francis wrote following the Synod on Young People that was held in 2018. The document, written in March 2019, is titled ”Christus Vivit, Addressed to youth and young adults, it encourages their engagement in the Church of youth and young adults. To learn more about the “Journeying Together” initiative, click here. Email journeytogether@usccb.org to learn more about the upcoming sessions or to ask questions. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout to Participate in Intercultural Dialogue [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-to-participate-in-intercultural-dialogue [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-18 17:08:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-18 22:08:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126184 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [146] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126084 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-02-15 11:25:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-02-15 16:25:16 [post_content] => The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointments, effective Monday, Feb. 15, 2021: Father Francis Boateng from chaplain of Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, and priest in residence at St. Matthew, Virginia Beach, to administrator of St. Mary, Wytheville, and St. Edward, Pulaski. Father Policarpio Lagco from parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Newport News, to priest in residence at St. Matthew, Virginia Beach. Father Daniel Malingumu as temporary chaplain of Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, in addition to his current role as pastor of Church of the Ascension and dean of Deanery 2.

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces Clergy Appointments [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-announces-clergy-appointments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-17 13:33:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-17 18:33:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126084 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [147] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126073 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-02-11 12:49:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-02-11 17:49:59 [post_content] => February 11, 2021

Bishop Knestout's Message for World Day of the Sick 2021

“On this World Day of the Sick, we are called to pray for many of our brothers and sisters. "We pray for those who are physically ill. We not only place before our Lord those who have COVID, but we pray for all who are undergoing treatment for illnesses that affect their bodies. “We remember the elderly, the weak and the vulnerable, that they receive care that provides them with the healing they seek while respecting their human dignity. “We hold up in prayer the terminally ill, that they no longer see illness and death as a tragic end, but as a heroic passage from this life to eternal life with our loving and merciful God. “We know that illness, like the inevitability of death, challenges our faith like no other experience. Long illness accompanied by extended periods of suffering or pain can produce anger, resentment, despair and isolation. It is a grace of our faith and the presence of God in our lives if we can experience such trial, but come through it with faith, peace, thanksgiving and hope. “We pray for those who suffer from mental illness, especially PTSD and addictions of any kind. May they accept the treatment necessary for them to learn how to live a fruitful life despite their illnesses. “We pray for family members of the sick and for their caregivers. In bringing comfort to those in need, they are following the example of Jesus. May they know that God is always with them and that the Holy Spirit will guide them in the decisions they make and the service they provide. “Finally, we continually offer prayers of thanksgiving for our health care personnel, volunteers, support staff, priests, men and women religious who, as Pope Francis notes 'have helped, treated, comforted and served so many of the sick and their families with professionalism, self-giving, responsibility and love of neighbor… they chose not to look the other way but to share the suffering of patients, whom they saw as neighbors and members of our one human family.'

“As our Church marks this World Day of the Sick, our Holy Father reminds us that we must match our words with actions in reaching out to the sick, that we must personally be the presence of Christ to them.”

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout's Message for World Day of the Sick 2021 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-message-for-world-day-of-the-sick-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-11 12:55:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-11 17:55:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126073 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [148] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 126007 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-02-05 13:27:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-02-05 18:27:02 [post_content] => February 5, 2021 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on passage of death penalty abolition legislation: “We welcome today’s vote by the Virginia House of Delegates to abolish the death penalty, as well as the vote by the Virginia Senate to do so earlier this week. “We offer – and affirm the utmost need for – prayerful support for the families of victims of horrific crimes. We also affirm, with clarity and conviction, the words of the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church': ‘[T]he death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person’ (no. 2267). “The same paragraph of the 'Catechism' also notes, ‘[T]here is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes.’ We see this increasing awareness at work in the many voices that joined together to advocate for this legislation, and ultimately in the votes by the Senate and House in favor of ending the death penalty in Virginia, which has executed more people than any other state. “In the words of Pope Francis, ‘Indeed, nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person. It is an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person; it likewise contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice’ (Remarks to 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty, June 2016). As Pope Francis, his predecessors and the U.S. Catholic bishops have consistently noted, we have other ways to provide punishment and protect society, without resorting to executions. We too have been consistently clear in our stand on the abolition legislation this year and on similar legislation in years past, and in our direct interventions before executions occurred in Virginia and at the federal level.”

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Death Penalty Abolition Legislation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-passage-of-death-penalty-abolition-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-05 13:27:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-05 18:27:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=126007 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [149] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125888 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-02-02 10:57:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-02-02 15:57:26 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_125889" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo/Shalom House)[/caption] For Immediate Release: February 3, 2021 (Richmond, Va.) - Today, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced the pending sale of the Shalom House Retreat Center located in Montpelier, approximately 20 miles outside of Richmond. The 90-acre property has been used as a religious retreat facility for groups and individuals wishing to spend time in prayer and reflection. The Shalom House Retreat Center has run operating deficits in recent years, and the pandemic has also created additional financial shortfalls. As a result of the pending sale, reservations at the Shalom House Retreat Center have been suspended. The new owners are expected to purchase the property for an estimated $900,000. The closing sale is estimated for mid-February. Prior to the property being listed for sale, the diocese consulted with the Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Real Estate Committee and other diocesan advisory bodies. The diocese purchased the property in 1981, and the facility opened its doors as Shalom House in 1983. The diocese continues to own 9.9 acres of land adjacent to the property.

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Statement Regarding Shalom House Retreat Center [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-statement-regarding-shalom-house-retreat-center [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-02 10:57:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-02 15:57:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125888 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [150] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125853 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-29 16:15:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-29 21:15:03 [post_content] => January 29, 2021 WASHINGTON - Yesterday, President Biden released a statement announcing his intention to rescind the current regulation governing the Title X family planning program. The current regulation follows federal law by explaining that abortion cannot be part of a Title X family planning program either by using the same office space, sharing financing, or mandating referrals for abortion. The following statement was issued by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities: “Although the Catholic Bishops have grave concerns about government promotion of contraceptives, we have long supported efforts to ensure that the provision and promotion of abortion is kept physically and financially out of the pre-pregnancy family planning services provided through the Title X program. Abortion takes the life of an already-conceived and growing child, and most Americans agree that abortion should not be used as a method of family planning or as a ‘back up’ for failed family planning. “Title X, therefore, draws a bright line between abortion and family planning. In addition to the program explicitly prohibiting taxpayer funding for abortion, its authors further emphasized this intent by stating that, ‘the funds authorized under this legislation [shall] be used only to support preventive family planning services, population research, infertility services, and other related medical, informational, and educational activities.’ By rescinding this rule, the Administration will be forcing abortion into a pre-pregnancy program specifically designed to exclude abortion; a move which is immoral, impractical, and may also be unlawful.”  

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on White House Action to Rescind Title X Rule [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-pro-life-chairman-on-white-house-action-to-rescind-title-x-rule [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-29 16:15:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-29 21:15:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125853 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [151] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125838 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-29 09:33:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-29 14:33:44 [post_content] => To strengthen and better support the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s parishes and ethnic and college communities, Bishop Barry C. Knestout announced the restructuring of two Pastoral Center offices and the establishment of a new office, effective January 26, 2021. [caption id="attachment_125840" align="alignright" width="200"]
Andrew Waring
[/caption] The Office for Evangelization will now support youth, young adult and campus ministries, and the newly restructured ministries of marriage and family life. A new, stand-alone Office of Social Ministries and Respect Life has been established. Andrew Waring, acting director of the Office for Evangelization, has been promoted to director. He joined the Office for Evangelization in 2014 as associate director for campus ministry. Prior to working at the Pastoral Center, Waring served as the director of campus ministry at Old Dominion University and was employed by the Youth Apostles Institute. He has also served the Catholic Campus Ministry at George Mason University and Marymount University. Waring earned a master’s degree in religious education with a concentration in youth and young adult ministry from Fordham University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and religious studies from James Madison University. [caption id="attachment_125839" align="alignright" width="200"]
Rachael Laustrup
[/caption] The newly structured Office of Social Ministries and Respect Life will support all aspects of social ministries, prison ministry and Respect Life ministries. Rachael Laustrup, associate director of social ministries at the Diocese of Richmond, has been promoted to director of the Office of Social Ministries and Respect Life. She joined the diocese in 2018. Laustrup holds a master’s degree in international human rights from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of San Diego. She also holds certificates in international human rights law and restorative justice ministry. Laustrup has previously worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Micronesia. The Office of Christian Formation has been realigned to incorporate Hispanic Christian formation, previously overseen by the Office of Ethnic Ministries. The Office of Ethnic Ministries will continue to focus on the pastoral, sacramental, devotional, linguistic, cultural and communal support of ethnic groups within the Diocese of Richmond, which includes the Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities. The diocese continues its search for a director of ethnic ministries. The Office for Black Catholics remains unchanged as a stand-alone office supported managerially by the Office of Ethnic Ministries.

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Restructures Pastoral Center Offices [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-restructures-pastoral-center-offices [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-02-02 10:24:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-02-02 15:24:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125838 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [152] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125830 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-28 10:00:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-28 15:00:16 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 28, 2021

Diocesan Review Board Concludes Inquiry into Allegations Against Former Priest, Father Thomas Long

Accusations were made in 2020

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Following a lengthy investigation by the Diocesan Review Board, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has determined that the allegations of child sexual abuse made against Thomas Long, a former priest of the diocese, are not credible. For this reason, Long will not have his name added to the diocesan list of clergy against whom credible and substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse have been made. Long voluntarily left active ministry in 1988.

On June 8, 2020, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced it had received a report of allegations of child sexual abuse against the former priest. The allegations were reported to civil authorities. In accordance with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” the diocese conducted an internal investigation of the allegations involving Long. The information gathered was presented to the Diocesan Review Board, which reported its findings and recommendations to Bishop Knestout. The bishop accepted their recommendations and concluded that the allegations were not credible. Just as the diocese strives to remain transparent when child sexual abuse allegations are brought forward, the diocese will also publicly clear the accused of any wrongdoing when an accused is subjected to unsupported allegations. The diocesan Child Protection Policy can be viewed online at: https://richmonddiocese.org/diocesan-policies/

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[post_title] => Diocesan Review Board Concludes Inquiry into Allegations Against Former Priest, Father Thomas Long [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocesan-review-board-concludes-inquiry-into-allegations-against-former-priest-father-thomas-long [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-28 10:47:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-28 15:47:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125830 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [153] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125793 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-27 08:00:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-27 13:00:40 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 27, 2021 “As we mark the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we have many for whom to pray: For the woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy, that she will choose life for her child, and for legislative representatives that they enact legislation to protect the lives of all people — from conception to natural death. “Our commitment to life begins with the child in the womb, but it does not end there. It continues with our commitment to health care, adequate food and housing, and quality education. It requires stewardship of our environment and includes advocating for abolition of capital punishment and for dignity in dying a natural death. “Today, as we remember the unborn, let us remember that to be truly “pro-life” is to be respectful and protective of all human life.”  

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[post_title] => Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-barry-c-knestout-on-the-48th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-26 16:30:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-26 21:30:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125793 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [154] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125814 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-26 18:45:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-26 23:45:30 [post_content] => January 26, 2021 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on today’s Virginia House of Delegates passage of abortion expansion legislation: “Today, the House of Delegates made the tragic decision to expand drastically abortion coverage in Virginia’s health benefits exchange. This legislation is identical to the bill the Senate passed that permits plans participating in the exchange to cover abortion for any reason, funded in significant part with Virginians’ tax dollars. Taxes pay for managing the exchange, and for subsidizing health plans of tens of thousands of low- and middle-income Virginians using the exchange to provide healthcare for themselves and their families. "Replacing the current life-saving restrictions on abortion with a policy of abortion coverage without limits in our state exchange is drastic, dangerous and will result in the tragic end to more unborn lives. Though this bill has passed, advocacy against future threats to life and dignity is essential. Therefore, we encourage all to continue in the active participation of the faithful in our two dioceses in this advocacy. If you have not already done so, please visit vacatholic.org to join our Conference’s email network to receive critical alerts and updates. "As the U.S. bishops’ Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship statement highlights, ‘The obligation to participate in political life is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do’ (no. 13). Every day, without discouragement, may we each continue to advocate with relentless determination for life and dignity. Our baptism calls us to do no less.”

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia House of Delegates Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-virginia-house-of-delegates-passage-of-abortion-expansion-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-27 12:45:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-27 17:45:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125814 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [155] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125782 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-26 13:49:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-26 18:49:54 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 26, 2021 Bishop Barry C. Knestout has issued the following statement regarding Catholic Schools Week, which will be celebrated from Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2021: “As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded of the gift that our Catholic schools are, not only to our Church, but to our communities in what they provide. “First and foremost, they provide faith formation — formation steeped in Scripture and Church teaching — for more than 8,400 children and youth in our diocese. “They provide quality education in all subject areas, preparing future generations to use their God-given skills and talents to the best of their abilities. “Service is part of our Catholic schools’ curriculum. Students are taught to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. They are taught that charity and service to the poor and vulnerable are life-long commitments. “During this week, let us give thanks to God for our Catholic schools, especially for the parents, teachers, principals, staffs, students, alumni and donors who compose the fabric of those schools.”  

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[post_title] => Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Catholic Schools Week 2021 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-barry-c-knestout-on-catholic-schools-week-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-27 10:25:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-27 15:25:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125782 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [156] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125768 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-25 13:00:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-25 18:00:18 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 25, 2021 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has begun a review into allegations of child sexual abuse made against a Jesuit priest, Thomas P. McDonnell, S.J., during his time in the Diocese of Richmond at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Henrico County. Father McDonnell served at that parish between 1996-2003. Father McDonnell denies the allegations. According to the provincial for the USA East Province of Jesuits, Father McDonnell, 83, is not currently serving in ministry and has not been in public ministry since October 2020, which is prior to the time the allegation was received. The diocese has not reached any conclusions regarding these allegations. Rather, this statement serves to announce the beginning of its inquiry into the allegations. Until this inquiry concludes, the accused is given a presumption of innocence unless the preponderance of evidence from the investigation would indicate otherwise. The diocese has also notified the civil authorities. The diocese takes allegations of child sexual abuse very seriously, and Bishop Knestout acknowledges the great courage it takes for individuals to come forward to report allegations of this nature. Very Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, provincial of the USA East Province of the Jesuits, has prohibited Father McDonnell from any public ministry while the allegations are being reviewed. As part of the Church inquiry into the allegations, the Diocesan Review Board will make recommendations to Bishop Knestout. Based upon its findings, the Diocesan Review Board’s recommendations will assist Bishop Knestout with an appropriate response to the allegations. Then, Bishop Knestout will make a final determination and advise the provincial of the same. Any questions related to Father McDonnell’s other assignments should be directed to the USA East Province of Jesuits’ director of communications at mgabriele@jesuits.org. Individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese should report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096, and by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim’s Assistance Reporting number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org to report sexual abuse.

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Begins Review into Allegations Against Inactive Jesuit Priest [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-begins-review-into-allegations-against-inactive-jesuit-priest [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-25 13:00:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-25 18:00:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125768 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [157] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125745 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-01-22 17:43:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-22 22:43:15 [post_content] => January 22, 2021 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on today’s Virginia Senate passage of abortion expansion legislation: “We express our deep disappointment with today’s Virginia Senate vote to infuse the Commonwealth’s health benefits exchange with abortion for any reason, funded in significant part with Virginians’ tax dollars. Created pursuant to the federal Affordable Care Act, the health exchange is a virtual ‘marketplace’ for those shopping for health insurance. Taxes pay for managing the exchange, and for subsidizing health plans of tens of thousands of low- and middle-income Virginians using the exchange to provide healthcare for themselves and their families. Ten years ago, our Virginia Catholic Conference advocated – and succeeded in attaining – an important provision keeping most abortions out of the exchange. Keeping taxpayer-subsidized abortion-on-demand out of the exchange is consistent with the federal Hyde Amendment, in place for more than four decades and which most Americans support. Tragically, the Senate today took a far different path. Replacing the current life-saving restrictions on abortion with a policy of abortion coverage without limits in our state exchange is drastic, dangerous and will result in the tragic end to more unborn lives. We understand the House of Delegates will be voting on this policy next week. We urge them to reject this abortion expansion and preserve the sensible, life-affirming health exchange policy Virginia has had for the past 10 years. Abortion is not healthcare; it ends lives instead of healing them.  We express our deep disappointment with this vote on a very solemn day in U.S. history.  On this day when we reflect in particular on the more than 60 million unborn lives lost since the Roe v. Wade decision, and on every day, we continue to advocate with relentless determination for healthcare that affirms every life, born and unborn.”

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia Senate Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-by-bishop-burbidge-and-bishop-knestout-on-virginia-senate-passage-of-abortion-expansion-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-22 17:43:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-22 22:43:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125745 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [158] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125678 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-20 16:07:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-20 21:07:04 [post_content] => January 20, 2021 “We as Catholics, no matter what our political beliefs, pray with and for our new president as he is inaugurated into office. We are one nation under God, and it is incumbent upon us, as people of faith, to entrust our leaders to God’s care. “We pray that all civic leadership can work through differences and that unity and civil conversations may help move our country in the direction that demonstrates our witness to the Gospel. “We ask our Blessed Mother, to whom our nation is entrusted, to intercede and bless our president as well as all national leaders, that they lead with integrity and truth, and that they pursue and preserve justice for all. May the Holy Spirit strengthen them with wisdom and continue to bless our nation.”  

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Statement on Inauguration of 46th President of the United States [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement-on-inauguration-of-46th-president-of-the-united-states [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-20 16:07:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-20 21:07:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125678 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [159] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125659 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-20 14:56:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-20 19:56:54 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout has made the following clergy appointment, effective Friday, Jan. 15, 2021: Very Rev. Eric J. Ayers, V.F., dean of Deanery 1 and pastor of Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk, has been appointed as episcopal vicar of the Eastern Vicariate. Father Ayers will continue in his current role as dean until a new dean is named. He will remain pastor of Blessed Sacrament.

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces Appointment of New Epsicopal Vicar of Eastern Vicariate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-announces-appointment-of-new-epsicopal-vicar-of-eastern-vicariate [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-20 15:23:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-20 20:23:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125659 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [160] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125579 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-01-17 20:58:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-18 01:58:31 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 18, 2021 “Today, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy is a testament to the fact that change for the good is always possible because God is always with us. “In the times of uncertainty and anxiety the nation is facing due to the pandemic and civil unrest, we do well to remember the words of Dr. King: "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate…." “Jesus taught us to love one another, as love has the power to transform hearts. As my brother bishops wrote in “Open Wide Our Hearts, a pastoral letter on racism, “to do justice requires an honest acknowledgement of our failures and the restoring of right relationships between us…to love goodness demands pursuing ‘what leads to peace and to building up one another.’” (Rom 14:19) “We acknowledge that to truly move forward as the Body of Christ, past racial injustices in this country and within the Church must be recognized. In the last year, we have held prayer services for healing, and our parishes have organized events dedicated to addressing and resolving issues of racism and injustice. While these efforts do not erase those sins, they are a start to healing our individual and collective hearts.”

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[post_title] => Statement from Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Martin Luther King Day 2021 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-of-catholic-diocese-of-richmond-on-martin-luther-king-jr-day-2021 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-18 09:35:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-18 14:35:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125579 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [161] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125556 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-14 11:20:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-14 16:20:47 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 14, 2021 RICHMOND, Va. – The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, announces that the Catholic Diocese of Richmond remains in compliance with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The report from the independent auditor covers the 2019-2020 audit period. The diocese has remained in compliance since the initial audit in 2004. The report and its findings demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the diocese to the protection of children, youth and vulnerable from sexual abuse. As part of this commitment, diocesan policies on safe environment and conduct were strengthened with the promulgation of the Code of Ethical Conduct in February 2020. The compliance notification comes from Stonebridge Business Partners, Rochester, N.Y., which conducts the yearly audits for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of Child and Youth Protection. You can read the letter of compliance here. The diocese will participate in an on-site audit in 2021, which is conducted every third year.

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[post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Remains in Compliance with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-remains-in-compliance-with-the-charter-for-the-protection-of-children-and-young-people [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-14 11:20:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-14 16:20:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125556 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [162] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125536 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2021-01-12 16:39:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-12 21:39:57 [post_content] => As the Diocese of Richmond’s bicentennial commemoration was coming to a close, a statue of the diocese’s patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul, was unveiled, dedicated and blessed outside the Pastoral Center, Tuesday, Jan. 12. The livestreamed ceremony took place on the third anniversary of Bishop Barry C. Knestout’s installation as the 13th bishop of the diocese. During his remarks, the bishop noted that St. Vincent de Paul “is venerated as the apostle of charity as well as the father of poor because he heroically proclaimed the Gospel especially to those in need.” Bishop Knestout noted that the second bishop of the diocese, Bishop Richard Vincent Whelan, likely chose St. Vincent de Paul to be the diocesan patron during the 1840s. “The characteristics of the Catholic Church in Virginia at that time and for much of our history — rural, missionary and poor — closely aligned with the ministry and legacy of St. Vincent,” the bishop said. In blessing the statue, Bishop Knestout prayed, “We ask St. Vincent de Paul to intercede for the Church of Richmond so that we may fulfill the exhortation of St. Paul, our bicentennial theme, ‘Shine like stars in the world, as you hold fast to the word of life.’” Speaking about the statue at the conclusion of the event, Father Anthony E. Marques, chair of the Bicentennial Task Force, “This is a beautiful monument to the faith of the diocese and a source of inspiration for all who work here and visit here.” [post_title] => St. Vincent de Paul Statue Added to Pastoral Center Landscape [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => st-vincent-de-paul-statue-added-to-pastoral-center-landscape [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-13 08:58:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-13 13:58:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125536 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [163] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125460 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2021-01-08 12:34:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-08 17:34:45 [post_content] =>

You're Invited!

Join Us by Livestream for this Special Event

 St. Vincent de Paul Statue Dedication in Honor of our Bicentennial

All are welcome and invited to join His Excellency, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout by livestream in recognition of our Jubilee Year as we dedicate the statue of St. Vincent de Paul, patron of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

The live-stream will be broadcast on our YouTube and Facebook pages. You can also visit our livestream page to connect as well.

    [caption id="attachment_125474" align="alignleft" width="391"] Bishop Knestout is pictured in front of the St. Vincent de Paul statue located in Roanoke following the Bicentennial Mass celebrated Sept 26, 2020, at St. Andrew's Parish. Bishop Knestout will dedicate and bless a new statue of St. Vincent de Paul, the diocese's patron saint, Jan. 12, 2021, outside the Pastoral Center in commemoration of our jubilee celebration and in preparation of the close of the Bicentennial.[/caption]   "How consoled you will be at the hour of death for having consumed your life for the same reason for which Jesus Christ gave His life — for charity, for God, for the poor."
— St. Vincent de Paul
[post_title] => Dedication of St. Vincent de Paul Statue in Commemoration of Our Bicentennial Year [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dedication-and-blessing-of-st-vincent-de-paul-statue-in-commemoration-of-our-bicentennial-year [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-08 22:36:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-09 03:36:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125460 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [164] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125465 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2021-01-08 08:24:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-08 13:24:46 [post_content] => WASHINGTON – Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 28 to Friday, January 29, 2021 marking the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 60 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States. Each January, the National Prayer Vigil for Life is hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America’s Office of Campus Ministry to pray for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. While thousands of pilgrims typically attend the vigil in person each year, the Basilica will not be open to the public for the 2021 vigil due to local attendance restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. In response, this year, for the first time ever, in addition to the televised Mass, bishops in dioceses across the country will be taking turns leading live-streamed holy hours every hour on the hour throughout the all-night vigil. The vigil will begin with a live broadcast at 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 28 from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. with a rosary, followed by Mass opening the National Prayer Vigil for Life. The principal celebrant and homilist for the opening Mass will be Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, who is chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). After the Mass and throughout the night, holy hours led by bishops from various dioceses around the country will be broadcast on the USCCB’s website. The vigil concludes at 8:00 AM on Friday, January 29 with Mass celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. “Now, more than ever, our nation is in need of prayer for the protection of the unborn and the dignity of all human life,” said Archbishop Naumann. “I am happy to be joined by bishops in dioceses across the country who are hosting pro-life prayer events, including during the overnight hours of Eucharistic adoration. I invite all Catholics to spend time with Our Lord and join in this nationwide vigil for life.” The schedule of the 2021 National Prayer Vigil for Life is listed below. (All times are in Eastern Time.) Thursday, January 28: 8:00 PM National Rosary for Life 8:30 PM Opening Mass with Archbishop Naumann 9:45 PM Holy Hour for Life 11:00 PM ~ Live-stream of holy hours throughout the night Friday, January 29: ~ 8:00 AM Closing Mass with Archbishop Lori The live television broadcasts on January 28 from 8:00-11:00 PM and on January 29 from 8:00-9:00 AM will be provided by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and will also be available via live-stream on the Basilica’s website. Live-streaming information for the overnight bishop-led holy hours from various dioceses will be provided on the USCCB’s website.

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WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol:

“I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety.

“The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation. In this troubling moment, we must recommit ourselves to the values and principles of our democracy and come together as one nation under God. I entrust all of us to the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May she guide us in the ways of peace, and obtain for us wisdom and the grace of a true patriotism and love of country.”    

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USCCB Media Contact: Chieko Noguchi #202-541-3200

[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President Condemns Violent Protests and Prays for Safety as Chaos Threatens U.S. Capitol [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-condemns-violent-protests-and-prays-for-safety-as-chaos-threatens-u-s-capitol [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-01-07 17:36:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-01-07 22:36:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125455 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [166] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125056 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-12-15 13:58:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-12-15 18:58:22 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has announced today (Dec. 15, 2020) that an individual who previously came forward and accused a retired diocesan priest of child sexual abuse has recanted the accusations. The allegations were made earlier this year against Father William Dinga Jr. This recantation by the alleged victim exonerates Father Dinga of these accusations. Father Dinga adamantly denied and maintained his innocence concerning the allegations, which arose from alleged conduct at Christ the King Catholic Church in Norfolk in 1986, when they were brought to the attention of the diocese. Just as the diocese strives to remain transparent when child sexual abuse allegations are brought forward, the diocese will also publicly clear the accused of any wrongdoing when an accused is subjected to mistaken or unsupported allegations. Father Dinga, who obtained a medical retirement in 1990, was ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond in 1975. As a result of Father Dinga’s exoneration of these charges, the diocese has restored him to the previous position and status he held with the diocese prior to the now recanted allegations.

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[post_title] => Recent Allegations Against Retired Priest, Father William Dinga Jr., Renounced by Individual Accuser [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => recent-allegations-against-retired-priest-father-william-dinga-jr-renounced-by-individual-accuser [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-12-15 13:58:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-12-15 18:58:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=125056 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [167] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 125048 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-12-14 13:01:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-12-14 18:01:47 [post_content] => December 14, 2020 WASHINGTON– On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement, the bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions. With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they concluded: “In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines. “Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the bishops found it to be “more morally compromised” and consequently concluded that this vaccine “should be avoided” if there are alternatives available. “It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others,” the bishop chairmen stated. “In such a case … it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.” At the same time, the bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.” The full statement from the bishop chairmen may be found here.

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December 9, 2020 Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin

Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Richmond, "Juanita ... I am the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God ... It is my ardent desire that a church be erected here so that in it I can show and bestow my love, compassion, help, and protection to all who inhabit this land and to those others who love me." The Virgin Mary addressed these words to St. Juan Diego in 1531 on the outskirts of Mexico City. Since then, countless people in the Americas, the Philippines, and elsewhere have venerated Our Lady of Guadalupe with great love and trust. Understanding how important this devotion is, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, 2020. An indulgence (Latin: indulgentia, meaning "kindness") is one way to cleanse the "residue" of sin. The Church defines an indulgence as "the remission before God of temporal punishment for sins whose guilt is already forgiven" (Code of Canon Law, canon 992). Temporal punishment helps free a sinner from earthly (temporal) desires. In granting an indulgence, the Church pays a person's debt of temporal punishment by drawing on the infinite value of Christ's suffering, along with the good works, sufferings, and prayers of the Virgin Mary and all the saints. The faithful can obtain, at home, the indulgence associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe in the following way:
  1. Prepare an altar or a place of prayer in the home dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  2. Watch, with devotion, a televised or livestream Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the Diocese of Richmond, parishes are permitted to celebrate an anticipated (vigil) Mass for the feast on December 11, or to celebrate the feast on December 12.
  3. In addition to the repentance for sin, a desire to love God and neighbor more, and prayer for the intentions of the pope, to complete the other usual conditions for a plenary indulgence when health conditions make it possible to do so: sacramental confession, attendance at Mass in person, and reception of Holy Communion.
"Is it not I, your Mother, who is here? Are you not under my protection?" The words of Our Lady of Guadalupe spoken to St. Juan Diego reassure us today. The plenary indulgence associated with this feast day is an opportunity to draw closer to God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe always protect us.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverent Barry C. Knestout Bishop of Richmond

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Statement on Holy See’s Report on Theodore McCarrick

Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

  November 10, 2020 I welcome the report of the Holy See’s investigation into its knowledge and decision-making regarding Theodore McCarrick during his long career as a priest, bishop, and cardinal. We are studying these findings, and we are grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral concern for the family of God in the United States and his leadership in calling the Church to greater accountability and transparency in addressing issues of abuse and the mishandling of abuse claims at every level. This is another tragic chapter in the Church’s long struggle to confront the crimes of sexual abuse by clergy. To McCarrick’s victims and their families, and to every victim-survivor of sexual abuse by the clergy, I express my profound sorrow and deepest apologies. Please know that my brother bishops and I are committed to doing whatever is in our power to help you move forward and to ensure that no one suffers what you have been forced to suffer. To all those who have suffered abuse by a priest, bishop, or someone in the Church, I urge you to report this abuse to law enforcement and to Church authorities. You can find detailed information on how and where to report abuse at www.usccb.org/committees/protection-children-young-people/how-report-abuse. This report underscores the need for us to repent and grow in our commitment to serve the people of God. Let us all continue to pray and strive for the conversion of our hearts, and that we might follow Jesus Christ with integrity and humility.

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English

Comunicado sobre el Reporte de la Santa Sede en relación con Theodore McCarrick

Reverendísimo José H. Gomez Arzobispo de Los Ángeles Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos

  10 de noviembre de 2020 Recibo con satisfacción el informe de la investigación de la Santa Sede sobre su conocimiento y toma de decisiones en relación con Theodore McCarrick durante su larga carrera como sacerdote, obispo y cardenal. Nosotros estamos estudiando estos hallazgos y nos sentimos agradecidos con nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, por su preocupación pastoral por la familia de Dios en Estados Unidos, y por su liderazgo al llamar a la Iglesia a tener una mayor responsabilidad y transparencia al abordar los problemas de abuso y el mal manejo de los reclamos de abuso a todos los niveles. Este es otro trágico capítulo en la larga lucha de la Iglesia para enfrentar los crímenes de abuso sexual por parte del clero. A las víctimas de McCarrick y sus familias, y a todas las víctimas sobrevivientes de abuso sexual por parte del clero, les expreso mi más profundo pesar y mis más sinceras disculpas. Por favor sepan que mis hermanos obispos y yo estamos comprometidos a hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para ayudarlos a seguir adelante y así mismo a asegurarnos de que otros no sufran lo que ustedes se han visto forzados a sufrir. A todos aquellos que han sufrido abusos por parte de un sacerdote, obispo o alguien de la Iglesia, los insto a que denuncien este abuso a las autoridades policiales y eclesiásticas. Usted puede encontrar información detallada sobre cómo y dónde denunciar el abuso en www.usccb.org/committees/protection-children-young-people/how-report-abuse. Este informe resalta la necesidad que tenemos de arrepentirnos y de crecer en nuestro compromiso de servir al pueblo de Dios. Vamos a continuar orando y esforzándonos por la conversión de nuestro corazón y para que podamos seguir a Jesucristo con integridad y humildad.

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Mass, Holy Hour Pinnacle of Bicentennial Eucharistic Congress

By Brian Olszewski, editor, The Catholic Virginian | November 7, 2020 While much of the Diocese of Richmond’s first Eucharistic Congress was virtual, the Mass and the Holy Hour on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, were live. The Mass at St. Peter’s Church, Richmond, was concelebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States; Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Cardinal-designate Willton D. Gregory of Washingon; Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, and several other bishops. [caption id="attachment_124690" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout was the principal celebrant at the diocese’s Eucharistic Congress Mass at St. Peter Pro-Cathedral, Richmond, Saturday, Nov 7. Concelebrating, from left, are Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States; Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Washington; Bishop Knestout; Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore; and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] During his homily, reflecting on Mark 16:15-20, Bishop Knestout said that the people of the diocese have been carrying out the great mission on which Jesus sent the apostles. “The people of the Diocese of Richmond have done this for 200 years — taught the faith, brought unity to broken world, ministered to the weak, vulnerable and sick, and have gathered to carry out the faith, hope and charity to which we are called.” The bishop emphasized that the Eucharist is a “blessing” and a “gift from God.” “We are nourished in the presence and glory of God,” he said. “By our reception of the Eucharist and by our and adoration of the Lord present in his Body and Blood, we taste the first fruits of heaven.” [caption id="attachment_124692" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Eighty people were in attendance at each liturgy of the Diocese of Richmond's first Eucharistic Congress on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Bishop Knestout expressed gratitude for what the diocese has accomplished in its history. “We are deeply, profoundly grateful as we celebrate 200 years of faith and charity in the Commonwealth of Virginia, that in communion with God and with one another and in fulfilling the Church’s mission, we have assisted in the work of the Church to transform our culture and commonwealth to image more beautifully, more fully, the Gospel and the love of Christ,” he said. Near the end of Mass, Bishop Knestout read the decree he signed on Oct. 28 noting the historical significance of St. Peter’s Church as the diocese’s first cathedral, dedicated in 1834, would now be known as a pro-cathedral. Later that morning, a Holy Hour was held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. In his homily, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington delivered the homily prior to a eucharistic procession on Cathedral Place. “We also acknowledge that the celebration occurs at a time when our nation is experiencing so much turmoil and unrest and witnessing many evils and injustices. Now, more than ever, it is Jesus we must bring into our streets and communities in the sure and certain hope that he will heal, renew and unite us,” he said. “That is what we will actually do today: carry Jesus in a eucharistic procession on our streets and into a world desperately in need of his presence and saving work.” [caption id="attachment_124691" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bishop Knestout led a eucharistic procession on Cathedral Place in downtown Richmond during the Holy Hour, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Bishop Burbidge said the procession was a reminder how the faithful should live. “Today, all in the Diocese of Richmond, allow Jesus to carry you as you embark on a bright and promising future,” he said. “Entrust your cares, burdens and crosses to the Lord in the firm belief that he sustains, nourishes and carries us here on earth so that we, who are united to him, may reach the final destination for which we all long: life with him in heaven.”

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  [post_title] => Mass, Holy Hour Highlight Eucharistic Congress [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mass-holy-hour-highlight-eucharistic-congress [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-09 15:29:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-09 20:29:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124668 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [174] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124656 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-11-07 20:49:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-11-08 01:49:25 [post_content] => November 7, 2020  WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement on the 2020 presidential election:  We thank God for the blessings of liberty. The American people have spoken in this election. Now is the time for our leaders to come together in a spirit of national unity and to commit themselves to dialogue and compromise for the common good.  As Catholics and Americans, our priorities and mission are clear. We are here to follow Jesus Christ, to bear witness to His love in our lives, and to build His Kingdom on earth. I believe that at this moment in American history, Catholics have a special duty to be peacemakers, to promote fraternity and mutual trust, and to pray for a renewed spirit of true patriotism in our country.  Democracy requires that all of us conduct ourselves as people of virtue and self-discipline. It requires that we respect the free expression of opinions and that we treat one another with charity and civility, even as we might disagree deeply in our debates on matters of law and public policy.  As we do this, we recognize that Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States. We congratulate Mr. Biden and acknowledge that he joins the late President John F. Kennedy as the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith. We also congratulate Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, who becomes the first woman ever elected as vice president.  We ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of this great nation, to intercede for us. May she help us to work together to fulfill the beautiful vision of America’s missionaries and founders — one nation under God, where the sanctity of every human life is defended and freedom of conscience and religion are guaranteed. 

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Catholic Diocese of Richmond Holds First Eucharistic Congress as Part of Bicentennial Celebration

Highlights Include Keynote Presentation from Cardinal-Designate Wilton D. Gregory, Virtual Mass and Holy Hour

(RICHMOND, Va.) - The Catholic Diocese of Richmond will host its first Eucharistic Congress, the pinnacle of the bicentennial celebration in 2020, during the weekend of Nov. 6-7. Originally planned to take place at the Richmond Convention Center, the event was adapted to meet COVID-19 precautions to protect clergy and the faithful. [caption id="attachment_124653" align="alignright" width="412"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout[/caption] “Our desire to highlight the goodness and beauty of our faith expressed over 200 years has been constantly before us. At the same time, I could not fail to add the setting for these celebrations as we have experienced a jarring contrast, between the celebration we desire, and the anxieties that a historic situation of a pandemic and shutdowns have placed before us,” explained Bishop Barry C. Knestout. “We have adapted the plans for this Eucharistic Congress because of these challenging circumstances. The greater portion of this Congress is taking place virtually.” Friday night will begin with opening remarks from Bishop Knestout at 7:30. Keynote presentations in English and Spanish will begin at 8 p.m. Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Washington, will be the keynote speaker for the English track. Bishop Luis R. Zarama of Raleigh will be the keynote speaker for the Spanish track. Bishop Knestout will be the principal celebrant at 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church, Richmond, on Saturday, Nov. 7. Readings will be done in Spanish and Vietnamese to reflect the diversity of the diocese. “For over 200 years the people of the Church of Richmond have transformed the unforgiving, hostile wilderness and vast territory of the diocese into a refuge of the presence of God,” said Bishop Knestout. “For over 200 year the Church of Richmond has brought the unity of the faith to the chaotic broken world, so that the power of God would conquer everything that harms the dignity of the human person.” A Holy Hour for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, at 11 a.m. Parishes across the Diocese of Richmond are encouraged to hold a Holy Hour as a coordinated effort for the faithful who are unable to attend the Eucharistic Congress in person. Among the leaders of the Catholic Church who will be in attendance for this historic event include Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States of America; Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore; and Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, archbishop of Washington. Nationally known speakers will present on the bicentennial themes of communion and mission in English, Spanish and Vietnamese on Saturday afternoon. Virtual activities and tracks for children, persons with disabilities, youth and young adults will also be available. A schedule of events and additional information about the speakers and presentations is available here. Media are invited to tune into the live broadcast of the virtual Mass and Holy Hour on the diocesan Facebook page.  

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[post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Urge the Supreme Court to Preserve the Right of Catholic Foster Care Agencies to Serve [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-urge-the-supreme-court-to-preserve-the-right-of-catholic-foster-care-agencies-to-serve [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-04 14:26:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-04 19:26:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124605 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [178] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124530 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-29 14:41:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-29 18:41:15 [post_content] => The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Caroline Mae (née Lucci) Knestout on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Mrs. Knestout, mother of Bishop Knestout, passed away peacefully at age 93 on Wednesday, Oct. 21, surrounded by her family. [caption id="attachment_124532" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout with his mother, Caroline Knestout, on the day of his installation as the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, Jan. 12, 2018. (Photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard)[/caption] The Mass, celebrated at St. Pius X Church, Bowie, Md., where Mrs. Knestout was a member for many years, was livestreamed. You can watch the Mass on our YouTube channel. Bishop Knestout served as the principal celebrant for the Mass. His brother, Rev. Mark Knestout, along with priests from the Diocese of Richmond and Archdiocese of Washington concelebrated the Mass with him. [caption id="attachment_124531" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Father Mark Knestout, Caroline Knestout and Bishop Barry C. Knestout at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, in 2018. (Photo/Jaclynn Lippelmann/Catholic Standard)[/caption] Memorial donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Martin’s Home, 601 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore,  Md., 21228-3630 or by clicking here. Bishop Knestout's homily from the funeral Mass and Mrs. Knestout's full obituary can be found in his Christ Our Hope column in the Nov. 2 issue of The Catholic Virginian. Please continue to keep the Knestout family in your prayers.  

John 14: 1-3

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go and prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

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[post_title] => Bishop Knestout Celebrates Mass of Christian Burial for His Mother, Caroline Knestout [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-celebrates-mass-of-christian-burial-for-his-mother-caroline-knestout [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-29 16:09:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-29 20:09:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124530 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [179] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124514 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-26 15:01:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-26 19:01:07 [post_content] => October 26, 2020 I offer warm congratulations to Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, on his elevation to the College of Cardinals. Through this appointment, the Holy Father has named the first African American a cardinal, which is a significant event in the life of the universal Church. I am praying for the continued leadership of Cardinal-designate Gregory’s ministry during this joyous time and beyond.

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[post_title] => Statement from Bishop Knestout on the Appointment of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the College of Cardinals [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-knestout-on-the-appointment-of-archbishop-wilton-d-gregory-to-the-college-of-cardinals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-26 15:04:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-26 19:04:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124514 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [180] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124501 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-26 10:46:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-26 14:46:51 [post_content] => October 25, 2020 WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement following the naming of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis today. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: “By naming Archbishop Wilton Gregory as a Cardinal, Pope Francis is sending a powerful message of hope and inclusion to the Church in the United States. As a former president of our national bishops’ conference, Archbishop Gregory displayed generous and principled leadership. The naming of the first African American cardinal from the United States gives us an opportunity to pause and offer thanks for the many gifts African American Catholics have given the Church. Please join me in praying for the continued ministry of Archbishop Gregory.”

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  [post_title] => Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President Upon the Naming of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the College of Cardinals [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-u-s-bishops-president-upon-the-naming-of-archbishop-wilton-d-gregory-to-the-college-of-cardinals [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-26 10:46:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-26 14:46:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124501 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [181] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124485 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-10-24 13:03:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-24 17:03:40 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: October 24, 2020

Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement Following Recent News Coverage of Pope Francis’ Film “Francesco” and Comments Within the Film Regarding Civil Unions

(RICHMOND, Va.) – I’d like to take this opportunity to provide clarity on recent reports shared about the Holy Father and comments attributed to him in a documentary film titled “Francesco.” Context is crucial in understanding what Pope Francis said. As we learn more in which the manner of the 20 second clip is edited, it’s important to remember there has been no change in Catholic Church teaching regarding marriage. The reflections by the Holy Father were not statements within an encyclical, apostolic letter nor has there been any adjustment to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.* Our Holy Father has consistently upheld church teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. (CCC 1660) Nothing he is reported to have said should indicate that he strayed from that teaching. What should be noted in his words are the pastoral care and concern that he expresses. His statement is in keeping with the Church’s teaching that all people are to be treated with the dignity, respect and compassion that is rooted in the Gospel, since we are all created in God’s image. (CCC 2358). Let us continue to hold the Holy Father in prayer.

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*The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) is a book containing the fundamental beliefs and essential content of Catholic faith and morals. [post_title] => Statement from Bishop Knestout Concerning Remarks Attributed to Pope Francis [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-knestout-concerning-remarks-attributed-to-pope-francis [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-24 13:03:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-24 17:03:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124485 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [182] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124480 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-23 13:04:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-23 17:04:20 [post_content] => WASHINGTON (CNS) —As it did in 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging people of faith to take part in an election novena beginning Oct. 26 and ending Nov. 3, Election Day. A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered Nov. 4, the day after the election. “Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, four years ago our conference offered an electronic ‘Election Novena’ to help Catholics prepare for the 2016 election,” the USCCB said. “Shared through social media and various email lists, the prayer effort was widely popular with the laity and very much appreciated by clergy, who are often asked to promote more partisan or issue-specific prayer campaigns,” it added in a letter sent by about a dozen USCCB committee chairmen to all U.S. bishops. The signers’ committees represent the broad range of issues reflected in the novena intentions: cultural diversity, migration, international and domestic justice and peace, pro-life activities, racism, Catholic education, catechesis and evangelization, the promotion and defense of marriage, religious liberty, and family life and youth. The website https://www.usccb.org/2020-election-novena has the daily intentions, a link to sign up to receive the intentions daily by email as well as links to PDFs of the intentions in English and Spanish and to other resources including the bishops’ quadrennial statement: “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” Participants are encouraged to pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be after each day’s intention. The daily intentions are as follows: Day One, Monday, Oct. 26: As we prepare for the national, state and local elections, in the midst of a global pandemic, may our political engagement be guided by our Catholic faith. Day Two, Tuesday, Oct. 27: In this month of the Holy Rosary, may Our Blessed Mother guide us in confronting racial inequalities and restoring peace in our communities. Day Three, Wednesday, Oct. 28: May all Americans recall the necessity of dialogue, civility and humility in this election season. Day Four, Thursday, Oct. 29: May all people understand the moral and ethical dimensions of political decisions and decide accordingly. Day Five, Friday, Oct. 30: May voters and elected leaders uphold the dignity of every human life in their political engagement. Day Six, Saturday, Oct. 31: May Catholics recall all aspects of Catholic social teaching as they consider their votes. Day Seven, Sunday, Nov. 1: May there be a transformation of politics to focus on the dignity of the human person and the common good. Day Eight, Monday, Nov. 2: May we keep in mind the gift of religious freedom and our duty to defend and exercise it as faithful citizens. Day Nine, Tuesday, Nov. 3: Today, as we approach the polls, may we understand and embrace the principles of our faith that should guide our political engagement. The closing prayer for Nov. 4 is: May the leaders elected this week be guided by the Holy Spirit as they fulfill their positions. [post_title] => Election Novena will begin on Oct. 26 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => election-novena-will-begin-on-oct-26 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-23 13:04:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-23 17:04:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124480 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [183] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124363 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2020-10-15 10:34:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-15 14:34:08 [post_content] =>

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Para su publicación inmediata: 15 de octubre de 2020

Independent Reconciliation Program Concludes for Catholic Diocese of Richmond

La Administradora del Programa Independiente Ofrece Pagos Monetarios a las Víctimas Sobrevivientes Elegibles

La Diócesis de Richmond publicó hoy un informe resumido que concluye su Programa de Reconciliación Independiente ("Programa") - un programa diseñado para ayudar en la sanación de quienes fueron abusados sexualmente como menores por clero católico.  El programa, administrado independientemente, se anunció el 17 de febrero de 2020 y se concluyó el 15 de octubre de 2020. En total, el Programa proporcionó compensación a 51 personas que calificaron según los criterios del Programa. Los fondos para el Programa de Reconciliación Independiente fueron provistos por el Programa de Seguros de la Diócesis de Richmond, un préstamo y contribuciones de órdenes religiosas, cuando fue apropiado. Para financiar el Programa no se utilizó ningún dinero destinado para las parroquias, la Campaña Anual Diocesana, la campaña "Vivir Nuestra Misión", tampoco se usó la dotación o contribución restringida de los donantes. Para leer el informe resumido del Programa, visite. "Este Programa es una forma de contrición a través del cual nuestra iglesia está tratando de reparar el daño y superar el distanciamiento que ha ocurrido debido al abuso sexual de menores por parte del clero", dijo el Obispo Barry C. Knestout.  "Es parte del compromiso que hice hace más de dos años de que la Diócesis de Richmond proveería una señal tangible, una expresión práctica para lograr la sanación de las víctimas sobrevivientes. Aunque ningún pago monetario compensará jamás lo que experimentaron las víctimas sobrevivientes, creo que el Programa de Reconciliación Independiente es una forma y el mejor curso para que nuestra diócesis exprese justicia". Todos los detalles del Programa fueron manejados por la Administradora de Reclamos Independientes, Lynn Crowder Greer de BrownGreer PLC, una firma con base en Richmond que se especializa en programas de reclamos importantes. Las víctimas sobrevivientes presentaron sus reclamos a BrownGreer y la Administradora de Reclamos determinó quiénes recibirían las ofertas y en qué cantidad. La Diócesis de Richmond no tuvo ninguna participación en la evaluación de los reclamos ni en los montos monetarios ofrecidos por cada reclamo. El Obispo Knestout anima a quien conozca algún caso de mala conducta o abuso por parte de un clérigo o representante de la diócesis a que lo denuncie. La persona que haya sido abusada sexualmente por un sacerdote, diácono, religioso, empleado laico o voluntario de la diócesis debe denunciar el abuso directamente a las autoridades correspondientes: a los Servicios de Protección Infantil (CPS, por sus siglas en Inglés) al 1-800-552-7096, y llamar a la Línea Directa de Abuso del Clero del Procurador General al 1-833-454-9064. También se anima a los individuos a que llamen al número confidencial de 24 horas de Asistencia a las Víctimas al 1-877-887-9603 o escriban al correo electrónico vac@richmonddiocese.org para denunciar casos de abuso sexual. La diócesis de Richmond continúa proporcionando recursos a las víctimas sobrevivientes para ayudarles en su proceso de sanación. Para más información, por favor visite: www.assistance.richmonddiocese.org.

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En Español

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2020 Independent Program Administrator Distributes Monetary Payments to Qualifying Victim Survivors The Catholic Diocese of Richmond today released a summary report concluding its Independent Reconciliation Program (“Program”) - a Program designed to assist in the healing of those who endured child sexual abuse committed by Catholic clergy.  The independently administered program was announced Feb. 17, 2020 and concluded Oct. 15, 2020. In total, the Program provided compensation to 51 individuals who qualified under the Program’s criteria. Funds for the Independent Reconciliation Program came through the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s self-insurance program, a loan and contributions from other religious orders, where appropriate. No money contributed to parish offertories, the Annual Diocesan Appeal, the Living our Mission campaign or any donor-restricted endowments or contributions was used to fund the Program. To read the Program summary report, visit: https://assistance.richmonddiocese.org/ “This Program is a form of contrition through which our church is trying to repair the injury and overcome the estrangement that has occurred due to clergy sexual abuse of minors,” said Bishop Barry C. Knestout.  “It is part of the commitment I made more than two years ago that the Diocese of Richmond would provide a tangible sign, a practical expression to bring about healing for victim survivors. While no monetary payment will ever compensate for what victim survivors experienced, I believe the Independent Reconciliation Program is one way and the best course for our diocese to express justice.” All Program details were handled by the independent Claims Administrator, Lynn Crowder Greer of BrownGreer PLC, a Richmond-based firm that specializes in major claims programs. Victim survivors submitted claims to BrownGreer and the Claims Administrator determined who would receive offers and in what amount. The Diocese of Richmond did not have any input into the evaluation of claims or the monetary amounts offered for each claim. Bishop Knestout encourages anyone who knows of any misconduct or abuse on the part of a cleric or representative of the diocese to report it. Individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the diocese should report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096, and by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim’s Assistance Reporting number at 1-877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org to report sexual abuse. The diocese continues to provide resources to victim survivors to assist them on their journey toward healing. To find more information please visit: www.assistance.richmonddiocese.org. [post_title] => Independent Reconciliation Program Concludes for Catholic Diocese of Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => independent-reconciliation-program-concludes-for-catholic-diocese-of-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-15 10:35:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-15 14:35:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124351 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [185] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124248 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-05 16:16:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-05 20:16:00 [post_content] => On Sunday, Oct. 4, Bishop Knestout traveled to Crozet, where he officially named the existing Crozet Catholic Community to Our Lady of the Rosary in honor of the upcoming feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7. He celebrated 1:30 p.m. Mass at the Crozet Baptist Church, which the community has been using the building since March due to COVID-19 restrictions. Following Mass, Bishop Knestout and about 40 members of the community walked to a site where they hope they will one day purchase land to build a church. During the walk, Msgr. Timothy Keeney, pastor of the mission, and Father Chris Masla, parochial vicar, led the group in praying a decade of the rosary and chanted the Litany of Saints. At the site, Bishop blessed the people gathered. This is the first naming of a Catholic community since Bishop Knestout was installed as Bishop of Richmond. (Photos/Mark Gormus) [caption id="attachment_124249" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout celebrated 1:30 p.m. Mass at Crozet Baptist Church, Sunday, Oct. 4, where the community has celebrated Mass since March due to COVID-19 precautions.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_124250" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Msgr. Timothy Keeney, pastor of the mission, receives a blessing from Bishop Knestout before proclaiming the Gospel at Mass, Sunday, Oct. 4.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_124251" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout distributes communion at the 1:30 pm. Mass, Sunday, Oct. 4.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_124252" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Msgr. Timothy Keeney and Father Chris Masla led a procession of Crozet parishioners to the site where the community hopes to eventually purchase land on which to build a church. Msgr. Keeny and Father Masla led parishioners in praying a decade of the rosary and chanting the Litany of Saints.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_124253" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout followed the procession from Crozet Baptist Church to the site where Our Lady of the Rosary Community in Crozet hopes to one day purchase land to build a church.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_124254" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout gives a blessing to parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Community in Crozet, VA, Sunday, Oct. 4.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_124255" align="aligncenter" width="889"] Bishop Knestout blesses parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary Community in Crozet on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.[/caption] [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Names Our Lady of the Rosary Community in Crozet [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-names-our-lady-of-the-rosary-community-in-crozet [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-05 16:19:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-05 20:19:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124248 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [186] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124221 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-05 14:59:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-05 18:59:35 [post_content] => October 4, 2020 WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement today welcoming Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: “On behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States, I welcome the Holy Father’s new encyclical letter on human fraternity. Like Laudato Si’ before it, Fratelli Tutti is an important contribution to the Church’s rich tradition of social doctrine. “Pope Francis’ teaching here is profound and beautiful: God our Father has created every human being with equal sanctity and dignity, equal rights and duties, and our Creator calls us to form a single human family in which we live as brothers and sisters. “God’s plan for humanity, the Pope reminds us, has implications for every aspect of our lives — from how we treat one another in our personal relationships, to how we organize and operate our societies and economies. “In analyzing conditions in the world today, the Holy Father provides us with a powerful and urgent vision for the moral renewal of politics and political and economic institutions from the local level to the global level, calling us to build a common future that truly serves the good of the human person. “For the Church, the Pope is challenging us to overcome the individualism in our culture and to serve our neighbors in love, seeing Jesus Christ in every person, and seeking a society of justice and mercy, compassion and mutual concern. “I pray that Catholics and all people of good will reflect on our Holy Father’s words here and enter into a new commitment to seek the unity of the human family.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President Welcomes "Fratelli Tutti," Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Human Fraternity [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-welcomes-fratelli-tutti-pope-francis-encyclical-on-human-fraternity [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-05 14:59:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-05 18:59:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124221 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [187] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124228 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-10-01 15:07:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-10-01 19:07:05 [post_content] => October 1, 2020 WASHINGTON - As soon as today, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider House Democrats’ new COVID-19 aid package, the revised Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The bill includes $225 billion for education, including $182 billion for K-12 schools. However, the bill provides no equitable services for students in non-public schools and maintains language that prohibits any funds from being used to provide financial assistance to non-public school children. This has the effect of excluding virtually any aid to students, families, and teachers in non-public schools. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ of Oakland, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, made the following statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all Americans, including those whose children are enrolled in Catholic and non-public schools. It is unconscionable that this latest aid proposal would exclude these American children and the schools they attend from emergency aid that would ease the financial burdens they have borne as a result of the pandemic. The pandemic’s economic devastation has already led to the closure of at least 150 Catholic schools, many in low-income areas that serve children of color. Congress and the White House must come together to support emergency aid that prioritizes the health and safety of all students, including non-public school children and the nearly two million students enrolled in Catholic schools.” The USCCB supports robust education aid for all students and has asked the Congress to include the bipartisan School Choice Now proposal in any COVID aid package. School Choice Now would provide emergency tuition scholarships to hard-hit families. The USCCB has also advocated for equitable services for Catholic and other non-public schools. Non-public schools have had access to equitable services since 1965 and have been included in all recent federal emergency aid bills until now. Recent Statements by the U.S. Bishops on Emergency Relief for Catholic Schools: