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                    [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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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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(Photos/ Brian T. Olszewski)

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en español

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. 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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 ) [8] => 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 ) [11] => 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] => 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 ) [13] => 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 ) [14] => 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 ) [15] => 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 ) [18] => 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 ) [19] => 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 ) [20] => 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 ) [21] => 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 ) [22] => 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 ) [23] => 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 ) [24] => 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 ) [26] => 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 ) [27] => 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 ) [28] => 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 ) [29] => 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 ) [30] => 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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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 ) [34] => 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 ) [35] => 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 ) [36] => 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 ) [38] => 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 ) [39] => 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 ) [44] => 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 ) [45] => 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 ) [46] => 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 ) [48] => 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 ) [49] => 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 ) [50] => 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 ) [51] => 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 ) [54] => 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 ) [56] => 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 ) [57] => 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 ) [58] => 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 ) [59] => 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 ) [60] => 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 ) [61] => 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 ) [62] => 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 ) [63] => 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 ) [64] => 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 ) [65] => 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 ) [66] => 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 ) [67] => 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 ) [68] => 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 ) [69] => 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 ) [70] => 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 ) [71] => 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 ) [72] => 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 ) [73] => 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 ) [74] => 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 ) [75] => 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 ) [76] => 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 ) [77] => 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 ) [78] => 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 ) [79] => 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 ) [80] => 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 ) [81] => 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 ) [82] => 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 ) [83] => 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 ) [84] => 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 ) [85] => 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 ) [86] => 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 ) [87] => 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 ) [88] => 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 ) [90] => 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 ) [91] => 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 ) [98] => 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 ) [102] => 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 ) [103] => 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 ) [104] => 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 ) [105] => 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 ) [106] => 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 ) [107] => 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] =>

English

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 ) [109] => 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 ) [110] => 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’ Virtual Rosary on the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-virtual-rosary-on-the-memorial-of-our-lady-of-the-rosary [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-30 14:01:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-30 18:01:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124168 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [113] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124144 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-28 10:24:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-28 14:24:27 [post_content] => **Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Roanoke, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.  I want to begin by first highlighting the statue of St. Vincent de Paul and his relics that we have here near the sanctuary, as we celebrate this Mass and the feast of St. Vincent de Paul in anticipation today. Certainly tomorrow would normally be the feast, and we are asking all the parishes during the weekend to say this Mass as a recognition of his patronage, his prayers for us as a diocese, as a local church, and the importance of our charitable efforts - reaching out to those who are poor and vulnerable in our midst as an expression of our life as Catholics. And that’s been consistent through the history of this local Church. That statue, I am told, may have been from an orphanage that was named in honor of St. Vincent de Paul in the area. That’s an earlier occasion. I’m hoping that’s correct, but I am getting some word from one of our historians about that. I’m grateful, as I said at the beginning, for the priests who have joined us here, certainly Father Kevin as the episcopal vicar for the western region, Western Vicariate, as well as Father Mike Boehling, our vicar general, and Father Tony Marques, who is the rector of our cathedral. Priests, deacons, brothers and sisters, those in consecrated life. “Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!...The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love…” This reading that we hear today on this feast, “Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!” that we care within our hearts. Joy, as we express love for one another, and that joy comes from our union, communion with Christ, and is inspiring our mission to carry out the mission. Among those aspects of our mission is charity. Today we celebrate not only the third of our regional bicentennial Masses, this one for the Western Vicariate, but we do so in conjunction with the feast of St. Vincent De Paul. Today we celebrate the feast of our patron because of his own concern for the poor. He was certainly aware in his life, was interested in forming priests and those who would serve the Church, and very much had a deep love for all the poor and wanted to find ways to encourage men and women in the Church to care for the poor. How Vincent de Paul became the patron saint of the diocese is not fully known. So I’ll reflect a little bit on the history there as we also reflect on our charitable efforts in this diocese. The earliest mention of his patronage is back in 1843, during the tenure of Richard Vincent Whelan, who was the second bishop of Richmond, who in some ways was kind of the refounding bishop, after about 20 years, from 1821-1841, where there was not a local bishop. We were still reverted back to the care of the metropolitan there in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. So when Bishop Whelan was named, it is sometime during his tenure that St. Vincent de Paul became the patron of the diocese, was named such. So it is likely that Bishop Whelan is the one that named him, or at least pointed that out. Bishop Whelan’s formation for the priesthood occurred first at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which also happens to be my alma mater. There, Bishop Whelan encountered the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, who I believe also served here in the Western region as well as in the rest of the diocese, these Daughters of Charity. And the Daughters of Charity were under the guidance of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton. As many know, the Daughters were originally founded by St. Vincent DePaul and St. Louise de Marillac. Later, Whelan studied at St. Sulpice in France and was ordained as a priest in 1831, just a few years before he became bishop here. In 1831, he was ordained as a priest in France in Versailles. His ordination year coincided with the founding of the St. Vincent De Paul Society in France. So with these experiences in Whelan’s own background, he may have been aware, studying in France and being ordained there, may have been aware of the newly formed St. Vincent DePaul Society. If not, he certainly would have been familiar with the French schools of spirituality and with French saints. That awareness was brought to Mount Saint Mary’s and to the mountain regions of the Eastern U.S. in the 1790s by expatriates from France who were escaping the French Revolution, some of the persecutions that were occurring there against clergy. And among them was Father John DuBois, who was the founder of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. So Bishop Whelan, studying there, would have encountered this spirituality and had a sense and a connection with the Church in France. In the 1830s, well before he was named bishop of Richmond, Father Whelan was working in mission territories of the mountains from the Alleghenies in Pennsylvania through the Cotoctins of Maryland and to the Appalachians of West Virginia and western Virginia, here, our own regions of this diocese where we celebrate this Mass. So, he was very familiar with the situation of the Catholic Church in Virginia, and especially in its western regions. In fact, he had a great love for that, Bishop Whalen did, for the Church here. The first mention of the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul for the diocese  occurs during Bishop Whelan’s tenure when the saint’s patronage was referred to indirectly as already recognized. In 1843, Bishop Whelan asked Propaganda Fide, that’s the department, the office, in Rome responsible for the oversight of mission territories. And the Church in the U.S. was mission territory for many years, I think even up until around WWII. And he asked which readings should be used in the Breviary for the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, who he indicated was patron of the Diocese of Richmond. So that’s our first indication. In 1853, Pope Pius IX, in response to a request from Whelan’s successor, Bishop John McGill, declared that Vincent de Paul remained as the patron of the Diocese of Richmond even after the Diocese of Wheeling had sprung forth from the Diocese of Richmond and was newly formed. And, of course, Bishop Whelan was named the first bishop there to govern that local Church. So there we hear early on as Bishop Whelan was transferred that St. Vincent was very much understood and recognized as the patron of this diocese. Now, it was the middle name of Bishop Whelan, his familiarity with French spirituality, knowing well of St. Vincent de Paul’s legacy of caring for the poor and disenfranchised, it was clear that because of his own personal devotion, his practical experience and recognizing what at the time was the poverty, the real challenges faced by the Church in Virginia and especially in the west. Knowing of the poverty of the people here in terms of our Church and experience, it seems very appropriate and understandable that St. Vincent de Paul would be named our patron. Because of his care for the poor and his interest in spreading the Gospel, the Good News. An example of St. Vincent’s inspiration is the presence and activity to this day of the St. Vincent de Paul Society throughout the diocese. It actually was formed here back in 1865, right after the Civil War. It formed in Virginia. And immediately in the years that followed, up to the 1920s, early 1920s, that St. Vincent de Paul Society gave rise to Catholic Charities and was actually the precursor to Catholic Charities in the diocese and all the legacies of charitable works that continue on. The Vincent de Paul Society strengthens the holiness of its members by encouraging and supporting them in a life of charity, taking place in the context of practical aid to the poor. And it seems to me that so many examples can be found of this local Church of how that practical aid to the poor is carried out and expressed and carries forward the mission of the Church in a beautiful way here. We hear in the Scriptures today, “Brothers (and sisters)…Not many of you are wise…not many are influential….not many are wellborn. God…chose the worlds lowborn and despised, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who were something; so that mankind can do no boasting before God.” So we see here the preference of sense that our mindset and our hearts should be with those who are poor and in need. The characteristics of the Catholic Church in Virginia from the 1820s to the 1840s was rural, missionary and poor — as much of it is even today in the west and throughout the diocese - there is that rural aspect to our diocese. And these demographics closely align with the ministry and legacy of Vincent de Paul. At the time of Bishop Whelan’s arrival as bishop in Richmond in 1841, there were only 9,000 Catholics through the diocese, about eight churches, six priests scattered through this whole territory that reached from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Ohio Valley in terms of West Virginia and Virginia today – a huge amount of territory which would be daunting under the best of circumstances and certainly at that time with the limits of transportation was a great challenge. Most of the parishes were composed at the time of Irish, French and German immigrants, who were poor and most of these, those who were gathered in ways outside of Richmond, Norfolk and Alexandria, they resided in these western regions of the diocese. And they were here because they were building infrastructure – canals, roads, and later the trains that came through, the railroads, to help in the building and the connecting of East and the West and access to that, and so very important in that legacy. We hear in the Scriptures, “Jesus toured all the towns and villages. He taught in their synagogues, he proclaimed the good news of God’s reign, and he cured every sickness and disease. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity…” Over time, several institutions in the diocese were named after St. Vincent de Paul: schools; orphanages, as I mentioned earlier; the first Catholic hospital in Virginia, in Norfolk in 1855, which is today DePaul Medical Center; a parish church in Newport News in 1891. Now, this diocese in our own present day, even without the territory of West Virginia, has 142 parishes, almost 25 schools, nursing and elderly care facilities, two regional Catholic Charities organizations, dozens of charitable ministries – soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and Haitian ministries, just to name a few – that are carried out by our parishes and our people every day to recognize this need to be present to, care for and reach out to the poor. And to do so is integral to our mission, integral to who we are as Catholics. It seems especially suitable that the theme we emphasize today is a part of our theme for the bicentennial year - communion and mission. In a particular way, we lift up and recognize this charitable mission of the Church and the call we each receive as disciples to be instruments of charity. The Church in Richmond has always been characterized by a significant participation of lay men and women in the life and mission of the Church, especially in the area of charitable works. It was in the past and it is so now. I say that charity exercised by an active, devoted, faith-filled laity of this diocese, under the spiritual care of devoted religious and clergy, is not only the past historic legacy of the diocese, it is the aspect of the mission that has flourished the most and continues, vibrant and effective, today. So, it is especially appropriate that in commemoration of St. Vincent de Paul’s feast and his patronage, this year will not only mark this jubilee Mass, but also include an Octave of Service, even with the limits of COVID-19. An Octave of Service throughout the diocese, starting tomorrow, September 27, and going until October 4. During this eight-day period, parishes, campus ministries and schools are organizing to carry out service projects, to build within our hearts the virtue of charity, to care for the poor who are our midst, and to benefit our wider communities. Teaching the faith, celebrating the sacraments and doing works of charity is the mission of the Church. Many times in our history, we have struggled with expansive geography, with scattered numbers of Catholics, being a small minority within the commonwealth, a small percentage of the population. And we’ve struggled with the lack of enough clergy and religious to minister to the spiritual needs of God’s people here. But despite these historic struggles and challenges, as we mark 200 years, we are blessed with the generosity of clergy from all over the world, our international clergy who serve in our parishes, as well as local clergy and local vocations. We are blessed with 23 men studying for the priesthood here within the diocese, as well as the many priests who have gone before, been ordained, who serve here. So also, we are blessed with a dedicated, generous faith-filled laity. Active lay participation and large numbers of vocations, these are sure signs of devotion, spiritual maturity, in the diocese among the people of our local Church. And that gives us great hope for the future as a local Church. With gratitude today for all that has been accomplished in 200 years in works of charity in this diocese, we echo the words of the Gospel today as well. Not only do we point out and express gratitude to God for this legacy of mission, carrying out the mission of charity, but we also look to the future with hope and joy, but also anticipation of much more work yet to be done. So we repeat these words, “The harvest is good, but laborers are scarce. Beg the harvest master to send out laborers to gather his harvest.” So we do that today in our prayer in the eucharist. We do that each day as we gather, ask the Lord by his grace to assist us to carry forward that mission, that legacy we reflect on and celebrate today but also that is expressed in the present and that we’re called to carry out in the future. We ask for the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul to carry out that mission effectively with gratitude in our hearts, always with hope and with joy. **A story about the Bicentennial Regional Mass in the Western Vicariate will appear in the Oct. 5 issue of The Catholic Virginian.  [post_title] => Bishop Knestout's Homily from the Bicentennial Mass in the Western Vicariate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestouts-homily-from-the-bicentennial-mass-in-the-western-vicariate [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-29 10:25:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-29 14:25:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124144 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [114] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124086 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-22 15:49:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-22 19:49:50 [post_content] => September 22, 2020 WASHINGTON —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 in response to the federal executions scheduled this week: “In the last 60 years, before the Trump administration restarted federal executions, there were only four federal executions. Since July, there have been five, which is already more federal executions than were carried out in any year in the last century. There are two more federal executions scheduled this week. “After the first murder recorded in the Bible, God did not end Cain’s life, but rather preserved it, warning others not to kill Cain (Gn. 4:15). As the Church, we must give concrete help to victims of violence, and we must encourage the rehabilitation and restoration of those who commit violence. Accountability and legitimate punishment are a part of this process.  Responsibility for harm is necessary if healing is to occur and can be instrumental in protecting society, but executions are completely unnecessary and unacceptable, as Popes St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis have all articulated. “We say to President Trump and Attorney General Barr: Enough. Stop these executions.” For additional USCCB statements and resources on the death penalty and the recent resumption of federal executions:
  • In July of 2019, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, then-chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the administration to abandon plans to resume federal executions.
  • In October 2019, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane participated in a roundtable discussion for the World Day Against the Death Penalty.
  • Archbishop Coakley, Archbishop Gregory, and Bishop Dewane co-authored an op-ed in America Magazine in December 2019.
  • The USCCB restated its opposition to the death penalty in an amicus curiae brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2020.
  • Archbishop Coakley called on Attorney General Barr and President Trump to reverse course on the executions after the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of the death row inmates in June 2020.
  • Archbishop Coakley and Archbishop Naumann issued a statement in August 2020 urging the administration to stop the executions.
  • A USCCB action alert continues to allow Catholics to raise their voices in opposition to the death penalty.

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[post_title] => Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen on Federal Executions Scheduled This Week [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-u-s-bishop-chairmen-on-federal-executions-scheduled-this-week [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-22 15:49:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-22 19:49:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124086 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [115] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124063 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-21 16:04:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-21 20:04:18 [post_content] => On Sunday, Sept. 20, Bishop Barry C. Knestout dedicated St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Charlottesville, the new Romanesque-style church bordered by the University of Virginia, at the 5:15 evening Mass with approximately 300 in attendance. The Mass was concelebrated by Father Michael Boehling, vicar general; Msgr. R. Francis Muench, episcopal vicar for the Central Vicariate; Dominican Father Joseph Barranger, parish pastor; clergy from the Dominican Friars who will staff the parish; and many diocesan clergy. [caption id="attachment_124064" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bishop Knestout anoints the altar of St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Charlottesville, with sacred chrism. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] This is Bishop Knestout’s first dedication of a newly built church building in our diocese since 2017. The church, built for $10.6 million and funded by parishioners and benefactors, has seating for more than 1,100 and replaces two previous buildings that the Catholic community had outgrown since its establishment in 1943. [caption id="attachment_124065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bishop Knestout places holy relics within the altar of St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish. Relics of St. Thomas Aquinas and five other saints were sealed within the altar during the dedication Mass on Sept. 20. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] The Mass and Rite of Dedication included the handing over of the church by presenting the architectural plans, keys, book of all construction workers’ names and a scroll of benefactors, first to the bishop and then the pastor; the blessing of the people, walls and altar with holy water; placing and sealing into the altar the holy relics of Sts. Dominic, Thomas Aquinas, Maria Goretti, Martin de Porres, Albert the Great and Elizabeth Ann Seton; anointing the altar and walls with sacred chrism (holy oil); incensing the altar, people and walls; and lighting the altar candles and dedication candles. The final act was incensing, Adoration of and reposing the Most Blessed Sacrament into the Tabernacle for the first time. A story on the dedication of St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish will appear in the Oct. 5 issue of The Catholic Virginian. [caption id="attachment_124066" align="aligncenter" width="388"] Due to COVID restrictions, approximately 300 people were in attendance for the Mass during which Bishop Knestout dedicated St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, Charlottesville, Sept. 20. The new church has seating for more than 1,100 people. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Dedicates Newly Built St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-dedicates-newly-built-st-thomas-aquinas-university-parish-in-charlottesville [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-23 13:08:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-23 17:08:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124063 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [116] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 124031 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-21 09:46:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-21 13:46:41 [post_content] => "We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, Sept. 26, 2013     Prior to Election Day on Nov. 3 and done every election year, the Virginia Catholic Conference has prepared voter education resources to help Catholics vote with an informed conscience. Bishop Knestout and Bishop Burbidge have written a joint pre-election letter about the importance of faithful citizenship and the call to love one another even when we disagree. You can read the bishops' letter on the VCC website.
Visit the VCC website for voter guidelines, which include guidelines for political activities for parishes and other Catholic entities!   Learn more about the teaching document for Catholics on political responsibility by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español) Summary documents on Forming Faithful Citizenship can be found here: This two-part summary is also available in Spanish:   For more information on faithful citizenship and political responsibility for voting, please visit the Civilize It website. REMINDER: The Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington authorize parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the Virginia Catholic Conference and the USCCB. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use. Below is a side-by-side comparison of the two presidential candidates. It is also available en español.  

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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 Provides Voter Resources for Nov. 3 Election [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => vcc-provides-voter-resources-for-nov-3-election [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-11 18:15:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-11 22:15:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=124031 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [117] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123950 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-15 17:13:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-15 21:13:13 [post_content] => The seven new solar projects currently underway in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond have been nominated as a “Project of the Year” from Solar Builder Magazine! From now until Sept. 27, you can vote ONCE PER DAY for our diocese to win in the C&I (rooftop) category. To vote, click here to access the Solar Builder Magazine website. Click “C&I (rooftop)" in the list of categories, scroll to the bottom of the category, select “Catholic Diocese of Richmond” from the drop-down menu, and click the Submit button! For more information on the seven diocesan entities transitioning to solar power, please read our press release and the story from The Catholic Virginian! [post_title] => Diocese of Richmond Nominated as a Project of the Year from Solar Builder Magazine [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocese-of-richmond-nominated-as-a-project-of-the-year-from-solar-builder-magazine [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 10:22:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 15:22:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123950 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [118] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123934 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-14 15:48:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-14 19:48:56 [post_content] => Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (OLMC) in Newport News has been named to the Cardinal Newman Society's Catholic Education Honor Roll. OLMC is the first school in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and one of only 12 elementary schools to receive this distinction. https://youtu.be/BytMNt-ujs4   For more information, please read the press release. Additionally, a story will appear in the Sept. 21 issue of The Catholic Virginian. [caption id="attachment_123937" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (Photo/Our Lady of Mount Carmel School)[/caption] [post_title] => Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Recognized by Cardinal Newman Society for Catholic Education and Identity [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => our-lady-of-mount-carmel-school-recognized-by-cardinal-newman-society-for-catholic-education-and-identity [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-14 16:09:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-14 20:09:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123934 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [119] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123772 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-09-01 11:29:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-09-01 15:29:54 [post_content] => September 1, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, respective chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, issued a pastoral message for the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: “September 1 marks the five-year anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church. On this day last year, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to observe the Season of Creation – an ecumenical initiative that begins September 1 and ends on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – through increased prayer and a simpler lifestyle. “Once again, we unite in prayer with the Holy Father, who reminded us that ‘every member of the human family can act as a thin yet unique and indispensable thread in weaving a network of life that embraces everyone.’ To weave the network of life, we set our sights on the ‘Author of Life’ (Acts 3:15) and pray for help to heal our ailing planet. “We invite every Catholic and all people of good will who care for our common home in the United States to increase efforts towards ecological conversion during this Season of Creation. May our prayers and our witness reflect the words and deeds of Jesus, who ‘went about doing good and healing’ (Acts 10:38).” Resources for responding to the moral and spiritual challenges of the ecological crisis can be found here.

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[post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Issue Statement for Fifth World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-issue-statement-for-fifth-world-day-of-prayer-for-the-care-of-creation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-01 11:29:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-01 15:29:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123772 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [120] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123668 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-08-28 08:57:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-08-28 12:57:59 [post_content] => The diocesan Office for Black Catholics sponsored a Prayer Service for Racial Healing at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, on June 11, 2020. You can watch the prayer service on our YouTube channel.
August 27, 2020 WASHINGTON - This Friday, August 28 marks the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. In this historic address, he proclaimed that when the builders of our nation wrote the words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, “they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism offered a reflection on Dr. King’s iconic words on the anniversary: “That promissory note must be satisfied. On this Friday’s anniversary, in the midst of our country’s ongoing racial unrest, we restate our commitment to peacefully seeking racial justice. We stand in solidarity with Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, which serves the City of Kenosha, who earlier this week said, ‘Violence can never be the means to attain peace and justice. The Church stands as a beacon of hope. The sins of violence, injustice, racism, and hatred must be purged from our communities with acts of mercy, with the protection and care for the dignity of every human person, with respect for the common good, and with an unwavering pursuit of equality and peace.’ “We reiterate the value of those whose human life and dignity in this country are marginalized through racism and our need to fight for them including the unborn. Considering the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and in other cities across the nation, we urge all people of faith to observe August 28 or the Feast of St. Peter Claver on September 9 as a day of fasting and prayer. We urge Catholics to consider attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and offer your participation in reparation for sins of racism to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We invite the faithful to also consider praying the rosary, the USCCB’s Prayer Service for Racial Healing, and for the intercession of the saints who have fought for racial equality such as St. Katharine Drexel and St. Peter Claver. We must continue to engage the battle against the current evils of our society and in the words of Dr. King, refuse to believe ‘that the bank of justice is bankrupt.’ Dr. King’s dream, as he himself said, is deeply rooted in the American Dream. Let us not forget the price that he and so many courageous witnesses of all faiths and creeds paid to bring us to this moment.”

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[post_title] => In Wake of Kenosha Violence, U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Committee Against Racism Urges Day of Prayer and Fasting [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => in-wake-of-kenosha-violence-u-s-bishops-chairman-for-committee-against-racism-urges-day-of-prayer-and-fasting [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-28 14:21:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-28 18:21:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123668 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [121] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123658 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-08-27 14:35:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-08-27 18:35:40 [post_content] => August 27, 2020 WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement praying for the lives and safety of all those in the path of Hurricane Laura as it makes landfall in the Gulf Coast: “On behalf of my brother bishops in the United States, I am praying for the safety and well-being of everyone in the path of Hurricane Laura. May God protect their families and their homes and their livelihoods. We pray especially for first responders and health care and emergency workers. I urge our Catholic faithful and all people of good will across the country to stand in solidarity with the communities that will be hard hit by this storm and to please be generous in providing assistance. We entrust all our brothers and sisters in harm’s way to the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Blessed Mother, and we ask her intercession to lessen the damage and ease the suffering caused by this storm.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President Prays for Life and Safety as Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-prays-for-life-and-safety-as-hurricane-laura-makes-landfall [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-27 14:35:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-27 18:35:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123658 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [122] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123092 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-08-06 16:31:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-08-06 20:31:07 [post_content] => August 6, 2020 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 the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement in solidarity with Lebanon after the explosion in the Port of Beirut: “The world watched with shock and horror the catastrophic explosion in the Port of Beirut Tuesday. Over 135 have died, thousands are injured, and the suffering has only begun to be told. “Lebanon was already reeling from economic and government corruption along with the novel coronavirus pandemic. The plight of the Lebanese people is now even more dire. We received Lebanon’s patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai’s Appeal to the Nations of the World with fraternal love and solidarity. We encourage Catholics and all people of good will to pray for the afflicted and give generously to Catholic Relief Services’ Lebanon disaster response at www.crs.org. In addition, we call on the U.S. government to accelerate any and all humanitarian assistance to Lebanon in this hour of critical need. “Joining in Pope Francis’ prayer Wednesday that Lebanon may ‘overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing’ and beseeching the intercession of Our Lady of Lebanon, we place our sure hope in Him who reconciles all things unto himself.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President and International Justice and Peace Chairman Join in Solidarity with the Suffering of Lebanon After Explosion in the Port of Beirut [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-join-in-solidarity-with-the-suffering-of-lebanon-after-explosion-in-the-port-of-beirut [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-06 16:31:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-06 20:31:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123092 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [123] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123647 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-08-03 09:47:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-08-03 13:47:05 [post_content] => Bishop Knestout has written a letter to the faithful about the Diocese of Richmond's ongoing response to the abuse crisis and the steps the diocese has taken to ensure the protection of children and rebuild trust in the Church. Please read Bishop's letter here.  [post_title] => Accountability in the Church: A Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Knestout [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => accountability-in-the-church-a-letter-to-the-faithful-from-bishop-knestout [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-27 09:52:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-27 13:52:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123647 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [124] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 123033 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-31 11:43:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-31 15:43:38 [post_content] => July 31, 2020 WASHINGTON – Catholic schools, especially those serving urban areas have been disproportionately impacted in the ongoing fallout of the novel coronavirus. Three bishop chairmen of committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have sent a letter to Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting support for black families in Catholic schools as the U.S. Congress debates the next COVID relief package. Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. of Oakland and chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux and chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago and chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs addressed the crisis facing Catholic schools, especially those serving urban areas, and asked members of the Congressional Black Caucus to support aid to low-income families in the form of tuition scholarships. “As the impact of the coronavirus has disproportionately affected the black community, the same is true for our Catholic schools that serve predominately black communities, and we are imploring your help for these families who have sought a Catholic education for their children,” the bishops wrote. They continued, “Catholic schools are facing a crisis at this very moment. Over one hundred-thirty schools have already announced permanent closure, including schools in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, New Jersey, and New York. These closures are disproportionately harmful to low-income and black children that are educated in urban schools. A recent survey of Catholic school principals showed that currently 10% are uncertain about their ability to open in the fall; this equals over 500 Catholic schools and thousands of families in turmoil. Strong action from Congress could provide these families and schools the confidence they need to stay in the Catholic school of their choice.” The letter asked for Congress to designate emergency funding for direct scholarship aid to low-middle income private school families. Total enrollment in Catholic schools nationally for the current academic year is 1,737,297, across approximately 6,183 schools. Racial minorities comprise 21.8% of total enrollment, and 19.1% of all students are non-Catholic. The full letter to Congress can be found here. [post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Urge Congressional Black Caucus Leaders to Support Federal Emergency Relief for Urban Catholic School Students [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-urge-congressional-black-caucus-leaders-to-support-federal-emergency-relief-for-urban-catholic-school-students [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-31 11:43:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-31 15:43:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=123033 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [125] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122995 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-29 12:41:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-29 16:41:56 [post_content] => July 29, 2020 WASHINGTON – The United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in 2013 to raise awareness of the devastating impact human trafficking has on women, men, and children and to promote survivors’ rights and human dignity. The international day is observed annually in the United States and throughout the world. There are nearly 25 million individuals trapped in modern-day slavery, according to the International Labor Organization. Human trafficking a “crime against humanity,” Pope Francis has said, because it is “an unjustifiable violation of the victims’ freedom and dignity, which are integral dimensions of the human person willed and created by God.” 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: “Today we take a moment to pray for all victims and survivors of human trafficking and to reflect upon our responsibilities as individuals and as a Church to make their well-being and protection a priority. We are renewing our call to educating about human trafficking and proclaiming the value of all human life. Pope Francis reminds us that ‘it is the responsibility of all to denounce these injustices and to firmly oppose this shameful crime.’ We are called by our Holy Father to take a firm stance against this terrible violation of the dignity of the human person and to do everything in our power to eradicate it.” To commemorate this day and highlight Catholic organizations working to prevent and eliminate all forms of human trafficking, the USCCB will host a webinar at 1pm Eastern on July 30. Registration for the webinar can be found here and resources on raising awareness and fighting trafficking may be found on the Justice for Immigrants website and www.usccb.org/stopslavery.

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[post_title] => Migration Chairman Calls for Prayers for Trafficking Survivors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => migration-chairman-calls-for-prayers-for-trafficking-survivors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-29 12:41:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-29 16:41:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122995 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [126] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122927 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-24 11:00:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-24 15:00:45 [post_content] => July 22, 2020   WASHINGTON — Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response to reports of increasing incidents of church vandalism and fires: “In the last few weeks, we have witnessed, among other things, one church rammed with a car and set on fire, as well as statues of Jesus Christ and of the Virgin Mary defaced or even beheaded. An historic mission church has also been badly damaged by fire, and the cause is still under investigation. “Whether those who committed these acts were troubled individuals crying out for help or agents of hate seeking to intimidate, the attacks are signs of a society in need of healing. “In those incidents where human actions are clear, the motives still are not. As we strain to understand the destruction of these holy symbols of selfless love and devotion, we pray for any who have caused it, and we remain vigilant against more of it. “Our nation finds itself in an extraordinary hour of cultural conflict. The path forward must be through the compassion and understanding practiced and taught by Jesus and his Holy Mother. Let us contemplate, rather than destroy, images of these examples of God’s love.  Following the example of Our Lord, we respond to confusion with understanding and to hatred with love.”

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[post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Condemn Acts of Vandalism, Destruction at Catholic Sites [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-condemn-acts-of-vandalism-destruction-at-catholic-sites [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-24 11:00:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-24 15:00:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122927 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [127] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122914 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-24 10:23:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-24 14:23:25 [post_content] => Brian T. OlszewskiJanna Reynolds, The Catholic Virginian “Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Plato For parishes in the Diocese of Richmond, one of the “inventions” to surface as a result of COVID-19 was the use of technology in order to stay connected with parishioners once Bishop Barry C. Knestout suspended the celebration of public Masses on March 16. [caption id="attachment_124547" align="alignleft" width="335"] Analytics for liturgies livestreamed from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart with Bishop Knestout presiding, March 22-July 19.[/caption] Since March, the Catholic Community Foundation has been with parishes “every step of the way,” according to Alex Previtera, director of development and operations, in helping them get comfortable with technology and in utilizing social media. “We wanted to show parishes how to connect with parishioners at this time,” he said. “We helped them with offertory support, but it was more than offertory. It was really important to have livestreaming of Masses and utilization of social media to connect with people through live Sunday Mass. Getting people to feel connected has been our big focus.” According to executive director Margaret Keightley, CCF knew prior to COVID-19 that it was “vital that we get more digitally savvy” in parishes and the diocese.  “This just made it more important and set up the timeline, and it probably made people who were leery of the need or their ability to optimize their digital tools,” she said. “It made them have to use it.” Previtera added, “COVID has forced us to use technology more effectively. Many parishes will be utilizing social media more in the future now that they have more comfort with it.” Continue reading on The Catholic Virginian website... [post_title] => Livestreaming, New Ways of Using Social Media Keep Parishioners Connected [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => livestreaming-new-ways-of-using-social-media-keep-parishioners-connected [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-10-30 08:48:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-10-30 12:48:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122914 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [128] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122786 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-07-13 10:57:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-13 14:57:00 [post_content] => Statement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6 and 9 mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first, and one hopes the last, times that atomic weapons are employed in war. Since Pope St. John Paul II’s visit to Japan in 1981, each year the Catholic Church in Japan has observed Ten Days of Prayer for Peace. In observation of this 75th anniversary, we invite Catholics in the United States, and all those of good will, to come together in solidarity in our personal prayers and Masses on Sunday, August 9. The 21st century continues to witness geopolitical conflicts with state and non-state actors, increasingly sophisticated weapons, and the erosion of international arms control frameworks. The bishops of the United States steadfastly renew the urgent call to make progress on the disarmament of nuclear weapons. The Church in the U.S. proclaims her clarion call and humble prayer for peace in our world which is God’s gift through the salvific sacrifice of Christ Jesus. “A world of peace, free from nuclear weapons, is the aspiration of millions of men and women everywhere,” Pope Francis said during his visit to Nagasaki last year. He continued, “Our response to the threat of nuclear weapons must be joint and concerted, inspired by the arduous yet constant effort to build mutual trust and thus surmount the current climate of distrust.” Recently, we, the bishops of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace re-affirmed the Holy Father’s call to “renewed effort to bring about a world of peace and justice that is not based upon fear or the threat of nuclear annihilation but justice and human solidarity.” Fear, distrust, and conflict must be supplanted by our joint commitment, by faith and in prayer, that peace and justice reign now and forever. Members of the Committee for International Justice and Peace: Most Reverend David J. Malloy, Chairman, Bishop of Rockford Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice Most Reverend Michael Mulvey, Bishop of Corpus Christi Most Reverend William F. Murphy, Bishop Emeritus of Rockville Centre Most Reverend Alberto Rojas, Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino Most Reverend Abdallah Elias Zaidan, Bishop of Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon Bishop Consultants to the Committee for International Justice and Peace: Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport   The Committee on International Justice and Peace has produced resources for study, prayer, and action that the faithful may use in observing the August 6th and 9th anniversary, which may be found at: www.usccb.org/nuclear. [post_title] => A Renewed Call for Our Day [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => a-renewed-call-for-our-day [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-13 10:57:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-13 14:57:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122786 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [129] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122758 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-11 13:47:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-11 17:47:07 [post_content] => Diocesan celebration includes ordinations of priests, deacon   Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian   It was the 200th anniversary of the day on which the Diocese of Richmond was founded — one of the first seven dioceses in the United States. That alone was to be celebrated this day with representatives from parishes throughout the diocese. But COVID-19, as it has done for the last five months, changed plans. It necessitated the postponement of the ordination Mass of two priests, Anthony Ferguson for the Diocese of Richmond, and Julio Reyes for the Diocese of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, and the ordination Mass for a transitional deacon, Thomas Lawrence for the Diocese of Richmond. They were rescheduled to be included in the celebration of the bicentennial Mass, which was livestreamed. (Father Reyes was ordained by Bishop Knestout on behalf of Bishop Elías Bolaños, bishop of Zacatecoluca. He has been sponsored by the Diocese of Richmond for his seminary formation and will serve the diocese for the first years of his priestly ministry.) While ordinations and historic diocesan events usually fill the cathedral with worshipers, state-imposed limits on the size of gatherings resulted in a congregation of 230 people, including 44 priests. Bishop Barry C. Knestout began his homily by noting that the first drafts of William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” were originally titled “The Second Birth.” “The phrase ‘second coming’ sounds very apocalyptic and foreboding, but the phrase ‘second birth’ sounds hopeful and scriptural,” he said. “For our bicentennial we ask God to grace us with a new birth, a new springtime of faith.” Noting that in the first line of the poem Yeats wrote “the center cannot hold,” the bishop said that it is used to describe how the political center is lost due to polarization. “As we celebrate 200 years as a diocese, amid a time of crisis and pandemic, we are reminded as bishop, priests, deacons, consecrated and the entire people of God, that we are called to be a people always centered on Christ,” Bishop Knestout said. “We are called to be people holding the center — seeking union and communion with God and one another.” There is no place for self-centeredness, nor for centeredness focused on ideas, ideology, movements and activities, the bishop said. “We can only find and hold the center when we are centered on Christ,” he said. “Our local Church of Richmond has a long, significant and fruitful history, as it is centered in Christ.” Bishop Knestout provided a brief explanation of the diocese’s early days, noting it had always been “on the periphery, not the center.” “Our parishes have for most of our history been small, far flung and poor,” he said. “But this, oddly enough, without a large influential Catholic culture and Catholic population, has allowed us — has required of us — to place Christ and his Church very much at our center.” Catholics persevered in faith, according to the bishop, despite chronic challenges from shortage of priests, insufficient funds, Civil War and the “social ills of racism and religious bigotry.” “In good times or bad, God has never abandoned us,” Bishop Knestout said. “Moved by this conviction, Catholics respond to the needs around us by making sacrifices for the sake of the Church, for the poor and for the common good by seeking ways to alleviate the pain of others. As we grapple with the pandemic and political and cultural turmoil, we are strengthened to serve others and give witness to our faith.” The bishop reiterated the diocese’s bicentennial theme of communion and mission as he spoke about those to be ordained. “As we celebrate our communion centered in Christ and strengthened by this communion to go out on mission to the peripheries in charity, service and evangelization, it is fitting that we also ordain those who will serve this Church as deacons and priests,” Bishop Knestout said. He noted that communion and mission were central to the ministry of the ordained. “By these two inspirations and focuses, the people of God and the people of Virginia are led to a new birth, a new springtime of faith. This new birth begins in labor, in challenges, in suffering,” Bishop Knestout said. “It begins in the suffering and messiness of struggle and want, battered and tempted by the allure of isolating independence. And seeking grace to overcome temptations toward rebellious passions, we always return to the center, to Christ, to communion.” During the Mass, relics of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Katharine Drexel and St. John Neumann were on display, as was a replica of the apostolic brief founding the Diocese of Richmond. Bishop Knestout used the crozier of Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, 11th bishop of the diocese. The chalice used during Mass belonged to Bishop Augustine van de Vyver, sixth bishop of the diocese. 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July 10, 2020
 
WASHINGTON –  Following the publication of a national news story on Catholic churches receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, 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:
 
“The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental supplier of social services in the United States. Each year, our parishes, schools and ministries serve millions of people in need, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The novel coronavirus only intensified the needs of the people we serve and the demand for our ministries. The loans we applied for enabled our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency.
 
“In addition, shutdown orders and economic fallout associated with the virus have affected everyone, including the thousands of Catholic ministries -- churches, schools, healthcare and social services -- that employ about 1 million people in the United States. These loans have been an essential lifeline to keep hundreds of thousands of employees on payroll, ensure families maintain their health insurance, and enable lay workers to continue serving their brothers and sisters during this crisis.
 
“The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to protect the jobs of Americans from all walks of life, regardless of whether they work for for-profit or non-profit employers, faith-based or secular.
 
“Despite all of this, more than 100 Catholic schools have announced that they plan to close, with hundreds more facing an uncertain future.  Businesses, hospitals, schools, and churches all across the country are facing many of the exact same problems.
 
“We will continue advocating for everyone negatively affected by this terrible pandemic, praying for all the sick, for all who have died and are in mourning, and especially the poor and vulnerable at this time of great need.
 
Examples of the USCCB’s advocacy on COVID relief, which encompassed the needs of all of the poor and vulnerable, may be found here, here, and several letters are linked here
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[post_title] => Bishop Chairman Comments on Paycheck Protection Program [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairman-comments-on-paycheck-protection-program [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-11 13:41:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-11 17:41:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122750 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [131] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122743 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-10 19:23:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-10 23:23:22 [post_content] => Brian T. Olszewski, The Catholic Virginian   The Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Richmond was finally celebrated. Scheduled for April 6, the Monday of Holy Week, but postponed due to state-imposed restrictions for church gatherings due to COVID-19, the Mass was celebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout on Friday night, July 10, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. Like the year itself, it was not the usual Chrism Mass. Participants wore masks, social distancing determined seating, and the size of the congregation was limited by restrictions for church gatherings. The congregation, which at previous Chrism Masses would draw several hundred worshipers, was composed of 60 priests, seven deacons, 46 members of the laity and 24 seminarians, according to the diocesan Office of Worship. The liturgy was livestreamed on the diocesan website. [caption id="attachment_122774" align="aligncenter" width="720"] (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] What was the same was the ritual that dates to the early Church — a ritual in which the bishop blessed the oil of the sick and the oil of catechumens, and consecrated the sacred chrism. In addition to the blessing and consecration of the oils, which were distributed to each parish, the Chrism Mass celebrated the ministry of priests serving in the diocese. The bishop began his homily by noting the multiple dimensions of the Mass. “This evening’s liturgy is not about any one person or any one priest,” he said. “It is about the whole presbyterate and the work of the whole Church in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.” Referencing the evening’s Gospel, Luke 4:16-21, Bishop Knestout said that those to whom Jesus spoke in the temple were focused upon him. “So, it is for us today – our eyes are not fixed on any of the noise or distractions that life regularly presents to us. Our eyes are fixed on Jesus and his presence in the sacraments,” the bishop said. “He is the messiah, the anointed one. He is the fullness, the fulfillment, of kingly, priestly and prophetic power and authority.” Bishop Knestout explained the significance of the oils. “The oils are used to bring enlightenment, strength, healing and encouragement to us, God’s people, as we live out the discipleship to which we are called,” he said, adding that the oils are used in the sacraments “which are a remedy for sin — sin (that) has damaged.” [caption id="attachment_122776" align="aligncenter" width="720"] (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Because of that damage, the bishop said, people may refuse to transform their lives. “Oils overcome resistance. Oils are used to restore what is dry and broken and make them moist and supple, to transform that which is brittle and inflexible into something resilient and adaptable, something that is rough and unrefined into something that is smooth and finished, what is brutish and imperfect into something beautiful and pleasant,” said Bishop Knestout. “So too does the Holy Spirit overcome our resistance, our stubborn opposition to make us pliable, cooperative and receptive to the action of God.” The bishop noted the role of the Holy Spirit in helping people get over their “stubborn pride and our own ideologies.” “We need an anointing that brings enlightenment,” he said. “The anointing of the Holy Spirit transforms our will, our attitudes, making us ready and receptive to the influence of God – refocusing our attention, our minds and thoughts toward God’s word and his plan for us.” [caption id="attachment_122777" align="aligncenter" width="720"] (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] That transformation of people’s actions, according to the bishop, directs them toward “the cardinal virtues, theological virtues and fruits of the Holy Spirit.” “The anointing of the Holy Spirit gives us zeal and energy for the work we do in cooperating with God’s will,” he said. “Through anointing of the Holy Spirit, we receive courage and consolation to bring us hope and healing.” Near the conclusion of his homily, Bishop Knestout spoke about the ministry of priests. “We rejoice in God’s blessings and ask the power of the Holy Spirit to transform their lives and hearts in conformity with the life of Christ, so the Church and the world might be helped to be transformed according to the Gospel,” he said. Following the homily, the priests stood and renewed the commitment of service they made when they were ordained.   [post_title] => At Chrism Mass, Bishop Emphasizes Transformative Power of Being Anointed by the Holy Spirit [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => at-chrism-mass-bishop-emphasizes-transformative-power-of-being-anointed-by-the-holy-spirit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-13 10:20:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-13 14:20:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122743 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [132] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122641 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-08 13:47:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-08 17:47:12 [post_content] => July 8, 2020 WASHINGTON – The Little Sisters of the Poor recently went to the Supreme Court of the United States again to defend their community against attempts to force Catholic religious to cooperate with immoral activities, and again, the Supreme Court has recognized their right to religious freedom. By a vote of 7-2, the Court ruled in favor of the Little Sisters. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, 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 Committee on Pro-Life Activities, have issued a statement addressing the case: “This is a saga that did not need to occur. Contraception is not health care, and the government should never have mandated that employers provide it in the first place. Yet even after it had, there were multiple opportunities for government officials to do the right thing and exempt conscientious objectors. Time after time, administrators and attorneys refused to respect the rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Catholic faith they exemplify, to operate in accordance with the truth about sex and the human person. Even after the federal government expanded religious exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate, Pennsylvania and other states chose to continue this attack on conscience. “The Little Sisters of the Poor is an international congregation that is committed to building a culture of life. They care for the elderly poor. They uphold human dignity. They follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church. The government has no right to force a religious order to cooperate with evil. We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision. We hope it brings a close to this episode of government discrimination against people of faith. Yet, considering the efforts we have seen to force compliance with this mandate, we must continue to be vigilant for religious freedom.” The USCCB filed amicus curiae briefs supporting these religious institutions. The briefs can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/19-431-and-19-454_Amici-Brief.pdf http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/2019-11-04-LSP-SPPH-v-COP-SONJ.pdf

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[post_title] => USCCB Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Preserving the Religious Liberty of Little Sisters [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-chairmen-welcome-supreme-court-decision-preserving-the-religious-liberty-of-little-sisters [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-08 13:47:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-08 17:47:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122641 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [133] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122534 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-01 17:01:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-01 21:01:51 [post_content] => Bishop Knestout will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Friday, July 10, 2020, 6 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. The Chrism Mass celebrates the ministry of our diocesan priests. They are invited to renew their commitment of service during Mass and receive the prayers and support from the faithful. Bishop Knestout will bless three oils that will be used throughout the diocese in the coming year: the oil of the catechumens, used to help those preparing to receive the sacraments of baptism, eucharist and confirmation at Easter resist evil; the oil of the sick, used to anoint the sick and allow the anointed to experience the saving love of Christ in body and soul; and the sacred chrism, or consecrated oil, which is used during the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the ordination of priests, and in the dedication of altars and churches. Due to social distancing, attendance at the Mass is by invitation only. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. We look forward to celebrating with you! [post_title] => Chrism Mass will be Celebrated on July 10 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => chrism-mass-will-be-celebrated-on-july-10 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-01 17:01:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-01 21:01:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122534 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [134] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122527 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-07-01 16:30:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-07-01 20:30:41 [post_content] => The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, has announced the following appointments, effective August 17, 2020 (unless noted otherwise):   Pastors Father Rogelio L. Abadano from Administrator of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Onley, to Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Lovingston, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Amherst. Father James E. Gordon from Director of Clinical Services at Saint Luke Institute, Silver Spring, MD, to Pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church, Ashland. Father G. Leoval Guadalupe from Administrator of Church of the Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach, to Pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Chincoteague Island. Father Michael M. Imperial from Administrator at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Chincoteague Island, to Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Onley. Father Carlos H. Lerma from Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Lovingston, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Amherst, to Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Rocky Mount, and Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Martinsville.   Administrator Father Matthew A. Kiehl from Chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry serving the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, and Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Williamsburg, to Administrator of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Virginia Beach.   Chaplains Father Francis K. Boateng from Chaplain of Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, and Chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry serving Old Dominion University, Norfolk, to Chaplain of Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, and Priest in Residence at Saint Matthew Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. Father Nicholas E. Redmond from Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Petersburg, and Associate Director and Promoter of Vocations to and Promoter of Vocations and Chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry serving the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, effective August 11, 2020.   Sacramental Priest Father James M. Glass in addition to his role as Pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Norfolk, Sacramental Priest for the Catholic Campus Ministry serving Old Dominion University, effective August 11, 2020   Rector Msgr. Joseph P. Lehman, III Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Williamsburg, in addition to Pastor of Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg.   Parochial Vicars Father Patricio D. Alcantara from Parochial Vicar of Prince of Peace, Chesapeake, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Farmville; Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Meherrin; and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Blackstone. Father John R. Christian from Parochial Vicar of Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church, Roanoke, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Bridget Catholic Church, Richmond, and two days a week as Auditor and Assessor at the Diocesan Tribunal. Father Jaime G. Delgado from Parochial Vicar of Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Richmond. Father Anthony Ferguson, Parochial Vicar of St. Andrew, Roanoke. Father Paul Kkonde from Parochial Vicar of Church of the Resurrection, Saint Paul Catholic Church, Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth, and Saint Mary Catholic Church, Chesapeake, to Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, Roanoke. Father Policarpio Lagco from Parochial Vicar of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Glen Allen, to Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Newport News. Father Raner O. Lucila from Parochial Vicar of Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Richmond, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Fort Monroe, and Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Hampton. Father Christopher M. Masla from Parochial Vicar of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harrisonburg, to Parochial Vicar of Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville, and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Mission, Crozet. Father Daniel R. Molochko from Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Fort Monroe, and Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Hampton, to Parochial Vicar of Church of the Resurrection, Saint Paul Catholic Church, Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth, and Saint Mary Catholic Church, Chesapeake. Father Kyle S. O’Connor from Priest in Residence at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harrisonburg, to Parochial Vicar of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Harrisonburg. Father James P. O’Reilly from Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, Roanoke, to Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Petersburg. Father Julio Reyes, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond, effective Saturday, July 11, 2020.   Retired Father Christian J. Haydinger from Pastor of Saint Ann Catholic Church, Ashland, to Retired Status.

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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] => 2020-clergy-appointments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-07-13 11:43:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-07-13 15:43:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122527 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [135] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122486 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-30 12:50:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-30 16:50:17 [post_content] => June 30, 2020 WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenged a decision by the Montana Supreme Court to invalidate a tax credit scholarship program because families benefiting include those who choose to send their children to religiously-affiliated schools, a violation of the Montana state constitution’s “Blaine Amendment” of 1889 against aid to religious schools. By vote of 5-4, the Court ruled in favor of the petitioners. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. of Oakland, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education, have issued a statement: “The Court has rightly ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not permit states to discriminate against religion. This decision means that religious persons and organizations can, like everyone else, participate in government programs that are open to all. This is good news, not only for people of faith, but for our country. A strong civil society needs the full participation of religious institutions. By ensuring the rights of faith-based organizations’ freedom to serve, the Court is also promoting the common good. “The Court has also dealt a blow to the odious legacy of anti-Catholicism in America. Blaine Amendments, which are in 37 states’ constitutions, were the product of nativism and bigotry. They were never meant to ensure government neutrality towards religion, but were expressions of hostility toward the Catholic Church. We are grateful that the Supreme Court has taken an important step that will help bring an end to this shameful legacy.” The USCCB filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the petitioners, which can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Laycock-Berg-CLS-Amicus-Brief.pdf.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education Chairmen Grateful for Supreme Court’s Decision in Blaine Amendment Case [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-religious-liberty-and-catholic-education-chairmen-grateful-for-supreme-courts-decision-in-blaine-amendment-case [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-30 12:50:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-30 16:50:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122486 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [136] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122470 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-29 15:36:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-29 19:36:08 [post_content] => June 29, 2020 WASHINGTON– Today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in an abortion case out of Louisiana, June Medical Services v. Russo. The Court ruled 5 to 4 to strike down the Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement: “Abortion violently ends the life of a child, and often severely harms women. Abortion becomes even more destructive when basic health and safety standards are ignored, and profit margins are prioritized over women’s lives. As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life. Yet even as we seek to end the brutality of legalized abortion, we still believe that the women who seek it should not be further harmed and abused by a callous, profit-driven industry. “The Court’s failure to recognize the legitimacy of laws prioritizing women’s health and safety over abortion business interests continues a cruel precedent. As we grieve this decision and the pregnant women who will be harmed by it, we continue to pray and fight for justice for mothers and children. “We will not rest until the day when the Supreme Court corrects the grave injustice of Roe and Casey and recognizes the Constitutional right to life for unborn human beings. And we continue to ask all people of faith to pray for women seeking abortion, often under enormous pressure, that they will find alternatives that truly value them and the lives of their children.” The USCCB filed an amicus curae brief in the case along with the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals urging the Court to uphold the law.  The brief can be viewed here: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/18-1323-USCCB-amicus-June-Med-v-Gee-12-30-2019.pdf  

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[post_title] => Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Says Supreme Court Decision Continues Cruel Precedent of Prioritizing Abortion Business Interests Over Women’s Health and Safety [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-bishops-pro-life-chairman-says-supreme-court-decision-continues-cruel-precedent-of-prioritizing-abortion-business-interests-over-womens-health-and-safety [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-29 15:36:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-29 19:36:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122470 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [137] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122321 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-23 14:19:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-23 18:19:22 [post_content] => Religious Freedom Week is a call for all Catholics to pray for and uphold religious freedom nationally and globally.  This year's theme is "For the Good of All." Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, the acting chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty said, in part, that "religious freedom is the human right that guarantees all other rights — peace and creative living together will only be possible if freedom of religion is fully respected.” You can read Archbishop's Wenski's full statement here. Bishop Knestout encourages the faithful of the Diocese of Richmond to join him this week in praying especially for the protection of religious freedom around the world. If you need some ideas for your own daily intentions, here are some ideas from the USCCB:
  More information about Religious Freedom Week is available from the USCCB. [post_title] => Religious Freedom Week: June 22-29, 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => religious-freedom-week-june-22-29-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-23 14:19:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-23 18:19:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122321 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [138] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122319 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-22 15:30:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-22 19:30:02 [post_content] => June 22, 2020 WASHINGTON— Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, the acting chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty has encouraged Catholics to pray and uphold religious liberty at home and abroad during Religious Freedom Week 2020. Commencing on June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, Religious Freedom Week runs through June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The theme chosen for this year is “For the Good of All.” Archbishop Wenski stated: “Religious freedom is under stress throughout the world. Even in our Western liberal democracies, discrimination against religion in general and Catholic Christianity, in particular, is growing — albeit in perhaps more sophisticated and less violent ways. “Political analysts and human rights advocates do include religion on their agenda. But most emphasize ‘tolerance’ as if religion were only a source of conflict. Or, they speak about religion in terms of ‘individual choices,’ as if religion were merely the concern of an individual’s conviction and were devoid of any social consequences. “Yet, just as freedom of speech depends not only on one’s right to say what’s on one’s mind but also on the existence of institutions like newspapers, universities, libraries, political parties and other associations that make up what we call ‘civil society,’ so too freedom of religion ‘for the good of all’ must also encompass protecting those institutions that nourish the individual’s free exercise of religion. “The right to religious freedom has its foundation in the very dignity of the human person. Religious freedom is the human right that guarantees all other rights — peace and creative living together will only be possible if freedom of religion is fully respected.”

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty Chairman Announces Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29, 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-religious-liberty-chairman-announces-religious-freedom-week-from-june-22-29-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-23 09:33:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-23 13:33:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122319 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [139] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122265 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-16 11:04:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-16 15:04:31 [post_content] => 15 de junio del 2020 WASHINGTON — El presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB), arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Ángeles, hizo una declaración sobre la decisión emitida hoy por la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos, que combina los casos Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., Altitude Express v. Zarda, y R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes vs. Equal Opportunity Employment Comm’n. Los jueces dictaminaron que la prohibición de discriminación por "sexo" en el empleo en el Título VII de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 ahora prohíbe la discriminación basada en la "orientación sexual" y el estado de "transgénero". A continuación, el comunicado del arzobispo Gomez: “Estoy profundamente preocupado de que la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos haya redefinido efectivamente el significado legal de ‘sexo’ en la ley de derechos civiles de nuestra nación. Esta es una injusticia que tendrá implicaciones en muchas áreas de la vida. Al borrar las hermosas diferencias y la relación complementaria entre el hombre y la mujer, ignoramos la gloria de la creación de Dios y dañamos a la familia humana, la base fundamental de la sociedad. Nuestro sexo, ya sea hombre o mujer, es parte del plan de Dios para la creación y para nuestras vidas. Como el Papa Francisco nos ha enseñado con tanta sensibilidad, vivir en la verdad con los dones previstos de Dios en nuestras vidas requiere que recibamos nuestra identidad corporal y sexual con gratitud de nuestro Creador. Nadie puede encontrar la verdadera felicidad siguiendo un camino contrario al plan de Dios. Toda persona humana está hecha a imagen y semejanza de Dios y, sin excepción, debe ser tratada con dignidad, compasión y respeto. Proteger a nuestros vecinos de la discriminación injusta no requiere redefinir la naturaleza humana. Oramos para que la Iglesia, con la ayuda de María, la Madre de Dios, pueda continuar su misión de llevar a Jesucristo a cada hombre y mujer”. El 23 de agosto de 2019, la USCCB, junto con otras organizaciones religiosas nacionales, presentó escritos amicus curiae en estos casos. Ellos están disponibles en los siguientes enlaces: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Bostock-8-23-19.pdf y http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Harris-8-23-19.pdf.

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[post_title] => Comunicado del Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal con Relación a la Decisión de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos sobre la Definición Legal de "Sexo" en la Ley de Derechos Civiles [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => comunicado-del-presidente-de-la-conferencia-episcopal-con-relacion-a-la-decision-de-la-corte-suprema-de-estados-unidos-sobre-la-definicion-legal-de-sexo-en-la-ley-de-derechos-civiles [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-16 11:04:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-16 15:04:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122265 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [140] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122261 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-16 11:01:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-16 15:01:17 [post_content] => June 15, 2020   WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, provided a statement on the decision issued today by the Supreme Court of the United States – combining Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., Altitude Express v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Opportunity Employment Comm’n. The justices ruled that the prohibition on “sex” discrimination in employment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 now prohibits discrimination based on “sexual orientation” and “transgender” status. Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows:
I am deeply concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively redefined the legal meaning of ‘sex’ in our nation’s civil rights law. This is an injustice that will have implications in many areas of life. By erasing the beautiful differences and complementary relationship between man and woman, we ignore the glory of God’s creation and harm the human family, the first building block of society. Our sex, whether we are male or female, is part of God’s plan for creation and for our lives. As Pope Francis has taught with such sensitivity, to live in the truth with God’s intended gifts in our lives requires that we receive our bodily and sexual identity with gratitude from our Creator. No one can find true happiness by pursuing a path that is contrary to God’s plan.\ Every human person is made in the image and likeness of God and, without exception, must be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect. Protecting our neighbors from unjust discrimination does not require redefining human nature. We pray that the Church, with the help of Mary, the Mother of God, will be able to continue her mission to bring Jesus Christ to every man and woman.
On August 23, 2019, the USCCB, joined by other national religious organizations, filed amicus curiae briefs in the cases. They are available at http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Bostock-8-23-19.pdf  and http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Harris-8-23-19.pdf.

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Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The NRB advises the bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and was established as part of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People, a comprehensive set of procedures established and adopted by the U.S. bishops in 2002 to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. In his letter to the newly appointed members, Archbishop Gomez reminded them, “The National Review Board plays a vital role as a consultative body assisting the bishops in ensuring the complete implementation and accountability of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. As it states, ‘The whole Church, especially the laity, at both the diocesan and national levels, needs to be engaged in maintaining safe environments in the Church for children and young people.’” The four new NRB members are as follows: Ms. Vivian M. Akel, LCSW, is a retired Clinical Social Worker currently holding the position (volunteer) of Safe Environment Coordinator for the Maronite Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn as well as Pre-Cana facilitator. Her prior experience includes 21 years with the New York City Department of Education as a School Social Worker providing all aspects of Social Work Services with school age children, parents and educators. In addition, Ms. Akel held the position of Director of Social Work in an acute care medical center supervising social workers providing services to patients, families and medical personnel. Ms. Akel began her career working in a Community Mental Health Center in Brooklyn New York providing outpatient psychotherapy to individual patients, couples and families and maintained a private practice until her retirement in 2014. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and is currently enrolled in a Spiritual Direction training program at Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Ms. Akel has been married for 34 years and has two adult children. Mr. James Bogner is a retired Senior Executive Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with over 35 years of law enforcement experience including serving as a municipal police officer, commanding a detective division, and an FBI Special Agent. He has served as a field investigator in Indianapolis, an investigative supervisor in Chicago, a Unit Chief in the Washington D.C. headquarters of the FBI’s Internal Affairs/Adjudication Unit, and then the national Inspection Unit. Mr. Bogner was assigned as Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge in Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing. He served in the Senior Executive Service in Washington, and later as Special Agent-in-Charge of FBI offices in the midwest over Nebraska and Iowa. These positions included investigations, developing multi-agency liaisons and partnerships, addressing national personnel and misconduct policies and issues, conducting national inspections and audits, risk analysis, strategic planning, and high-profile media matters.  Mr. Bogner later served as the first Assistant Federal Security Director developing procedures and protocols for airport security for Law Enforcement in Nebraska and Iowa after 9/11. He has served on several local, state and national boards and councils. Mr. Bogner has a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice, and he is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the Criminal Justice program. His volunteer work includes being President of his Parish Council to include data and survey analysis and strategic planning. Mr. Bogner also serves on the Archdiocesan Advisory Review and Ministerial Misconduct Boards for the Archdiocese of Omaha. Mr. Steven Jubera is an Assistant District Attorney for Mississippi's 17th Judicial District. Born in Chicago, he served as a United States Marine being deployed to the Middle East with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit  Upon Mr. Jubera’s honorable discharge, he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago then earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS where he currently resides. Mr. Jubera has assisted in the formation of a child advocacy center to better serve the children of his community and has been a speaker  advocating for children including the One Loud Voice conference in Mississippi. Mr. Jubera currently serves on the Review Board for the Diocese of Jackson. He is married with four children and one grandson. Thomas M. Mengler is president of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Before becoming president of St. Mary’s, he served as dean of two law schools: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Mr. Mengler has served Catholic higher education as a member and, between 2018 to 2020, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. In that role, Mr. Mengler also served in 2018 as a member of the Higher Education Working Group for the USCCB’s Committee on Higher Education.  Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of San Antonio and as Co-Chair of the Lay Commission on Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He and his wife have four adult children. 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Deacon Charles Williams, director, Office for Black Catholics, leads us in a Thursday evening (June 11) Prayer Service for Racial Healing.

The program is streamed live at 7:30 p.m.

The virtual prayer service can be viewed on our livestream page at the following:

 www.richmonddiocese.org/livestream or on our YouTube channel.

We join our voice in prayer for healing, for unity and for peace. We ask the Divine Physician, Christ the Lord, to heal the wounds of hurt throughout our land. Please pray with us...

 

God of Heaven and Earth, you created the one human family and endowed each person with great dignity.

Aid us, we pray, in overcoming the sin of racism. Grant us your grace in eliminating this blight from our hearts, our communities, our social and civil institutions.

Fill our hearts with love for you and our neighbor so that we may work with you in healing our land from racial injustice. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

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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. The Redemptorists can be reached by contacting Provincial@redemptorists.net.   [post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Begins Review into Allegations Against Four Retired or Inactive Priests [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-begins-review-into-allegations-against-four-retired-or-inactive-priests [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-08 14:26:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-08 18:26:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122112 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [144] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122089 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-06-03 11:09:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-03 15:09:02 [post_content] => June 3, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops received a call from Pope Francis today, where the Holy Father expressed his prayers and closeness to the Church and the people of the United States in this moment of unrest. Archbishop Gomez shared this news with the U.S. bishops in the hope that they could take comfort and gain strength in the Holy Father’s encouragement. Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the bishops for their pastoral tone in the Church’s response to the demonstrations across the country in their statements and actions since the death of George Floyd and assured the bishops of his continued prayers and closeness in the days and weeks ahead. He expressed special prayers for Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and the local Church of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Gomez, on behalf of the bishops’ conference, conveyed gratitude to the Holy Father for his strong words of support that were also expressed during this morning’s general audience,and in turn, assured the Holy Father of their prayers. [post_title] => U.S. Bishops Receive Call of Encouragement and Assurances of Prayer from Pope Francis in the Wake of Social Unrest in the United States [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-receive-call-of-encouragement-and-assurances-of-prayer-from-pope-francis-in-the-wake-of-social-unrest-in-the-united-states [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-04 11:10:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-04 15:10:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122089 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [145] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122323 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-06-02 16:00:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-02 20:00:32 [post_content] => Please keep our seminarians in your prayers this summer! Continuing Pastoral Year Assignments (ends August 2020) Dillon Bruce                  Rev. Msgr. William Carr                            St. Bridget, Richmond Armando Herrera      Rev. John David Ramsey                           St. Benedict, Richmond Alex Jimenez                 Very Rev. Danny Cogut, V.F.                    St. Ann, Colonial Heights Joseph Kauflin             Very Rev. Kevin Segerblom, V.E.             St. Andrew, Roanoke   Pastoral Year Assignments (June – August 2021) William Buckley         Rev. Msgr. Patrick Golden                         Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke Christopher Weyer    Rev. John David Ramsey                           St. Benedict, Richmond   Summer Parish Assignments (June – August 2020) Tom Lawrence            Rev. Rolo Castillo                                       St. John, Waynesboro David Arellano           Rev. James Glass                                        Holy Trinity, Norfolk William Douglas        Rev. Christopher Hess                               St. Anne, Bristol Seth Seaman               Rev. Msgr. William Carr                            St. Bridget, Richmond Matthew Kelly            Very Rev. Eric Ayers, V. F.                        Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk Luke Fitzgerald          Home for summer Andrew Clark              Very Rev. Joseph Mary Lukyamuzi, V.F.   Holy Comforter, Charlottesville Gregory Guilfoyle      Home for summer Samuel Hill                  Rev. Christopher Hess                                St. Anne, Bristol Graham Fassero        Rev. Joseph Wamala                                   St. Francis, Staunton Charles Palmer          Rev. Msgr. Joseph Lehman                        St. Bede, Williamsburg Chase Imoru               Rev. James Glass                                          Holy Trinity, Norfolk John Paul Shanahan Rev. Joseph Wamala                                  St. Francis Staunton Carl Thompson         Rev. Charles Ssebalamu                               St. Jude, Christiansburg Charlie Tamayo         Home for summer [post_title] => Seminarian Summer 2020 Assignments [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => seminarian-summer-2020-assignments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-22 16:01:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-22 20:01:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122323 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [146] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122038 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-06-02 14:16:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-06-02 18:16:42 [post_content] =>   We are pleased to invite you to join us via livestream for the ordination of two men for the Diocese of Richmond and one man for the Diocese of Zacatecoluca on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. The Mass will also commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of our founding as the Catholic Diocese of Richmond on July 11, 1820. We will give thanks to God for the perseverance of all those who came before us to establish our faith and the glorious life of this Church we celebrate today. You can view the Bicentennial Prayer in English or Spanish on our bicentennial website. Due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our parishioners and clergy, the diocese rescheduled the previously set ordination dates to coincide with our bicentennial July celebration, and we will now celebrate these joyous occasions together. To allow for social distancing, attendance at the Mass is by invitation only. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels. We look forward to celebrating with you! Congratulations to Deacon Anthony Ferguson, Deacon Julio Reyes and Mr. Thomas Lawrence on their upcoming ordinations! Deacon Anthony Ferguson will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Richmond. Deacon Ferguson currently serves at St. Joseph, Petersburg. You can read about Deacon Ferguson's call to the priesthood in the June 29 issue of The Catholic Virginian. Deacon Ferguson will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at 11:00 a.m. at St. Benedict, Richmond, on Sunday, July 12.     Deacon Julio Reyes will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador. Deacon Reyes currently serves at Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond. Read more about Deacon Reyes in the June 29 issue of The Catholic Virginian. Deacon Reyes will be ordained by Bishop Knestout on behalf of Bishop Elías Bolaños, Bishop of Zacatecoluca. He has been sponsored by the Diocese of Richmond for his seminary formation and has committed to serving the diocese for the first years of his priestly ministry. He will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, Henrico, Sunday, July 12.   Mr. Thomas Lawrence will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Richmond. He currently serves at St. John, Waynesboro. You can read more about Thomas in the June 29 issue of The Catholic Virginian. He will be assisting and preaching at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. James, Hopewell, on Sunday, July 12.     Please continue to pray for the clergy and seminarians of the diocese. St. John Vianney, St. Vincent de Paul, pray for them!
O God, who have willed to provide shepherds for your people, pour out a spirit of reverence and fortitude in your Church, to make these your servants worthy ministers at your altar and ardent yet gentle heralds of your Gospel. through our Lord Jesus Christ, you Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Dios y Padre nuestro, tú que eres quien provee de pastores a tu pueblo, derrama sobre tu Iglesia el Espíritu de piedad y fortaleza, que convierta a estos siervos tuyos en dignos ministros de tu altar y los haga testigos valientes y humildes de tu Evangelio. Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo y es Dios por los siglos de los siglos.
  [post_title] => Bicentennial Ordinations on July 11 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2020-seminarian-parish-assignments [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 09:47:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 14:47:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122038 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [147] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122028 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-05-31 14:38:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-31 18:38:58 [post_content] => May 31, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice. How is it possible that in America, a black man’s life can be taken from him while calls for help are not answered, and his killing is recorded as it happens? I am praying for George Floyd and his loved ones, and on behalf of my brother bishops, I share the outrage of the black community and those who stand with them in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and across the country. The cruelty and violence he suffered does not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement, who carry out their duties with honor. We know that. And we trust that civil authorities will investigate his killing carefully and make sure those responsible are held accountable. We should all understand that the protests we are seeing in our cities reflect the justified frustration and anger of millions of our brothers and sisters who even today experience humiliation, indignity, and unequal opportunity only because of their race or the color of their skin. It should not be this way in America. Racism has been tolerated for far too long in our way of life. It is true what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, that riots are the language of the unheard. We should be doing a lot of listening right now. This time, we should not fail to hear what people are saying through their pain. We need to finally root out the racial injustice that still infects too many areas of American society. But the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us keep our eyes on the prize of true and lasting change. Legitimate protests should not be exploited by persons who have different values and agendas. Burning and looting communities, ruining the livelihoods of our neighbors, does not advance the cause of racial equality and human dignity. We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation’s sacred promise — to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all. [post_title] => Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 122028-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-06-01 14:40:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-06-01 18:40:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=122028 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [148] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122010 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-05-30 16:17:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-30 20:17:38 [post_content] => May 30, 2020

Bishop Knestout Statement on the Death of George Floyd and Unrest in Richmond

“Like you, I have been distressed, angered and heartbroken by what has transpired with the images we have seen coming from Minneapolis and across our country.  The loss of George Floyd’s life is unacceptable and heartbreaking. We pray for the repose of his soul and for his loved ones who are suffering. And while we are hundreds of miles from Minneapolis, the anguish and pain are deeply affecting our community here too. The sorrow and the anger were clear last night in our city.”   “I know many in our community are outraged and have experienced racism in their own lives. I know because I have listened and heard from them directly. Their pain is real, and it cannot be ignored. I also know that violence is not an acceptable response to violence. Such actions only perpetuate the destructive cycle. It is only through a peaceful response can we create positive change for the future.”   “We know that the vast majority of those within the law enforcement community are good, honest and respected officers who are doing good, seeking to protect common good in sometimes stressful and difficult environments. Please pray for them as well.”  

“As we are immersed in the Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend, I call upon all Catholics to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance of our country and of our own diocese during these challenging times. As St. Augustine wrote, “Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.”

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Please also view the video from Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The link to the video is located on the USCCB YouTube Channel and you can view it below.

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Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
Immediate Release: May 29, 2020
WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.
Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, chairman of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Bishop David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development; and Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs have issued the following statement:
 
We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes. What’s more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences. This is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion.
Racism is not a thing of the past or simply a throwaway political issue to be bandied about when convenient. It is a real and present danger that must be met head on. As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.
While it is expected that we will plead for peaceful non-violent protests, and we certainly do, we also stand in passionate support of communities that are understandably outraged. Too many communities around this country feel their voices are not being heard, their complaints about racist treatment are unheeded, and we are not doing enough to point out that this deadly treatment is antithetical to the Gospel of Life.
As we said eighteen months ago in our most recent pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts, for people of color some interactions with police can be fraught with fear and even danger. People of good conscience must never turn a blind eye when citizens are being deprived of their human dignity and even their lives. Indifference is not an option. “As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue.”
We join Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis in praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. George Floyd and all others who have lost their lives in a similar manner. We plead for an end to the violence in the wake of this tragedy and for the victims of the rioting. We pray for comfort for grieving families and friends. We pray for peace across the United States, particularly in Minnesota, while the legal process moves forward. We also anticipate a full investigation that results in rightful accountability and actual justice.
We join our brother bishops to challenge everyone to come together, particularly with those who are from different cultural backgrounds. In this encounter, let us all seek greater understanding amongst God’s people. So many people who historically have been disenfranchised continue to experience sadness and pain, yet they endeavor to persevere and remain people of great faith. We encourage our pastors to encounter and more authentically accompany them, listen to their stories, and learn from them, finding substantive ways to enact systemic change. Such encounters will start to bring about the needed transformation of our understanding of true life, charity, and justice in the United States. Hopefully, then there will be many voices speaking out and seeking healing against the evil of racism in our land.
As we anticipate the Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend, we call upon all Catholics to pray and work toward a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for a supernatural desire to rid ourselves of the harm that bias and prejudice cause. We call upon Catholics to pray to the Holy Spirit for the Spirit of Truth to touch the hearts of all in the United States and to come down upon our criminal justice and law enforcement systems. Finally, let each and every Catholic, regardless of their ethnicity, beg God to heal our deeply broken view of each other, as well as our deeply broken society.
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During his opening remarks, Bishop Barry C. Knestout expressed his gratitude to the nominees for their work. “It incorporates the faith, but it is much beyond that in terms of all the other aspects of human life and formation for our young people,” he said. “It makes me proud and it’s great to be a part of the work of the diocese that is carried out so beautifully by each of you.” The Excellence in Catholic Education awards honor teachers who represent the best in Catholic teaching in each region and across the diocese. Administrators and colleagues at each school selected one teacher to be recognized based on their exceptional commitment to Catholic education through their leadership and service to their students, parents, colleagues, parishes and school communities. The Excellence in Catholic Education school award winners are: Mary Davison, All Saints Catholic School Barbara Green, Catholic High School Mandy Mills, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School Katie Milnor, Charlottesville Catholic School Theresa Sullivan, Christ the King Catholic School Sarah Whalen, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School Marisa Trible, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Dominican Sister Mary Josephine, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School Michael Pilola, Peninsula Catholic High School Peggy Campbell, Portsmouth Regional Catholic School Catherine Schlesser, Roanoke Catholic School Lorraine Schwarz, Sacred Heart Catholic School Angelina Bush, St. Anne Catholic School Michelle Cisik, St. Benedict Catholic School Shannon Barry, St. Bridget Catholic School Rachel Franklin, St. Edward Epiphany School Julie Mazzeo, St. Gregory the Great Catholic School Diane Astrin, St. John the Apostle Catholic School Linda Elkins, St. Joseph Catholic School Patricia Harris, St. Mary Catholic School Dominican Sister Mary Augustine Brilliant, St. Mary Star of the Sea Roxanne Catoire, St. Matthew Catholic School Carol Novisk, St. Pius X Catholic School Myriam Traub, Star of the Sea Catholic School Milnor, first grade teacher at Charlottesville Catholic School, was the recipient of the Western Vicariate award. In his nomination, her principal, Michael Riley, wrote: “She is often found helping students resolve their differences in an age-appropriate manner, utilizing the teachings of Jesus to help them be more accepting, respectful, and compassionate.”     Davison, first grade teacher at All Saints Catholic School, Richmond, received the Central Vicariate award. Her principal, Michael Kelleher, wrote in her nomination: “The praise that parents shower upon this nominee is well deserved and it runs the gamut from her ability to implement effective classroom management techniques, to assessing student learning, to creating quality, engaging learning centers for the students. …  “It is easy to see that she loves her students and they love her.” Pilola, the Eastern Vicariate honoree, teaches English at Peninsula Catholic High School, Newport News. In her nomination, Jenny Franklin, principal, wrote: “Michael never forgets where he is or what his purpose is here … to form these young people into great citizens who are strong in their faith.” She added that he is a “role model to his colleagues and they respect him not only for his skills but for the manner in which he supports them – always positive, always with a smile and always with a helping hand.” Mills, a second grade teacher at the Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School, Powhatan, received the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award — given to a teacher “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 our Catholic school students and communities,” according to the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. In her nomination of Mills, Paula Ledetter, head of school, wrote: “Mandy is dedicated and committed to the well-rounded development of her students, working to enhance the academic and cocurricular programs at the school, coaching and teaching colleagues in new initiatives and participating in church and community events. She is a reliable and dedicated teacher who is respected and valued by her colleagues.”   [post_title] => Catholic school teachers honored in virtual ceremony [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-school-teachers-honored-in-virtual-ceremony [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-28 15:27:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-28 19:27:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121947 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [151] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121824 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-05-15 17:58:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-15 21:58:14 [post_content] => 15 de mayo 2020 Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo: Con gran alegría nos reuniremos de nuevo en nuestras parroquias para la celebración de la misa dominical, a partir del fin de semana del 23 al 24 de mayo, en esta diócesis, celebramos la Fiesta de la Ascensión. Estas últimas ocho semanas han sido un tiempo en el que, para usar las palabras del salmista, hemos añorado, sediento y anhelado la Eucaristía. Hemos llegado a apreciar de una manera más profunda lo importante que es para nosotros ser alimentados con el Pan de Vida. Con el fin de proteger su salud y la de los otros feligreses en la misa, hemos puesto en marcha numerosas medidas de seguridad. Entre ellas están: los feligreses de 3 años en adelante llevarán cubiertas sus caras. Las misas serán programadas con tiempo adicional entre ellas. Practicaremos el distanciamiento social. La comunión será distribuida sólo en forma de pan y sólo por el sacerdote y el diácono. La página de su parroquia y nuestra página web richmonddiocese.org tienen información adicional de lo que puede esperar al reanudar la celebración de misas públicas. Esta es la primera fase al regreso de la plena vida sacramental en nuestras parroquias. Tendremos que trabajar juntos mientras nos preparamos para pasar con seguridad a una reapertura gradual.  Por favor, sean pacientes y comprensivos con su clero y personal de la parroquia mientras implementan estas directrices. Su preocupación es proteger la salud de nuestras comunidades de fe mientras celebramos la misa. Durante este tiempo de transición, quiero agradecerles por apoyar a su parroquia con sus oraciones y contribuciones financieras, y por el compromiso personal que han hecho para crecer en la fe y ser gente de esperanza. Por favor, reza por aquellos que se han enfermado o que han perdido sus vidas debido al COVID-19. Recen también por nuestros trabajadores de la salud y por todos los que están en primera línea para tratar a los que tienen el coronavirus. Su servicio es un testimonio del Evangelio. De mientras, pedimos a Dios que nos mantenga a salvo y le agradecemos por su bondad. Invocamos al Espíritu Santo para que nos guíe e inspire durante este tiempo difícil.  Ustedes tengan la seguridad de mis oraciones y por favor manténganme también en las suyas.   Suyo en Cristo, Obispo Knestout [post_title] => Un Mensaje del Obispo Knestout/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] => un-mensaje-del-obispo-knestout-la-celebracion-de-misas-publicas-se-reanuda-en-la-diocesi-de-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-15 17:59:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-15 21:59:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121824 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [152] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121806 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-05-15 14:52:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-15 18:52:53 [post_content] => Información actualizada El 14 de mayo de 2020, los líderes locales de la ciudad de Richmond y del condado de Accomack solicitaron una demora de dos semanas para entrar en la primera fase, el Gobernador Northam enmendó la Orden Ejecutiva 62 para retrasar la reapertura de estas jurisdicciones hasta el viernes 29 de mayo de 2020. 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 ) [153] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121792 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-05-15 13:02:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-15 17:02:05 [post_content] => Updated information: On May 14, 2020, local leaders of the City of Richmond and the County of Accomack requested a two-week delay to enter Phase One, Governor Northam amended Executive Order 62 to delay reopening of these jurisdictions until Friday, May 29, 2020. As a result of this new information and for the safety of all, Bishop Knestout is directing all parishes located in the City of Richmond and the County of Accomack to delay moving to Phase 1 Reopening until the Sunday Vigil Mass on Saturday, May 30, 2020.  This includes delaying offering public Masses.   For Immediate Release: May 15, 2020 Celebration of Public Masses to Resume in Catholic Diocese of Richmond Masses begin May 23rd on the Sunday Vigil of the Feast of the Ascension (RICHMOND, Va.) – Catholics throughout the Diocese of Richmond will resume celebrating Mass in their parishes the weekend of May 23. Celebration of Masses had been suspended since March 22, 2020, in the diocese due to the COVID-19 health crisis. “We have been in the diocese planning for some time to find ways to provide the sacraments and Masses but with limitations to keep the safety and well-being of all in consideration. We expect a gradual opening due to the size and difference of our parishes within each locality and given individual parish circumstances,” says Bishop Barry C. Knestout. “Our guidelines have been developed based on state and public health protocols and based on current circumstances so the protocols may change over time.” Guidelines sent to priests on May 13 by the diocese’s Office of Preparation detail instructions and guidance to parishes, including social distancing of six feet and the wearing of face coverings by all congregants ages 3 and older. For further specific directives and guidelines, see “Return to Mass Guidelines. What You Need to Know.” The reopening follows Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 61 that allows places of worship to have services for up to 50% of the lowest occupancy of the church’s worship area and other recommended guidelines. During this time, Bishop Knestout continues to dispense Catholics from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days. The dispensation is due to the capacity limit for liturgies which is reducing the number of congregants and recognizing individuals who are defined as “vulnerable.” The dispensation is in effect until further notice. “We look forward to the day when we will all gather again, when physical distance doesn’t limit us and we will be able to rejoice in the strength and the grace offered to us in the Eucharist,” says Bishop Knestout. “Know of my deep gratitude for your patience, support and cooperation as we work together as one Catholic community during this time.” Parishes will continue to remain open during regular operating hours. They are encouraged to continue the following: livestream Masses, schedule the celebration of public Masses with additional time between them to allow for worship space to be cleaned and disinfected, and post homilies and Mass recordings to the parish website. Catholics with questions regarding the reopening of churches should contact their parishes or prepared@richmonddiocese.org

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Updated information:

On May 14, 2020, local leaders of the City of Richmond and the County of Accomack requested a two-week delay to enter Phase One, Governor Northam amended Executive Order 62 to delay reopening of these jurisdictions until Friday, May 29, 2020. As a result of this new information and for the safety of all, Bishop Knestout is directing all parishes located in the City of Richmond and the County of Accomack to delay moving to Phase 1 Reopening until the Sunday Vigil Mass on Saturday, May 30, 2020.  This includes delaying offering public Masses. en español May 15, 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is with great joy we will once again come together in our parish churches for the celebration of Sunday Mass, beginning the weekend of May 23 and 24, in this diocese, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. These past eight weeks have been a time when — to use the words of the Psalmist — we have longed, thirsted and yearned for the Eucharist. We have come to appreciate in a deeper way how important it is for us to be fed the Bread of Life. In order to protect your health and those of your fellow parishioners at Mass, we have put in place numerous safeguards. Among them are: Worshipers age 3 and older will wear face coverings. Masses will be scheduled with additional time between them. We will practice social distancing. Communion will be distributed only in the form of bread and only by the priest and deacon. Your parish and our website richmonddiocese.org have additional information of what you can expect as we resume the celebration of public Masses. This is the first phase of restoring full sacramental life in our parishes. We will need to work together as we prepare to move safely into a gradual reopening.  Please be patient with and understanding of your clergy and parish staff as they implement these guidelines. Their concern is to protect the health of our faith communities while we celebrate Mass. During this time of transition, I wish to thank you for supporting your parish with your prayers and financial contributions, and for the personal commitment you have made to grow in faith and to be people of hope. Please pray for those who have become ill or who have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Pray, too, our health care workers and all who are on the front lines of treating those who have the coronavirus. Their service is a witness to the Gospel. As we ask God to keep us safe and thank him for his goodness, and we call upon the Holy Spirit to guide us and inspire us during this challenging time, be assured of my prayers for you and please keep me in yours. Yours in Christ, The Most. Rev. Barry C. Knestout Bishop of Richmond   Read entire announcement from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond en español [post_title] => Bishop Knestout's Letter to the Faithful to Resume the Celebration of Public Masses in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestouts-letter-to-the-faithful-to-resume-the-celebration-of-public-masses-in-the-catholic-diocese-of-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-15 17:59:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-15 21:59:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121785 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [155] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121737 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-05-11 17:19:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-11 21:19:17 [post_content] =>

View Bishop Knestout's Mother's Day 2020 Message in English. Click image below.

[caption id="attachment_121706" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Click image to view Bishop Knestout's video message for Mother's Day 2020.[/caption] En Español

Mensaje del día de la madre del Obispo Knestout

Con nuestra celebración del Día de la Madre este domingo, quiero desearles a todas las madres en nuestra diócesis un feliz y bendito Día de las Madres. Cada vez que nos enfrentamos con tiempos difíciles, pareciera como que las madres son las más afectadas por ellos. Esto pareciera también ser cierto con la crisis del COVID-19. Al yo rezar por todas las madres este domingo, varias de ellas en particular me vienen a la mente: Yo estoy rezando por las madres que trabajan en el ambiente del cuidado de la salud y que están trabajando múltiples y más largos turnos, cuidando de aquellos a las que han sido llamadas, aunque están cansadas y separadas de sus familias por períodos extensos de tiempo. Yo estoy rezando por las madres preocupadas porque son la única fuente de ingreso de sus familias, pero que han sido  dejadas ir a su casa por los momentos sin trabajo o cuyos sitios de trabajo cerraron. Yo estoy rezando por las madres estresadas al tratar de balancear trabajar desde la casa con suplir las necesidades de sus niños, ayudándolos con sus estudios y dándoles la atención que se merecen. Si usted es una de las madres yo describo, o si conoce a alguien que lo es, los animo a tomar unos momentos y rezarle a Nuestra Madre Bendita. Encuentre apoyo y Consuelo en el Inmaculado Sagrado Corazón de María – un corazón amoroso que quita nuestro dolor, preocupaciones y temores y los lleva a su Hijo para la sanación. Así como ella supo por lo que Jesús estaba pasando, ella sabe por lo que ustedes están pasando aquí y ahora. Vuélvanse a ella como Nuestra Señora de la Consolación – que conoce y entiende las ansiedades que vienen con el ser madres. En este día cuando honramos a nuestras madres, y durante este mes dedicado a nuestra Madre Bendita, vayan a ella, háblenle. Su corazón está escuchando y le traerá a usted la consolación que necesita. Que nuestra Madre Bendita sea su guía e inspiración para un feliz y bendito Día de las Madres.

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Un Mensaje del Obispo Barry C. Knestout

Como muchos de ustedes saben el gobernador ha anunciado la posibilidad de abrir la Fase I en términos de expandir las oportunidades para reuniones al final de la semana. Nosotros aquí en la diócesis hemos estado planeando por algún tiempo maneras en las que podemos proveer los sacramentos con reuniones limitadas cualquiera sea eso y la guía será compartida con los párrocos y las parroquias. Aquí en esta semana venidera, habrá una apertura gradual, no debemos esperar que todo va a pasar a la vez y cada lugar de la misma manera, debido a las circunstancias locales; pero a cada parroquia se le pedirá/invitará a crear un plan de cómo pueden ellos acomodar grupos grandes o grupos más grandes pero aún retener las precauciones necesarias de seguridad y salud a la vez que provee lo que está bien para la parroquia, el feligrés, los empleados y el sacerdote que celebra los sacramentos. Habrá más información, más instrucciones que serán compartidas esta semana y ansiamos ver llegar el día a nivel local cuando nos será posible reunirnos para la Eucaristía en una forma amplia, de poder regocijarnos en la presencia, la fuerza y en la gracia que Cristo nos ofrece en la Eucaristía. [post_title] => Un Mensaje del Obispo Barry C. Knestout [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => un-mensaje-del-obispo-barry-c-knestout [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-13 10:54:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-13 14:54:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121741 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [157] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121669 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-05-06 08:18:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-05-06 12:18:31 [post_content] => Comunicación Inmediata: 6 de mayo de 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) - El obispo Barry C. Knestout anunció que ha suspendido al padre Mark White del ministerio sacerdotal público, con efecto inmediato. "He pensado y prestado mucha atención y no tomo esta acción a la ligera. Desde hace varias semanas, me he preocupado cada vez más por la comunión eclesial de los fieles de las parroquias de San José en Martinsville y de San Francisco de Asís en Rocky Mount. Tengo la responsabilidad de asegurar que todos los ministerios dentro de la diócesis trabajen para unificar y construir el Cuerpo de Cristo, no para causar más discordia. Tengo la obligación de asegurar que aquellos que sirven a nuestros fieles puedan hacerlo de la manera que la Iglesia espera. Mi corazón, mi deseo y mi responsabilidad es la comunión de esta comunidad no sólo para esta parroquia, sino para todas las parroquias de la diócesis". Aunque está restringido de su papel ministerial, el Padre White tiene prohibido cualquier forma de practicar su ministerio en la Iglesia, ésto incluye la celebración pública de los sacramentos y el ejercicio de cualquier función oficial relacionada con el oficio de pastor. Según el derecho canónico (o el derecho de la Iglesia católica romana), mientras se recurre a él, el padre White sigue conservando el título de pastor, pero se suspenden todas las responsabilidades o deberes públicos relacionados con el título.

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En Español

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2020 (RICHMOND, Va.) – Bishop Barry C. Knestout announced he has suspended Father Mark White from public priestly ministry, effective immediately. “I have given this considerable amount of thought and attention and I do not take this action lightly. For several weeks now, I have become more and more concerned for the ecclesiastical communion of the faithful at the parishes of St. Joseph in Martinsville and Saint Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount. I have a responsibility to ensure all ministries within the diocese work to unify and build the Body of Christ, not cause further discord. I have an obligation to ensure that those who serve our faithful are able to do so in a way that the Church expects. My heart, my desire, and my responsibility are the communion of this community not only for this parish, but every parish in the diocese.” While restricted from his ministerial role, Father White is prohibited from any form of practicing Church ministry which includes the public celebration of the sacraments and exercising any official functions related to the office of a pastor. Under Canon law (or Church law of the Roman Catholic Church), while seeking recourse, Father Mark White still retains the title of pastor, but any responsibilities or public duties associated with the title are suspended. As previously communicated last month (April 13th), Father Kevin Segerblom, episcopal vicar for the Western Vicarate, is appointed as administrator overseeing the pastoral care and administrative duties for both parishes.  

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Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez of Philadelphia and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Cultural Diversity in the Church, Bishop Oscar A. Solis of Salt Lake City and chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs, and Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux and chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism have issued a statement expressing their deep concern. “The pandemic resulting from the new coronavirus continues to sweep across the world, impacting our everyday behavior, practices, perceptions, and the way we interact with one another. While we have been heartened by the countless acts of charity and bravery that have been modeled by many, we are also alarmed to note the increase in reported incidents of bullying and verbal and physical assaults, particularly against Americans of Asian and Pacific Island heritage. “While a high percentage of Asian Americans work in the health care sector risking their own health to save lives, some have experienced rejection and requests to be treated ‘by someone else.’ Way before state and local ordinances brought to a halt almost every economic sector in the country, communities across the country, from Oakland, California to New York City, reported a sharp decline in the patronage for businesses owned and operated by Asian Americans. These are only a few painful examples of the continuing harassment and racial discrimination suffered by people of Asian and Pacific Islanders and others in our country. “As Catholic bishops, we find these actions absolutely unacceptable. We call on Catholics, fellow Christians and all people of good will to help stop all racially motivated discriminatory actions and attitudes, for they are attacks against human life and dignity and are contrary to Gospel values. As we wrote in our pastoral letter Open Wide Our Hearts(2018), racism is ‘a failure to acknowledge another person as a brother or sister, created in the image of God.’ “Our hearts go out to all those who have been victims of these vile displays of racism and xenophobia. These dreadful occurrences are a reminder that, in an environment of increased anxiety and fear, racial profiling and discrimination continue to negatively impact the lives of certain populations, adding to the pain and suffering already caused by the pandemic. “The acts of violence and unjust discrimination evoke and prod a long history of xenophobia and racism in this country. If uncontested, they could lead once again to a normalization of violence and abuse against particular groups. It would be a tragedy for the United States to repeat this history or for any American to act as if it is appropriate to do so. “Rather, the reality of the times and all the suffering caused by this pandemic 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. “While we continue to pray fervently for an end to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, we call for a firm rejection of racial categorizations or presumptions, racially based verbal assaults or slurs, and for an end to all forms of violence. We ask our elected officials and public institutions, as well as all public figures, to do all that they can to promote and maintain peace in our communities; and we encourage all individuals, families and congregations to assist in promoting a greater appreciation and understanding of the authentic human values and cultural contributions brought by each racial heritage in our country.” [post_title] => Bishop Chairmen Condemn Racism and Xenophobia in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-chairmen-condemn-racism-and-xenophobia-in-the-context-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-05-06 09:22:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-05-06 13:22:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121676 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [160] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121576 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-30 12:30:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-30 16:30:32 [post_content] =>

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

Join us in prayer, Friday, May 1st, in reconsecrating our nations to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A liturgy guide is available by clicking the links below in English | Spanish | Vietnamese.

This prayer of consecration will be offered on behalf of the entire country by the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The prayer of consecration incorporates language used in consecrations of Popes Pius XII, John Paul II, and Francis, and also from prayers from Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Worship Aid in English

Worship Aid in Spanish

Worship Aid in Vietnamese

More information including worship aids available below and also at the USCCB link here: usccb.org/consecration

[post_title] => Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => renewing-the-consecration-of-the-united-states-to-the-care-of-our-blessed-mother [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-30 12:32:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-30 16:32:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121576 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [161] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121536 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-04-23 12:06:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-23 16:06:27 [post_content] => April 23, 2020 WASHINGTON – As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother. Through a collective dedication or entrustment of a nation to Mary, an act of consecration is meant to be a reminder to the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s witness to the Gospel and to ask for her effective intercession before her Son on behalf of those in need. Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore, the first bishop of the United States, promoted devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, and placed the United States under her protection in a pastoral letter of 1792. The twenty-one bishops attending the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore in 1846 determined to name the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, as the Patroness of the United States, and Pope Pius XI approved this decision the following year. More recently, the dedication of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. in 1959was the opportunity for the bishops to once again consecrate the nation to the Blessed Mother. Several popes have likewise consecrated the world to Mary on various occasions. The consecration on May 1 follows a similar action of the bishops’ conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) who consecrated their nations to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter Sunday. The renewal of consecration planned in this country for May 1 does not change the designation of Mary as the Patroness of the United States under the title of the Immaculate Conception. Rather, this prayer reaffirms and renews previous Marian entrustments, and unites us in solidarity with our Holy Father, who recently established the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, as a source of protection and strength. “This will give the Church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell, and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter to the U.S. bishops. Each year, the Church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May. “This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic,” he continued. Archbishop Gomez will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm EDT and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation. A liturgy guide will be available to assist the faithful who may join in by tuning into the USCCB’s social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   [post_title] => U.S. and Canadian Catholic Bishops to Seek Intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, for Strength in Struggle Against COVID-19 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-and-canadian-catholic-bishops-to-seek-intercession-of-mary-mother-of-the-church-for-strength-in-struggle-against-covid-19 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-30 11:49:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-30 15:49:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121536 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [162] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121470 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-21 18:10:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-21 22:10:57 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: April 21, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has been made aware of individuals receiving emails from scammers impersonating the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond. The emails are from a fake gmail account and begin with a “hi, how are you doing” message then ask for “assistance from you, email as soon as you get this message.” Upon further response to the fake account, the individual is requested to send a gift card or asks for financial help related to COVID-19.

The emails are a hoax. All official diocesan email communication comes from an @richmonddiocese.org email address.

The Diocese of Richmond wants individuals to know members of the clergy do not raise money in this manner nor solicit for gift cards or for people to verify personal information online. Requests for money are done in churches or through official collections approved by the diocese.

If you receive an email from anyone, no matter their title or position with the diocese or from a parish, soliciting gift cards or cash donations, please exercise extreme caution.

According to the Virginia Attorney General Office (OAG), scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to target Virginians through a variety of phony requests for money. They are warning the public about the scams. You can read more about the alert from the OAG: https://www.oag.state.va.us/consumer-protection/index.php/scams-information/scam-alerts

The diocese does not want you to fall prey to a scam like this. If you, your friends or family have received emails or possible texts, you can report scams to Virginia’s Consumer Protection Section by visiting consumer@oag.state.va.us and filling out a complaint form or calling 1-800-552-9963.

For helpful tips on how to avoid being taking advantage of, visit the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Information Page.

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[post_title] => ALERT: Email Scam Targets Faithful of the Diocese [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => alert-email-scam-targets-faithful-of-diocese [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-21 18:11:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-21 22:11:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121470 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [163] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121177 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-13 14:00:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-13 18:00:23 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: April 13, 2020

New Appointment for Pastor of St. Joseph in Martinsville and St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond, has announced the following clergy appointment: Reverend Mark White, from pastor of St. Joseph in Martinsville and St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount to chaplain to the various prisons, state and federal, within the diocesan bounds. The appointment is effective April 13, 2020. A new pastor will be named to both parishes in the foreseeable future. During this time of transition, Father Kevin Segerblom, Episcopal Vicar for the Western Vicariate, will oversee the pastoral care and administrative duties of the two parishes. Previously, Bishop Knestout addressed the faithful of the Martinsville and Rocky Mount parishes in a letter dated March 19, 2020, regarding the concerns and circumstances surrounding Fr. Mark White. The letter was published and can be read here: https://bit.ly/2Rqcen3 Bishop Knestout and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond refrain from any further statements at this time.

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Diocesan Review Board Concludes Investigation of Rev. Msgr. Raymond A. Barton

Retired Priest Name Not Added to Diocesan List of Clergy with a Credible and Substantiated Allegation of Child Sexual Abuse  

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Following a lengthy investigation by the Diocesan Review Board, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has determined that Msgr. Raymond A. Barton, a retired priest of the diocese, will not have his name added to the diocesan list of clergy with a credible and substantiated allegation of child sexual abuse. On Feb. 14, 2020, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced it had received a report of allegations of child sexual abuse against the retired priest. The information was brought to the diocese by a representative of a deceased victim. When notified of the allegations, the diocese reported the information to law enforcement authorities. (Read initial statement.) In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the diocese conducted an internal investigation of the allegations involving Msgr. Barton. The information gathered was presented to the Diocesan Review Board which reported its findings and recommendation to Bishop Knestout. The bishop concluded that while the allegation was credible, it could not be substantiated. “There were several factors that weighed against my decision to add Msgr. Barton’s name to the list of credibly and substantially accused. Chief among them is the fact that both the accuser, who is deceased, and the accused, who is unable to be interviewed due to health conditions, cannot clarify the question at issue,” said Bishop Knestout. “Therefore, I will not add Msgr. Barton’s name to the list of credibly and substantially accused at this time.” 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 800-552-7096, and by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 833-454-9064. Individuals are also encouraged to contact the 24-hour confidential Victim’s Assistance Reporting number at 877-887-9603 or email vac@richmonddiocese.org to report sexual abuse.

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For Immediate Release: February 14, 2020

Notice Regarding Rev. Msgr. Raymond A. Barton, Retired

A representative of a deceased victim has come forward with a report sharing allegations of child sexual abuse by Rev. Msgr. Raymond Barton. The report identified the victim and described details of the abuse. The incident is alleged to have occurred in the early-1970’s. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has reported the allegations to civil authorities. Msgr. Barton, retired since 2011, is not currently serving in ministry. Msgr. Barton will not be permitted to engage in active ministry until the allegations are investigated and resolved. Msgr. Barton was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1966. He served as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, and as a faculty member at St. John Vianney Seminary, Goochland. He was a pastor at the following parishes: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk; Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach; and Holy Comforter Catholic Church in Charlottesville. He also served as a co-pastor for Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach. Bishop Knestout remains committed to transparency and accountability when allegations of child sexual abuse are reported. He 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.  

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[post_title] => UPDATE: Diocesan Review Board Concludes Investigation of Rev. Msgr. Raymond A. Barton, Retired [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => update-diocesan-review-board-concludes-investigation-of-rev-msgr-raymond-a-barton-retired [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-13 14:07:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-13 18:07:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121174 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [165] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121267 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-13 10:00:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-13 14:00:06 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_121269" align="aligncenter" width="400"] In a near empty Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, center, flanked by Father Anthony Marques, cathedral rector, and Deacon Mark Matte commemorate the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday, April 10. (Photo/Office of Communications)[/caption] Brian T. Olszewski | The Catholic Virginian | April 13, 2020 The Triduum and Easter didn’t change, but how Catholics in the Diocese of Richmond and throughout the world celebrated them did. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions on gatherings due to concern about its spread, public Masses have been suspended in the diocese since March 22. As a result, members of the faithful depended upon computer technology to be their link to the celebration of Mass and other Holy Week services. From Palm Sunday, April 5, through Easter Sunday, April 12, Bishop Barry C. Knestout celebrated four Masses and led the commemoration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. No more than 10 people, including the bishop and the video production crew, were present at the liturgies, each of which was livestreamed via the diocesan website. On Holy Thursday, the bishop told viewers that celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper “will be the most difficult celebration of the Triduum.” He continued, “We celebrate this gift of the Eucharist on a day, the first time in living memory, when very few can share in this Eucharist. This is distressing and traumatic for all of us. May God grant us a swift victory over the coronavirus, over this angel of death, which passes over this land, like over Egypt of old, threatening to take from us those we love.” [caption id="attachment_121272" align="alignright" width="400"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout delivers his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 9, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. From left are Father Sean Prince, the bishop’s priest secretary, Daniel Señez, director of music and liturgy, Deacon Charles Williams, Mark Kwolek, videographer, and Father Anthony Marques, rector of the cathedral. (Photo/Office of Communications)[/caption] In his Good Friday homily, he noted how in his Gospel, St. John speaks of Jesus’ prophetic power, priestly sacrifice, kingship and majesty. “In a world that values and draws our attention to stature and dignity and clever words and great deeds. God’s power and dignity, his stature and truth are revealed in a cataclysm of passion, suffering and death,” he said, adding that all of that was revealed as Christ’s light was “obscured and his life sacrificed.” Bishop Knestout continued, “Therefore, we are invited to listen to God’s word with attention and obedience, to sacrifice our lives with reverence and piety, and to accept his reign over our hearts and lives with courage and devotion.” At the Easter Vigil, the bishop spoke about darkness, death, confusion and “uncertainty of a pestilence on the land.” But he said that can be overcome. “Our faith and the truth of what we celebrate tonight should give us courage and strength. Christ brings light out of darkness. He suffers, dies and rises from the dead!” he said. [caption id="attachment_121268" align="alignleft" width="400"] Father Anthony Marques, rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, chants the “Exsultet” during the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11. As with all Holy Week liturgies, this was a private Mass celebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout and livestreamed on the diocesan website. (Photo/Office of Communications)[/caption] Noting the resurrection, ascension and Pentecost, the bishop said, “We know about the power and courage that comes with it. We can peer through the clouds of uncertainty and sorrow and see a cause of joy and hope.” Bishop Knestout concluded, “God has conquered death! It is true — he has risen, and we share that resurrected life here and now! Even if the world is filled with reminders of chaos, darkness, death and sorrow, he is risen and we can confront the terrors of the night, and the arrows of plague that fly by day, with the armor of our faith, the confidence in Christ who has conquered sin and death, and gives us light and life, today and every day.”

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Bishop Knestout Celebrates 2020 Holy Day Liturgies and Easter Sunday Mass via Livestream to Reach Diocesan Faithful

  Easter Sunday Mass | April 12 Livestream of Mass:  

Holy Saturday | Easter Vigil 

[caption id="attachment_121169" align="aligncenter" width="400"] With the paschal candle lit, Fr. Anthony Marques, rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, leads the Easter Proclamation during the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11th[/caption] Livestream of Mass:   

Good Friday | The Passion of the Lord 

[caption id="attachment_121165" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Bishop Knestout kneels and venerates the cross during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, April 10.[/caption]  

Livestream of Good Friday Liturgy:

   

Holy Thursday | Mass of the Lord's Supper

[caption id="attachment_121166" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Standing before video cameras, Bishop Knestout delivers his homily before empty pews inside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond for Holy Thursday Mass, April 9.[/caption]  

Livestream of Holy Thursday Liturgy:

  [post_title] => Holy Days Celebrated with Faithful Through Livestream [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => holy-days-celebrated-with-faithful-through-livestream [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-17 11:28:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-17 15:28:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121163 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [167] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121571 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-11 20:21:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-12 00:21:15 [post_content] => Queridos hermanos y hermanas, Yo siempre estoy lleno de un tremendo agradecimiento por la tecnología que me permite conectarme directamente con ustedes mientras celebramos esta temporada de Pascua, nuestra temporada de salvación. Pero yo se que para ustedes, así como para mí, no se siente como la Pascua este año. El aire cálido es invitador y nos recuerda de las señales de nueva vida que se desarrollan ante nuestros ojos – en las flores, los árboles y a través de la belleza de la creación de Dios a todo nuestro alrededor. Aún así, aquí nos encontramos, en el medio de la orden de “quédese en casa”. Posiblemente nos sentimos un poco olvidados. Confinados. Solos, o hasta Abandonados. Al reflexionar en estas palabras, hago una pausa para recordar como este momento tan poderoso refleja todas las inseguridades y ansiedades sentidas por los Discípulos durante los días después de la crucifixión de Cristo. Mientras solo podemos imaginarnos la ansiedad y el temor de los Discípulos, dolorosamente estamos conscientes de nuestro propio temor y ansiedad. Pero es nuestra fe y lo que celebramos hoy y a lo largo de la temporada de Pascua lo que nos da valor y fortaleza. Así, que para empezar, damos las gracias por el valor y fortaleza de nuestros proveedores de la salud, nuestras oraciones por aquellos pasando por enfermedad, y por aquellos que han sucumbido al COVID-19. Pedimos por la misericordia del Señor y la intercesión de Nuestra Señora durante este tiempo difícil aquí en casa, en nuestra diócesis, en nuestra nación y en el mundo. Oramos por aquellos que se sienten aislados en esta temporada de Pascua. Aún Jesús, en un momento, se sintió abandonado en la cruz. Pero como sabemos, Jesús en su misterio Pascual, primero sufrió, luego resucitó de entre los muertos en gloria, para acompañarnos, guiarnos, nunca dejarnos. ¡El siempre está con nosotros! Durante la Semana de Pascua llenaremos nuestros corazones, si no nuestras bancas, con el poder del Señor Resucitado. Puede que no nos sea posible celebrar como una comunidad como estamos acostumbrados por respeto a la vida humana, pero a través del poder de la tecnología moderna, nosotros podemos aún conectarnos uno con el otro y permitir las Palabras de Esperanza y Ánimo dadas a nosotros por el Espíritu Santo, de no retirarse, pero dar una mano, asegurar, y ofrecer recordatorios que ninguno de nosotros de Fe estamos realmente solos. Estamos espiritualmente unidos como miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo. Y, como el Cuerpo de Cristo, no seremos vencidos por los retos del COVID-19. Le pido a Dios les conceda fuerza continua durante este tiempo, que les conceda esperanza y valor por Su presencia en la oración, y les deseo a ustedes y a sus familias la gracia continua a través del Espíritu Santo para crecer más cerca de Dios a través de su Hijo. Durante este tiempo, rezo por ustedes y sus familias de que permanezcan a salvo de todo mal. La paz de Dios para ustedes y sus familias. Felices Pascuas. [post_title] => Un Mensaje de Pascua del Obispo Barry C. Knestout 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => un-mensaje-de-pascua-del-obispo-barry-c-knestout-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-29 20:25:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-30 00:25:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121571 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [168] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121146 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-11 15:18:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-11 19:18:46 [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 the Governor’s signature of abortion legislation yesterday 

  April 11, 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 Governor’s signature of abortion legislation yesterday:  “Yesterday, Governor Northam announced that he had signed the so-called ‘Reproductive Health Protection Act’ (SB 733 & HB 980). We are deeply saddened and disappointed by his signature of this legislation. That he would take this action on Good Friday, one of the most solemn days for Christians, is a particular affront to all who profess the Gospel of life.  The legislation signed by the Governor repeals health and safety protections at abortion facilities, allows non-physicians to perform first-trimester abortions, and removes essential informed consent requirements, including the opportunity to view an ultrasound. Over the past eight years, abortions have decreased by 42% in Virginia. Tragically but undoubtedly, these changes to our state law will reverse that life-saving progress and increase the number of abortions.  In February, we joined thousands of people of many different faiths to proclaim life at our state capitol at the second annual March for Life. Regrettably, the Governor and a majority of Virginia’s legislators have adopted a far different message.  Though elected officials have stripped Virginia law of many longstanding provisions that protect unborn children and the health and safety of women, the pursuit of a culture of life in our Commonwealth will persevere. This pursuit will continue to save lives because the sacrificial, life-giving love that Christ pours out on us is abundant, fruitful and overflowing. As the Easter season begins, the Lord of life calls us to embrace new life in Him. Through this new life, let us come together with renewed zeal in prayer, advocacy and witness for life.” 

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[post_title] => Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor’s Signature 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-governors-signature-of-abortion-bills [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-11 15:18:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-11 19:18:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121146 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [169] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121112 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-08 14:31:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-08 18:31:48 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: April 8, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were scheduled to gather for their Spring General Assembly in Detroit, June 10-12. Given the current situation with the Coronavirus that has been classified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, the Administrative Committee of the USCCB voted earlier this week to cancel the June assembly. In announcing the decision, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB said, “The Administrative Committee made this very difficult decision with consideration of multiple factors, but most importantly the health, well-being and safety of the hundreds of bishops, staff, observers, guests, affiliates, volunteers, contractors and media involved with the general meetings.  Additionally, even if the numerous temporary restrictions on public gatherings resulting from conditions associated with COVID-19 are lessened by June, the priority for the physical and pastoral presence of the bishop in his See will be acute to tend to the faithful.” This marks the first cancellation of a plenary assembly in the Conference’s history. The bylaws of the Conference state that a plenary assembly is to be convened at least once a year. As such, the November general assembly meeting in Baltimore (scheduled for November 16-19) would fulfill this requirement. [post_title] => U.S. Bishops Cancel June Assembly in Detroit [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-cancel-june-assembly-in-detroit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-09 14:32:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-09 18:32:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121112 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [170] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121114 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-03 14:50:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-03 18:50:18 [post_content] => April 3, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement for Holy Week. Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows: “Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth. As we enter into Holy Week, these most sacred days of the year, Catholics across the United States and the world are living under quarantine, our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. “But we know that our Redeemer lives. Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us by his life, death, and resurrection. Even now, we marvel at the beautiful mystery of our salvation, how precious each one of us is in the eyes of God. “These are times almost without precedent in the long history of the Church. In the face of this worldwide contagion, bishops here and in almost every country have been forced to temporarily suspend public worship and celebration of the sacraments. “My brother bishops and I are painfully aware that many of our Catholic people are troubled and hurt by the loss of the Eucharist and the consolation of the sacraments. This is a bitter affliction that we all feel deeply. We ache with our people and we long for the day when we can be reunited around the altar of the Lord to celebrate the sacred mysteries. “In this difficult moment, we ask God for his grace, that we might bear this burden together with patience and charity, united as one family of God in his universal Church. “On Good Friday, on behalf of the bishops in the United States, I will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. “I ask you to join me in this prayer, which will be livestreamed over the internet at 9 a.m. on the West Coast and 12 noon on the East Coast. Let us join as one family of God here in the United States in asking our Lord for his mercy. “The Holy Father has granted a special plenary indulgence to those who pray for an end to this pandemic. To receive this indulgence, you need to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday, be truly sorry for your sins and desire to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as it is possible, and you need to pray for the intentions of the Pope. “In the heart of Jesus, pierced as he hung on the cross on Good Friday, we see the love of God for humanity, his love for each one of us. “This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacles of our own hearts. “Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love. And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us, that he might deliver us from every evil and grant us peace in our day.” [post_title] => President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases Message for Holy Week 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-of-the-u-s-conference-of-catholic-bishops-releases-message-for-holy-week-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-09 15:29:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-09 19:29:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=121114 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [171] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 121039 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2020-04-02 15:35:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-04-02 19:35:57 [post_content] => Faithful Encouraged to Pray Litany of the Sacred Heart April 2, 2020 WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children. Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) 12:00 PM EDT Livestream: USCCB and Archdiocese of Los Angeles Text of Litany of the Sacred Heart: English / Spanish Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19. Additionally, with special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday. A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb. 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All of the services listed below will be streamed live on the diocesan Facebook page and YouTube communication platforms.*

Visit www.richmonddiocese.org/livestream to connect.

LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE:

Palm Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m.

The Passion of the Lord, Bishop Knestout presiding

Chrism Mass, moved to July 11, 2020

Holy Thursday, April 9, 6:00 p.m.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Bishop Knestout presiding

Good Friday, April 10, 3:00 p.m.

The Passion of the Lord, Bishop Knestout presiding

Holy Saturday, April 11, 8:00 p.m.

The Easter Vigil, Bishop Knestout presiding

Easter Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.Easter Mass, Bishop Knestout presiding

 

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BISHOP BARRY C. KNESTOUT TO CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK LITURGIES BY LIVESTREAM FROM THE CATHEDRAL OF THE SACRED HEART IN RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va. – As he has done since public Masses were temporarily suspended in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Bishop Barry C. Knestout will celebrate Holy Week and broadcast the liturgies through livestream for the faithful. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is not open to the public for these celebrations due to the public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension of public Masses remains in place througout the diocese until further notice. As a result, parishes across the diocese will livestream Holy Week liturgies so their parishioners can virtually take part in these celebrations. Holy Week is the most sacred time in the Catholic faith as it marks the passage of Christ from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem through his passion, death and resurrection. It concludes the season of Lent and culminates with the celebration of Easter which commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“This is personally distressing not to have the members of our faithful present and physically able to participate with us in this most sacred time,” said Bishop Knestout. “We must work to protect the safety and well-being of all and yet do all we can for our faithful to remain spiritually connected to God and the Church in these uncertain times. During this period of isolation, it is faith that enlightens us and gives life meaning, even when accompanied by suffering. My hope in offering this livestream – while we’d prefer our parishioners gather together with us in the Church – is that it provides that hope and connection to remain in spiritual communion with us until we can one day joyfully share the Mass and sacraments together again.”
All of the services listed below will be streamed live at https://richmonddiocese.org/livestream and on the diocesan Facebook page.* LIVESTREAM SCHEDULE: Palm Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m. The Passion of the Lord, Bishop Knestout presiding Chrism Mass, moved to July 11, 2020 Holy Thursday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Bishop Knestout presiding Good Friday, April 10, 3:00 p.m. The Passion of the Lord, Bishop Knestout presiding Holy Saturday, April 11, 8:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil, Bishop Knestout presiding Easter Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. Easter Mass, Bishop Knestout presiding *Please note: The digital platforms could be subject to change for any reason, so please continually check with the diocesan website for the most up-to-date information regarding the livestream. 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The Claims Administrator remains fully staffed and operational and is able to accept claims online or through the mail as before. The first deadline for submitting a claim involves the submission of a short Claim Initiation Form by Friday, April 3, 2020. If you have any questions about the Program, please go to the Claims Administrator’s website at richmonddioceseirp.com, email them at ClaimsAdministrator @RichmondDioceseIRP.com, or call them at 1-888-304-0265. 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The formal blessing — usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter — carries with it a plenary indulgence for all who follow by television, internet or radio, are sorry for their sins, recite a few prescribed prayers and promise to go to confession and to receive the Eucharist as soon as possible. After reciting the Angelus prayer March 22 from the library of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis announced his plans for the special blessing, which, he said, would be given in an “empty” St. Peter’s Square because all of Italy is on lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus. With the public joining him only by television, internet or radio, “we will listen to the word of God, raise our prayer (and) adore the Blessed Sacrament,” he said. “At the end, I will give the benediction ‘urbi et orbi,’ to which will be connected the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence.” An indulgence is an ancient practice of prayer and penance for the remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven. 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In English

Se lanza servicio nacional para denunciar conducta sexual impropia que involucre a obispos de los Estados Unidos

{CIUDAD} – En mayo de 2019, el papa Francisco lanzó su carta apostólica Vos estis lux mundi (“Vosotros sois la luz del mundo”) para abordar la cuestión del abuso sexual y la rendición de cuentas de los obispos en la Iglesia Católica mundial. Vos estis hace un llamado a los arzobispos metropolitanos para que asuman las responsabilidades de recibir y evaluar denuncias concernientes a abuso sexual y conducta impropia relacionada que involucren a obispos. En junio de 2019, un mes después de que el papa Francisco emitiera su orden, los obispos de los Estados Unidos se reunieron en su asamblea general en Baltimore y aprobaron el plan de implementación para llevar a cabo las directivas del Santo Padre aquí en los Estados Unidos. Como parte de este compromiso continuo para llevar a cabo Vos estis, se ha establecido el Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR), o Servicio de Denuncias de Abusos de Obispos Católicos. El servicio es operado por Convercent, Inc., una entidad externa e independiente que presta servicios a instituciones privadas para admitir sus denuncias sobre temas delicados como el acoso sexual a través de una plataforma segura, confidencial y profesional. Las personas individuales pueden acudir a ReportBishopAbuse.org para presentar una denuncia. Las denuncias también se aceptan a través del (800) 276-1562. Cuando se reciba una denuncia, esta será remitida al arzobispo metropolitano local, quien asumirá la responsabilidad de evaluarla inicialmente. {{EL ARZOBISPO METROPOLITANO} de {SEDE} es el metropolitano que preside esta provincia, que abarca las siguientes diócesis: {ENUMERAR DIÓCESIS SUFRAGÁNEAS} / o / {SEDE SUFRAGÁNEA} es una diócesis sufragánea de la {SEDE METROPOLITANA} y nuestro metropolitano es {ARZOBISPO METROPOLITANO}. En el caso de que se reciba una denuncia que se refiera a {ARZOBISPO METROPOLITANO}, será remitida a {OBISPO SUFRAGÁNEO MÁS ANTIGUO}, quien es el obispo sufragáneo de mayor antigüedad en esta provincia local. El servicio de Denuncias de Abusos de Obispos Católicos permite a personas individuales transmitir a las autoridades de la Iglesia cualquier denuncia sobre un obispo católico estadounidense que haya hecho lo siguiente: • obligar a alguien a realizar o someterse a actos sexuales mediante violencia, amenaza o abuso de autoridad; • realizar actos sexuales con un menor o una persona vulnerable; • producir, exhibir, poseer o distribuir pornografía infantil, o reclutar o inducir a un menor o una persona vulnerable a participar en exhibiciones pornográficas; o, un obispo diocesano o eparquial, o un clérigo que supervisa una diócesis o eparquía en ausencia de un obispo diocesano o eparquial, que haya interferido intencionalmente con una investigación civil o eclesiástica sobre acusaciones de abuso sexual cometido por otro clérigo o religioso. El Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR), o Servicio de Denuncias de Abusos de Obispos Católicos, no reemplaza los sistemas de presentación de denuncias existentes para quejas contra sacerdotes, diáconos, religiosos o laicos. CBAR fue diseñado para responder solamente a quejas contra obispos por cuestiones relacionadas con conducta sexual impropia. Las denuncias de conducta sexual impropia por parte de cualquier persona en el ministerio diocesano que no sea obispo, tales como sacerdotes, diáconos, hermanos y hermanas religiosos, o laicos que trabajan o hacen voluntariado para la Iglesia, deben seguir siendo manejadas conforme a la política de protección infantil de {SEDE}, (véase {insertar hipervínculo a su PPI}), y ante las autoridades civiles correspondientes. Para obtener más información sobre el servicio de denuncias y cómo funciona, visite: ReportBishopAbuse.org. Si bien el mandato del papa Francisco en Vos estis se hace eco de muchas de las prácticas que la Iglesia Católica en los Estados Unidos ya ha implementado desde 2002 con el Estatuto para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes, esta nueva orden se aplica a los obispos y a la Iglesia Católica mundial, dejando en claro la preocupación del papa sobre la cuestión del abuso sexual en la Iglesia a nivel global.

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En español

Nationwide Service to Report Sexual Misconduct Involving U.S. Bishops Launched

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. – In May 2019, Pope Francis released his apostolic letter, “Vos estis lux mundi” (“You are the light of the world”) to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church. “Vos estis” calls upon the metropolitan archbishops to undertake the responsibilities for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops that pertain to sexual abuse and related misconduct. In June 2019, one month after Pope Francis issued his order, the bishops of the United States convened for their general assembly in Baltimore and approved the implementation plan for carrying out the directives of the Holy Father here in the United States. As part of this ongoing commitment to carrying out “Vos estis,” the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) was established. The service is operated by Convercent, Inc., an independent, third-party entity that provides intake services to private institutions for reports of sensitive topics such as sexual harassment through a secure, confidential and professional platform. Individuals may go to ReportBishopAbuse.org in order to make a report. Reports are also accepted via (800) 276-1562. When a report is received, it will be forwarded to the local metropolitan archbishop who will undertake the responsibility of initially assessing the report. Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore is the metropolitan who presides over this province, which includes the following dioceses: Arlington, Richmond, Wheeling-Charleston and Wilmington. In the event that a report is received that concerns Archbishop Lori, then it will be forwarded to Bishop William F. Malooly of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, who is the senior suffragan bishop of this local province. The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting service allows for individuals to relay to Church authorities any reports of a U.S. Catholic bishop who has: forced someone to perform or to submit to sexual acts through violence, threat or abuse of authority; performed sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person; produced, exhibited, possessed or distributed child pornography, or recruited or induced a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions; or a diocesan or eparchial bishop, or a cleric overseeing a diocese/eparchy in the absence of a diocesan or eparchial bishop, who has intentionally interfered with a civil or Church investigation into allegations of sexual abuse committed by another cleric or religious. The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) does not replace existing reporting systems for complaints against priests, deacons, religious or laity. CBAR was designed to respond only to complaints against bishops for issues related to sexual misconduct. The reporting of sexual misconduct by anyone in diocesan ministry who is not a bishop, such as priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, or lay persons working or volunteering for the Church, should continue to be handled in accordance with the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s child protection policy and with proper civil authorities. While the mandate by Pope Francis in “Vos estis” echoes many of the practices that the Catholic Church in the United States has already implemented since 2002 with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” this new order applies to the bishops and to the worldwide Catholic Church, making clear the pope’s concern of the issue of sexual abuse in the Church at a global level.

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en español

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2020 This morning (Monday), Bishop Barry C. Knestout received notification from his healthcare provider that he has tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Bishop Knestout entered self-isolation on Saturday, March 14, after experiencing cold-like symptoms. Due to his substantial travel schedule the previous two weeks and because of the many meetings and encounters his schedule included, Bishop Knestout decided to proceed with the COVID-19 test out of care and caution for the community. Bishop Knestout received the COVID-19 test Wednesday, March 18. “I want to thank the healthcare professionals and our first responders for their courage and sacrifice as they place themselves in harm’s way to care for our communities throughout our diocese,” said Bishop Knestout. “I am also very grateful to all of you who have kept me in your prayers or who have sent me well wishes and notes of encouragement. I ask for your continued prayers for those who have died from this virus and for those who remain in self-isolation because of it. Please join me in prayer during this difficult time as we ask for God’s grace and Our Lady’s intercession for our nation and our diocese.” In these extraordinary times, when public Masses are suspended and lives are at risk and as the diocese commemorates its 200th anniversary this year, Bishop Knestout dedicated (consecrated) our diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary asking her special intercession and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus asking for grace and mercy. The dedication took place Sunday (March 22) during private Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. You can watch the livestream of the Mass at https://richmonddiocese.org/march-22-mass/.  

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en enspañol

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2020 RICHMOND, Va. – Due to his extensive travel schedule within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond for the last two weeks and out of care and caution, Bishop Barry C. Knestout is in self-quarantine after experiencing the symptoms of a minor cold last weekend. This morning (Wednesday), Bishop Knestout visited a healthcare facility to receive tests for the flu and COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Upon the recommendation of his doctor, his Excellency remains in self-quarantine following the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Bishop Knestout stresses that he does not feel seriously ill but is taking this measure as a precaution and is eager to return to public ministry. Until then, he will wait until doctors advise him of the status of the COVID-19 test and he is cleared to proceed with his public ministry. Once more information comes back and with Bishop Knestout’s permission, we will share with our faithful the results of Bishop Knestout’s status. Currently, Bishop Knestout has cancelled any further engagements on his calendar until further notice. He continues to lead the diocese through video teleconferencing and other forms of electronic communication. We thank the healthcare professionals and first responders on the front lines as they tirelessly work to treat and care for our communities. Tomorrow, as we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, devoted husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we offer a message of hope and prayer for all working to tackle this pandemic. We also ask our faithful to keep them in your prayers. Please continue to pray for Bishop Knestout and the priests and deacons of our diocese. We pray for their health and well-being as they work to fulfill the mission of our Church.

Watch a video message from Bishop Knestout here.

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[post_title] => Statement of the U.S. Bishops’ Executive Committee: Catholic Relief Services Delivers the Hope of Christ to Where Human Suffering is Worst [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-of-the-u-s-bishops-executive-committee-catholic-relief-services-delivers-the-hope-of-christ-to-where-human-suffering-is-worst [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-17 12:07:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-17 16:07:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=120400 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [181] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 120397 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-03-16 18:17:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-16 22:17:58 [post_content] => INFORMACION ACTUALIZADA: 17 de marzo de 2020   Monseñor Barry C. Knestout ha prohibido las aglomeraciones con más de 10 personas a todos los ministerio dentro de la Diócesis Católica de Richmond. Esta es una información actualizada del comunicado de prensa emitido el 16 de marzo por la diócesis, tomando en cuenta la conferencia de prensa del 17 de marzo del Gobernador Ralph Northam en la cual anunció que las aglomeraciones con más de 10 personas están prohibidas dentro del Commonwealth.
Comunicación Inmediata: 16 de marzo de 2020 En apoyo a las directrices emitidas por las oficinas federales y estatales de salud pública, el Monseñor Barry C. Knestout, ha ordenado la suspensión temporal de todas las Misas públicas dentro de la Diócesis Católica de Richmond, con efecto inmediato. La directriz incluye Misas Dominicales, días de precepto y/o de obligación, y Misas durante la semana. Este anuncio es el resultado de la preocupación creciente en el aumento de los casos del coronavirus (COVID-19) en el Commonwealth y la prohibición del Gobernador Northam de aglomeraciones de mas de 10* individuos. Monseñor Knestout tomó esta decisión para resguardar la seguridad pública de sus fieles, el mismo que se dirige a todos ellos en una carta abierta. “Como pastor debo balancear la salud y bienestar de la comunidad, asegurando que estamos cooperando con el bien común mientras continuamos con la misión de la Iglesia,” dijo el Monseñor Knestout. “Entiendo que existen muchos de nuestros fieles que tienen el deseo de asistir a Misa en persona y este anuncio les traerá un dolor profundo en el corazón. Sin embargo, yo considero que este es un paso necesario para el mejor interés de la salud pública y así evitar la propagación de la infección. Les pido a todos los fieles que oren conmigo para poner fin a esta pandemia, por los enfermos y por todos los que están trabajando para poner fin a este virus.” Monseñor Knestout ha ordenado que también entra en vigor lo siguiente:
  • Todas las liturgias de Confirmación quedan suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso.
  • Todos los matrimonios y funerales deberán continuar con una participación limitada a la familia mas cercana. El número no deberá exceder las 50 personas.
  • El cuidado pastoral ejercido por los sacerdotes para los enfermos se mantiene con vital importancia durante este tiempo y así continuara.
  • Las Iglesias se mantienen abiertas para oraciones individuales, pero se disuade las agrupaciones.
  • Reuniones que no son de carácter esencial están canceladas. Si existieran reuniones con carácter esencial estas no pueden exceder las 50 personas.
  • Los sacerdotes continuarán celebrando sus misas privadas para orar por sus feligreses y por la diócesis.
  • Monseñor Knestout transmitirá en vivo celebraciones privadas de la Misa dominical hasta nueva orden.
  • Las parroquias con capacidad para transmitir en vivo están animadas a hacer lo mismo para sus feligreses. La diócesis ha creado una página de internet con información y recursos de ayuda y comunicación dentro de la diócesis. Usted puede encontrar esta información en el sitiohttps://richmonddiocese.org/coronavirus

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[post_title] => Monseñor Knestout Ordena la Suspensión de todas las Misas Públicas en la Diócesis Católica de Richmond [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => monsenor-knestout-ordena-la-suspension-de-todas-las-misas-publicas-en-la-diocesis-catolica-de-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-17 15:08:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-17 19:08:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=120397 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [182] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 120367 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-03-16 15:06:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-16 19:06:30 [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.  
For Immediate Release: March 16, 2020 In support of the guidance from federal and state public health officials, Bishop Barry C. Knestout directed the temporary suspension of all public Masses within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, effective immediately. The directive includes Sunday Masses, holy days and weekday Masses. The announcement follows growing concern of increased cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Commonwealth and Governor Northam’s ban on large gatherings of more than 10* individuals. Bishop Knestout made the decision in an effort to ensure public safety of the faithful, which he addresses in an open letter to all. “As shepherd, I must balance the health and wellbeing of the community, ensuring we are cooperating with the common good, with continuing with the mission of our Church,” said Bishop Knestout. “I know there are many of our faithful who desire to attend Mass in person and this announcement will bring them great heartache. However, I feel this is a necessary step in the best interest of public health to protect against further infection. I ask the faithful to pray with me for an end to the pandemic, for the sick and all who are working to put an end to this virus.” Bishop Knestout has also directed the following to take effect:
  • All Confirmation liturgies are suspended until further notice.
  • All weddings and funerals should continue with the attendance limited to immediate family members. The numbers should not exceed 50 people.
  • Pastoral care by priests for the sick remains of the utmost importance during this time and will continue.
  • Churches should remain open for individual private prayer, but gatherings of multiple individuals for prayer are discouraged.
  • Non-essential meetings are cancelled. If an essential meeting is needed, it should not exceed 50 people.
  • Priests will continue to celebrate their own private Masses daily to pray for their parishioners and the diocese.
  • Bishop Knestout will livestream private celebration of Sunday Masses for the foreseeable future.
  • Parishes with similar livestream capabilities are encouraged to do the same for their parishioners.
The diocese has created a webpage with information, helpful resources and communications within the diocese. You can find the information at https://richmonddiocese.org/coronavirus

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(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 ) [184] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 120336 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-03-13 16:11:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-13 20:11:56 [post_content] => March 13, 2020 WASHINGTON – Earlier today, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a reflection and prayer on Coronavirus (COVID-19). His statement is part of the USCCB’s ongoing engagement on the issue over the last several weeks. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a statement encouraging lawmakers to consider measures providing relief and aid to those suffering from COVID-19, those affected by workplace closures and other disruptions, and prayers for those suffering from the virus and for healthcare providers. In response to news of progression of COVID-19 outbreaks in other parts of the world, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued a statement with Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Health Association of the United States that addressed the Catholic response to the outbreak. The faithful are encouraged to consult their local (arch)diocese or (arch)eparchy as to local directives on the celebration of the sacraments. The USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship has shared helpful considerations with the U.S. bishops regarding their role in regulating liturgical celebrations as they make decisions for their respective dioceses in the wake of growing public health concerns. The considerations include: reminding parishes to use common sense hygiene practices; reminding Catholics that they are not obligated to attend Mass if they are sick; reminding bishops that they may suspend the distribution of Holy Communion by the chalice (cup), and suspend physical contact at the sign of peace; in more serious circumstances, they may suspend public liturgical celebrations. The USCCB, as well as the Confraternity on Christine Doctrine (CCD) and the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), have waived permission requirements for prayers and readings in both English and Spanish to allow dioceses to livestream Masses during this time as social distancing measures are implemented. [post_title] => USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-statements-on-coronavirus-covid-19 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-13 16:11:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-13 20:11:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=120336 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [185] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 120331 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2020-03-13 13:12:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-13 17:12:47 [post_content] => March 13, 2020   WASHINGTON- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):
With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity — that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.
God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives. United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace. We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good. In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you: Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana. Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness. For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust. In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts. We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy. Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

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Bishop Knestout Authorizes Further Safety Guidelines in Response to the Coronavirus

  The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, approved additional directives for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as a result of the rapidly changing circumstances involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting the United States. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has now confirmed multiple cases within the Commonwealth. Bishop Knestout is instructing the following liturgical guidelines to take effect immediately in all parishes, schools, residential adult care centers, and campus ministries within the diocese:  
  • Cease distribution of the Precious Blood (Christ is fully present under both species of the Blessed Sacrament).
  • Refrain from shaking hands during the Sign of Peace (bow or verbal gesture is appropriate).
  • Refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Remove holy water from the baptismal and holy water fonts.
  The diocese continues to urge anyone who is ill to stay home and avoid attending Sunday Mass out of charity and concern for others. The guidelines have been sent to all clergy, parishes, and schools within our diocese. Individuals can read up-to-date information from the state and health-related facts about the coronavirus: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/ The diocese has created a webpage with information, helpful resources and communications within the diocese that you may be looking for, you can find the information at https://richmonddiocese.org/coronavirus We pray for all who are sick and the healthcare professionals caring for those affected.    

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Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington told the more than 200 people who attended Virginia Vespers at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, “They are where they’re supposed to be, and we are where we’re supposed to be — praying for them.” According to Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, sponsor of the March 5 event, the legislators were absent because they were in session that evening “and would probably go late into the morning.” [caption id="attachment_120190" align="aligncenter" width="867"] Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington presided and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond gave the homily at Virginia Vespers, Thursday, March 5, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.[/caption]   Bishop Barry C. Knestout, homilist for the service, spoke about the third chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians in which the apostle instructs followers of Christ to put on “heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.” He continued, “These are clearly not the virtues of the political or partisan world, where adversarial views are in conflict and unresolved unless one party neutralizes the power of the other.” Noting that political life is “adversarial and antagonistic,” Bishop Knestout said Christians must take another approach. [caption id="attachment_120191" align="aligncenter" width="865"] The Benedictine College Preparatory Schola chants the Salve Regina during Virginia Vespers.[/caption]   “Our Christian faith is meant to shape the political environment in such a way that it can lead to peace and justice,” he said. “Peace is a fruit of justice, which itself is a cardinal virtue, along with temperance, prudence and fortitude that spring forth, as all virtues do, from charity.” Bishop Knestout said that while Americans value “constitutional rights of free speech and liberty,” there has been a “disruption to the context for the exercise of these rights.” He said media, Internet, self-publishing and blogs have turned the environment into “a Wild West of no-holds-barred rhetoric and ad hominem attacks on anyone seen as holding different political, cultural, economic, religious or moral view from the writers themselves.” Bishop Knestout said Lent provided an opportunity to examine “our failures, weaknesses and vices.” [caption id="attachment_120192" align="aligncenter" width="873"] The Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart chants during Virginia Vespers.[/caption]   He continued, “This evening we gather and pray together, even with differing political views, all with the hope that by this Lenten practice of prayer, we might put on the virtues that express the ‘bond of perfection’ (Col 3:14), the communion born of holiness.” [post_title] => At Virginia Vespers, Bishop Knestout Encourages Prayer, Virtues [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => at-virginia-vespers-bishop-knestout-encourages-prayer-virtues [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-03-06 11:24:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-03-06 16:24:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=120189 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [188] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119990 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-03-02 15:18:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-03-02 20:18:19 [post_content] => February 28, 2020 Following up on a plan announced at last year’s Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church, Pope Francis has launched a task force to help Bishops’ Conferences prepare and update child protection guidelines. By Vatican News Pope Francis has established a task force “in order to assist the Episcopal Conferences in the preparation and updating of guidelines for the protection of minors”. The intention to form such a group had already been announced by the Pope at last year’s Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church, which ran from 21-24 February 2019. One year later, after the details of the project had been worked out, Pope Francis has made the plan a reality.

Supervising committee

In a statement released on Friday, the Holy See Press Office explained that the task force will be supervised by Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, the Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, together with the  members of the organizing Committee for last year’s Meeting: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay; Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago; Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and Deputy Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; and Father Hans Zollner, SJ, Dean of the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Membership of the task force

The task force itself is composed of a Coordinator, Dr Andrew Azzopardi, head of the Safeguarding Commission of the Maltese Bishops (established by the Archdiocese of Malta, the Diocese of Gozo, and the Conference of Religious Major Superiors);  and a number of canon law experts of different nationalities. The Coordinator will report quarterly to the Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State on the work undertaken by the task force.

Providing assistance to Episcopal Conferences

According to communiqué, the task force will assist Episcopal Conferences, as well as Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life, in preparing and updating guidelines for the protection of minors, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and current canonical legislation, especially the motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi. The task force’s mandate will last for two years, beginning 24 February 2020. It will be supported by a special fund established by benefactors. Episcopal Conferences, Institutes of Religious, and Societies of Apostolic Life can request assistance at the following email address: taskforce@org.va.   [post_title] => Pope Francis forms Child Protection Task Force [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pope-francis-forms-child-protection-task-force [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 11:42:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 16:42:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119990 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [189] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119930 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-02-27 15:38:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-02-27 20:38:47 [post_content] => February 18, 2020 WASHINGTON - Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace; Sean Callahan, president of Catholic Relief Services; and Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, issued a statement addressing the Catholic response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Their joint statement follows: “As communities and public health officials respond to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and closely monitor its presence and progression in other parts of the world, we join in solidarity and prayer for those impacted or working to treat those infected by the disease. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and the Catholic Health Association of the United States hope that governments will work together in partnership to improve all nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to this virus. “The Catholic Church in the United States stands in solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus and their families, health workers who are valiantly trying to diagnose and treat patients, and those under quarantine awaiting results of their screening for the virus. We offer our prayers for healing and support those organizations, both domestic and international, working to provide medical supplies and assistance to address this serious risk to public health. “In early February, the Holy See sent 700,000 respiratory masks to China to help prevent the spread of the disease. Within the United States, Catholic healthcare providers are at the front line of providing treatment and care to those impacted by the virus. “We also commend the U.S. government for transporting more than 17 tons of donated medical supplies to China. This response to the novel coronavirus demonstrates the critical importance of the need to work together and to invest in crucial health care systems here and in other countries, thus preventing and responding to community-wide emergencies. We urge the U.S. Congress to support these efforts by protecting access to domestic health care safety net programs and by providing additional emergency international assistance to areas impacted by the virus. “We also urge individuals to stay informed as information becomes available by going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.”

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[post_title] => Catholic Response to Outbreak of Coronavirus [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-response-to-outbreak-of-coronavirus [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-02-27 15:38:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-02-27 20:38:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119930 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [190] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119925 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-02-27 13:47:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-02-27 18:47:45 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: February 27, 2020   The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is monitoring the latest information as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory illness that has spread internationally. The Virginia Health Department has stated it is investigating reports of illnesses associated with the coronavirus, however, at this time there are no confirmed cases in Virginia. Read: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/ Currently, the diocese has not placed any restrictions on the use of the chalice for holy Communion or the exchange of the Sign of Peace during Mass. The diocesan Office of Worship has prepared guidance for pastors under the current circumstances and during the influenza season, which is normal practice. You can read the guidelines by visiting the Office of Worship website: http://www.cdrworship.org/guidelines-and-policies. Additionally, no one is under an obligation to receive from the chalice or shake hands during the Sign of Peace. If there is great alarm, pastors may consider discontinuing – temporarily – the practice of offering communion from the chalice. We continue to hold in prayer all health care workers managing the effort to combat this outbreak globally and all communities affected by the situation.

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For Immediate Release: February 17, 2020

Catholic Diocese of Richmond Announces Independent Reconciliation Program

Today, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond announces the establishment of the Independent Reconciliation Program (“Program”) which aims to assist in the healing of those who were sexually abused as minors by Catholic clergy. The Program is independently administered by BrownGreer PLC, a Richmond based and nationally recognized firm specializing in settlement administration. For those wishing to learn more about the Program and submitting a claim, please visit the Program website: www.RichmondDioceseIRP.com Fulfilling a commitment Bishop Barry C. Knestout made in 2018, the Program is part of an ongoing reconciliation process to assist victim survivors in their healing. This action represents another step in the “building blocks of renewal in this local Church” that Bishop Knestout spoke to in his pastoral letter “From Tragedy to Hope” published September 14, 2018. Today’s announcement is one of multiple steps Bishop Knestout will take as the diocese expands its healing ministry to assist victim survivors. In his letter to the faithful of the diocese today, Bishop Knestout said, “One of my most important pastoral responsibilities is to reach out to victim survivors of clergy sexual abuse, and to be a resource for them on their paths of healing.” “We have watched as dioceses throughout the country have embraced reconciliation programs similar to this program and noted the benefit to victim survivors,” Bishop Knestout added. “This program – designed and managed by a nationally recognized and highly respected, independent claims administrator – gives victim survivors an opportunity to receive monetary payment in a manner that is compassionate.” Bishop Knestout continued, “We will never be able to fully compensate for the harm done and we recognize there are many routes that might be followed to achieve justice. We believe this to be the best course for our diocese to reach a just reconciliation with our victim survivors.” You can read the entire letter by visiting www.richmonddiocese.org. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond also has a website to address our ongoing commitment to support healing and reconciliation for victim survivors of sexual abuse following this announcement. Visit assistance.richmonddiocese.org for more information and frequently asked questions. While the Program will be funded by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, no financial resources from the Annual Diocesan Appeal or the Living Our Mission Capital Campaign will be used to fund this program. Later this year, Bishop Knestout will participate in several Masses of Hope and Healing held around the diocese for victim survivors. He plans to lead a rosary for healing and protection during April which is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. To learn more about the actions Bishop Knestout has taken in the diocese, visit our Pastoral Response page: https://richmonddiocese.org/diocese-response/.

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Notice Regarding Rev. Msgr. Raymond A. Barton, Retired

A representative of a deceased victim has come forward with a report sharing allegations of child sexual abuse by Rev. Msgr. Raymond Barton. The report identified the victim and described details of the abuse. The incident is alleged to have occurred in the early-1970’s. The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has reported the allegations to civil authorities. Msgr. Barton, retired since 2011, is not currently serving in ministry. Msgr. Barton will not be permitted to engage in active ministry until the allegations are investigated and resolved. Msgr. Barton was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1966. He served as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, and as a faculty member at St. John Vianney Seminary, Goochland. He was a pastor at the following parishes: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk; Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach; and Holy Comforter Catholic Church in Charlottesville. He also served as a co-pastor for Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach. Bishop Knestout remains committed to transparency and accountability when allegations of child sexual abuse are reported. He 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.  

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Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond concelebrated the Mass with more than a dozen priests from the two dioceses. In his homily, Bishop Knestout noted that in the Commonwealth the “laws and the political culture ensured life was protected in a greater way than in many other states.” But, he said, “the political winds can change rapidly and the threat to life reemerge with brutal ferocity,” noting that the 60 million lives lost to abortion since the Supreme Court legalized it in 1973 is “eight times as many lives as the entire population of (Virginia).” Bishop Knestout said that while people grieve the loss of so many lives, “There is hope.” [caption id="attachment_119772" align="aligncenter" width="571"] Bishop Knestout delivers the homily at the Mass for Life prior to the second annual Virginia March for Life, Thursday, Feb. 13. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] He praised the Knights of Columbus councils that raise money to purchase ultrasound machines, the outreach of Hope4Life in Portsmouth, volunteers at pregnancy centers and those who stand near abortion centers and pray for the transformation of hearts and lives. “If you haven’t already supported their efforts and work, I urge you to do so,” the bishop said. Noting that while the gift of new life is always to be celebrated, Bishop Knestout continued, “We must also recognize that a pregnancy, especially when unexpected, can bring with it many challenges. Mothers too often find themselves afraid, vulnerable, abandoned, and in need. And God calls us to respond in love.” Referencing Luke 1:39-45, Bishop Knestout said Mary’s visit to Elizabeth should be the model for helping a woman with an unexpected pregnancy. “We are called to go without delay, to go ‘in haste’ as the Blessed Mother did, to offer expectant mothers the support, encouragement, and love that they need,” he said. “Mary’s example of visiting her cousin Elizabeth at the time of both of their unexpected pregnancies should inspire us to serve mothers and families — even amidst our own conflicting needs.” Following Mass, Father Daniel Beeman, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News, told the crowd about Courtney, the girl his cousin, Jake, met online. They had much in common, but Jake wanted to know more. The priest advised him, “Ask her if she’s pro-life, because in some ways that will tell you so much about her heart.” Father Beeman related the story the woman told Jake. It was 1963, and her biological grandmother was a 17-year-old, pregnant immigrant in New York City. With no family support, she went to an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity who took her in and then kept her daughter, Courtney’s mom, in the orphanage. She ended up in a foster home where the parents eventually adopted her. Courtney’s message to Jake: “I’m pro-life, always. Because I wouldn’t be here otherwise.  And I can’t imagine any situation where a life isn’t worth saving, where a baby would be better off dying than being given life and love.” The priest said his response to his cousin was, “You date that girl, you date that girl now!” Father Beeman said stories like Courtney’s need to become “part of the moral fiber and framework” of the United States and Virginia. “You and I as pro-life people, as people who know each life was created by God to be sacred, have been dealt some very difficult and sad news in the Commonwealth over the last few months,” he said. “With the turn of the General Assembly in Virginia last November and the current administration in our governor’s mansion, the Commonwealth of Virginia is now represented in all of our houses of government by people who do not share our reverence for life.” The priest said the representative majority’s “false application of the word ‘choice’” has replaced the dignity and honor of human life. “They have taken what we know by our religious teaching and also what you never have to be religious to know – that every life is sacred and that the vulnerable life is the one most worth protecting – and they have turned it upside down in the name of choice,” he said. “This turn has been swift, and their efforts have been unrelenting.” Father Beeman delineated the legislation that is making its way into Virginia law, e.g., allowing people other than doctors to perform abortions, removal of informed consent, removal of the requirement for an abortion facility to provide the mother with an ultrasound and elimination of the 24-hour waiting period. He said Gov. Ralph Northam signing these bills presents a “serious challenge” to pro-lifers. “Perhaps the scariest part is that once this passes, they will not relent,” the priest said. “Many of our pro-abortion delegates and senators and our governor have stated that they would continue to support additional pro-abortion legislation in the future.” Father Beeman said pro-lifers should not despair nor see the situation as hopeless. “We join our pro-life stance across the board as a people of faith, demonstrating our willingness to fight for every life, not just in the womb, but through every stage to a natural death,” he said. “We stand against dismissing anyone, regardless of their background, age or status, and we love and support every human.” The priest noted the consistency of the Church’s teaching regarding assisted suicide, the death penalty, “or taking away the dignity of any human life in how they are treated.” “With that consistency, with the growing sentiments of pro-life Americans, and most especially, with the Light and Truth of Jesus Christ, this is a fight that can be won, and this is a fight worth fighting in order to win,” he said.   This story will be updated in the Feb. 24, 2020 issue of The Catholic Virginian.

Bishop Knestout's homily from the Virginia Mass for Life, Feb. 13, 2020

Today we gather for the second annual Virginia March for Life. Just a few years ago, it was not thought that there would ever be a need for such a march here in the commonwealth. The laws and the political culture ensured life was protected in a greater way than maybe in other states, although always in danger of being undermined. How quickly things can change. The threat seems always to be there, just under the surface, the threat against life even in places that seemed secure in protecting the right to life. The political winds can change rapidly and the threat to life reemerge with brutal ferocity. Since the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout our nation, over 60 million lives have been lost. That’s eight times as many lives as the entire population of the commonwealth. Now our commonwealth is passing laws which will add tragically to that number. So, on this day, we join as the local Churches of Arlington and Richmond in fervent and urgent prayer. Today, we set aside a day of prayer and advocacy for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right of life in Virginia. It is appropriate that this day, like January’s annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, be a day of penance for violations to human dignity, for the dignity of the human life, the human person, that are committed through acts of abortion. Many will observe this day not just as a day to march and voice our alarm and our advocacy for the unborn, but also a day with penitential practices of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, as is appropriate for people of God who are pleading for this recognition of human life. Today’s first reading speaks of God’s forming each of us in the womb of our mother. God fashioned human beings in his own image and likeness, and this endows each of us, from the moment of conception with a dignity that no other creature can claim. God has chosen us to be recipients of his unending love. He has chosen us, in response to that love to be a light to the nations, that we can be that light as Christians, as Catholics, and that starts here within our own homes and lives in this commonwealth. God elevated the dignity of the human person through the Incarnation of His Son, through which he united himself to all men and women. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” God becomes one of us — taking on our humanity and sharing fully in our human condition with all of its struggles, its anxieties, its trials and its sufferings. Christ came to the earth through the womb of a woman that he might lead us to salvation, that he might accompany us in our challenges in this life and lead us to the fullness of life and love in his presence. God loved humanity into existence. All of us, our being, is because of God’s love. He created us in his image and likeness.  But the Gospel reveals how we should respond to the gift of new life. In the story of the Visitation, we see Mary, an unmarried woman who is newly pregnant with the Infant Jesus, going in haste to the aid of her cousin Elizabeth, who is herself six months pregnant. Luke tells us that at the very moment that Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice, the infant in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy. From the womb of his own mother, John the Baptist recognizes the presence of Jesus, hidden within the womb of Mary. Elizabeth responds with those familiar and beautiful words: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Both John and Elizabeth recognize the life hidden in Mary’s womb, the one who is their Savior. In this we recognize the dignity of the human person that God would become one with us and take life, take flesh, in the womb of Mary. And we ask Our Lady to intercede for us constantly.  This Gospel passage tenderly illustrates the humanity of the unborn child, created in God’s image and likeness. Every new life should be greeted with the same joyful enthusiasm that led John the Baptist to leap in the womb of Elizabeth. We know that the act of abortion rejects God’s gift of life. Abortion destroys the life of a child that was lovingly knit together in the mother’s womb. As a human and Christian family, we grieve the loss of so many lives. And yet, even in our grief, we know there is hope. This hope is seen in many people and pro-life groups who act with compassion and practical help to women within Virginia, like Hope4Life in Portsmouth, the Knights of Columbus throughout the commonwealth with ultrasound initiatives, hundreds of parishioners who volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers throughout the commonwealth. We pray for transformed hearts and lives with 40 Days for Life and prayer vigils that are outside of abortion centers. These good works in turn inspire so many others to action. If you haven’t supported any of these efforts in their work, I urge you to do so, at least by prayer and other ways of support. While God’s gift of new life is always something to be celebrated, we must also recognize that a pregnancy, especially ones when unexpected, can bring with it many challenges. Mothers too often find themselves afraid, vulnerable, abandoned and in need. And God calls us to respond in love. We are called to go without delay, to go “in haste” as the Blessed Mother did, to offer expectant mothers the support, encouragement and love that they need. Mary’s example of visiting her cousin Elizabeth at the time of both of their unexpected pregnancies should inspire us to serve mothers and families, even amidst our own conflicting needs and demands of our times and efforts. May we recommit ourselves to supporting all expectant mothers. May we never fail to set out in haste, in charity, and in advocacy through this March for Life and in other ways. May we offer penance for all violations against the dignity of human life, and in a special way, may we also pray for all women and men who suffer from participating in abortion, that they may find healing, peace and reconciliation with God. As the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy, so may our hearts leap with joy at the wonders of new life in every expectant mother. I will conclude with a paragraph from a homily that St. John Paul gave many years ago, in 1999, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. And it’s a message that still resonates, that speaks to all of us:

“Dear brothers and sisters, the time has come to banish once and for all from the continent (the American continent) every attack against life.

“We must rouse the consciences of men and women with the Gospel, in order to highlight their sublime vocation as children of God. This will inspire them to build a better America. As a matter of urgency, we must stir up a new springtime of holiness on the continent so that action and contemplation will go hand in hand.”

So may our prayer and contemplation and action and advocacy go hand in hand as we march for life and advocate for the unborn. [post_title] => Bishop Barry Knestout and Father Dan Beeman Speak of Hope at Mass for Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-knestout-and-father-dan-beeman-speak-of-hope-at-mass-for-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-02-16 08:55:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-02-16 13:55:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119770 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [194] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119760 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-02-12 10:34:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-02-12 15:34:02 [post_content] => February 12, 2020 WASHINGTON — Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release today of Pope Francis’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia. The exhortation follows upon the Special Synod of Bishops held in Rome from October 6-27, 2019 that focused on the Amazon region. Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows: “Today our Holy Father Pope Francis offers us a hopeful and challenging vision of the future of the Amazon region, one of the earth’s most sensitive and crucial ecosystems, and home to a rich diversity of cultures and peoples. The Pope reminds us that the Church serves humanity by proclaiming Jesus Christ and his Gospel of love, and he calls for an evangelization that respects the identities and histories of the Amazonian peoples and that is open to the ‘novelty of the Spirit, who is always able to create something new with the inexhaustible riches of Jesus Christ.’ “He also calls all of us in the Americas and throughout the West to examine our ‘style of life’ and to reflect on the consequences that our decisions have for the environment and for the poor. Along with my brother bishops here in the United States, I am grateful for the Holy Father’s wisdom and guidance and we pledge our continued commitment to evangelizing and building a world that is more just and fraternal and that respects the integrity of God’s creation.” You can read the full text of Querida Amazonia in English or en Español.

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"I have nothing to leave or give but my life, and this I have consecrated to the Sacred Heart to be used as He wills.

"I have offered my all for conversions to God of non-Catholics in Virginia. This is what I live for and, in the case of death, what I die for. Death is not unpleasant to me, but the most beautiful and welcome event of life. Death is the messenger of God come to tell us that our novitiate is ended and to welcome us to the real life. Melancholic or morbid sentimentality is not the cause of my writing this, for I love my life here, the College, the men and Rome itself. But I have desired to die and be buried with the saints. I dare not ask God to take me lest I should be ungrateful or be trying to shirk the higher responsibilities of life; but I shall never have less to answer for—perhaps never be better ready to meet my Maker, my God, my All.

"Since I was a child I have desired to die for the love of God and for my fellow-man. Whether or not I shall receive that favor I know not but if I live, it is for the same purpose; every action of my life here is offered to God for the spread and success of the Catholic Church in Virginia. …

"I shall be of more service to my diocese in heaven than I could ever be on earth."

  [post_title] => 100th Anniversary of the Death of Francis J. Parater, Servant of God [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 100th-anniversary-of-the-death-of-francis-j-parater-servant-of-god [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-02-12 16:00:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-02-12 21:00:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119739 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [196] => 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 ) [197] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119618 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-29 16:27:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-29 21:27:28 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, delivered the invocation at the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Below is Bishop's full prayer. You can also watch the invocation here. "The Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: 'There is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair under the heavens.' Beyond those occasions in Ecclesiastes, we add other times and occasions as we pray today, as you begin this floor session. "Lord God, maker and sustainer of the heavens and earth, we ask your grace and assistance to make this day a time of prayer for civic leaders, for law enforcement officers, for the military, for peoples in the midst of or under the threat of war or violence, and for our adversaries as well. "Help us make this day a time for fasting: for victims of abuse and for families, for an end to violence, for justice, peace and the protection of innocent human life at all its stages. "Help us make this day a time for teaching: to better learn from one another and to seek the truth in heart and mind. "Help us make this day a time for civility: to be respectful in what we say and how we say it, and to listen attentively with open minds to what others say. "Help us make this day a time for dialogue: with people of every faith or system of belief - Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, other faith communities, and men and women of good will. "Help us make this day a time for witness: to live our values of mutual respect, human dignity, compassion for one another, and security without resorting to discrimination. "Help us make this day a time for service: to continue to provide assistance to those injured, hurting or in need throughout the Commonwealth. "Help us make this day a time for solidarity: with all who live under the threat of violence and uncertainty each day. "Help us make this day a time for hope: in God's grace and in one another. "Help us make this day a time to pray, teach, engage in dialogue and urge one another and all leaders in our community and our Commonwealth to work together for peace and to overcome injustice. "I ask this through Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with you, almighty Father, and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen." [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Delivers Invocation at Virginia House of Delegates [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-delivers-invocation-at-virginia-house-of-delegates [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-30 12:13:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-30 17:13:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119618 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [198] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119473 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-21 11:48:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-21 16:48:00 [post_content] => January 21, 2020 [caption id="attachment_119474" align="alignright" width="358"] Deacon John J. Kren[/caption] Bishop Barry Knestout announces the appointment of Deacon John J. Kren to director of the permanent deaconate for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, effective Jan. 21, 2020.  The part-time director position supports the Office of the Vicar for Clergy by overseeing the Permanent Diaconate program in the diocese. He will be responsible for growth and development in the formation of permanent deacons and further strengthen the program. Concurrent with this new role, Deacon Kren, who was ordained in 2003, will continue in his assignment as permanent deacon at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Virginia Beach and in his supporting role serving as vicariate deacon of the Eastern Vicariate. The Eastern Vicariate of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond includes 49 parishes and encompasses Deaneries 1-5. The geographical area of all five deaneries includes the Eastern Shore, comprises the entire Hampton Roads region – both Southside and the Peninsula, and stretches as far west as the city of Franklin and as far north as West Point and Middlesex County. We welcome Deacon Kren in his new position and ask for prayers as he carries out his new role in serving Bishop Knestout and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

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[post_title] => Director of Permanent Diaconate Announced [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => director-of-permanent-diaconate-announced [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-21 11:48:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-21 16:48:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119473 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [199] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119455 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-18 12:27:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-18 17:27:02 [post_content] => The Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the seventh oldest diocese in the United States, began its bicentennial celebration Saturday, Jan. 18 with Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk. More than 600 people from the Eastern Vicariate participated in the celebration. Concelebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout and 42 priests, the Mass commemorated the arrival of Bishop Patrick Kelly, the first bishop of the diocese, in Virginia. [caption id="attachment_119459" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout and priests of the diocese concelebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Norfolk. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] In his homily, Bishop Knestout focused on the jubilee theme “Shine like stars in the world as you hold fast to the word of life” from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (2:15-16). Noting that the prophets of the Old Testament were like stars who guided people toward God and pointed them to his son — “the greater light to come,” the bishop continued, “So, it was with the Catholic faith in this diocese, beginning small with a few shining stars, and soon gathering into greater constellations of communities, bringing the light of our Catholic faith to the Commonwealth and the people we encountered.” The bishop said the “manifestation of faith” was accompanied by awe, wonder and acts of charity. [caption id="attachment_119460" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] More than 600 people attended the Mass inaugurating the bicentennial year of the Catholic Diocese of RIchmond, Jan. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Norfolk. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] “Given the smallness of the Catholic community in Virginia, how few Catholics there were and still are in comparison to the rest of the population,” he said. “I have seen how ‘holding fast to the word’ results in a devotion and generous engagement of the faithful in parish life, where works of charity and justice grow and thrive.” The diversity of the Eastern Vicariate was expressed in the proclamation of Scripture readings in English, Spanish and Tagalog and in music provided by choirs from the Norfolk parishes of Sacred Heart and the Basilica of St. Mary, and from St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach. The celebration concluded with the singing of the diocese’s bicentennial hymn, “We Shine Like Stars in the World.” [caption id="attachment_119461" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The crozier Bishop used during the inaugural Mass belonged to the Most Rev. Walter F. Sullivan, 11th bishop of Richmond (1974-2003). His predecessor, Most Rev. John J. Russell, and the clergy of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart gave this pastoral staff to Bishop Sullivan on the occasion of his ordination as auxiliary bishop of Richmond in 1970. Bishop Knestout will use this crozier in the other regional Masses to be celebrated this year. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] [post_title] => Diocese’s Bicentennial Celebration Begins in Norfolk [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dioceses-bicentennial-celebration-begins-in-norfolk [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-21 11:41:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-21 16:41:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119455 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [200] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119452 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-17 14:48:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-17 19:48:52 [post_content] => January 17, 2020 We offer our sincere congratulations to the Saint Gertrude and Benedictine College Preparatory communities on their recent announcement and partnership to form the newly established “Benedictine Schools of Richmond.” Both schools’ administrators reviewed the plans of a unique coordinate program with Bishop Barry C. Knestout in January prior to today’s announcement. He supports them in their decision. The new model and vision allow for their continued presence in our diocese and further encourage the values, mission and bonds both schools share.  It seems fitting that the collective, rich history between Saint Gertrude and Benedictine College Preparatory schools will endure for future generations and be further strengthened by this strategic move. This change allows both schools to share state-of- the-art-facilities while maintaining their individual independence and tradition of single-sex Catholic education.   Kelly Lazzara, diocesan superintendent of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, said, “We are supportive of this venture to preserve Catholic education in our diocese. It is admirable and inspiring that these two schools will continue the tradition of working side-by-side, yet, maintain their school’s distinctive educational programs and allow for the continued health of Catholic Schools education in the metro-Richmond area.”

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  [post_title] => Catholic Diocese of Richmond Statement on Announcement of Saint Gertrude and Benedictine College Preparatory [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-diocese-of-richmond-statement-announcement-saint-gertrude-and-benedictine-college-preparatory [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-02-07 14:31:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-02-07 19:31:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119452 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [201] => 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 ) [202] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119556 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-15 12:00:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-15 17:00:46 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout and Msgr. Joseph Lehman, pastor of St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg, have issued letters regarding the use of St. Bede for the Feb. 1 consecration of Rev. Susan B. Haynes, newly-elected bishop of the Episcopalian Diocese of Southern Virginia. Read Bishop's letter here. Read Msgr. Lehman's letter here. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout and Msgr. Lehman Issue Letters Regarding Episcopalian Consecration at St. Bede [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-and-msgr-lehman-issue-letters-regarding-episcopalian-consecration-at-st-bede [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-23 15:21:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-23 20:21:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119556 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [203] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119394 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-09 16:25:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-09 21:25:10 [post_content] => The Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC), the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, is calling upon all Catholics to voice their opposition to a bill that threatens the affordability of private education. The bill, HB 521, was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly on Monday, Jan. 6. [caption id="attachment_119397" align="alignright" width="400"] Students of All Saints Catholic School, Richmond.[/caption] If passed, HB 521 would eliminate the Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits (EISTC) program, which provides funding for non-public, tuition-based education programs in Virginia though scholarships. Students enrolled in the 30 Catholic schools in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond would be affected, as this year alone, more than 1,300 children attend Catholic schools because of this program. Without EISTC, many families would lose the opportunity to send their children to Catholic school. Virginia’s only school choice program, EISTC covers the gap between what a family can afford to pay toward tuition and the actual cost of tuition. EISTC is funded from donations to scholarship foundations approved by the Virginia Department of Education, such as the diocese’s McMahon Parater Scholarship Foundation. To help save the EISTC program, contact your local representative, visit the Virginia Catholic Conference website.If you are not a member of the VCC's advocacy network, click here to receive regular Conference email alerts and updates. You can also like the VCC on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and sign up for the blog. [post_title] => HB 521 Threatens Private Education in Virginia [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hb-521-threatens-private-education-in-virginia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-09 16:28:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-09 21:28:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119394 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [204] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119381 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-08 14:13:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-08 19:13:31 [post_content] => January 8, 2020 WASHINGTON—The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, released a statement on the situation in Iran last night which was shared on social media. Full text of the statement follows: “In the face of the escalating tensions with Iran, we must pray urgently that our world’s leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace. Please join me in asking our Blessed Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace, to intercede, that Jesus Christ might strengthen the peacemakers, comfort the suffering, and protect the innocent and all those in harm’s way, especially the men and women in our military and diplomatic service.”

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[post_title] => President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Calls for Peace in Wake of Escalated Tensions with Iran [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-of-the-u-s-conference-of-catholic-bishops-calls-for-peace-in-wake-of-escalated-tensions-with-iran [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-08 14:13:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-08 19:13:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119381 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [205] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119336 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-06 10:24:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-06 15:24:48 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 6, 2020 The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has received confirmation from an independent auditor that it remains in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The diocese has remained in compliance since the initial audit in 2004. The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, received the notice of compliance in a letter dated Dec. 20, 2019, 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. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of policies and procedures established by the USCCB in 2002 for addressing sexual abuse of minors within the context of the Catholic Church. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing and accountability and establishes training and background screening programs. Each year the Office of Safe Environment submits data related to its work between July 1 and June 30. The diocese participates in an on-site audit every third year. Since October 2004, the Diocese has held 3,544 child protection training sessions, known as VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults. In the 2018-2019 audit year, there were 318 training sessions. Approximately 60,201 individuals have participated and 175 facilitators have been trained to lead a VIRTUS training session since its introduction in 2004. In April 2020, additional details and other Safe Environment data will be published in the Office of Safe Environment Annual Report. More information on the Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Safe Environment is available online.  

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[post_title] => 2019 Independent Audit Determines Catholic Diocese of Richmond Remains in Compliance with Child Protection Charter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2019-independent-audit-determines-catholic-diocese-of-richmond-remains-in-compliance-with-child-protection-charter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-07 09:06:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-07 14:06:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119336 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [206] => 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 ) [207] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119322 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2020-01-02 11:37:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-02 16:37:00 [post_content] => The Daughters of Mary Immaculate celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of their order on Tuesday, Dec. 31. [caption id="attachment_119323" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (Photo/Billy Nguyen)[/caption] Bishop Knestout and priests of the diocese concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, in honor of the milestone. Parishioners of the Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs, sisters of the order in Richmond and Maryland, and brothers of the abbey were in attendance at the Mass during which Vietnamese and Filipino choirs sang songs. [caption id="attachment_119324" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (Photo/Billy Nguyen)[/caption] We are excited to share pieces of our diocesan history as we prepare to open our bicentennial year on Jan. 18! [post_title] => Daughters of Mary Immaculate Celebrate 100 Years of Service [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => daughters-of-mary-immaculate-celebrate-100-years-of-service-in-richmond [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-08 14:21:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-08 19:21:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119322 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [208] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119273 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-12-12 15:01:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-12 20:01:04 [post_content] => December 12, 2019 The Diocese of Richmond is pleased to introduce the Office of Cemetery and Funeral Services to oversee cemetery operations, effective January 1, 2020. The existing Office of Cemeteries, which has assisted parishes through a contract with Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS) since 2016, will be reconfigured into the new office. Deacon Ed Handel will serve as the director of cemetery and funeral services. Deacon Handel currently serves as director of the diocese’s Office of Cemeteries. Goals of the new Office of Cemetery and Funeral Services include the sound fiscal management of cemetery operations and to provide education on the benefits of pre-planning funerals and burials. The diocesan Office of Cemeteries manages three diocesan regional cemeteries located in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Roanoke and is working with parishes on various projects. Most recently, during 2019, Deacon Ed has worked with St. Matthew, Virginia Beach, on a project to relocate the columbarium to another location on parish property and with St. Peter the Apostle, Lake Gaston, on the development of a new cemetery. Currently, the Office of Cemeteries is in the early stages of studying a plan to develop a new cemetery in Virginia Beach. In looking at the budget for fiscal year 2019-20, it became evident that the cost of the management contracts with CFCS could not be financially supported by the size of the diocesan regional cemeteries. The growth of diocesan regional cemeteries, while a long-term goal, is requiring more time than anticipated, and the revenue projections do not justify the ongoing management and administrative oversight by CFCS. CFCS has been a wonderful strategic partner over these past three years, and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond has been the beneficiary of their expertise, visioning and leadership during this period of transition. CFCS will continue to be a resource as needed, and the diocese appreciates their assistance as the management and administration transitions back to the diocese. A story on the establishment of the Office of Cemetery and Funeral Services will appear in the Dec. 16 issue of The Catholic Virginian.

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[post_title] => Diocese of Richmond Introduces Office of Cemetery and Funeral Services [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocese-of-richmond-introduces-office-of-cemetery-and-funeral-services [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-12 15:02:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-12 20:02:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119273 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [209] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119224 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-12-09 12:45:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-09 17:45:15 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout returned to the Diocese of Richmond on Sunday, Dec. 8, “renewed in my episcopal commitment and sense of communion with the Holy Father, the bishops and people of dioceses throughout the U.S. and throughout the world.” Bishop Knestout had been in Rome since Dec. 1 for his ad limina visit — a visit that occurs anywhere between every five and eight years during which diocesan bishops meet with the pope and representatives of various Vatican congregations and commissions. While he had been present at three ad limina visits while serving in Washington, this is the first one Bishop Knestout attended as an ordinary, i.e., head of a diocese. [caption id="attachment_119225" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout greets Pope Francis during his "ad limina" visit to Rome, Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo/Vatican Media)[/caption] Pope Francis greeted each of the bishops individually during which time Bishop Knestout presented him with a copy of the coffee table history book of the Diocese of Richmond and a copy of the commemorative recreation of the original decrees establishing the diocese. The pope, according to the bishop, expressed in English his gratitude for the gifts and imparted his blessing upon the people of the diocese as it celebrates its bicentennial in 2020. [caption id="attachment_119227" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (L to R) Fr. Sean Prince, Bishop Knestout, Fr. Michael Boehling and Fr. Kyle O’Connor hold copies of the commemorative decrees and bicentennial book prior to presenting them to Pope Francis. (Photo/Vatican Media)[/caption] Later, Pope Francis met with the bishops of Regions IV and V as a group. “The audience with the Holy Father was an experience of conversation, dialogue and accompaniment,” Bishop Knestout said of the nearly three-hour meeting. “The Holy Father began by encouraging us to speak from our hearts and that any subject or issue we wanted to present was OK. There was enough time in the meeting where any bishop who chose could have the opportunity to present it to the Holy Father.” Bishop Knestout used the opportunity to talk about the diocese’s 200th anniversary. “I spoke to the Holy Father of the many works of catechesis, prayer, sacrament and charity in the diocese,” he said. “I described the large geography and diversity of the diocese and the extensive mission areas of Appalachia as well as migrant ministry in the East.” [caption id="attachment_119228" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Bishop Knestout (fourth from left of Pope Francis) is one of 37 bishops from Regions IV and V who met with the Holy Father, Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo/Vatican Media)[/caption] The bishop said he also spoke about “the vibrant faith of the many parishes of the diocese and the legacy of social service and outreach to the poor.” He continued, “I indicated that as an offering to commemorate our bicentennial, there would be an octave of service offered by the people of the diocese so that we might mark our anniversary by a clear and generous expression of charity toward all the poor and those on the periphery.” According to Bishop Knestout, Pope Francis expressed gratitude for those works of charity and “encouraged us in fulfilling these intentions and commitments during our anniversary year.” [caption id="attachment_119229" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Knestout presents to Pope Francis a copy of the commemorative recreation of the original decree establishing our diocese as we prepare to celebrate our bicentennial in 2020. (Photo/Vatican Media)[/caption] Reflecting on the ad limina, Bishop Knestout said, “This was the most memorable visit I have ever had with a successor of St. Peter. The time spent with him and the personal encounter with His Holiness were truly extraordinary! He was joyful, personal, straightforward and pastoral in this encounter with each of us and expressed a sincere, genuine concern for the particular circumstances, needs and challenges faced by each bishop, diocese and member of the Church.” [post_title] => Meeting Pope Francis an ‘extraordinary experience,’ bishop says [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => meeting-pope-francis-an-extraordinary-experience-bishop-says [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-09 12:45:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-09 17:45:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119224 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [210] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 119211 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-12-06 12:23:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-06 17:23:26 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_119212" align="alignright" width="273"] Jane Kim, an archeologist with the Fairfield Foundation, and Tristan Converse, an electrician from Four C Construction, work on excavating an area in the floor of
the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk. (Photo/Wendy Klesch)[/caption] A construction crew working on the renovation of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Norfolk struck history last October when a jackhammer used to break up an old concrete floor broke all the way through, unearthing a brick vaulted drain dating from the late 18th to early 19th century. The drain, which is about three feet wide and four feet tall, seems to lead in the direction of the Elizabeth River. “The drain is dry and large enough for a person to get through,” said Father James Curran, pastor at St. Mary. “Norfolk was well-known as a hub of the Underground Railroad, so the question is: could it have been used as a tunnel?” During the renovation process, workers also uncovered three crypts, which also call for further study. The church is consulting with the Fairfield Foundation, a nonprofit archeological and preservation center, in finding more answers. Meanwhile, renovation continues on the 158-year-old gothic basilica, home to the oldest parish in the diocese and the only African-American basilica in the country. “The work on the church is continuing,” Father Curran said. “We’re just working around the site until we have the chance to excavate it further.” “This is history,” he said. “We’re excited to find out as much about it as we possibly can.” Be sure to read the full story in the Dec. 16 issue of The Catholic Virginian. [post_title] => Renovation of Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk, Leads to Historical Discovery [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => renovation-of-basilica-of-st-mary-of-the-immaculate-conception-norfolk-leads-to-historical-discovery [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-06 12:23:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-06 17:23:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=119211 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [211] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 112868 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-11-26 15:26:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-26 20:26:07 [post_content] => UPDATED: November 26, 2019 The Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, announced on November 22 that an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor made against Father Michael F. Kuhn, Y.A., has been found to be unsubstantiated. Father Kuhn had previously served in the Diocese of Richmond as chaplain for Old Dominion University’s Catholic Campus Ministry from 2011 to 2016. You can read more about the review process from the Diocese of Fall River by clicking here.

October 23, 2018 The Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts made the following announcement October 22, 2018, regarding Father Michael Kuhn, Y.A., and is available online at www.fallriverdiocese.org. Father Michael Kuhn previously served in the Diocese of Richmond as chaplain for Old Dominion University’s Catholic Campus Ministry from 2011 to 2016. 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. For more information about the Diocese of Richmond’s Child Protection/Safe Environment Program visit www.richmonddiocese.org/child_protection_virtus/.

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[post_title] => Misconduct Allegation Against Priest of Diocese of Fall River Found to be Unsubstantiated [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => priest-of-diocese-of-fall-river-placed-on-leave-previously-served-in-richmond-diocese [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-26 15:26:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-26 20:26:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=112868 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [212] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118996 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-11-12 15:43:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-12 20:43:18 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: November 12, 2019

HOLY CROSS REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL TO CLOSE AT THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR

Continued Low Enrollment and Financial Shortfalls Major Factors for School Closing

(RICHMOND, VA) – Today, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Catholic Schools announced that Holy Cross Regional Catholic School in Lynchburg will permanently cease operations at the end of the 2019-2020 school year in June. “More than ever, we want our schools to flourish as they form and nurture our young people in the Catholic faith,” said the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond. “It is with sadness that we announce the closure of a Catholic school that has been part of our diocese for 140 years. I want to express my gratitude to the many teachers, staff, administrators and families for your service and dedication to Holy Cross and the support you have given and provided to the students. Please keep the Holy Cross Catholic School community in your prayers during this time.” For the last 17 years, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School’s enrollment has declined by 61 percent between the 2001/02 academic year compared to the 2019/20 academic year. The decreased enrollment has resulted in increased financial challenges. “This announcement is painful for our Holy Cross Catholic School students, families, faculty, staff and alumni. We realize the impact this will have on them,” said Kelly M. Lazzara, superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools. “We will do all we can to support our families by offering them access to resources to assist during this period of transition. Additionally, we will work with our students so that anyone who wants to continue their Catholic education will be welcomed at one of our neighboring schools.” According to the National Catholic Education Association’s (NCEA) annual report, enrollment decreased 18 percent nationally for Catholic schools in the last decade compared to a 12 percent decline experienced by Catholic schools in the Richmond Diocese during the same time period. “The closing of a Catholic school is a decision that is not taken lightly, and the determination was made only after numerous attempts were made in recent years to support the financial operations of the school,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael J. McGee. Since 2012, the diocese offered guarantees so Holy Cross Catholic School could obtain over $3 million in low interest-rate loans to give the school time to implement strategies to grow enrollment and raise additional funds. “In addition to the financial support provided by the parishes of the diocese, the McMahon-Parater Scholarship Foundation allocated additional needs-based financial aid to Holy Cross. Even with the allocation of additional funds, the school had annual operating losses ranging from $95,000 to $360,000 in each of the past five fiscal years,” said McGee. “Unfortunately, despite these significant efforts, the financial condition of the school continued to decline to the point that closing the school became unavoidable.” Holy Cross Regional Catholic School has served the Lynchburg community with a Catholic education since 1879. It is one of six Catholic schools located in the Southwest region of the state. In all, the Richmond Diocese has 30 Catholic schools serving more than 8,400 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The last time the diocese closed a school was Holy Trinity Catholic in Norfolk in 2010.

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[post_title] => Holy Cross Regional Catholic School to Close at the End of the Academic Year [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => holy-cross-regional-catholic-school-to-close-at-the-end-of-the-academic-year [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-12 15:43:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-12 20:43:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118996 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [213] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118987 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-11-12 11:51:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-12 16:51:52 [post_content] => November 12, 2019 WASHINGTON— Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, of Austin and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, commented on three cases argued before the Supreme Court today – Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California; McAleenan, Secretary of Homeland Security v. Vidal; Trump, President of U.S. v. NAACP. These cases challenge whether decisions in the lower court to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were lawful. On October 4, the USCCB, with other Catholic and evangelical partners, filed an amicus curiae brief in the cases. The brief argues that rescinding DACA without considering crucial facts underlying the program irreparably harms hundreds of thousands of families by placing them at imminent risk of separation, which violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and is thus unlawful. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez offered the following statement on the hearing: “DACA youth are leaders in our parishes and significant contributors to our economy and communities. They are hard-working young people who know the United States as their only home. We continue to urge Congress and the President to work together to find a permanent legislative solution to the plight of all DREAMers, including DACA beneficiaries. In the meantime, ending DACA would disrupt DACA recipients’ continued contributions and integration to our country and could needlessly separate them from their families. Not allowing these young people to continue to utilize DACA to reach their God-given potential is against the common good and our nation’s history of welcoming the immigrant.” USCCB’s amicus curiae brief in these consolidated cases is available at: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/2019-10-04-FINAL-DACA-brief.pdf.

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[post_title] => USCCB Chairmen Issue Statement on Supreme Court Cases Upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-chairmen-issue-statement-on-supreme-court-cases-upholding-the-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca-program [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-12 11:51:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-12 16:51:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118987 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [214] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118976 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-11-12 08:47:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-12 13:47:30 [post_content] => November 11, 2019   BALTIMORE - Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas, and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the body of bishops at the annual November plenary meeting of bishops about the need for improved pastoral responses to women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies. “The challenges can be immense for women in difficult or unplanned pregnancies. 75% of women who choose abortion are low income,” said Archbishop Naumann. “Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. Women facing challenging pregnancies should see the Church as a place where they can find help, especially with its myriad of social services and organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of people in crisis,” he continued. In his invitation to the bishops, Archbishop Naumann shared that well over 150,000 low-income mothers deliver their babies at Catholic hospitals each year, and many tens of thousands of pregnant and parenting moms are helped each year through Catholic Charities programs and other help agencies. In addition, thousands of pregnancy care centers staffed by many Catholic volunteers. Nevertheless, the archbishop noted that there are “gaps,” and “while many pregnancy help resources are appropriately coordinated at the diocesan or regional level, moms in need are best reached at the local level.” “We have well over 17,000 parishes in the United States. Each parish is best able to identify the local pregnancy help resources that are currently available and to identify potential gaps that need to be addressed. The parish community is uniquely positioned to encourage a collaboration of resources at the local level and to increase awareness of help available to mothers and families in need,” Archbishop Naumann explained. To this end, Archbishop Naumann asked the bishops present to invite their parishes to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” This Year of Service will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), a landmark encyclical by Pope John Paul II. The Pro-Life Committee is developing educational, pastoral, and action-oriented resources for parish use, including reflections on the teachings of Evangelium Vitae, Evangelii Gaudium, and Laudato Si; prayers for building a culture of life; tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need; and ideas and support for improving parish responses. More information about the initiative can be found at www.usccb.org/moms-in-need

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[post_title] => Pro Life Committee Chairman Invites Bishops to Join Initiative Serving Pregnant and Parenting Mothers in Need [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pro-life-committee-chairman-invites-bishops-to-join-initiative-serving-pregnant-and-parenting-mothers-in-need [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-12 08:47:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-12 13:47:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118976 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [215] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118931 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-11-04 09:21:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-11-04 14:21:16 [post_content] => The Diocesan Women’s Conference at St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg, Saturday, Nov. 2 drew 350 people from across the diocese. Keynote speakers Chika Anyanwu and Mary Lenaburg on the English track reminded the audience that God knows you, loves you and desires you and that even in our most horrific circumstances, God is always good. Keynote speakers on the Spanish track were Eva Gonzales who spoke on leadership of women and the church and Adriana Visoso who addressed women’s leadership in daily life. Look for the complete story in the Nov. 18 issue of The Catholic Virginian. [caption id="attachment_118932" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Chika Anyanwu gives a signed copy of her book “My Encounter: How I Met Jesus in Prayer” to Hilda Soares, a parishioner at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Tabb, during the Diocesan Women’s Conference, Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. Bede Parish, Williamsburg. (Photo/Jennifer Neville)[/caption] [post_title] => Women's Catholic Conference Held at St. Bede Parish on Nov. 2 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => womens-catholic-conference-held-at-st-bede-parish-on-nov-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-04 09:21:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-04 14:21:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118931 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [216] => 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 ) [217] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118824 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-10-21 12:35:14 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-10-21 16:35:14 [post_content] => Approximately 80 people attended the diocesan-sponsored Haiti Summit at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, Oct. 18-19. Parishioners from the Richmond Diocese and representatives from the Diocese of Hinche, Haiti participated. The focus was on sustainability – how to invest in Haiti in permanent ways, e.g., building better homes, teaching them to farm in difficult situations, establishing and running schools, including vocational ones, and hiring Haitians to do the construction work. Check out the Nov. 4 issue of The Catholic Virginian for the full story on the Haiti Summit. [caption id="attachment_118825" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout and Bishop Desinord Jean of Hinche, Haiti, right, celebrate Mass at Church of Redeemer, Mechanicsville, Friday, Oct. 18, at the beginning of the diocesan-sponsored Haiti Summit. (Photo/Vy Barto)[/caption] [post_title] => Diocesan-sponsored Haiti Summit Held at Church of the Redeemer [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocesan-sponsored-haiti-summit-held-at-church-of-the-redeemer [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-21 12:37:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-21 16:37:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118824 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [218] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118783 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-10-15 15:59:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-10-15 19:59:00 [post_content] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout celebrated Sunday vigil Mass, Oct. 12, as part of the diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout's Homily from Sunday Vigil Mass, Oct. 12 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestouts-homily-from-sunday-vigil-mass-oct-12 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-11-22 06:22:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-11-22 11:22:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118783 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [219] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118775 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-10-15 14:49:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-10-15 18:49:20 [post_content] => Deacon Julio Reyes was ordained a transitional deacon by His Excellency, Bishop Elías Samuel Bolaños Avelar, bishop of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador on October 13, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. [caption id="attachment_118776" align="aligncenter" width="504"] During the Rite of Ordination for the Order of the Diaconate, Julio prostrates himself in an act of humble prayer and surrender to God while the Litany of Supplication is sung. Prostration is the ancient posture of supplication, symbolic of dying to the old self and rising. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Following the successful completion of his studies at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach, Florida, Deacon Reyes hopes to be ordained to the priesthood in his home diocese of Zacatecoluca, and then anticipates serving in the Diocese of Richmond for a number of years. He began formation with the other seminarians of the Diocese of Richmond in 2015, after a sponsorship was established between the bishops of Richmond and Zacatecoluca. [caption id="attachment_118777" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Julio kneels before his bishop for the laying on of hands. The gesture, rooted in Scripture and Tradition of the Church, signifies the conferral of the Holy Spirit. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_118778" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Bishop Elías Samuel Bolaños places the Book of Gospels into Deacon Julio Reyes' hands as a sign of his duty to preach the faith of the Church in word and in deed. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_118779" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Newly ordained Deacon Julio Reyes takes his place at the side of Bishop Knestout following the rite. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] Bishop Barry C. Knestout, the principal celebrant of the ordination Mass attended by more than 400 people, delivered the homily. Instructing the deacon to “always focus on the Lord,” Bishop Knestout said, “The Gospel speaks of love — a particular call to charity. Be a minister of charity, an icon of God’s love. Assist all of us along the way to be an example of that charity. Guide the whole Church toward life and love.” [caption id="attachment_118788" align="aligncenter" width="336"] Bishop Knestout was principal celebrant and homilist at the ordination Mass of Julio Reyes, Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. (Photo/Michael Mickle)[/caption] [post_title] => Julio Reyes Ordained to the Diaconate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => julio-reyes-ordained-to-the-diaconate [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-16 07:52:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-16 11:52:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118775 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [220] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118639 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-10-07 09:13:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-10-07 13:13:54 [post_content] => The Diocese of Richmond announces that Bishop Elías Samuel Bolaños Avelar of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, calls Seminarian Julio Reyes to Sacred Orders.  Julio is cosponsored by the dioceses of Richmond and Zacatecoluca and will serve in the Diocese of Richmond upon ordination.  Bishop Knestout will celebrate the Mass and Bishop Bolaños will confer the sacrament. Julio’s home parish is Nuestra Señora del Rosario at El Rosario de la Paz in El Salvador. He moved to the United States in 2015 after an agreement was formed between the late Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, then bishop of Richmond, and Bishop Elias S. Bolaños, bishop of Zacatecoluca. Julio, who will turn 30 the week after he is ordained, is the oldest of Hernán Realegeño Gámez and Trinidad de Jesús Reyes de Realegeño’s three children. He is currently in formation at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. The Mass at which Julio will be ordained a transitional deacon will be celebrated Sunday, Oct. 13, 5:15 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. All are welcome to attend. The ordination Mass will be livestreamed for anyone unable to attend in person. The livestream feed will be available here prior to the beginning of Mass at 5:15 p.m. Please continue to keep Julio and all those studying for the priesthood in your prayers.   Prayer for Vocations (from USCCB) O God, Father of all Mercies, Provider of a bountiful Harvest, send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor; preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you. Open the hearts of Your children that they may discern Your Holy Will; inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ. Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life guided by Your Divine Word and Truth. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. [post_title] => Seminarian Julio Reyes Called to Holy Orders [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-calls-seminarian-julio-reyes-to-holy-orders [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-09 16:09:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-09 20:09:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118639 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [221] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118514 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-26 13:08:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-26 17:08:56 [post_content] => September 26, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. —Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, celebrated the launch of Respect Life Month with a statement. Archbishop Naumann encouraged Catholics discouraged by attacks on human life to “hold fast to Christ, our Hope.” Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows: “Although we must cherish, protect, and defend human life year-round, the Catholic Church in the United States sets aside each October as Respect Life Month. "This year’s theme, “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life,” is particularly suited for our times. While attacks against human life seem to grow ever more numerous and callous, we know that Christ has conquered sin and death. Through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith. "Jesus asks us to be as leaven in the world, to bring His light to the darkness. Our daily activities take each of us to places only we can go, to people only we will meet. May we allow Christ to renew and strengthen us, that He may work through us in each moment of every day. "Be assured of my prayers for you and for our common efforts to bring about a world in which every life is cherished. And so, together, may we hold fast to Christ, our hope.” New parish resources have been developed around the theme of “Christ our Hope” and are available at www.respectlife.org. Respect Life Sunday falls on October 6.

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[post_title] => Chairman of US Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee Celebrates Launch of Respect Life Month, Commends Catholics to “Christ our Hope” [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => chairman-of-us-bishops-pro-life-committee-celebrates-launch-of-respect-life-month-commends-catholics-to-christ-our-hope [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-30 15:06:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-30 19:06:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118514 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [222] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118506 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-25 12:47:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-25 16:47:45 [post_content] => September 25, 2019   WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Vatican’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees will be held this Sunday, September 29, 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration is, “It is not just about migrants.” Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, noted of the celebration: “This year’s theme for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees is an opportunity to look at the migration issue from the lens of humanity, of caring for and walking with our brothers and sisters. The World Day for Migrants and Refugees reminds us that it is not about where people come from but their unique God-given human dignity.” Vásquez noted. “It reflects our call as people of faith to welcome our brothers and sisters, promote their well-being, protect them from cruelty and human indifference, and assist in their integration into our community.” Support for migrants and refugees is particularly vital in this moment as the world is in the midst of the greatest global forced displacement crisis on record. We must continue to embrace love for our neighbor to counter the growing throwaway culture which disregards the human dignity of migrants and refugees.” Educational resources related to the upcoming World Day for Migrants and Refugees can be found by visiting the Justice for Immigrants website.

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[post_title] => World Day for Migrants and Refugees to be Celebrated on September 29 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => world-day-for-migrants-and-refugees-to-be-celebrated-on-sunday-september-29 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-25 12:48:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-25 16:48:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118506 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [223] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118501 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-25 12:40:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-25 16:40:46 [post_content] => In preparation for the Nov. 5 elections, the Virginia Catholic Conference has put together voter education materials. A letter from Bishop Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Knestout of Richmond is available in English and in Spanish. You can also view Faithful Citizenship in Virginia, a document that provides information on moral issues about which Catholics should be concerned. It is also available in English and in Spanish. Visit the VCC website for more information. [post_title] => Virginia Catholic Conference Releases Voter Education Resources [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virginia-catholic-conference-releases-voter-education-resources [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-25 12:40:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-25 16:40:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118501 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [224] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118484 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-24 11:26:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-24 15:26:34 [post_content] => During a year when scandal rocked the Catholic Church, many were unsure of how successful the 2019 Annual Diocesan Appeal would be, especially following 2018 when our new bishop engaged parishioners throughout the diocese and gave the appeal great momentum. Alex Previtera, director of development and operations for the Catholic Community Foundation, increased this year’s appeal goal to $3.262 million, a figure many questioned. As of Friday, Sept. 13, $4,166,991 has been raised. Previtera said that although the number of donors has decreased by almost 5,000, the average gift is the highest it’s ever been and that many people participated in the appeal for the first time this year. “It appears by the numbers that more people are going in the direction of, ‘We need to work together to help move our Church forward,’” he said. “That’s been my impression throughout.” Previtera credits Bishop Knestout and our pastors with explaining the appeal and highlighting how donations to the Annual Diocesan Appeal benefit individual parishes. Read the full story from The Catholic Virginian. [post_title] => In Challenging Year, Annual Diocesan Appeal Tops Goal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => in-challenging-year-annual-diocesan-appeal-tops-goal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 10:40:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 15:40:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118484 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [225] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118440 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-23 08:27:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-23 12:27:15 [post_content] => On August 31, Deacon Charles Williams, interim director of the diocesan Office for Black Catholics, led 50 participants along Richmond’s three-mile Slave Trail for the second Slave Trail Walk hosted by his office this summer. [caption id="attachment_118441" align="alignright" width="504"] Deacon Charles Williams, interim director of the Diocese of Richmond’s Office for Black Catholics, speaks to participants in the Slave Trail Walk sponsored by the office on Saturday, Aug. 31. (Photo/Brian T. Olszewski)[/caption] Deacon Williams urged participants to empathize with the enslaved men and women by setting the scene for how they arrived in Virginia and were transported along the trail, in shackles and at night, “so high society would not have to see them.” “You don’t know where your wife is. You don’t know where your children are. You don’t know where your grandmother is. You don’t know where your aunt and uncle are,” he said. “All you know is you’re lying in the bottom of a boat heading to who knows where to do who knows what. Think about the psychology of that. Think about that in your mind for a second that you’re going through that. How does that affect your mind?” Throughout the walk, Deacon Williams described the history of slavery in Virginia, explaining how slaves first worked tobacco farms until the fields were farmed out. Eventually the need for cotton grew – an industry that led to Richmond becoming the second-largest market for exporting enslaved Africans after New Orleans. Read the full story from The Catholic Virginian. [post_title] => Deacon Charles Williams Opens Ears and Hearts to Reality of Slavery [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => deacon-charles-williams-opens-ears-hearts-to-reality-of-slavery [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 10:13:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 15:13:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118440 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [226] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118426 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-20 15:01:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-20 19:01:04 [post_content] => Well known Richmond entrepreneur and philanthropist Marcus Weinstein presented a $1 million check to All Saints Catholic School on August 27. [caption id="attachment_118427" align="alignright" width="593"] Marcus Weinstein presented All Saints Catholic School with a $1 million check on "Million Dollar Day," Tuesday, Aug. 27. (Photo/All Saints School)[/caption] The donation prompted the beginning of the “The Future is Now” campaign to raise an additional $1.3 million with the goal of adding 6,800 square feet of classroom and office space, increasing security measures and improving ADA accessibility. With 80% of the fundraising goal being met by fall of 2019, groundbreaking is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 1, All Saints Day. The project is set to be completed by August of 2020. The $1 million donation is not Weinstein’s first gift to All Saints. Impressed with the school’s values and graduation rates, Weinstein has provided tuition assistance for at least 10 students each year, contributing over $50,000 annually, since his first visit to the campus in fall of 2014. “When you contribute funds to education, it’s not a charity; it’s an investment in the future,” Weinstein said. Read the full story from The Catholic Virginian. [post_title] => Local philanthropist ‘happy to invest’ in All Saints Catholic School [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => local-philanthropist-happy-to-invest-in-all-saints-catholic-school [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 11:12:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 16:12:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118426 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [227] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118387 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-18 09:48:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-18 13:48:20 [post_content] => On Friday, Sept. 13, Bishop Knestout attended the dedication of Flutterfly Park at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, Powhatan. [caption id="attachment_118390" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout and Paula Ledbetter, head of BSH, assist Kathleen Brower (center) in cutting the ribbon to officially dedicate Flutterfly Park, Friday, Sept. 13.[/caption] Keith and Kathleen Brower, whose late granddaughter was a student of BSH, donated $1.4 million to the school for renovations and technology improvements. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Bishop Knestout said the opening prayer and blessed the new playground, which was built in honor of the Browers’ granddaughter, Arabella Stuart Brower. [caption id="attachment_118392" align="aligncenter" width="400"] L to R: Bishop Knestout, donors Keith and Kathleen Brower and Paula Ledbetter listen to BSH students sing at the Flutterfly Park dedication ceremony.[/caption] Bishop toured the school to see the improvements and renovations that have been made. During his tour, Bishop Knestout visited classrooms and greeted students and faculty. He was joined by superintendent of Catholic schools Kelly Lazzara. [caption id="attachment_118393" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Bishop Knestout stops by the AP Art History class during his tour of Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School on Friday, Sept. 13.[/caption] Click here to read the full story from The Catholic Virginian. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Visits Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School for Playground Dedication [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-visits-blessed-sacrament-huguenot-catholic-school-for-playground-dedication [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-11-06 11:04:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-11-06 16:04:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118387 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [228] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118198 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-04 15:44:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-04 19:44:36 [post_content] =>
September 4, 2019
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Dorian that left seven people dead in the Bahamas and is moving closer to the southeastern United States. Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “As we continue to be vigilant for the effects of Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the U.S. coast, we are extremely mindful of the dire need faced by the community in the Bahamas so devastated by this catastrophic storm. We pray for all affected and invite Catholics and all people of goodwill to donate to Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA.” The donations to CRS can be made at https://support.crs.org/donate/hurricane-dorian and to Catholic Charities USA at https://app.mobilecause.com/form/RTKRvQ?vid=1snqm.

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[post_title] => President of U.S. Bishops Conference Calls for Prayers After Deadly Hurricane Hits the Bahamas and Moves Closer to the Southeastern Coast [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-of-u-s-bishops-conference-calls-for-prayers-after-deadly-hurricane-hits-the-bahamas-and-moves-closer-to-the-southeastern-coast [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-05 09:46:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-05 13:46:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118198 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [229] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118167 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-09-03 08:37:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-03 12:37:29 [post_content] => September 1, 2019 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to the tragic shootings in Midland and Odessa, Texas. The full statement follows: “As we travel to Sunday Mass, we do so with heavy hearts. Just a few short hours ago, less than a month after the horrific instances of gun violence in California, Texas and Ohio, yet further terrible shootings took place, this time involving random targeting of victims on roads and highways. There are reports of at least 5 fatalities, and numerous critical injuries. Once again, these horrific onslaughts demonstrate unequivocally the undeniable existence of evil in our society. I am deeply saddened to witness yet again scenes of violence and contempt for human life being repeated in our Nation’s streets. With renewed resolve, I call on all people of good will, starting with our Catholic leaders and faithful, to work tirelessly to root out the causes of such crimes. As people of faith, we must continue to pray for all the victims, and for healing in all these shattered communities that now extend across the length and breadth of our land.”

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[post_title] => USCCB President Issues Statement Following Shootings in Midland and Odessa [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-president-issues-statement-following-shootings-in-midland-and-odessa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-03 08:37:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-03 12:37:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118167 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [230] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 118041 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-08-27 16:00:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-27 20:00:28 [post_content] => August 27, 2019 WASHINGTON- The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace issue the following statement regarding the fires in the Amazon: “Last Sunday, after his Angelus prayer, Pope Francis expressed concern for the fires that have developed in the Amazon, stating, ‘Let us pray that, with everyone’s commitment, they may be tamed as soon as possible.’ As bishops of the United States, we join in these heartfelt prayers and urge the faithful of our nation to support, through their petitions and concern, these efforts. As our Church begins a “Season of Creation,” culminating on October 4th, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, let us all consider spiritual and corporal acts of mercy towards our common home and all those living in it. We express solidarity with our brother bishops in Latin America who, through the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM), have expressed their desire for a prompt extinguishment of these fires, and welcome the decision by the Group of Seven (G7) to extend financial support for these efforts.”

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[post_title] => President of the USCCB and Committee Chairmen of International Justice and Peace and Domestic Justice and Human Development issue a statement of concern regarding the fires in the Amazon [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-of-the-usccb-and-committee-chairmen-of-international-justice-and-peace-and-domestic-justice-and-human-development-issue-a-statement-of-concern-regarding-the-fires-in-the-amazon [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-27 16:00:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-27 20:00:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=118041 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [231] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117951 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-08-21 13:44:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-21 17:44:12 [post_content] => August 21, 2019 WASHINGTON— Bishop chairmen of three committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed support for proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) clarifying religious protections that may be invoked by federal contractors, including faith-based organizations. Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, FL, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, issued the following statement: “Faith-based groups should have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field as they seek to partner with the federal government to provide critical social services. These proposed rules protect religious liberty, a core constitutional right, by clarifying existing religious exemptions consistent with federal law and recent Supreme Court precedent. We are grateful to the Administration for taking this step, and we look forward to filing more detailed public comments with OFCCP.”

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[post_title] => USCCB Chairmen Applaud Proposed Regulations Preventing Government Discrimination Against Faith-Based Federal Contractors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => usccb-chairmen-applaud-proposed-regulations-preventing-government-discrimination-against-faith-based-federal-contractors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-21 13:44:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-21 17:44:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117951 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [232] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117937 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-08-19 16:43:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-19 20:43:50 [post_content] => On Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, the newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council met for the first time with Bishop Barry Knestout. The council is composed of 18 individuals, nine men and nine women, who were selected from each of the diocese’s 15 deaneries. The Diocesan Pastoral Council is one of several advisory bodies that will provide consultation to Bishop Knestout and reflects the voice of the lay faithful on important matters of policy, pastoral initiatives, and pastoral planning. The introductory meeting provided Bishop Knestout a chance to meet the individuals who volunteered to be on the council and through the recommendations of their local deans and Bishop’s staff were elected based on their experience and leadership positions within their local churches, in the region and on the diocesan level. During the meeting, members were provided with training, orientation and expectations on how the pastoral council will function moving forward. [caption id="attachment_117938" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Dennis Corcoran of Corcoran Consulting, LLC, leads the newly formed Diocesan Pastoral Council through a training and orientation session at its first meeting, Aug. 17, 2019, at the Pastoral Center in Richmond.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_117939" align="aligncenter" width="504"] L to R: Rosario Igharas, Our Lady of Lourdes, Henrico, Deanery 7, Sr. Brenda Query, IHM, Saint Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach, Deanery 2, Ahn Nguyen, Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs, Richmond, Deanery 7, and Diane Anderson, Star of the Sea, Virginia Beach, Deanery 2, listen during the orientation session of the first Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting called by Bishop Barry Knestout.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_117940" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Bishop Barry C. Knestout listens to Dennis Corcoran of Corcoran Consulting as he provides an orientation session during the pastoral council meeting, Aug. 17, 2019. Bishop reconstituted the Diocesan Pastoral Council so he could hear the voice of the lay faithful on important matters pertaining to policy, pastoral initiatives and pastoral planning. In the foreground is Geoff Gasperini, Saint Bridget, Richmond, Deanery 7.[/caption] [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Meets with Newly Formed Diocesan Pastoral Council [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-meets-with-newly-formed-diocesan-pastoral-council [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-08-27 12:32:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-08-27 16:32:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117937 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [233] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117840 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-08-13 11:07:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-13 15:07:17 [post_content] => Bishop Knestout has announced the appointment of three new deans within the Diocese of Richmond, effective Tuesday, August 13. The appointments are: Very Rev. Eric Ayers, V.F., pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Norfolk, as dean of Deanery 1; Very Rev. W. Daniel Beeman, V.F., pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport News, as dean of Deanery 4; Very Rev. Anthony Marques, V.F., rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, as dean of Deanery 6. Read more about the diocese’s deaneries and deans. [post_title] => Bishop Knestout Announces the Appointment of Three 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 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-14 10:20:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-14 14:20:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117840 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [234] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117755 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-08-08 08:58:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-08 12:58:09 [post_content] => August 7, 2019 WASHINGTON - On August 4, 2019, Pope Francis marked the 160th anniversary of the death of the Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, by addressing a letter to all priests throughout the world. In the letter, the Holy Father acknowledges the pain and suffering that the Church has experienced because of the sexual abuse scandals and cover-up, while expressing his solidarity with priests who may find themselves angry and tempted to despair. Pope Francis also underscores his gratitude for faithful priests, those who continue to image Christ, the Good Shepherd in their everyday work and ministry. The Holy Father urges his brothers to remain hopeful and encourage one another with hope grounded in the Lord’s redemptive sacrifice on the Cross and united in prayer with Mary, the Mother of all Priests, who is always interceding for her children. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’ letter: “The Holy Father’s letter to all priests is a most welcome gift, coming, as it does, at a particularly difficult time for the Church.  Amid the pain, ugliness, and anger, it is possible for the Church, and especially those who are priests, to fall into despair – the opposite of hope.  Instead, the Holy Father reminds us that we must never lose sight of those “luminous moments when we experienced the Lord’s call to devote our lives to his service”.  That sort of memory recalls the many moments of gratitude and encouragement offered to us from the Lord and from others.  While working to protect all of God’s people, especially the innocent and vulnerable, from the evil of the abuse of power, we should not become blind to how the joy and hope of Christ “are constantly born anew.”  Speaking as a priest and bishop in the United States, I thank the Holy Father for his wonderful letter to us.” Pope Francis’ letter to priests can be read in its entirety at the following links: English:http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2019/documents/papa-francesco_20190804_lettera-presbiteri.html Spanish:http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/es/letters/2019/documents/papa-francesco_20190804_lettera-presbiteri.html

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[post_title] => Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations Expresses Gratitude for Letter from Pope Francis to Priests on the 160th Anniversary of the Death of St. John Vianney [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cardinal-joseph-w-tobin-chairman-of-the-usccb-committee-on-clergy-consecrated-life-and-vocations-expresses-gratitude-for-letter-from-pope-francis-to-priests-on-the-160th-anniversary-of-the-death-of [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-08 08:58:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-08 12:58:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117755 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [235] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117638 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-08-05 11:08:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-08-05 15:08:05 [post_content] => President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice Issued a Statement After a Tragic Shooting in Dayton, Ohio
August 4, 2019
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, and President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development have issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting last night in Dayton, Ohio. Full statement follows: “We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those murdered in Dayton last night. The lives lost this weekend confront us with a terrible truth. We can never again believe that mass shootings are an isolated exception. They are an epidemic against life that we must, in justice, face. God’s mercy and wisdom compel us to move toward preventative action. We encourage all Catholics to increased prayer and sacrifice for healing and the end of these shootings. We encourage Catholics to pray and raise their voices for needed changes to our national policy and national culture as well. We call on all relevant committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to outline a reinvigorated policy agenda and pastoral campaign to address ways we can help fight this social disease that has infected our nation. The Conference has long advocated for responsible gun laws and increased resources for addressing the root causes of violence. We also call upon the President and Congress to set aside political interests and find ways to better protect innocent life.”
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President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Domestic Justice Chairman issued a Statement Following Shooting in El Paso
August 3, 2019
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. The full statement follows: “This Saturday, less than week after the horrific instances of gun violence in California, yet another terrible, senseless and inhumane shooting took place, this time at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas. Something remains fundamentally evil in our society when locations where people congregate to engage in the everyday activities of life can, without warning, become scenes of violence and contempt for human life. The plague that gun violence has become continues unchecked and spreads across our country.  Things must change. Once again, we call for effective legislation that addresses why these unimaginable and repeated occurrences of murderous gun violence continue to take place in our communities. As people of faith, we continue to pray for all the victims, and for healing in all these stricken communities. But action is also needed to end these abhorrent acts.”

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[post_title] => Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Issues Statement on the Death Penalty [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => chairman-of-the-bishops-committee-on-domestic-justice-and-human-development-issues-statement-on-the-death-penalty [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-30 09:25:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-30 13:25:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117545 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [237] => 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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[post_title] => 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 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-following-the-holy-fathers-appointment-of-the-most-reverend-mark-brennan-as-bishop-of-the-diocese-of-wheeling-charleston [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-23 12:23:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-23 16:23:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117436 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [238] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117318 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-07-16 12:31:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-16 16:31:47 [post_content] => The diocesan Office of Catholic Schools has named Dr. Jennifer Bigelow associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction. The appointment was effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Bigelow brings more than 15 years of experience in educational administration to the diocese, having most recently served as superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Arlington. “Dr. Bigelow has proven her ability to provide effective leadership to educators and principals in Catholic schools and to facilitate improvements within diocesan institutions that ultimately benefit students,” said Kelly Lazzara, superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Richmond. “We look forward to beginning the 2019-2020 school year with her as a member of our team.” As associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the diocese, Dr. Bigelow will be responsible for ensuring that the Office of Catholic Schools’ mission to nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional growth of students in the spirit of the Gospel is the foundation of all school decisions and programs. Dr. Bigelow holds master’s degrees in history and educational leadership from the University of South Florida. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on Catholic school leadership and the role of the pastor-principal relationship from North Carolina State University. [post_title] => Diocese of Richmond Office of Catholic Schools Announces New Associate Superintendent [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocese-of-richmond-office-of-catholic-schools-announces-new-associate-superintendent [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-16 14:42:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-16 18:42:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=117318 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [239] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 117308 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-07-15 11:12:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-15 15:12:55 [post_content] => July 15, 2019 WASHINGTON— This week marks the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the U.S. Department of State with 1,000 religious and civil society leaders and foreign ministers from 115 countries. The Ministerial reaffirms international commitments to promote religious freedom and develop durable, positive ways to combat religious persecution and unjust discrimination. The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement: “Our faith reminds us that religious freedom is the cornerstone of a just society which is increasingly under threat. 77% of world’s population, 5.5 billion, live in 83 countries with high or very high restrictions on the practice of religion. We are witnessing entire communities around the world pay with their lives to exercise freedom of conscience and faith. I am pleased to participate in this Ministerial, and support our government’s efforts to promote freedom of conscience and religion for all.”

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 En español

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019 Catholic Diocese of Richmond Adds Names to Clergy List (RICHMOND, Va.) – Today, the Diocese of Richmond announces six names have been added to its list of clergy that have a credible and substantiated claim of sexual abuse against a minor. The names were added after additional information was brought forward and a review was completed in consultation with the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment and the Diocesan Review Board. The names of the individuals with credible and substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse, as well as additional information, can be located on the Richmond Diocese website: www.richmonddiocese.org. The six priests added are below:
Name Status Affiliation
Stanley F. Banaszek Deceased   Religious Order Priest, Maryknoll Order
Anthony M. Canu Deceased   Religious Order Priest, Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars
Patrick J. Cassidy Deceased   Diocesan Priest
Leonardo G. Mateo Deceased   Extern Priest, Archdiocese of Tagbilaran (Philippines)
Thomas D. Sykes Deceased   Religious Order Priest, Franciscan Friars of Atonement
Vincent The Quang Nguyen Unknown   Extern Priest, Archdiocese of Saigon (Vietnam)
Consistent with the other names on the list, none of the newly added individuals currently are serving nor have recently served in active ministry within the Diocese of Richmond. As with the diocese’s previous announcement on clergy with credible and substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, the diocese will not release specific details regarding the abuses out of respect for the privacy of survivors. “Back in February, when we published a list of clergy against whom there are credible and substantiated claims of child sexual abuse, we acknowledged the list would be updated,” said the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond.  “As we continue to engage with survivors of abuse and learn more about the history of our diocese, we continue our commitment to transparency. It is my sincere hope that the additions of these individuals will help provide healing for anyone who suffered at their hands.” 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 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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In English

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019

El Obispo Barry C. Knestout anuncia un cambio de póliza que afecta el nombramiento de edificios e instituciones diocesanas dentro de la Diócesis Católica de Richmond 

Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School regresa a su primer nombre de Catholic High School

(RICHMOND, Va.) -  El mismo día que se agregaron seis nombres a la lista de clérigos de la Diócesis Católica de Richmond con acusaciones creíbles y fundamentados de abuso sexual infantil, el Obispo Barry C. Knestout inició una póliza, dirigiendo a todas las instituciones diocesanas, escuelas y parroquias que se identifiquen con lo siguiente: nombres de los santos, los misterios de la fe, los títulos de Nuestra Señora o de Nuestro Señor, o el lugar donde se ha establecido el ministerio. Ya no serán nombrados por un obispo, pastor, fundador o individuo. La póliza se hace vigente hoy, 27 de junio de 2019. “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,” dijo el Obispo Knestout. “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.” Actualmente, el único edificio escolar, parroquial o local diocesano que requiere un cambio debido a esta nueva póliza es Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School en Virginia Beach. La escuela regresa a su primer nombre de Catholic High School. Ella recibió su nombre en 1993 después de su mudanza a Princess Anne Road. Para más información sobre la historia, la fundación y el nombramiento de la escuela, visite: https://www.chsvb.org/about/history. La póliza no afectará las habitaciones o alas nombradas anteriormente en los edificios, instituciones, parroquias u otras escuelas diocesanas existentes dentro de la diócesis. El cambio de póliza tampoco se aplica a las placas que reconocen a donantes ni a las figuras históricas que ocuparon un cargo en una institución diocesana. “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,” dijo Obispo Knestout. Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School tendrá tiempo de transición para completar todo el trabajo asociado con el cambio de nombre de la escuela incluyendo los logotipos, letreros y uniformes. La implementación completa del cambio de nombre se llevará a cabo durante el año escolar 2019-2020. "Aunque el nombre de la escuela está cambiando, nuestra misión sigue siendo la misma, basada firmemente en la enseñanza católica", dijo Kelly Lazarra, Superintendente de la Oficina Diocesana de Escuelas Católicas. "Catholic High School se dedica a nutrir la mente, construir el carácter y formar en los valores cristianos." (Los medios de comunicación que deseen entrevistar a la directora de Catholic High School o un miembro de la Oficina   Diocesana de Escuelas Católicas pueden llamar a la Directora de Comunicaciones, Deborah Cox, al 804-971-7412 para coordinar las entrevistas).

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En español

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019

Bishop Barry C. Knestout Announces Policy Change Affecting the Naming of Diocesan Buildings and Institutions Within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond

Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School Returns to Former Name of Catholic High School

  (RICHMOND, Va.) – On the same day six names were added to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy with credible and substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse, Bishop Barry C. Knestout initiated a policy directing all diocesan institutions, schools and parish buildings to only identify themselves with the following:  the names of saints, the mysteries of the faith, the titles of our Lady or of our Lord, or the place where the ministry has been established. They will no longer be named after an individual bishop, pastor, founder or individual. The policy goes into effect today, June 27, 2019. “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,” said Bishop Knestout. “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.” Currently, the only school building, parish or diocesan location that requires a change because of this new policy is Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School located in Virginia Beach. The school returns to its former name of Catholic High School which it was named in 1993 when it moved to its Princess Anne Road location. For more on the history, founding and naming of the school, visit: https://www.chsvb.org/about/history. The policy does not affect previously named rooms or wings in existing diocesan buildings, institutions, parishes or other schools within the diocese. The policy change also does not apply to plaques or signs recognizing donors or for historic figures who held an office within a diocesan institution. “It is my hope and prayer that 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,” said Bishop Knestout. Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School will have time to transition to complete all work associated with the school’s name change to include logos, signs and uniforms. Fully implementing the name change will take place during the 2019-2020 school year. “While the name of the school is changing, our mission remains the same, based firmly on Catholic teaching,” said Kelly Lazarra, superintendent of the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. “Catholic High School is dedicated to nurturing intellect, shaping character and forming Christian values.”

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 In English

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019                                                 Diócesis Católica de Richmond agrega más nombres a la lista del clero (RICHMOND, Va.) - Hoy, la Diócesis de Richmond anuncia que se han agregado seis nombres a su lista de clérigos que tienen un reclamo creíble y fundamentado de abuso sexual contra un menor de edad. Los nombres se agregaron después de que se presentara información adicional y se finalizara una revisión en consulta con la Oficina Diocesana de Ambiente Seguro y la Junta de Revisión Diocesana. Los nombres de las personas con acusaciones creíbles y fundamentadas de abuso sexual infantil, con su información adicional, se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de la Diócesis de Richmond: www.richmonddiocese.org. Los seis sacerdotes añadidos son:
Nombre Estatus Afiliación
Stanley F. Banaszek Fallecido Sacerdote | Orden Religiosa, Orden de Maryknoll
Anthony M. Canu Fallecido Sacerdote | Orden Religiosa, Hermanos Franciscanos Regulares de la Tercera Orden
Patrick J. Cassidy Fallecido Sacerdote Diocesano
Leonardo G. Mateo Fallecido Sacerdote del exterior, Arquidiócesis de Tagbilaran (Filipinas)
Thomas D. Sykes Fallecido Sacerdote | Orden Religiosa, Frailes Franciscanos de la Expiación
Vincent The Quang Nguyen Desconocido Sacerdote del exterior, Arquidiócesis de Saigon (Vietnam)  
De acuerdo con los otros nombres en la lista, ninguna de las personas recién agregadas está sirviendo ni ha servido recientemente en un ministerio activo dentro de la Diócesis de Richmond. Al igual, con el anuncio anterior de la diócesis sobre el clero que tiene acusaciones creíbles y verificadas de abuso sexual de un menor, la diócesis no dará a conocer detalles específicos sobre los abusos por respeto a la privacidad de los sobrevivientes. "En febrero, cuando publicamos una lista del clero contra los cuales hay reclamos creíbles y fundamentados de abuso sexual infantil, reconocimos que la lista se actualizará", dijo el Reverendísimo Barry C. Knestout, obispo de Richmond. “A medida que continuamos participando con los sobrevivientes de abuso y aprendiendo más sobre la historia de nuestra diócesis, continuamos nuestro compromiso con la transparencia. Espero sinceramente que la incorporación de estas personas ayude a sanar a cualquier persona que haya sufrido". La Diócesis de Richmond insiste a las personas que han sido abusadas sexualmente por un sacerdote, diácono, religioso, empleado laico o voluntario de la diócesis a reportar el abuso directamente a la policía, incluyendo a los Servicios de Protección Infantil (CPS) al 1-800-552-7096 y llamando a la línea directa de abuso del clero del Procurador General al 1-833-454-9064. También, se les pide a las personas a comunicarse con el número confidencial de Reporte de Asistencia a las Víctimas (VAC, por sus siglas en inglés) de 24 horas al 1-877-887-9603 o enviar un correo electrónico a vac@richmonddiocese.org para reportar el abuso sexual.

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[post_title] => U.S. Bishops’ President and Committee Chairman Say Horrific Death of Father and Daughter at Border and Appalling Conditions for Children are Cries that Reach Heaven Itself [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => u-s-bishops-president-and-committee-chairman-say-horrific-death-of-father-and-daughter-at-border-and-appalling-conditions-for-children-are-cries-that-reach-heaven-itself [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 10:56:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 14:56:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=116757 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [246] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 116667 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-06-13 23:16:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-14 03:16:32 [post_content] => June 13, 2019 BALTIMORE— Today, U.S. Catholic Bishops have approved three additional measures to address abuse and bishop accountability during their annual Spring General Assembly in Baltimore.  The measures expand upon the Pope Francis’s Motu proprio and the U.S. Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The reforms are designed to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual misconduct against minors and vulnerable adults. The first vote, Protocol Regarding Available Non-Penal Restrictions on Bishops, passed by 212 to 4 with 1 abstention. This form of accountability provides protocols for imposing limitations on former bishops who were removed from office for grave reasons. It also empowers the USCCB president to restrict bishops removed or resigned for reasons related to sexual abuse or abuse of power. A second vote, Acknowledging Our Episcopal Commitments passed by 217 to 1 with 2 abstentionsThis accountability measure implements a bishop code of conduct, including the affirmation that the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is expanded to include bishops as well as priests and deacons. The third vote, Directives for the Implementation of the Provisions of Vos estis lux mundi Concerning Bishops and their Equivalents, presents a plan for optimal implementation of Pope Francis’s recent Motu proprio in the United States, including an outline for lay involvement.  It passed by 218 to 1 with 2 abstentions. Yesterday, the body of bishops passed another bishop accountability reform, voting for the establishment of a Third-Party Reporting System for receiving confidentially, by phone and online, reports of possible violations by bishops of Vos estis lux mundi. The action item commits to activating the system no later than May 31, 2020. To view the full action item documents pertaining to bishop accountability voted on yesterday and today, please visit: www.usccb.org/meetings

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