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                    [post_content] => For Immediate Release: July 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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En español

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

Printable Letter From Bishop Knestout

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In English

27 de junio de 2019 Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, En los últimos años, la Iglesia se ha dado cuenta de la tristeza y el sufrimiento asociados con el abuso sexual infantil perpetrado por algunos clérigos. En respuesta, he tomado una serie de pasos para apoyar a los sobrevivientes que han sufrido abusos y ayudarlos en su camino hacia la sanación. Además de fortalecer nuestras pólizas, prácticas y códigos de conducta para la protección infantil y el asesoramiento continuo a los sobrevivientes de abuso, la Diócesis de Richmond publicó una lista de clérigos quienes tienen denuncias en su contra de abuso sexual infantil creíbles y verificadas. Superar la tragedia del abuso no se trata solo de hacer responsable a quienes cometieron los abusos, sino también de examinar seriamente el rol y los legados complejos de las personas que deberían haber hecho más para abordar la crisis. El reconocimiento honorífico continuo de estos individuos proporciona una barrera para la sanación de nuestros sobrevivientes, y queremos que los sobrevivientes sepan que les damos la bienvenida y los apoyamos en nuestra Diócesis. Por esta razón, de inmediato, les pido que se lleve a cabo un paso adicional. Como póliza, todas las instituciones diocesanas, sus escuelas y edificios parroquiales, deben ser nombrados por uno de los santos, los misterios de la fe, los títulos de Nuestro Señor y de Nuestra Señora, o el lugar donde el ministerio ha sido establecido. Ya no deben ser nombrados después de un pastor, fundador o individuo. Cualquier cambio propuesto que varíe de esta póliza requerirá la revisión y aprobación del obispo. Esta póliza no se aplica a las habitaciones o alas de los edificios o instituciones existentes. Tampoco se aplica a la lista de figuras históricas que ocuparon una oficina en la institución o placas que reconocen a donantes. Estoy pidiendo a los administradores locales que sean prudentes antes de hacer cualquier cambio que se considere apropiado. Todas las demás instituciones católicas pueden determinar una póliza por sí mismas de acuerdo con sus propios estatutos. Con esto en mente, de inmediato, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School se volverá a llamar Catholic High School. Desde una perspectiva práctica, estoy permitiendo, el próximo año, un período de transición para completar todo lo necesario y lograr este cambio de nombre. Es mi esperanza y oración que el cambio de póliza sea otra manera de continuar ayudando a los sobrevivientes de abusos en su sanación, especialmente a aquellos que, de alguna manera, han experimentado el fracaso del liderazgo de la Iglesia para abordar adecuadamente sus necesidades y preocupaciones. Pidiendo la intercesión de Nuestra Señora y la gracia del Espíritu Santo, permanezco Sinceramente en Cristo, Reverendísimo Barry C. Knestout Obispo de Richmond Carta del Obispo Knestout en española [post_title] => Carta del Obispo Knestout sobre el nombramiento de instituciones [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => carta-del-obispo-knestout-sobre-el-nombramiento-de-instituciones [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-28 16:25:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-28 20:25:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=116825 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 116413 [post_author] => 61 [post_date] => 2019-05-31 20:01:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-01 00:01:43 [post_content] => June 6, 2019 The Holy Father has offered his condolences to the community of Virginia Beach. Bishop Knestout thanked Pope Francis for his prayers and sympathies on behalf of the faithful.
Letter From Pope Francis Bishop Knestout's Response
 
Updated & For Immediate Release:  June 2, 2019

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

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

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For Immediate Release: May 31, 2019 Bishop Knestout issued a statement following multiple deaths from a shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Complex, Friday, May 31, 2019: “As we await more information from law enforcement regarding the devastating news late this afternoon confirming 11 individuals have lost their lives in Virginia Beach, my prayers and thoughts are with the people of Virginia Beach and the community of Hampton Roads. Tonight, I will continue to pray for those who lost their lives, those who are injured, the medical personnel and first responders who are assisting the victims, families and all affected. I would ask all the faithful to pray with me during this time.” ~Bishop Barry C. Knestout [post_title] => Diocesan News on the May 31 Shooting in Virginia Beach [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-knestout-statement-following-shooting-at-virginia-beach-municipal-center [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-06 09:20:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-06 13:20:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=116413 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 116159 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-05-10 13:51:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-10 17:51:32 [post_content] => May 10, 2019 I welcome Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter "Vos estis lux mundi," issued Motu proprio, regarding the crime of sexual abuse. It further expresses his firm commitment to protecting children, young adults and the vulnerable from being sexually abused by church personnel, and it reiterates his expectation that care for victims and their families will always be a priority for Church leaders. Two additional points in the statement are worth noting: the pope’s delineation of accountability by the bishops in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by church personnel, and the expediency with which our Holy Father expects these matters to be addressed. These are concerns that have repeatedly been expressed by victims and other members of the faithful. We are encouraged that our Holy Father has specifically addressed them in this apostolic letter. I am grateful that Pope Francis has stated, “a continuous and profound conversion of hearts is needed, attested by concrete and effective actions that involve everyone in the Church, so that personal sanctity and moral commitment can contribute to promoting the full credibility of the Gospel message and the effectiveness of the Church’s mission.” We will strive for that conversion and take the action it requires for us — victims and the entire church — to continue healing from the sins of the abusers.

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

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

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[post_title] => Bishop Barry C. Knestout Statement on the Announcement of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory to the Archdiocese of Washington [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-barry-c-knestout-statement-on-the-announcement-of-archbishop-gregory-d-wilton-to-the-archdiocese-of-washington [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-04 15:34:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-04 19:34:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=115705 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 115059 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-02-26 08:50:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-26 13:50:39 [post_content] => The following is a Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) statement regarding the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. February 25, 2019 We are deeply dismayed and astounded that the U.S. Senate has failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). It is a matter of common sense and basic human decency to require, as S. 311 would have, that any health care practitioner present when a child is born alive following an abortion give the same degree of care to preserve the life and health of the child as would be given to any other newborn. That this bill did not pass unanimously – let alone even pass at all – is appalling and beyond comprehension. We are dismayed and outraged that Virginia’s U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine voted against this critical lifesaving legislation. We urge the Senate to reconsider its decision as soon as possible. This joint statement has been issued by Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, and Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond. The VCC statement is available here.   -----------Translation----------- Estamos profundamente consternados y atónitos que el Senado haya fallado en contra de la ley de Protección a los Sobrevivientes del Aborto Nacidos Vivos (S. 311). Requerir esto es una cuestión de sentido común y dignidad humana tal como el S. 311 lo habría hecho, que cualquier profesional de salud que esta presente cuando el infante nace vivo depuse del aborto, este proporcionaría la misma atención que haría a cualquier recién nacido para preservar la vida y la salud. Que el fallo de esta ley no fue unánime – y peor aun que hayan fallado a favor - es terrible e incomprensible. Nos quedamos consternados e indignados que los Senadores de Virginia, Warner y Kaine, votaran en contra de esta legislación critica de salvaguardar la vida. Instamos al Senado a reconsiderar esta decisión lo antes posible. [post_title] => Virginia Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate’s Failure to Pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virginia-bishops-statement-on-u-s-senates-failure-to-pass-the-born-alive-abortion-survivors-protection-act [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-28 11:37:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-28 16:37:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=115059 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 114911 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-02-17 12:19:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-17 17:19:08 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: February 17, 2019 “The Holy See’s announcement, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, is a clear indicator that sexual abuse against a child or adult by those even at the highest level in the Church is intolerable. I pray this action by the Holy Father is one step to help victims of abuse move forward from the hurt and pain they have experienced. My personal affection for the people of the Archdiocese of Washington goes hand in hand with my concern for victims and survivors, my shame and disappointment in the failures of church leadership and my commitment to restoring the trust of the faithful in the Diocese of Richmond. As I mentioned in my most recent letter to the faithful in our diocese earlier this week, “be assured I will do all in my power to restore your trust and to make our Church an authentic witness to the Gospel…..” I ask you to pray for the healing of all victims and their families and to the victims who suffered abuse by Theodore McCarrick. I ask you also to keep in your prayers our Church and to continually ask God’s grace upon the clergy in our diocese who are serving with dignity, grace and integrity. May we all heal and work unceasingly to answer the call for spiritual renewal in our Church.”

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[post_title] => Statement from Bishop Knestout Regarding Holy See Judgement on Theodore McCarrick [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-bishop-knestout-regarding-holy-see-judgement-on-theodore-mccarrick [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-19 09:20:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-19 14:20:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=114911 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 114256 [post_author] => 71 [post_date] => 2019-01-31 14:48:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-31 19:48:12 [post_content] => For Immediate Release: January 31, 2019 Horrific. Outrageous. Vicious. Those words were in my heart as I heard about the proposed legislation that would enable expanding the brutal practice of abortion. There is no place in a civil society for this sort of thought and action. Equally disheartening and reprehensible are the comments made by Virginia’s Governor and the legislator who proposed such a bill. The discussion a mother and doctor should have is in the best interest of the child as to how we can preserve and not destroy life. We should not be legislating in favor of abortion, let alone third trimester abortions at all. All our actions and decisions should be life-giving. “Each human being has value and is not a means to an end. Each human being is loved by God, and equally treasured.” Less than two weeks ago, I spoke those words in my homily at the closing of the Vigil for Life Mass in Washington D.C, just prior to the March for Life. I joined hundreds from our Diocese who marched in unison with thousands of others from across this nation to bear witness to the value and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. We must give thanks to God for the gift of human life and be unwavering in protecting this gift in all its stages from conception to natural death. As Catholics in the United States, we do this through prayer but also through our advocacy efforts on the national, state and local levels. We see these efforts visibly through the March for Life, but also by using our voices when public policy threatens the dignity of human life. Now more than ever, it’s important to raise our voices when we see such threats and injustices on the most vulnerable in our society. I encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to visit the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) and sign up for the Conference’s advocacy network. There you will receive information regarding these matters and how you can advocate best on behalf of the most vulnerable. I pray that through using our voices in the public square we will help end such immoral legislation that threatens human life.

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

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

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

Mass of Atonement

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

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You can read more of Bishop Knestout’s reflections in his “Christ Our Hope” column.

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

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[post_title] => Statement from His Excellency, The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, on the Death of Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => statement-from-his-excellency-the-most-reverend-barry-c-knestout-on-the-death-of-bishop-emeritus-david-e-foley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-19 08:42:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-19 12:42:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=109534 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [16] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 108045 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-12-05 12:05:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-05 17:05:13 [post_content] => RICHMOND, Va. – Within hours of being announced as the 13th Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, 55, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, celebrated Mass with Pastoral Center staff for the first time in the diocese he will soon oversee. Earlier, he held a press conference where he was introduced to staff and media.

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

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

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Download PDF Press Release Here [post_title] => Pope Francis Names Washington Auxiliary Bishop to Lead Richmond Diocese [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => pope-francis-names-washington-auxiliary-bishop-to-lead-richmond-diocese [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-12-05 12:19:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-05 17:19:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=108045 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [17] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107146 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2017-10-02 15:10:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-02 19:10:19 [post_content] => We mourn for all who lost their lives or were injured in the horrific actions that took place in Las Vegas. We lift our voices in prayer on this Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels whom we ask to watch over us, to guide us, and bring consolation to all who are grieving. We pray for the victims, their families and the repose of their souls. Let the holy angels be with us and bring us comfort during these uncertain times.   Guardian Angel Prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen. [post_title] => Diocesan Administrator Very Reverend Monsignor Mark Richard Lane Statement on Las Vegas Shooting [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => diocesan-administrator-very-reverend-monsignor-mark-richard-lane-statement-on-las-vegas-shooting [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-02 15:10:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-02 19:10:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=107146 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 106371 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-14 16:39:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-14 20:39:50 [post_content] => (Richmond, Va.) – Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement: “I remain deeply saddened about the devastating events in Charlottesville over the weekend, most especially I mourn the loss of lives and the injuries of many more. Hatred, and its manifestations of racism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, are sins against God and profoundly wound the children of God. I am grateful for the many people, including clergy and people of faith, who bravely stood against hate, whether in prayer or in person. I also thank and pray for the men and women from law enforcement and emergency services who protect us. I continue to join my brother priests and bishops, the lay faithful and people of all faiths as we turn to God in prayer. We ask his mercy, pardon and wisdom as we root out these long-standing evils, strands of which, tragically, remain woven within the fabric of our society.” “In the coming days, our Diocese is exploring how we can address the issues highlighted in Charlottesville through prayer and action. As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we ask our Blessed Mother to intervene on our behalf. O Mary, Queen of Peace-pray for us.”

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  Download PDF Statement Here [post_title] => Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo Statement on Events Occurring in Charlottesville [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-francis-x-dilorenzo-statement-on-events-occurring-in-charlottesville [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-12 22:39:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-13 02:39:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=106351 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [20] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 103205 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-02-21 16:29:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-21 21:29:10 [post_content] => February 21, 2017 Virginia Catholic Bishops Statement on Governor McAuliffe's Veto of Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood Richmond, VA - For the second consecutive year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the nation's largest abortion provider - at the expense of comprehensive health care for women. This morning, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed HB 2264, which would have redirected state tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and toward community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families. This legislation had been introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge. Surrounded by Planned Parenthood supporters at a veto ceremony outside the Governor's Mansion this morning, Gov. McAuliffe said his actions protected the rights and dignity of Virginia women - when, in fact, his actions harm the dignity of the women deceived by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion. Despite its deceptive talking points about caring for women's health, Planned Parenthood performs less than 2% of women's cancer screenings nationwide, and provides no mammograms whatsoever. It offers, instead, the opposite of health care - conducting almost 17 times more abortions than birth-oriented services and aborting 160 children for every 1 child it refers for adoption. Planned Parenthood is responsible for nearly 900 abortions every day, a third of all abortions in the U.S. And yet, despite the fact that most Americans don't want their tax dollars to pay for other people's abortions, Planned Parenthood received half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer funding in its most recently reported fiscal year. It received this money despite extensive evidence that it illegally profited from the transfer of fetal tissue harvested during abortions. The Virginia Catholic Conference upholds the timeless truth that every human being, born and unborn, has an equal right to life. The Conference finds Gov. McAuliffe's pride in protecting an organization that destroys life and harms women and their families deeply offensive.  We will continue to fight for the day when Virginia law protects all human life, at every stage of development, from conception until natural death. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of Virginia's Catholic bishops and their two dioceses. [post_title] => Virginia Bishops Issue Statement about Governor's Veto [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => virginia-bishops-issue-statement-about-governors-veto [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-21 16:29:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-21 21:29:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=103205 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102987 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-01-31 11:13:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-31 16:13:46 [post_content] => January 31, 2017 Richmond, Va. – Today, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo released the following statement: “Today, I stand in union with my brother bishops who have spoken out about the recent executive order on the new refugee admissions policy. Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued statements on the matter. I encourage our faithful in the Diocese of Richmond to read the announcements and act to make your voice known to your elected representative through the following action alert. Let us pray for our country, for peace in our world, and for the dignity of all.” Joint Statement from USCCB President, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo & USCCB Vice-President Archbishop José H. Gomez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-027.cfm Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. 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January 26, 2017
Richmond, VA. - Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued the following statement on the 2017 March for Life. “I send my blessings and prayers to the many faithful who plan to participate in the 2017 March for Life. I am always encouraged and it fills me with great joy when I witness the number of Catholics from our Diocese, to include the youth and young adults, who prepare to stand in solidarity and voice their support for the protection of all life. I look forward to celebrating Mass with our young people prior to their attendance at the March for Life. Their presence and commitment assures me that our younger generations will continue to be the voice for the most vulnerable of our society.” “May God bless you and may the Holy Spirit move all to see the value in life from conception until natural death.” [post_title] => Bishop DiLorenzo Issues Statement on the 2017 March for Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishop-dilorenzo-issues-statement-on-the-2017-march-for-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-03 11:56:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-03 16:56:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102834 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [23] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 102445 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-01-19 15:58:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-19 20:58:32 [post_content] => Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael Burbidge issued the following statement today about Virginia’s continued use of the death penalty: Read here. [post_title] => Bishops' Statement on Death Penalty [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement-on-death-penalty [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-30 15:00:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-30 20:00:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=102445 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [24] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101193 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2016-10-13 15:21:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-10-13 15:21:28 [post_content] =>

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

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

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

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

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Download PDF version  here. [post_title] => Bishop's Statement on Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => bishops-statement-on-aid-to-those-affected-by-hurricane-matthew [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-30 15:04:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-30 20:04:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://richmonddiocese.org/?p=101193 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [25] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 101576 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-07-22 16:19:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-22 16:19:41 [post_content] => The Catholic Church makes its position very clear as it pertains to the protection of human life, social justice initiatives, and the importance of family life. From the very beginning, Catholic teaching informs us that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death. The right to life is a fundamental, human right for the unborn and any law denying the unborn the right to life is unequivocally unjust. Legislative issues pertaining to these matters are advocated on behalf of myself and Bishop Loverde, of the Diocese of Arlington, before the Virginia General Assembly, U.S. Congress, and with state and federal agencies and administrations through the Virginia Catholic Conference, a public policy advocacy organization. Through this organization, elected officials in Virginia are aware of the Church’s positions on such important issues. We continue to maintain an open communication with public officials who make on-going decisions impacting critical, moral and social issues. This is a responsibility I take seriously, along with my brother bishops, to reach out to public leaders to explain Catholic principles and encourage them to protect human life and dignity in all decisions they make. We always pray for our Catholic leaders that they make the right choice, act in the best judgment and in good conscience, knowing the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. It is the duty of all Catholics, no matter their profession, to decide through an upright and informed conscience as to their worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

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

See the statement in pdf here.

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo appeals for peace, offers prayers

 in wake of shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana

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

Saint Francis of Assisi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diocese hires Cemetery Management Company,

Announces New Office of Cemeteries

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

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See the announcementin pdf.

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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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The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, D.D.

The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout is the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond. Appointed by Pope Francis on December 5, 2017, he was installed January 12, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.

Growing up in Bowie, Maryland, Bishop Knestout attended both Catholic and public schools and graduated from Bowie High School in 1980. After entering the University of Maryland, he was accepted into the School of Architecture and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1984.

The following year, he began seminary studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Moral Theology. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, June 24, 1989, by Cardinal James A. Hickey.

For five years, Father Knestout served as a parochial vicar at two parishes in the Archdiocese. In 1994, he was named priest-secretary to Cardinal Hickey and continued to serve in that capacity until his Eminence’s death in 2004. For the next two years, he was assigned as pastor of Saint John Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1999, he was made Chaplain to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor.

In October 2006, then-Monsignor Knestout was named Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns and was appointed Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Administration in April 2007. In both roles, Monsignor Knestout helped in management and oversight of Archdiocesan administration.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington and titular Bishop of Leavenworth on November 18, 2008.  He was ordained a Bishop on December 29, 2008, during the Octave of Christmas. Bishop Knestout’s episcopal motto is “Christ Our Hope.”

While shepherding the Diocese of Richmond, Bishop Knestout serves as the Region IV representative on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, which, in coordination with the National Review Board, provides recommendations concerning child and youth protection. He is the Episcopal Moderator of the Association of Catholic Correctional Ministries and serves as the episcopal liaison to the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference.

He is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Order of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Bishop Knestout’s inaugural year in the Richmond Diocese has been highlighted by the writing of his first pastoral letter, “From Tragedy to Hope,” in which he addressed the 2018 abuse crisis, and called upon Catholics to “offer a compelling testimony to the love of Jesus Christ and the ability of our Church and its many ministries to be a force of good in the community.” The letter was issued September 14, The Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. On the same day, he celebrated the first Mass of Atonement at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

On September 27, 2018, Bishop Knestout, to provide better pastoral care for the faithful, established 15 Deaneries in the Diocese of Richmond through a canonical decree. Each of the Diocese’s three Vicariates now includes five Deaneries. Every parish, Catholic school, and campus ministry is assigned to a Deanery.

In October 2018, he was honored by the Saint Luke Institute, a treatment center dedicated to health of clergy and religious, for the exemplary pastoral concern he has shown his brother priests.