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Who We Are

We are an office of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. We are professional ministers of the Church committed to serving Parishes in the Diocese of Richmond.


Office of Social Ministries
7800 Carousel Lane | Richmond, VA 23294
Phone: 804-622-5180
Fax: 804.358.9159
Email: [email protected]


Three Vicariates of the Diocese


The Diocese of Richmond is divided geographically into three Vicariates — Eastern, Central, and Western. Because of the vast geographic size of the diocese, the diocese has established fifteen deaneries which help communicate Bishop Knestout’s pastoral messages and concerns.


The Office of Social Ministries (OSM) assist Parishes to animate and develop ministry; assisting them to discern the needs of their communities and develop responses that are appropriate to the Parish and expressed through Parish Social Ministry.


OSM assists on the deanery level by fostering collaboration among Parishes, convening Parish volunteers and staff active in social ministry to discuss common challenges and to develop collaborative approaches in response to developing community needs through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) lived out in faith.