His Excellency, Bishop Barry C. Knestout, has appointed Reverend Michael G. Boehling, a priest of the Diocese of Richmond, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia effective July 1, 2018. Father Boehling will also continue as Vicar for Vocations.
The son of the late Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Beverley Boehling, Father Boehling and his twin brother were born on August 19, 1969. Along with their five older siblings, they were raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and attended Our Lady of Nazareth parish.
Father Boehling graduated from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke and entered Hampden-Sydney College near Farmville. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and subsequently worked in sales management for Lucent Technologies for nine years prior to entering priestly formation for the Diocese of Richmond.
In the Fall of 2000, Father Boehling entered seminary at Theological College at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained a Transitional Deacon at Our Lady of Nazareth parish in May 2005. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 2006, Father Boehling was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo on June 10, 2006, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.
Since ordination, Father Boehling has served as Parochial Vicar (2006-2007) and as Pastor (2007-2010) of the Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake: Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth; Church of the Resurrection, Portsmouth; Saint Mary, Chesapeake; and Saint Paul, Portsmouth. On July 1, 2010, he was appointed Vicar for Vocations. Additionally, on July 1, 2011, he was appointed Vicar for Pastoral Services. Father Boehling has served on various committees and diocesan advisory bodies including Bishop’s Administrative Advisory Council, Diocesan Priests Council, and the Priest Personnel Board. In January 2018, Bishop Knestout assigned Father Boehling as Priest Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop. He will continue to serve His Excellency in this capacity until the new assignment begins on July 1, 2018.