Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
|Bishop of Arlington|
|In office||January 25, 1999 – present|
|Predecessor||John R. Keating|
|Ordination||December 18, 1965
by Francis F. Reh
|Consecration||April 12, 1988
by John F. Whealon
September 3, 1940 |
|Motto||Encourage and Teach with Patience, 2 Timothy 4:2|
Early life and education
Paul Loverde was born in Framingham, Massachusetts on September 3, 1940 to Paul and Ann Marie (née Conti) Loverde. He received his secondary school education at La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, followed by an education at Saint Bernard Seminary College in Rochester, New York. He graduated with a B.A. (summa cum laude) in 1962 and was chosen to study in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Loverde earned his Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) there in 1966.
Ordination and ministry
Loverde was ordained a priest December 18, 1965 at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by Bishop Francis F. Reh, who was rector at the Pontifical North American College. After completing his studies in Rome in 1966, he returned to the United States and began serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. He served in a variety of capacities within the diocese, including assistant pastor at St. Sebastian Church in Middletown and religion teacher at various high schools. He was also campus chaplain at Wesleyan University, Connecticut College, and Eastern Connecticut State University and Instructor of Canon Law at Holy Apostles Seminary. In 1982, Loverde received a Licentiate of Canon Law (J.C.L.) from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford, Connecticut
In 1988, Pope John Paul II named Loverde Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford and Titular Bishop of Octabia. He was consecrated on April 12, 1988 by Archbishop John F. Whealon at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. He chose his episcopal motto, "Encourage and Teach with Patience," (2 Timothy 4:2) from Second Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy, expressing his belief that, as bishop, it is "his duty and calling by God to encourage and teach the Faith to those who need it, with the gentle patience that each of God's children may need."
Bishop of Ogdensburg, New York
Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Loverde eleventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York in 1993, and he was installed at the Cathedral of St. Mary on January 17, 1994. While in Odgensburg, he started vocation and evangelization initiatives. In 1999, he closed Mater Dei College in Oswegatchie. From 1997–1999, he was State Chaplain of the New York Knights of Columbus.
Bishop of Arlington, Virginia
After the sudden death of Bishop John Keating in March 1998 from heart attack in Rome, while making his ad limina visit, Pope John Paul appointed Loverde the third bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, where he was installed on March 25, 1999, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. Since coming to Arlington he has emphasized vocations—in his first 10 years, he ordained 38 men to the priesthood, reinstated the permanent diaconate program, and allowed seminarians to study at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Pontifical College Josephinum, and The Catholic University of America. He also has been supportive of religious orders coming into the diocese, such as the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and Cloistered Dominicans.
Loverde has is currently on the Board of Directors for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, The Catholic University of America, the Catholic Distance University, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He previously served on the board of Christ the King Seminary and Mount St. Mary's University. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he was chair of the Committee on Vocations from 1995 to 1998 and was a member of the Administrative Committee from 2004 to 2008. Since becoming Bishop of Arlington, Loverde has won a number of awards, including the Catholic Distance University's Founder's Award for his service to the university in 2010 and the Saint Luke Institute's Saint Luke Award in 2012. In 2012, a Doctor of Humane Letters was conferred upon him by the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.
In 2006 Loverde permitted, at the discretion of the local pastor, female altar servers in parishes and high school communities in the diocese for the first time. Prior to this, Arlington was one of two dioceses in the United States to retain the traditional practice of allowing boys only to serve at the altar in local parishes. Loverde had sent a dubium about the altar girl matter to the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The congregation responded that while bishops may allow female laity to serve at the altar, pastors and priests cannot be compelled to use them.
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- "Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony May 19, 2012".
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- "Killing the Messenger" New Oxford Review. March 2005. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
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- Bishop Loverde's homilies and pastoral letters
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg
|Catholic Church titles|
John R. Keating
|Bishop of Arlington
1999 – Present
Stanislaus J. Brzana
|Bishop of Ogdensburg
1993 – 1999
Gerald M. Barbarito
|Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford
1988 – 1993
|Titular Bishop of Octabia
1988 – 1993
Luciano Bergamin, C.R.L.