Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond

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For the lapsed Anglican suffragan, see Bishop of Richmond (Anglican).
Diocese of Richmond
Dioecesis Richmondiensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond.svg
Location
Country United States of America
Territory Central and Southern Virginia, as well as the Eastern Shore
Ecclesiastical province Baltimore
Statistics
Area 36,711 sq mi (95,080 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
4,942,100
233,000 (4.7%)
Parishes 151
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 11, 1820 (194 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Patron saint St. Vincent de Paul
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo
Metropolitan Archbishop William E. Lori
Map
Diocese of Richmond map 1.jpg
Website
www.richmonddiocese.org
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond (Latin: Dioecesis Richmondiensis) is an ecclesiastical and episcopal see or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Prior to the American Revolution there were few Catholics within Virginia. Anti-Catholic laws discouraged the faithful from settling in colonial Virginia.[1] It was not until the passing of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786 that Catholics were free to worship openly in the Old Dominion. The Diocese of Richmond was canonically erected by Pope Pius VII on July 11, 1820. Its current territory encompasses all of central and southern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and the eastern shore. It is a ceremonial suffragan of the metropolitan province of Baltimore, from which its territories were taken.

Today there are 235,816 Catholics at 146 parishes in the Diocese of Richmond. The diocese currently has 87 active priests, 59 retired priests, 88 permanent deacons, 180 members of Catholic religious order and 16 seminarians. There are 32 Catholic schools in the diocese with a total enrollment of 12,062 students in 8 High Schools and 24 Elementary Schools.[2]

The diocese is currently led by a prelate bishop which pastors the mother church in the City of Richmond, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The current bishop is Most Reverend Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, previously the Bishop of Honolulu. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II on March 31, 2004 and installed on May 24, 2004.

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Notable people[edit]

Knights of Columbus[edit]

The Knights of Columbus has several councils in the Richmond Diocese. The Knights serve parish and communities throughout both dioceses in the Commowealth. One of the best known services is the KOVAR drive that raises money for assisting Virginians with intellectual disabilities.[3]

High schools[edit]

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Coordinates: 37°32′50.8″N 77°27′07.7″W / 37.547444°N 77.452139°W / 37.547444; -77.452139