Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond
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|Diocese of Richmond
|Country||United States of America|
|Territory||Central and Southern Virginia, as well as the Eastern Shore|
|Area||36,711 sq mi (95,080 km2)|
|(as of 2015)
|Established||July 11, 1820 (196 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Sacred Heart|
|Patron saint||St. Vincent de Paul|
|Bishop||Francis Xavier DiLorenzo|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||William E. Lori|
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 few Catholics lived within Virginia. Anti-Catholic laws discouraged the faithful from settling in colonial Virginia. It was not until the passage of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786 that Catholics were free to worship openly in the Commonwealth. 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 territory was taken.
Today there are 236,061 active Catholics at 142 parishes in the Diocese of Richmond. The diocese currently has 87 active priests, 59 retired priests, 115 permanent deacons, 6 religious brothers, 139 religious sisters of Catholic religious order and 25 seminarians. There are 28 diocesan Catholic schools in the diocese with a total enrollment of 12,062 students in 6 High Schools and 22 Elementary Schools.
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.
- Most Rev. Patrick Kelly (Aug 24, 1820 - Feb 9, 1822)
- Most Rev. Richard Vincent Whelan (Dec 19, 1840 - Jul 23, 1850)
- Most Rev. John McGill (Jul 23, 1850 - Jan 14, 1872)
- Most Rev. James Gibbons (Jul 30, 1872 - May 20, 1877)
- Most Rev. John Joseph Keane (Mar 28, 1878 - Aug 12, 1888)
- Most Rev. Augustine Van de Vyver (Jul 16, 1889 - Oct 16, 1911)
- Most Rev. Denis Joseph O'Connell (Jan 19, 1912 - Jan 15, 1926)
- Most Rev. Andrew James Louis Brennan (May 28, 1926 - Apr 14, 1945)
- Most Rev. Peter Leo Ireton (Apr 14, 1945 - Apr 27, 1958)
- Most Rev. John Joyce Russell (Jul 3, 1958 - Apr 28, 1973)
- Most Rev. Walter Francis Sullivan (Jun 4, 1974 - Sep 16, 2003)
- Most Rev. Francis Xavier DiLorenzo (May 24, 2004 - current)
- Most Rev. Joseph Howard Hodges (Oct 15, 1952 - May 31, 1961), appointed bishop of Wheeling
- Most Rev. Ernest Leo Unterkoefler (Feb 22, 1962 - Dec 12, 1964), appointed bishop of Charleston
- Most Rev. James Louis Flaherty (Oct 15, 1966 - Aug 9, 1975), died
- Most Rev. Walter Francis Sullivan (Dec 1, 1970 - Jul 19, 1974), appointed bishop of Richmond
- Most Rev. David Edward Foley (Jun 27, 1986 - Mar 22, 1994), appointed bishop of Birmingham
- Servant of God Francis J. Parater (1897–1920), seminarian, Eagle Scout, and candidate for canonization
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus has several councils in the Richmond Diocese. The Knights serve parish and communities throughout both dioceses in the Commonwealth. One of the best known services is the KOVAR drive which raises money for assisting Virginians with intellectual disabilities.
- Benedictine High School, Richmond
- Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Virginia Beach
- Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, Powhatan
- Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, Lynchburg
- Peninsula Catholic High School, Newport News
- Roanoke Catholic School, Roanoke
- Saint Gertrude High School, Richmond
- Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg
- Historical list of the Catholic bishops of the United States
- List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including archdioceses)
- Horvat, Marian T. (25 January 2006). "Let None Dare Call it Liberty: The Catholic Church in Colonial America". Tradition in Action. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
- "History of the Diocese & Diocesan Statistics". Diocese of Richmond. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
- "KOVAR". Virginia Knights of Columbus. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond Official Site
- Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
- "Diocese of Richmond" article in the Catholic Encyclopedia