Bishop Barry C. Knestout
Reflections on the Living Our Mission Campaign
Welcome to our website devoted to the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign.
Now that the active phase of the campaign has ended, our attention turns to the future. As you read the Catholic Virginian and your parish bulletin, I’m sure you have heard about some of the remarkable accomplishments made possible through this campaign. At the parish level, pastors and parishioners have been able to realize major capital improvements, significant ministry enhancements, and the elimination of parish debts. At the level of the Diocesan Church, we are actively growing major endowments for cornerstone ministries such as the education of our seminarians, Catholic School tuition assistance, and the rapidly-increasing needs of youth and young adult ministries.
The exceptional insight and leadership of my predecessor, Bishop DiLorenzo is a major factor that lead to a successful beginning. When discussing a campaign of this magnitude, it is easy to find reasons not to do it. As I learned in my first few months here, Bishop DiLorenzo embraced this challenge as well as many others and, because of his leadership, our Diocese has been significantly strengthened. These vibrant and growing ministries wouldn’t have been accomplished without his guidance.
I also want to make a special mention of our dedicated pastors. At the ground level, in every parish across this Diocese, pastors worked diligently to raise funds for this campaign. It is through good stewardship expressed in these efforts that the campaign has achieved this momentum.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your extraordinary generosity to this effort. When I reflect on all who sacrificially pledged to the campaign, my heart is filled with hope and inspiration for our future. Your gifts and prayers are essential to build our Church through the efforts of the Living Our Mission campaign.
May God bless you for your goodness, always.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout
Bishop of Richmond