Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop for Richmond Diocese

With great joy, the Diocese of Richmond announces the Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, as the 13th Bishop of Richmond.

Bishop Barry C. Knestout portrait

This campaign offers a very important invitation to every Catholic throughout our Diocese.

The ultimate goal of this historic campaign is to unite people by a faith that is fully alive in Christ Jesus. When people are so united, they find themselves wanting to share and to build on that experience with other faith-filled people.

It is my hope that this campaign will give us the opportunity to increase the level of financial resources for the Diocese in order to support more fully the mission and ministry of the Church both now and well into the future.

We must always be aware of the responsibility to preserve, develop and manage our financial resources in the light of our great mission of evangelization, and with particular care for those in need. That is what Living Our Mission means. This campaign will give us great hope for the future. In this spirit, I hope you will become an enthusiastic participant in the Living Our Mission Campaign. Thank you and God bless you.