Pope Francis Names Auxiliary Bishop of Washington as New Bishop of Richmond

December 5, 2017 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis hasnamed Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Archdiocese ofWashington as the new bishop of Richmond, Virginia.  

The appointment was publicized in Washington on December5, 2017 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to theUnited States.

Bishop Knestout was born in Cheverly,Maryland, on June 11, 1962. He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary inEmmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and aMaster of Arts degree in 1989.

He was ordained a priest forthe Archdiocese of Washington on June 24, 1989. 

Assignments after ordinationincluded: associate pastor, St. Bartholomew's Parish, Bethesda, MD (1989-1993);associate pastor, St. Peter's Parish, Waldorf (1993-1994); priest secretary toCardinal James Hickey (1994-2004); executive director, Archdiocesan Office ofYouth Ministry, (2001-2003); priest secretary to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick(2003-2004); pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Silver Spring (2004-2006);and the Archdiocesan Secretary for Pastoral Life and Social Concerns(2006-2008).

Named Monsignor by Pope JohnPaul II in 1999, he was then named moderator of the curia in April 2007 andassisted Cardinal DonaldW. Wuerl in overseeing administrative affairs.  

On November 18, 2008, PopeBenedict XVI named Msgr. Knestout Auxiliary Bishop of Washington and titularbishop of Leavenworth. He was ordained a bishop by then-Archbishop Donald Wuerlon December 29, 2008.

He has been a member of theAdministrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference and the EpiscopalModerator of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association. Heserves as the Regional IV representative on the USCCB Committee for theProtection of Children and Young People as well as the Episcopal Liaison to theDiocesan Fiscal Management Conference.

As of today's appointment,Bishop Knestout will be the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia,succeeding the late Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo who passed away onAugust 17, 2017.

The Diocese of Richmondcomprises 36,711 square miles. It has a total population of 5,118,519 peopleof which 222,283, or 4 percent, are Catholic.

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Keywords:U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, ArchbishopChristophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout,Archdiocese of Washington, Diocese of Richmond, Cardinal Donald WWuerl, Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo

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