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Pope appoints next bishop of the Diocese of Richmond

06 Décembre 2017

In 2008, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Washington and titular bishop of Leavenworth by Benedict XVI.

Martin, a former St Bede's College deputy rector, said it was a privilege to serve "in the footsteps of those before me".

There's a new Catholic bishop in our neighborhood with the naming of the Most Reverend Barry Knestout. "During this time he has worked tirelessly to support the priests and people of the Diocese, and has represented them well at our regular meetings of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference".

Knestout will become the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, which is approaching its 200th anniversary. It includes 153 parishes and more than 220,000 active Catholics, according to the diocese.

Knestout, 55, was born June 11, 1962, in Maryland. He was ordained a priest in 1989.

In 1999 he was given the title of monsignor by Pope John Paul II.

"A lot of it is going to be kind of trying to drink from the fire hose and learn a lot", Knestout said. "One is that a large number of colleges and universities within the diocese".

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"There's lots of work to do in great missionary field in terms of the proclamation of the good news of the gospel to the people of this local church", he said. The Mass of Installation will be 2pm January 12 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.

Earlier in the morning, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced that Pope Francis had appointed the 55-year-old Bishop Knestout as the new bishop of Richmond, succeeding Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, who headed that diocese from 2004 until his death on August 17.

"Bishop Knestout carries with him the affection, respect and admiration of all of us with whom he so generously gave his time and efforts", said Wuerl in a statement on Tuesday.

During Knestout's time serving the Archdiocese of Washington, "he has demonstrated his pastoral skills, his commitment to the Church and her teaching, and his devoted service to those entrusted to his care", Wuerl said.

Bishop Dunn said "I would like to take this opportunity to express our honest gratitude to Father Rick Loughnan who has given us his dedicated service as Diocesan Administrator for nearly two years". He was greatly involved in the implementation of the first synod in the history of the Archdiocese of Washington, the revitalization of our educational ministry, the stabilizing of our almost 100 Catholic schools, together with a renewed and expanded Catholic Charities, the opening of our new Saint John Paul II Seminary and so many other important aspects of the life of this archdiocese.

Knestout takes over as the diocese after the passing of Bishop Francis DiLorenzo this summer.