Washington auxiliary bishop named to head Richmond diocese

Bishop Barry Knestout. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington

Pope Francis appointed Washington, DC Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout as bishop if Richmond, VA. He replaces Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo who died on August 17 at the age of 75.

Bishop Knestout, 55, a native of Cheverly, MD, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington in 1989. He attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and a Master of Arts degree in 1989. He is currently vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese.

He has held a variety of pastoral and administrative positions including executive director, Archdiocesan Office of Youth 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).

In addition to the above, bishop Knestout has been a member of the Administrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Moderator of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association. He serves as the Regional IV representative on the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People as well as the Episcopal Liaison to the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference.

His installation is scheduled for January 12.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (Dec. 5, 2017) summary, click here.