March 15, 2017
To All Priests Serving in the Diocese:
I trust these first weeks of Lent are bearing the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I am writing today to invite you to attend the annual Chrism Mass on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. This invitation is extended to all the Clergy, Parishioners, the Elect, Confirmation Candidates, and their Sponsors.
At the Chrism Mass, priests witness publicly to their vocation to priesthood. It is a sign of unity and communion between priests and their bishop. It also provides an opportunity to catechize the lay faithful about the use and effects of the Holy Oils and Chrism in the Sacramental life of our Church. I encourage you to make every effort to attend.
You are also welcome to enjoy an informal Open House including self-guided tours of the building and the Museum of Virginia Catholic History in the Upper Church & Crypt level beginning at 3:00 p.m. Following the 6 o’clock Mass, there will be light refreshments in the Virginia Commonwealth University, Shafer Dining Hall, located on the North side of the Cathedral.
As you know, in April of this year I will reach the age limit for a bishop and will offer my resignation to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Thanks be to God, it has been my honor and privilege to serve as your bishop for the past thirteen years. It may take several months before another bishop is appointed. I ask for your prayers as the Diocese prepares to transition into a new phase of life in the Church.
I look forward to celebrating the Chrism Mass with all of you. May God bless you and those you love with every good gift.
Sincerely yours in Our Lord,
Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo
Bishop of Richmond
President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees
Over the past several days, many brother bishops have spoken out in defense of God’s people. We are grateful for their witness. Now, we call upon all the Catholic faithful to join us as we unite our voices with all who speak in defense of human dignity.
Read the full text HERE.
January 31, 2017
Richmond, Va. – Today, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo released the following statement:
“Today, I stand in union with my brother bishops who have spoken out about the recent executive order on the new refugee admissions policy. Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued statements on the matter. I encourage our faithful in the Diocese of Richmond to read the announcements and act to make your voice known to your elected representative through the following action alert. Let us pray for our country, for peace in our world, and for the dignity of all.”
Joint Statement from USCCB President, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo & USCCB Vice-President Archbishop José H. Gomez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-027.cfm
Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-026.cfm
You can take action – http://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/action-alerts/