Virginia Bishops Defend Marriage & Constitution

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Respect Life Grant

The 2014 Respect Life Grant for parishes and Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Richmond is now available! Apply by May.

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Date Nights

Learn about a great new marriage enrichment program you can easily start in your parish.

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Learn NFP

Looking for a Natural Family Planning class? Take a look at the calendar of scheduled classes. Don’t see one posted that works for you? … contact one of our instructors.

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Getting Married?

The marriage preparation process begins with your first call to the parish inquiring about being married in the Church. Call as soon as you get engaged!

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Welcome to the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life

Center for Marriage, Family & Life

In July 2012 the Catholic Diocese of Richmond launched this initiative to provide support for both clergy and the lay faithful through a “center” approach rather than a diocesan office. The hope of the Bishop is that this structure becomes more than an office – it becomes a “center for excellence” in Marriage, Family, and Life for our Diocese.

Through a “center” approach the combined wisdom of various subject matter experts will be coupled with infrastructure relationships and processes that already exist within the Diocesan Pastoral Center structure.



Virginia Bishops File Amicus Brief to Defend Marriage, Commonwealth’s Constitution

The Virginia Catholic Conference, representing Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, filed an amicus curiae brief last week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Virginia’s definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  The case is Bostic v. Schaefer.  Previously, U.S. District [...]

40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life begins Ash Wednesday, March 5 and ends on Palm Sunday, April 13. Join countless others in this worldwide movement to protect mothers and babies. Recognizing that “with God, all things are possible,” several cities within our Diocesan community are joining with hundreds of other cities for this spring’s global 40 Days [...]

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Marriage & “Gay Marriage”: A Pastoral Response

There are two issues at stake, but they are being presented as if they are the same. The first deals with a full understanding of the sanctity of marriage. The second deals with individuals who identify as gay or lesbian and are perhaps in a committed relationship with someone of the same sex.

A Message from Bishop DiLorenzo

Welcome to this new initiative in our diocese! Marriage is the center of Catholic family life and the vocation through which most people live out their baptismal commitment.