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Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth

At the midpoint of the General Assembly session, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and BIshop Paul SLoverde hosted the first-ever prayer liturgy for the needs of the Commonwealth. Among the participants were Governor Terry McAuliffe, state legislators, clergy, educators and parishioners - from both parties and other faiths.

BIshop Paul Loverde and Bishop Francis DiLorenzo

Bishop DiLorenzo served as homilist and encouraged public officials to serve the common good with a pure of heart.

Bishop Loverde, the celebrant, incenses the altar during Vespers.


Attendees included First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and former First Lady and current Secretary of Education Anne Holton




The Benedictine Preparatory High School Choir and Saint Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble sang during the liturgy


Catholics in the Capital days

Executive Director Jeff Caruso ran in to St. Bede, Williamsburg, parishioners Janet Casanave and Phyllis Mateer after they'd visited their legislators at one of our Catholics in the Capital days held during session..

Past Events


Praised Be: How Pope Francis' encyclical Speaks to Tidewater's Looming Environmental Crisis

Watch our summer 2015 Norfolk Laudato Si' event with Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo. Read news accounts about the press conference and panel discussion by Church, military, scientific and community members at Sacred Heart, Norfolk, here. Sponsored by the Virginia Catholic Conference, the Diocese of Richmond's Office of Social Ministries, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Past Catholic Advoacay Day


Jeff Caruso, BIshop Francis DiLorenzo and Bishop Paul Loverde, top left. The CAD crowd at the SunTrust Building listens to talk on the issues, above. Below, at Catholic Advocacy Day 2015, advocates from the Arlington and the Richmond dioceses visit their legislators' offices in the General Assembly. Shown is a group meeting with Senator Adam Ebbin, immediate below right, and Senator Charles Colgan, shown with back to camera, far below right. Photos by Terence Talley.




See video of a recent Catholic Advocacy Day.

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