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2017 Advocacy and Prayer

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 the 2016 session.

Catholics in the Capital

For the second year, the Conference invites advocacy network members and other Catholics to come to Richmond on Feb. 9, 2017 for Catholics in the Capital (the same date as Virginia Vespers) to join in advocating for issues about life, justice, religious freedom, education and the common good.

Find your delegate and senator via this link and call to schedule your appointments.

After you've scheduled your appointments with your senator and delegate, email us at and we'll plan a Feb. 9 meeting with you before your legislative appointment. At that time we'll provide updates on pending legislation and provide talking points to assist in your advocacy.

Coming together for Virginia

Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington invite public officals of all faiths and you to join them at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, for the second annual evening prayer liturgy for the needs of Virginia

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 5 p.m.

Register here



Virginia Vespers 2016

The first Virginia Vespers took place in 2016, at the midpoint of the General Assembly session when Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and BIshop Paul S. Loverde hosted the event. Among those who joined them were Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Education and former First Lady Anne Holtin, 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


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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