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Upcoming Events: Winter for Justice

Strategy meeting to oppose upcoming executions

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, 7 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Arlington. Co-sponsored by Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Details here.

Virginia Stands for Life rally

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 11 a.m., Bell Tower, Virginia Capitol Square. Demonstrate support for legislation that protects unborn life. Details TBA.


Church in State 2016: A Catholic Look at Issues Facing the Virginia General Assembly

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, 10:30-noon, Holy Family Dale City. Details here.


Annual March for Life

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Washington, D.C. Join Bishops from both Arlington and Richmond at events surrounding the annual march for the unborn. Contact your local parish for details or see here.

School Choice Day

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Students, families and individuals invited to Richmond to participate in special Catholics in the Capital day during National School Choice Week. Tour the Capitol, meet with legislators and participate in school choice events.


Catholics in the Capital days

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 (students & schools especially invited this day with focus on school choice); Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016; Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 (Virginia Vespers to be held in the evening). After you schedule your appointments to meet with your legislators, make plans to meet beforehand with Conference staff for advocacy tips, updates on important legislation and talking points. Contact to let us know when you're coming or for more info. (These advocacy days replace Catholic Advocacy Day.) More details forthcoming.


Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth

5 - 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. At the mid-point of the 2016 General Assembly session, join Virginia's Catholic Bishops, lawmakers and public officials of all faiths, clergy, educators, social service practitioners, parishioners and other people of goodwill in Evening Prayer, an ancient Christian liturgy, to pray for the needs of Virginia. Reception follows at 6 p.m. See the save-the-date card here. Register here.

Past Events


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

Watch our summer 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.

Catholic Advoacay Day 2015


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, Catholic advocates from the Arlington and the Richmond dioceses visit their legislators' offices in the General Assembly and meet 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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