Richmond Diocese's 13th bishop installed Friday

Published: Jan. 12, 2018 at 3:26 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 at 4:55 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Friday was a big day for thousands of Catholics in the Richmond Diocese. They officially installed a new bishop.

The Most Reverend Barry Knestout is the Diocese's 13th bishop. He was installed during a special mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Parishioners and church officials met with Knestout at a special community prayer service on Thursday.

"People are really excited, because he seems to have a lot of energy and interest in what's here," said Father Brian Capuano. "I think we're really excited about what we'll be able to step into and minister together."

"He has some very keen insights about the work for the common good in the public square," said Jeff Caruso, Executive Director of the VA Catholic Conference. "We're certainly looking forward to his guidance and his leadership."

Reverend Knestout was appointed as the 13th bishop of Richmond by Pope Francis, following the death of bishop Francis DiLorenzo last August.

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