This office especially
promotes an awareness of God’s call to the priesthood. For the 43 seminarians
currently discerning the priesthood, the Office of Vocations provides room,
board, tuition and health expenses, along with mentoring them in their spiritual,
academic and pastoral formation.
Additionally, the Office of Vocations fosters priestly and religious
vocations through programs that provide one-on-one guidance and vocation
awareness events. Funding for the
permanent diaconate program and elderly clergy in their retirement is also
provided by the BLA.
The family is the true
“Domestic Church.” By working directly with families and through parishes, the
Office for Family Life provides programs and resources that instill the Gospel
of Christ through healing, formation and support. Project Rachel offers post-abortion
compassionate retreats and support services. Gabriel Project provides pregnancy
assistance to expectant mothers. The Tribunal is a healing ministry that
examines petitions for annulments.
The San Damiano Spiritual
Life Center offers a peaceful venue for laity, religious and clergy looking for
reflection and spiritual renewal.
Initiatives include strengthening the faith of
practicing Catholics, reaching out to less active Catholics to help them grow
in their faith, and bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not
know God. This includes promoting Bishop Loverde’s pastoral letters and regular
inspirational radio messages. The diocese is committed to ecumenical outreach,
support of our Dominican Republic Mission Parishes, The Peace and Justice Commission,
INOVA Hospital Ministry and College Campus Ministries.
The Spanish Apostolate promotes the evangelization,
formational and pastoral needs of the Hispanic Catholics in our diocese. Currently 36 parishes offer Spanish
Mass. The Office of Multicultural Ministries supports the many ethnic
communities within our diocese.
The diocese purchases land
that is granted to newly founded parishes for their parish grounds.
Catholic Charities has more
than 15 programs that serve the poor, imprisoned, the elderly, the hungry and
most vulnerable and needy among us.
Catholic Charities coordinates Christ House shelter for men, Loaves
& Fishes Food Pantry, adoption services, pregnancy services, prison
ministry, family transitional housing, provides financial emergency assistance
and more. The Victims' Assistance Office is staffed by trained,
compassionate social workers who are equipped to deal with reports of abuse and
offer counseling and other resources to victims of abuse.
The Office of Youth Ministry serves as a
resource for youth ministers in each parish to fully incorporate young people
to Christ and his Church. Events that
promote Christian fellowship and service, while instilling compassion and
spiritual growth among teens, are coordinated through this Office. The Office
of Catholic Schools collaborates with other Diocesan offices in assisting
pastors, principals and teachers in administrative responsibilities. The office also provides assistance to school
leaders in the spiritual, intellectual and social formation of Catholic School students.
The Office of Catechetics works
alongside parishes to assist and guide them in their religious education
programs for children, teenagers and adults.
The Office of Communications
uses a variety of mediums to promote, educate and evangelize the faithful and
wider community in our diocese. This office coordinates and promotes the
initiative “The Light is On,” where parishes stay open late on Wednesday
evenings to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. They also bring
pertinent news stories to the public while forging closer links and greater
awareness among members of our diocesan family.
As the shepherd of souls for
69 parishes and 5 missions, the Bishop relies on the chancery to assist in
pastoral action and provide administrative support. Over 3,000 parish, school and diocesan
employees are supported in liturgical issues, parish financial guidance, audits,
human resources and employee benefit programs. The Virginia Catholic Conference
represents the public policy interests of the two Catholic Bishops in Virginia.
The Office of Development
provides critical strategic support and counsel to the diocese, parishes and
schools. This is accomplished by encouraging prayerful and thoughtful
reflection on stewardship. The Development team also coordinates the BLA and
provides support for the offertory programs for parishes. The Development
Office has a planned giving program that gives parishioners the opportunity to
support the Church through wills, annuities and other charitable vehicles.
AND MANY MORE PROGRAMS AND MINISTRIES SERVING PARISHES AND PARISHIONERS THROUGHOUT OUR DIOCESE
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