NEWS AND ISSUES

 
Bishops’ Statement on Death Penalty Debate in Virginia 2015-05-06
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Paul S. Loverde issued the following statement: This year, through the advocacy of the Virginia Catholic Conference, our Church spent considerable time opposing legislation related to the death penalty. ... read more
Statement of Bishop Paul S. Loverde on the Death of Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago 2015-04-17
Long before Pope Francis so insightfully described an evangelizer as a “missionary disciple,” the person who lived this reality to the full was called home to God today. ... read more
Bishop Loverde to Seal Holy Door in Preparation for Jubilee Year of Mercy at National Shrine 2015-04-07
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the 12 p.m. Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 12, 2015) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. ... read more
Joint Statement on the Norfolk St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015-03-11
We are aware that the Knights of Columbus Council #3548 has extended an invitation to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve as Grand Marshal of the 2015 Norfolk Saint Patrick's Day Parade which the Governor has accepted. ... read more
Statement of Bishop Paul S. Loverde on the Death of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York 2015-03-06
(ARLINGTON, VA) I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York. ... read more
Bishop Loverde to Offer “Busy Couples Online Retreat” to Strengthen Marriage 2015-02-03
(ARLINGTON, VA) Inspired by Pope Francis’ audience for couples on Valentine’s Day 2014, Bishop Loverde will lead a week-long, online retreat for married couples from February 8 – February 14. ... read more
Bishop Loverde to Ordain Eleven Men to the Permanent Diaconate 2015-01-13
(ARLINGTON, VA)  On January 17, 2015, the Most Reverend Bishop Paul S. Loverde will ordain eleven men of the diocese to the permanent diaconate. ... read more
Over 12,000 Expected to Gather for Prayer, Not Politics, at “Life is Very Good” Events 2015-01-12
(ARLINGTON, VA)  The Catholic Diocese of Arlington will hold the seventh annual Life is Very Good (LIVG) program from January 21-22 at the Patriot Center, located at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. ... read more
Corpus Christi Mission to Be Established as a Parish 2014-11-17
(ARLINGTON, VA)  The Most Reverend Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced on Sunday, November 16, that Corpus Christi Mission, located in the South Riding area of Loudoun County, will be established as a parish.  The change will be effective next Sunday, November 23, on the feast of Christ the King.  Reverend Michael G. Taylor will serve as the pastor of Corpus Christi and Reverend Michael R.  Duesterhaus will serve as the parochial vicar. ... read more
Catholic Charities to Open New Food Distribution Centers to Alleviate Hunger in Arlington Diocese 2014-11-12
On November 16, Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will bless the facility of The St. Lucy Project at its Grand Opening in Manassas from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.  The food-distribution project, formerly known as Christ House on Wheels (CHOW), is a new initiative of Catholic Charities designed to respond to the growing problem of food insecurity in the diocese. ... read more
Statement by Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo On Supreme Court Refusal to Hear Appeal of Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 2014-10-06
With deep disappointment, we learned today that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of lower-court decisions that struck down Virginia’s law prohibiting same-sex marriage and similar laws in four other states. Because of the Supreme Court’s denial, marriages between couples of the same sex have begun today in Virginia. ... read more
Diocese Welcomes New Communications Director 2014-09-03
Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde has appointed Elise Italiano as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Arlington.  Elise will serve as spokesperson for the Diocese and oversee all internal and external communications. ... read more
Statement by Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo on Decision Striking Down Virginia’s Marriage Amendment 2014-07-28
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a District Court’s decision that struck down Virginia’s constitutional marriage amendment. This action reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the intrinsic nature of marriage and is an injustice to Virginia voters. ... read more
Statement from Arlington Bishop Loverde on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision 2014-06-30
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington and spiritual leader of Northern Virginia's nearly half million Catholics, made the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case: ... read more
1,200 Arlington Diocese Youth and Adults Unplug and Prepare for WorkCamp 2014-06-18
This June 21-27, more than 800 teens and 400 adults will go to the I-81 Virginia corridor, from Winchester to Harrisonburg, to spend a week in service to neighbors in need. The teens, chaperones, and adult contractors from more than 35 churches across the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will give up their cell phones and take up hammers, screws, and paint to repair and improve homes for local residents. ... read more
Statement from Bishop Paul S. Loverde Regarding Archbishop Cordileone's Defense of Marriage 2014-06-17
I commend Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for his clear and objectively written response to those who would silence him for proclaiming the truth of marriage. ... read more
Clergy Appointments June 2014 2014-06-07
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments effective on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, except where noted differently. ... read more
Statement from the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, on the death of Fr. Richard Martin, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Burke, Va. 2014-05-05
"I am deeply saddened by the death of Father Richard Martin, pastor of Church of the Nativity. My thoughts and prayers and those of his brother priests are with his family and his parishioners at this time of sadness and human loss. I am grateful for his long years of service to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church within the Dioceses of Arlington and Richmond, and the Catholic faithful. ... read more
Northern Virginia Catholics Prepare for Easter 2014-04-15
In an Annual Tradition to Honor Priests, Bishop Loverde, Seminarians Cook Breakfast for the Priests of the Diocese(ARLINGTON, VA) This week marks the holiest time of the year for more than 450,000 Catholics living in Northern Virginia and the Diocese of Arlington. Bishop Paul S. Loverde will lead daily services at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, Arlington, starting Thursday, April 17. News Media: Please contact Director of Communications Mike Donohue if you have any questions regarding these events. ... read more
Virginia Bishops File Amicus Brief to Defend Marriage, Commonwealth’s Constitution 2014-04-04
The Virginia Catholic Conference, representing Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, filed an amicus curiae brief today with the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of Virginia's definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The case is Bostic v. Schaefer. Previously, U.S.  District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen of Norfolk struck down the provision in Virginia's constitution that affirms marriage as the union of one man and one woman - a provision strongly endorsed by the Virginia bishops and approved by more than one million voters in a 2006 ballot initiative. ... read more
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