The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, D.D.

The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout is the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond. Appointed by Pope Francis on December 5, 2017, he was installed January 12, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.

Growing up in Bowie, Maryland, Bishop Knestout attended both Catholic and public schools and graduated from Bowie High School in 1980. After entering the University of Maryland, he was accepted into the School of Architecture and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1984.

The following year, he began seminary studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Moral Theology. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, June 24, 1989, by Cardinal James A. Hickey.

To read the rest of His Excellency’s biography, please visit the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office of the Bishop page.

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