NEWS AND ISSUES

 
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
Arlington Bishop Calls on Catholics and “All Those of Good Will” to Reject Pornography 2014-03-19
Invites all to Healing and Freedom from Enslavement to PornToday, on March 19 - the day Catholics recall the life of Saint Joseph, patron of fathers - Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde called pornography a widening plague of "pandemic scale" and exhorted the Arlington Diocese's 450,000 Catholics and "all those of good will" to search their hearts, reject pornography, and renew their sacred commitment to marriage and children.  ... read more
Statement by Bishops Francis X. DiLorenzo and Paul S. Loverde on Decision in Bostic v. Rainey Marriage Case 2014-02-14
A joint statement by Bishop Loverde and Bishop DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond released by the Virginia Catholic Conference in reaction to yesterday's decision in the Bostic v. Rainey marriage case. ... read more
Virginian-Pilot Op-Ed: What is true, we must defend 2014-02-03
On Sunday, a joint op-ed by Bishop Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo - about Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's decision not to defend Virginia's marriage law in the face of legal challenges - was featured in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.  The op-ed is attached and can also be read at this link. Additionally, at this link you can find our Virginia Catholic Conference's alert to its member network urging them to demand that Attorney General Herring do his job and defend Virginia's marriage amendment. ... read more
VA Catholic Bishops Issue Statement on Attorney General’s Refusal to Defend State Constitution on Marriage 2014-01-23
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced this morning that he will not defend Virginia’s constitutional amendment protecting marriage, but instead will side with the plaintiffs in lawsuits brought by same-sex couples challenging the provision in federal district courts. ... read more
3,500 Arlington Catholic Youth, More than 12,000 Total, to Gather for “Life Is Very Good” Events 2014-01-15
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington will convene the sixth annual Life Is Very Good (LIVG) program January 21-22 at the Patriot Center, George Mason University. Due to its continued growth, the events this year will take place on two days, with an evening of prayer on January 21 and morning rally, mass, and confessions held on January 22. ... read more
Diocese Announces Decision to Pursue Relocation of Paul VI HS to Loudoun County 2013-12-19
(ARLINGTON, VA) – After considering all the options available for creating a new campus for Paul VI Catholic High School (PVI), currently located in the City of Fairfax, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington announced today that it is determining the feasibility of constructing a new facility at South Riding in eastern Loudoun County. Integral to this process is the detailed assessment of the logistical, legal and financial challenges intrinsic to the proposed relocation of PVI. A relocation would not be expected before the year 2020. ... read more
Bishop Loverde Discusses ‘Faithful Citizenship’ in WTOP Radio Spot, Issues Joint Election Letter 2013-10-28
Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington has recorded a 60-second message on the responsibility of Catholics to vote in the November 5th state elections that will run on WTOP radio the week of October 28th. The radio spot on "Faithful Citizenship" airs the final week of the election campaign as part of the Bishop's ongoing WTOP radio message series. ... read more
Statement from the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, on the Washington Navy Yard shootings: 2013-09-16
"I am deeply saddened by the horrible violence and tragic loss of life at the Washington Navy Yard today. I offer my prayers to the victims of the shooting, their families, those wounded, and all the NAVSEA employees affected by today’s tragedy ... read more
Statement of the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, on the Death of Ana-Maria Cordoba 2013-07-26
"The tragic death of Ana-Maria Cordoba in the recent train derailment in Spain is the cause of immense grief not only to her beloved family - her parents, husband, daughter and son -  but also to the "family" of our diocesan Chancery. ... read more
Annual Child Protection Report Published 2013-07-02
The diocesan Annual Child Protection, Victim Assistance, Advisory Board and Victim/Survivor Sharing Reports for the 2012-2013 audit year were published today ... read more
Bishop Loverde Marks the Beginning of the 2nd Nationwide Fortnight for Freedom 2013-06-21
Today, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington joins with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholics across the nation in marking the start of the second Fortnight for Freedom. In light of the growing threats to our religious liberty, I once again encourage all the faithful to enter prayerfully into this "special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action," continuing through Independence Day, July 4. ... read more
Over 1,000 Arlington Diocese Youth and Adults Prepare for WorkCamp 2013-06-17
From June 22-28, more than 700 teens and 300 adults will head to the I-81 Virginia corridor, from Winchester to Harrisonburg, for a week spent in service to neighbors in need. ... read more
Bishop Loverde Welcomes the Missionhurst Fathers to Administer St. Ann Church in Arlington 2013-06-08
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, today announced that the Missionhurst Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (C.I.C.M.) has accepted his invitation to administer St. Ann Church in Arlington. ... read more
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