The Bishop Barry Kestout visited Sacred Heart Church and the Sacred Heart Catholic School on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He performed Mass and drew hundreds of Catholics to the service. Mass was followed by a reception so all Catholics could greet, meet, and take a picture with the Bishop. He is the Diocese of Richmond’s 13th Bishop.
Kestout was touring Southside Virginia, which is administered by the Diocese of Richmond. The Diocese of Richmond covers approximately 33,000 square miles and was formed in 1820. This area is divided into 19 regions. In those regions, Kestout is meeting with Catholics and introducing himself to Catholic churches, schools, hospitals, and charities his diocese serves. Other areas include the coast around Newport News and the west around Roanoke and Charlottesville.
Bishop Kestout’s Mass focused on community and solving problems in communities. Addressing areas of poverty, drug use, and crime as areas of focus for improving all communities. Bishop Kestout also presided over communion.
Knestout was appointed as Bishop on December 5, 2017, by Pope Francis. He was installed on January 12, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.