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Catholic schools – faith formation, academic excellence, nurturing environment

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Politics is local – work for the common good

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We’re hiring! Conference hiring Associate Director

July 17, 2017 by Jeff Caruso

Conference seeks applicants to join team Associate Director  The Virginia Catholic Conference, the public-policy agency of Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses, seeks applicants...

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VA bishops reissue statement on death penalty

July 6, 2017 by Jeff Caruso

  Virginia’s Catholic Bishops reissued the following statement:   Statement by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the Death Penalty in Virginia Our Creator --...

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U.S. bishops offer Senate moral criteria for health care reform

June 2, 2017 by Jeff Caruso

Principles include respect for life, access, affordability and conscience protections WASHINGTON—As the U.S. Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York,...

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From the Tiber to the James

Taking the Catholic faith from the pew to the public square – a Virginia Catholic Conference blog with special guest posts.

The Virginia Way: disagreeing without being disagreeable

July 11, 2017 by Bill Re

I heard more than one legislator talk about the genuine friendships which they had developed with people across the aisle.

Easter people look forward: Why the Church welcomes migrants

June 6, 2017 by admin

By Kevin Mauer, Associate Director The TSA agent who ushered me through security was a middle-aged woman, remarkably loquacious for 5:00 a.m. She was quick to note the lobbyist ID poking out of my wallet and asked whom I lobbied for. I was proud to answer, “The Virginia Catholic Conference.” “You ain’t the ones against […]

Casting pearls before elephants & donkeys: How I learned to follow Jesus not party

May 17, 2017 by admin

By Kevin Mauer, Associate Director There’s a saying that no one is converted by the Catechism. I don’t know about that, but I do know it’s not a stretch to say that I was reverted by the Compendium of Social Doctrine. I recommend it to any person of good will, but especially to Catholics who want to know […]

Our job is health care; but legislators on both sides need to fix regulatory, coverage gap problems

May 3, 2017 by admin

By Toni Ardabell The mission of Bon Secours is to bring health and wholeness to the individuals and communities it serves. Our heritage compels us to focus on the underserved, who are often uninsured.   Many of our facilities are positioned in communities where we can provide good help to those most in need. Our faith […]

Because We Are Catholic

Catholic Education


77 primary & high schools
26,561 school students
$315.7 million – amount Catholic schools save commonwealth

Catholic Social Services


28 languages spoken
81,853 clients served
$26.9 million – total combined budget

Catholic Healthcare


8 hospitals
11,100 hospital employees
$159 million – Total community benefit

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Diocese of Arlington

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo

Diocese of Richmond

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Diocese of Arlington

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo

Diocese of Richmond

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