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Make your vote count: act now

July 27, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Register to vote today to make your voice heard in NovemberOn November 8, Virginians will have the opportunity to elect candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives – and in some areas –...

Help register voters

July 12, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Virginia Catholic Conference provides key voter registration template; encourages parishes to conduct drivesThis year in Virginia, Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Voters will elect candidates to...

Virginia Catholic Conference Statement on Dobbs Decision

June 24, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Virginia Catholic Conference Statement on Dobbs DecisionJune 24, 2022With deep gratitude the Virginia Catholic Conference welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson...

USCCB alert: Urge Congress to act on gun violence

June 22, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Your voice is needed to bring about concrete action to protect lives! As the U.S. Senate nears a final negotiated bill on gun violence, your voice is needed! Please encourage your elected...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on State Budget Actions

June 17, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on State Budget ActionsOn Wednesday, Governor Youngkin proposed two vitally important budget amendments – one to save lives, and the other to provide...

Faithful Invited to Fast and Pray the Rosary

May 12, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Faithful Invited to Fast and Pray the RosaryIn the midst of current tensions, the USCCB is inviting Catholics around the country to join in fasting and praying the Rosary tomorrow, May 13, the...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on U.S. Senate’s Second Rejection of Extreme Abortion Bill

May 11, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on U.S. Senate’s Second Rejection of Extreme Abortion Bill This afternoon, for the second time this year, the U.S. Senate held a vote to...

How did your legislators vote in 2022 session?

May 3, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

2022 General Assembly session saw fewer bills pass but greater progress madeDuring the 2022 General Assembly session (Jan. 12 – March 12), fewer bills crossed the finish line than in recent years...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Veto Day and VA March for Life

April 29, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Veto Day and VA March for LifeWednesday was a big day in Richmond! The fourth annual Virginia March for Life brought together hundreds of residents from...

Your input matters: two reminders and some good news

April 20, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Don’t forget to join us on April 27th for the Virginia March for Life and take action now on the Governor’s amendment! We are only ONE week away from the 4th annual Virginia March for Life...

Your voice is needed at the Virginia March for Life

April 14, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Sign up for the Virginia March for Life on April 27th @11am   Wednesday April 27th is a BIG day in Richmond and we need your voice! Join us for the 4th annual Virginia...

Save the Date: Virginia March for Life April 27

March 17, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Pregnant and need help?  Find pregnancy resources within the Diocese of Arlington and the Diocese of Richmond.If you are not a member of the Conference's advocacy network,...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 9

March 11, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 9The Virginia General Assembly will complete its work on all matters except for the budget by tomorrow, March 12. More on unusual Senate actions: As...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 8

March 4, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 8With only a week left in the 2022 session, many committees have already met for the last time, with the remainder to finish up their business on Monday...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on U.S. Senate Rejection of “Women’s Health Protection Act”

February 28, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on U.S. Senate Rejection of “Women’s Health Protection Act”Earlier tonight, a critical number of U.S. Senators took a strong, decisive stand...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 7

February 25, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 7The General Assembly is now sprinting downhill toward its conclusion. This week the House and Senate took up in earnest bills passed by the other chamber...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 6

February 18, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 6The Virginia General Assembly passed its first important deadline this past Tuesday: Crossover Day, the day after which each chamber can only consider...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 5

February 11, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 5On Wednesday, more than 300 advocates filled the halls of the General Assembly this past Wednesday for Defending Life Day. After an ecumenical prayer...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 4

February 4, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 4The 2022 Virginia General Assembly has completed its fourth week of work. Since even-year sessions are 60 days long, the House and Senate are nearly...

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 3

January 28, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 General Assembly–Week 3The 2022 Virginia General Assembly has completed its third week of work, and committees in both the House and Senate continue to plow through many bills...

You marched, now advocate

January 24, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Be a direct influence on your General Assembly members while they’re in Richmond - join us for Defending Life Day!We are inspired by so many who gathered for the 49th annual National March for...

This Week at the 2022 Virginia General Assembly–Week 2

January 21, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 Virginia General Assembly–Week 2Since last week’s update, big events have occurred here in Richmond and in our nation’s capital. Last Saturday, Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears and...

This Week at the 2022 Virginia General Assembly–Week 1

January 14, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2022 Virginia General Assembly–Week 1The Virginia General Assembly gaveled in for its 2022 session on Wednesday. This year’s session will last for 60 days. As a result of the...

Defending Life Day - only one month away

January 6, 2022 by Jeff Caruso

Join us in Richmond for Defending Life Day on February 9th! In just one month, we look forward to welcoming you to a unique event – an event which brings together the pro-life voice of Virginia...

Defending Life Day: Learn More - Sign Up - Share

December 20, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Sign up for Defending Life Day on February 9th! On February 9th, pro-life Virginians from across the Commonwealth will come together under one roof to advocate for the protection of human life...

Special Announcement: Introducing Defending Life Day

December 14, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Join us in Richmond on February 9th, 2022 for our first ever Defending Life Day!Join us on February 9th to advocate for a pro-life Virginia!On this day, Virginians will come together in Richmond for...

Follow the Virginia Catholic Conference on Facebook, Twitter, and now Instagram

December 9, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Get news on the 2022 Virginia General Assembly session right to your feedWith the 2022 session of the Virginia General Assembly set to convene next month, make sure to follow us...

GOOD news: Commission rejects proposal to re-study assisted suicide

December 7, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

You made the difference  Good news!  Yesterday, the Joint Commission on Health Care voted NOT to include assisted suicide as one of its study topics in 2022.  Thanks to your...

Watch and Pray for Dobbs on Wednesday

November 30, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

This Wednesday, December 1st at 10 AM the Supreme Court hearsthe biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade yet.   The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments this Wednesday, December...

Reminder: Check out our post-session materials

May 3, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

VCC vote report & blog post tell of consequential outcomes & opportunities for public input denied Last week, we shared two pieces that tell the story of our work during the 2021...

Read the Blog: A virtually new take on public testimony

April 28, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

A “virtually new take” on public testimonyYou might say that here in Richmond there was a “virtually new take” on the legislative process, unique in our legislature’s 401-year history. ...

How did your legislators vote in 2021 session?

April 26, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Pandemic-altered 2021 General Assembly session focused on fewer bills, still yielded far-reaching outcomes  This General Assembly session (Jan. 13 – March 1) was unique, with strict bill...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge & Bishop Knestout on VA Death Penalty Abolition

March 24, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor Northam’s Signature of Legislation Abolishing Virginia’s Death Penalty Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor Northam’s Signature of Abortion Expansion Legislation

March 12, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor Northam’s Signature of Abortion Expansion Legislation Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C...

End of 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session Summary

February 26, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

  End of Session Summary   Within the next few days, the 2021 Virginia General Assembly session is expected to end. Thank you to everyone who acted on our many alerts over this fast-paced...

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 5

February 12, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Death Penalty Abolition Legislation

February 5, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Death Penalty Abolition Legislation Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese...

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 4

February 5, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 4   Today marks “crossover” at the General Assembly. After today, each chamber can only consider bills passed by the other chamber, except...

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 3

January 29, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 3   Deliberating during the middle point of a constantly accelerating 30-day session, the Virginia General Assembly considered bills of...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on VA House of Delegates Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation

January 26, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia House of Delegates Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia Senate Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation

January 22, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia Senate Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of...

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 2

January 22, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 2   Deliberating during a 30-day session, the Virginia General Assembly is accelerating its consideration of bills, include some of top...

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 1

January 15, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2021 Virginia General Assembly--Week 1   The Virginia General Assembly gaveled in on Wednesday to start its 2021 session. The session has already accelerated quickly. Like...

Oppose transgender regulations proposed by VA Department of Education

January 8, 2021 by Jeff Caruso

Model policies disregard role of parents   Your input is needed!   What:  Oppose transgender policies proposed by the Virginia Department of Education.   When:  Comments...

Don't let Virginia go to pot

December 16, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Don't let Virginia go to pot   Please read the blog post here. If you are not a member of the Conference's advocacy network, click here to receive regular Conference email alerts and updates...

Capping off National Adoption Month

November 30, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Catholic Charities continues to cultivate loving homes for children   Today is the last day of National Adoption Month, and the signs of transition are all around us. Yesterday marked the...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly Special Session

August 28, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

The Virginia General Assembly convened on August 18 to consider bills that address the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Commonwealth’s budget and issues surrounding criminal...

USCCB Chairmen Praise Supreme Court Decision Recognizing Right of Church to Choose Its Own Leaders

July 8, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

USCCB Chairmen Praise Supreme Court Decision Recognizing the Right of the Church to Choose Its Own Leaders   WASHINGTON –The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its decision in the...

USCCB Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Preserving the Religious Liberty of Little Sisters

July 8, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

USCCB Chairmen Welcome Supreme Court Decision Preserving the Religious Liberty of Little Sisters   WASHINGTON – The Little Sisters of the Poor recently went to the Supreme Court of the United States...

USCCB Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Blaine Amendment Case

June 30, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

U.S. Bishops’ Religious Liberty and Catholic Education Chairmen Grateful for Supreme Court’s Decision in Blaine Amendment Case   WASHINGTON – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued...

USCCB Statement: Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman's Statement on Supreme Court Decision

June 29, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Says Supreme Court Decision Continues Cruel Precedent of Prioritizing Abortion Business Interests Over Women’s Health and Safety   WASHINGTON– Today, the Supreme...

USCCB Alert: Ask your U.S. Senators to support the Dream Act of 2019 (S. 874)

June 23, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

USCCB calls for action to protect childhood immigrants, others with temporary protected status.     The alert linked here has been issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please stand...

How did your legislators vote in 2020 session?

May 6, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Session far different than past years, new VCC resource reports sweeping changes and future threats   During the two-month legislative session, nearly 1300 bills passed, some drastically altering...

Outcomes on legislation, stay tuned for more

April 16, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Governor Northam signs abortion expansion legislation and bills that fail to protect religious liberty Last month and earlier this month, many of you acted on alerts we sent asking Governor Northam...

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor’s Signature of Abortion Bills

April 11, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Governor’s Signature of Abortion Bills Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of...

Pray for our civic leaders during this time of crisis

March 24, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Pray for our civic leaders during this time of crisis They need God’s guidance as they make far-reaching decisions that affect us all.   Last evening, we joined nearly 3,000 fellow members of the...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly – Week 9

March 6, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly – Week 9   The unusually high volume of bills remaining resulted in extra long floor sessions all week, sometimes extending well into the night...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 8

February 28, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 8   The Virginia General Assembly is nearing the conclusion of its work for 2020, so this past week saw long hours spent debating bills in...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 7

February 21, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 7   In these final weeks of session, the number of bills still being debated has narrowed, but the intensity of the debate surrounding some of...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 6

February 14, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 6   Crossover Day was this past Tuesday, the Tuesday of Week 6 at the Virginia General Assembly.  At this point in the session, all...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 5

February 7, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

  This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 5     Week 5 at the Virginia General Assembly saw committees rushing to get their work done as the Crossover Day deadline looms next...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 4

January 31, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 4     Week 4 at the Virginia General Assembly was a busy one as floor sessions had long agendas and House and Senate committees started to...

Virginia Bishops' Statement on Passage of Abortion Bills

January 29, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Passage of Abortion Bills Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 3

January 24, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 3   Today is the March for Life in Washington, DC, and we stand with all who are showing their solidarity with the cause of protecting the...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 2

January 17, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly--Week 2   The session’s pace picked up this week with committees hearing and advancing bills and floor votes on a few highly publicized issues...

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly-Week 1

January 10, 2020 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2020 Virginia General Assembly-Week 1 Session began Wednesday, with Democrats in control of both the Senate and the House for the first time in decades. The Senate organized quickly...

VCC releases key voter education resources

September 20, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

Bishops’ letter & VCC resource outline principles & issues as voters prepare for Nov. 5 elections On November 5, voters across Virginia will elect members to all 140 seats in the General...

Statement on Special Session

July 8, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

Joint Statement from Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, and Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond, on July 9th Virginia General Assembly Special Session On May 31,...

Virginia Catholic Conference Statement on New Federal District Court Order

May 15, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

Virginia Catholic Conference Statement on New Federal District Court Order In an unexpected May 14 Order, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson reversed his own dangerous ruling of May 6 which had put...

Virginia Bishops’ Statement on Federal District Court Decision

May 8, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

  Virginia Bishops’ Statement on Federal District Court Decision   On May 6, laws enacted by the people of Virginia were undermined, when a U.S. district court decision further advanced the...

How did your legislators vote in 2019 General Assembly Session?

April 29, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

Conference tracks senator, delegate votes on issues vital to life, liberty, education & other key concerns   For the Virginia Catholic Conference, this year’s 47-day Virginia General Assembly...

Victorious Day for the Unborn in Virginia

April 4, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

You Marched & Lives were saved!   Virginia March for Life: Yesterday was a powerful day as close to 7,000 people descended upon the Capitol marching for the sanctity of every human life...

Virginia bishops’ statement on Born Alive Act vote

February 25, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

Virginia Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate’s Failure to Pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act We are deeply dismayed and astounded that the U.S. Senate has failed to pass the...

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