Commemorative Book

The Diocese of Richmond created a beautiful commemorative book, Shine Like Stars, which highlights our two-hundred-year history with text, pictures, and profiles of our nearly 150 parishes.

During the ad limina visit to the Vatican at the beginning of December, Bishop Knestout had the opportunity to present the commemorative book to Pope Francis, along with a copy of the commemorative recreation of the original decrees establishing the diocese.

To order this special edition book, please contact your parish office.

View/Download the Commemorative Book Flyer

  • Fr. Sean Prince, Bishop Knestout, Fr. Michael Boehling and Fr. Kyle O’Connor hold copies of the commemorative decrees and bicentennial book prior to presenting them to Pope Francis. (Photo/Vatican Media)

  • Bishop Knestout greets Pope Francis during his “ad limina” visit to Rome, Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo/Vatican Media)

  • Bishop Knestout presents to Pope Francis a copy of the commemorative recreation of the original decree establishing our diocese as we prepare to celebrate our bicentennial in 2020. (Photo/Vatican Media)

  • Pope Francis holds a copy of bicentennial book presented to him by Bishop Knestout. (Photo/Vatican Media)