Pope Benedict XVI Names Prince George’s County Native an Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

November 18, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI today named Monsignor Barry C. Knestout, 46, a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, as auxiliary bishop of Washington, to assist Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl in the pastoral care of the 580,000-member archdiocese. His ordination as a bishop will be held on December 29, 2008.

Bishop-elect Knestout is moderator of the curia and vicar for administration – the “chief of staff” – for the archdiocese’s central offices. In this role, he assists the archbishop in managing and overseeing all administrative affairs. His brother, Mark, also is a priest for the archdiocese. Born in Cheverly, Maryland, Bishop-elect Knestout grew up in Bowie.

Archbishop Wuerl will introduce Bishop-elect Knestout to the media today:

Tuesday, November 18
10:30 a.m.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782

The Archdiocese of Washington has three other auxiliary bishops, Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, S.F.; Bishop Martin D. Holley; and retired Bishop Leonard Olivier, S.V.D.

The Archdiocese includes 140 parishes, with Mass in over 20 languages, 98 schools and extensive social service programs in Washington, DC and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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