2018 Saint Luke Award Honoree


The Most Rev. Barry Knestout

Bishop of Richmond


Bishop Barry C. Knestout

The Saint Luke Award is given annually to a person or persons whose professional life or charitable works embody the Institute’s ideals, namely, helping suffering clergy and men and women religious rebuild their spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual lives.


This year’s honoree is Bishop Barry C. Knestout, the newly-installed ordinary for the Diocese of Richmond. A Maryland native, he holds a Bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Maryland, as well as two Master’s from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.


Ordained in 1989, then-Fr. Knestout first served as a parochial vicar at two parishes, St. Bartholomew in Bethesda and St. Peter in Waldorf.


In 1994, James Cardinal Hickey named him his priest-secretary, a position he held until His Eminence’s death in 2004. 


Named a monsignor by Pope St. John Paul II in 1999, Bishop Knestout became pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring in 2004. At the same time, he continued to hold many archdiocesan offices, including Moderator of the Archdiocesan Curia and Vicar for Administration. In these roles, he assisted in managing and overseeing the Archdiocese of Washington’s administrative affairs.


In 2008, Knestout co-chaired the Papal Visit Planning Committee, overseeing many of the preparations for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States in April of that year. For his efforts, he received the Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Helping him to plan the papal visit was his brother, Fr. Mark Knestout.


Later in 2008, the Pope named him auxiliary bishop of Washington. Subsequently, in late 2017, Pope Francis appointed His Excellency as the thirteenth bishop of the Diocese of Richmond. His Mass of Installation occurred on January 12, 2018, at Richmond’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.


Bishop Knestout’s many years of service to the Church have been remarkable, as has his concern for the well-being of priests and religious, exemplified by his longstanding support of Saint Luke Institute.


We are grateful and happy to honor Bishop Barry C. Knestout with 2018’s Saint Luke Award.


Benefit Contact

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets to Saint Luke Institute’s Annual Benefit will be available by mid-summer. Please contact Kathy Carver at 301-422-5405 or benefit@sli.org for details.