2018 Saint Luke Award Honoree


Most Reverend Barry Knestout


Most Reverend Barry Knestout, Bishop of Richmond

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. He also served in this capacity for Cardinal Hickey’s successor Theodore Cardinal McCarrick.


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 Donald Cardinal Wuerl in managing and overseeing the archdiocese’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, Benedict 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.



Past recipients of the Saint Luke Award


2017 Terry and Jeannie Lindsay
2016 His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl
2015 Rev. Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, Ph.D., D.Min.
2014  Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz
2013  Raymond and Jeannette Brophy
2012  Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
2011  Jane Belford, D.M.
2010  Most Reverend Pietro Sambi
2009  His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
2008  Sandra Andreas McMurtrie, D.M.
2007  B. Francis Saul II, K.M.
2006  R. James Nicholson, K.M. and Suzanne Marie Ferrell Nicholson
2005  His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M.Cap.
2004  Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C.
2003  Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D.
2002  The Honorable Fred B. Ugast, K.M.
2001  The Honorable and Mrs. Pete V. Domenici
2000  His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey
1999  Thomas S. Monaghan


Benefit Contact

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