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Paul Loverde

Paul Stephen Loverde

Bishop of Arlington
AppointedJanuary 25, 1999
InstalledMarch 25, 1999
RetiredOctober 4, 2016
PredecessorJohn R. Keating
SuccessorMichael F. Burbidge
Other post(s)Bishop Emeritus of Arlington (2016‍–‍present)
Personal details
Born (1940-09-03) September 3, 1940 (age 83)
Previous post(s)
Motto'Encourage and teach with patience'
2 Timothy 4:2[1]
Ordination history
Priestly ordination
Ordained byFrancis F. Reh
DateDecember 18, 1965
PlaceSt. Peter's Basilica, Rome
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJohn F. Whealon
DateApril 12, 1988
PlaceCathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Archdiocese of Hartford
Styles of
Paul Stephen Loverde
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Paul Stephen Loverde JCL, S.T.L. (born September 3, 1940) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. Loverde served as bishop of the Latin Diocese of Arlington in Northern Virginia from 1998 to 2016.

Loverde previously served as bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg in Northern New York from 1993 to 1998 and as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut from 1988 to 1993.


Early life and education

Paul Loverde was born on September 3, 1940, in Framingham, Massachusetts, the son of Paul and Ann Marie (née Conti) Loverde.[3] Loverde attended primary school in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, then went to La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. Loverde receive a BA degree at Saint Bernard Seminary College in Rochester, New York. He was then sent to Rome to attend the Pontifical Gregorian University, receiving his Licentiate of Sacred Theology there in 1966.[4]

Ordination and ministry

Loverde was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Norwich on December 18, 1965, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by Bishop Francis F. Reh.[2] [4]After completing his studies in Rome in 1966, Loverde returned to Connecticut.

Loverde served assistant pastor at St. Sebastian Parish in Middletown, Connecticut and as a religion teacher at various high schools in the diocese. He also served as campus chaplain at the following institutions of higher learning in Connecticut:

Loverde also served as an instructor of canon law at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.[6] In 1982, he received a Licentiate of Canon Law from the Catholic University of America School of Canon Law in Washington, DC.[4]

Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford

On February 3, 1988, Pope John Paul II named Loverde as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford and titular bishop of Octabia. He was consecrated on April 12, 1988, by Archbishop John F. Whealon at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut.[7][2] Loverde chose as his episcopal motto, "Encourage and Teach with Patience," (2 Timothy 4:2).

Bishop of Ogdensburg

On November 11, 1993, John Paul II appointed Loverde as the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He was installed at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Ogdensburg, New York, on January 17, 1994.[7][2]

While in Ogdensburg, Loverde started vocation and evangelization initiatives. In 1999, he closed Mater Dei College in Oswegatchie, New York.[8] From 1997 to 1999, Loverde was state chaplain of the New York Knights of Columbus.[7]

Bishop of Arlington

After the sudden death of Bishop John Keating on March 22, 1998,[9] John Paul II appointed Loverde as the third bishop of the Diocese of Arlington. He was installed on March 25, 1999, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia.[7]

In Arlington, Loverde reinstated the permanent diaconate program within the diocese. He also allowed diocesan seminarians to study for the priesthood at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and The Catholic University of America. Loverde persuaded the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and the Cloistered Dominicans to serve within the diocese.[10]

For the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Loverde served as chair of the Committee on Vocations from 1995 to 1998 and as a member of the Administrative Committee from 2004 to 2008.[11]

In 2004, Loverde charged one of his priests, James R. Haley, with several offenses at a church tribunal in Pennsylvania. In response, Haley accused Loverde of retaliation because he had exposed serious wrongdoing by three priests in the diocese. One priest had impregnated a man's wife, another embezzled over $320,000 from his church and the third was in possession of gay pornography. Haley also accused Loverde of sheltering gay priests in the diocese. Loverde suspended Haley after he refused to enter treatment.[12][13]

In March 2006, Loverde announced that he would allow girls to serve at mass in the diocese at the discretion of the local pastors. Prior to 2006, Arlington was one of only two dioceses in the United States to forbid girls from that role.[14][15][16][17]

On June 20, 2012, a Virginia woman sued Loverde, the diocese and other parties. She claimed that Thomas J. Euteneuer, a priest from the Diocese of Palm Beach, working for an anti-abortion organization in Arlington, had sexually abused her on several occasions in 2008. The plaintiff stated that Euteneuer, under the guise of conducting an exorcism, had kissed and fondled her. The plaintiff claimed that Loverde had given Euteneuer permission to perform exorcisms on other individuals. The woman eventually dropped her claims against Loverde and the diocese, but continued to sue Euteneuer's employer.[18]

Board member



Pope Francis accepted Loverde's letter of retirement as bishop of the Diocese of Arlington on October 4, 2016, and appointed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge as his successor.[23]

See also


  1. ^ "The Coat of Arms of Bishop Paul Stephen Loverde, Third Bishop of Arlington" (PDF). Diocese of Arlington. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 12, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop Paul Stephen Loverde". David M. Cheney. October 9, 2022. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  3. ^ "Bishop Paul S. Loverde's Biography". Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Bishop Emeritus Paul Loverde". Diocese of Arlington. Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  5. ^ Renner, Gerald (November 12, 1993). "Auxiliary Bishop Of Hartford Named To Lead New York Diocese". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Pope Appoints Bishop Loverde to the Diocese of Arlington, Va". USCCB Office of Media Relations. January 25, 1999. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington". Catholic Herald. April 10, 2003. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Church of Ogdensburg after Vatican II" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 18, 2011.
  9. ^ Elsasser, Glen (March 24, 1998). "Bishop John Keating, 63; Ran Chicago Archdiocese". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ Bahr, Katie (March 18, 2009). "Vocations Show Growth During Bishop's Tenure". Catholic Herald. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "Meet Bishop Loverde". Diocese of Arlington. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Whistleblower Priest on Trial; Critics Say Bishop Exacting Revenge". Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  13. ^ Murphy, Caryle (December 3, 2002). "Protesters Lash Out at Bishop". Washington Post. Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  14. ^ "Latin Mass Allowed, Altar Server Policy Expanded". Diocese of Arlington. March 21, 2006. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  15. ^ Rose, Michael S. (March 2005). "Killing the Messenger". New Oxford Review. No. 3. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  16. ^ Zuhlsdorf, John (August 24, 2011). "What Rome's CDW says about altar boys, girl altar boys, and lay service at the altar in general". Fr. Z's Blog. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "Letter on Altar Servers". Adoremus. December 31, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  18. ^ Farberov, Snejana (June 28, 2012). "Disgraced Former Priest Accused of Repeatedly Molesting Woman during Two year Exorcism". Daily Mail. Retrieved October 28, 2023.
  19. ^ "CDU to honor Bishop Loverde, EWTN". Catholic Herald. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012.
  20. ^ "Bishop Paul S. Loverde was honored at Saint Luke Institute Annual Benefit". Saint Luke Institute. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013.
  21. ^ Flach, Mike (October 16, 2012). "Bishop receives St. Luke Award". Catholic Herald. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013.
  22. ^ "Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony". Institute for the Psychological Sciences. May 19, 2012. Archived from the original on December 12, 2012.
  23. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 04.10.2016" [Resignations and Appointments, 04.10.2016] (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. April 10, 2016. B0704/01570.

Episcopal succession

Catholic Church titles Preceded byJohn R. Keating Bishop of Arlington 1999–2016 Succeeded byMichael F. Burbidge Preceded byStanislaus J. Brzana Bishop of Ogdensburg 1993–1999 Succeeded byGerald M. Barbarito Preceded byJohn Gregory Murray Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford 1988–1993 Succeeded byPeter A. Rosazza Preceded byJosef Vrana Titular Bishop of Octabia 1988–1993 Succeeded byLuciano Bergamin, C.R.L.
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