Statement on Pope Francis’ Consecration of Russia and Ukraine 

to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

By Janna Reynolds / March 21, 2022 (Source:

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, Bishop Knestout, will join the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecration by the Holy Father will take place at 5:00 p.m. (Rome time) during the Celebration of Penance in St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Bishop Knestout will preside at the Noon Mass (EST) at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, which serves as the Mother Church of the Diocese of Richmond.

Bishop Knestout’s Noon Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube Channel for anyone unable to attend. The diocese will also provide the livestream link to Pope Francis’ consecration once links from the Vatican are received. 

Pope Francis is inviting all priests around the world to join him in the consecration. The faithful are invited and encouraged to participate whether by attending Mass or spending time in prayer. 

Bishop Knestout is inviting all priests and parishes to participate and join him in person or through the livestream. A Prayer of Consecration will be read after Bishop Knestout’s livestream Mass. All priests are asked to pray the Prayer of Consecration after the daily parish Mass on Mar. 25.

In the days ahead, further information will be provided to pastors, campus ministers and Catholic school principals, and the faithful regarding ways to participate. Please return to this webpage for more updates in the coming days.