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Msgr. Mark Lane elected administrator of the Diocese of Richmond

After prayerful consideration Aug. 22, the College of Consultors for the Diocese of Richmond elected Msgr. Mark Lane to serve as diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo.


Msgr. Lane immediately assumes his duties as administrator and will lead the diocese until Pope Francis appoints a new bishop. During this transition, Msgr. Lane will be assisted in the governance of the diocese by the College of Consultors.

Msgr. Lane, a Richmond priest for 44 years, was ordained at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond by Bishop Walter Sullivan. He holds ecclesiastical degrees from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and the Catholic University of America.

In addition, he has a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy. He was appointed a prelate of honor by Pope Benedict XVI April 19, 2008, and previously served as vicar of clergy for 11 years prior to his appointment by Bishop DiLorenzo as vicar general and moderator of the curia in 2011.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017