USCCB News Release
November 18, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pope Names Msgr. Barry Knestout Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Barry C. Knestout, 46, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington. Bishop-elect Knestout has been Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Administration for the Archdiocese of Washington since 2007.
The appointment was announced in Washington, November 18, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Barry C. Knestout was born in Cheverly, Maryland, June 11, 1962. He attended St. Pius X Catholic School in Bowie, Maryland, Bowie Senior High School, and University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture in 1984.
He attended Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, 1985-1989, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1988, and a Master of Arts degree in 1989. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington, June 24, 1989.
Assignments after ordination included Associate Pastor, St. Bartholomew's Parish, Bethesda, Maryland, 1989-1993; Associate Pastor, St. Peter's Parish, Waldorf, Maryland, 1993-1994; Priest Secretary to Cardinal James Hickey, 1994-2004; Executive Director, Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry, 2001-2003; Priest Secretary to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 2003-2004; Pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2004-2006; and Archdiocesan Secretary for Pastoral Life and Social Concerns, 2006-2007.
Bishop-elect Knestout also has been a member of the Priest Council, 1991, 2007-present; Priest Personnel Board, 2006-present; and Archdiocesan Commission for the Sacred Arts, 1996 and 2002.