Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, D.D., S.T.L.

About Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, D.D., S.T.L.

Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, D.D., S.T.L. Bishop Loverde’s parents valued Catholic education and sent him to Catholic schools in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and then La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. The Lord called Bishop Loverde to the priesthood at an early age. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Saint Bernard Seminary College, Rochester, New York, and also studied in Rome, Italy, for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1966. Bishop Loverde furthered his education at Catholic University in Washington, DC, earning his Licentiate (JCL) in Canon Law in 1982.

Bishop Loverde was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Norwich on December 18, 1965, in the Basilica of Saint Peter, Rome, and then served in a variety of assignments both on the parochial and diocesan levels. On April 12, 1988, he was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Hartford. On January 17, 1994, he was installed as the eleventh Bishop of Ogdensburg, New York.

When he was installed as the third Bishop of Arlington on March 25, 1999, Bishop Loverde established four primary goals for the diocese: evangelization, unity, reconciliation, and service. Working toward his original goals, Bishop has helped the Diocese focus on education, charity, and addressing the multicultural needs of our area. He served as bishop until his retirement in 2016 and is now Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Arlington.

Since coming to the Diocese of Arlington, Bishop Loverde has authored five Pastoral Letters: Growing in Wisdom, Age and Grace; To Remember Well; Bought with a Price; Fountain of Life, Fire of Love; and Go Forth with Hearts on Fire. Bishop Loverde has served on the Board of Directors for Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, New York, and Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary, Emmittsburg, Maryland.

Currently, he serves on the boards of Catholic Distance University, The Catholic University of America, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Institute for Psychological Sciences, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Commissariat of the Holy Land, and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.