Message from the Headmaster

Benedictine Community,

Easter greetings to all Cadets. As we prepare ourselves for Christ’s glory in this Lenten season, let us call to mind his trials in the desert and the purpose they served in the establishment of his Church and kingdom on earth. We have all certainly walked in his footsteps with our own anxieties, personal and professional, over the past month. Let us offer them up for God’s use as Christ offered up his life for our salvation.

Some of those anxieties draw to a close today. I am pleased to announce that the Benedictine Society of Virginia and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond have reached an agreement for the sale of the Sheppard Street campus.

Over the past month, during the execution of due diligence with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Diocese of Richmond approached the Benedictine Society with interest to purchase the Sheppard Street property. After much discussion with lay advisors to the Society, members of the Benedictine High School Board of Trustees and the school administration, the Benedictine Society determined it was in the best interest of the high school, St. Benedict’s parish and larger Catholic community of Richmond to accept an offer from the Diocese of Richmond to purchase the school buildings and parking lot.  

The Society has received positive endorsement from Bishop Francis DiLorenzo for its plans to relocate the school to the 50-acre Abbey campus in the fall of 2012 and continue Catholic high school education in Richmond for Benedictine’s next 100 years.

Benedictine will host a presentation to discuss the details of the sale and the use of proceeds on 14 April at 6:00 pm in the Sheppard Auditorium at the Goochland Abbey campus.

Please see below for the formal press release to be distributed to major media outlets this evening.

Semper Fidelis and God bless,


Jesse Grapes



Benedictine Society and Diocese of Richmond Announce Completed Sale of Benedictine High School Campus to Diocese

Richmond, VA – April 6, 2011 – In a move aimed at strengthening the diocese’s educational presence in the Richmond metro area, Bishop DiLorenzo and the Benedictine Society of Virginia announce today the purchase of the Benedictine High School Sheppard Street campus by the Diocese of Richmond. 

The new contract effectively removes the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s option to buy the property.

According to the Diocese of Richmond, St. Benedict Parish and School, which stand next door to the Sheppard Street campus, will now be able to continue their use of the parking lot and athletic facilities associated with the campus, and will have room for future growth and development as a result of the sale.

“The Diocese of Richmond remains committed to its parishioners and we are happy to keep this piece of property within our family, while supporting the growth of Benedictine High School at their new campus,” says Bishop DiLorenzo. “Essentially, we see this as a win-win situation for the Catholic community.”



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