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The Vatican announced on May 6, 2024, that Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor John McDermott as the bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Burlington, Vermont

May 6, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Vermont priest John McDermott was named bishop after serving as administrator of the Burlington Diocese since October of last year.  Read more


Seal of Confession under attack? Delaware, Vermont bills draw Catholic criticism

Mar 9, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The proposed requirement would be practically “nearly impossible to meet” for Catholic clergy, the Diocese of Wilmington has said. Read more


Vermont to allow religious schools to use state assistance after settling lawsuit

Dec 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

State and local government officials agreed that Vermont’s exclusion of religious private schools from the program is unconstitutional and unenforceable. Read more

Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington. Courtesy photograph.

Burlington bishop removes pastor for disobedience over COVID-19 directives

Mar 8, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

In a letter to parishioners of Holy Family Parish in Springfield, Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington announced that their... Read more

Fr. Peter Williams, pastor of Holy Family parish in Springfield, Vt.

Burlington priest asks parishioners to tell bishop of his pastoral care, mental health

Jan 17, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Father Peter Williams says the Diocese of Burlington is trying to remove him as pastor of his parish because he... Read more


Catholic school students ask court permanently to bar Vermont from excluding them from tuition program

Oct 1, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A religious freedom law firm has filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to make permanent a preliminary... Read more


Diocese, former orphanage residents in Vermont differ in views of recovery process

Sep 21, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Some former residents of a long-closed Catholic orphanage in Vermont say they are dissatisfied with the local diocese’s response to... Read more

Main altar of the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Burlington, Vermont

Vermont diocese sees record-low number of priests

Jul 6, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Burlington has seen a record-low number of priests this year, with only 50 priests in the entire... Read more

The replica of the House of the Virgin Mary in Jamaica, Vt.

The Blessed Virgin Mary's house in Vermont

Jul 1, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer is an exact replica of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s house in Ephesus, where... Read more

Federal court: Vermont can’t exclude religious schools from tuition program

Jun 2, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the state of Vermont cannot refuse to fund tuition for religious institutions... Read more

Vermont diocese says immigration delays forcing the departure of four priests

May 4, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, says that four immigrant priests will be forced to return to their home countries for... Read more

Justice Department: Vermont college tuition program can't exclude Catholic school student

Aug 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with a Vermont Catholic high school student who has said a state program... Read more

Catholic school students, diocese sue over exclusion from Vermont college program

Feb 3, 2019

The Diocese of Burlington is joining two students and their parents in filing a federal lawsuit challenging a Vermont policy... Read more