Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced that Father Anthony Morris, pastor of the Portsmouth Cluster Parishes, has been officially incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Richmond.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Father Morris was ordained a priest of the Redemptorist community (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) on May 7, 1994.
His first assignment in the Diocese was in February 1997 when he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Joseph’s, Hampton.
“It has been a long process and I am incredibly pleased and blessed that the official Incardination has come,” Father Morris told The Catholic Virginian.
He later became pastor of St. Joseph’s in Hampton in 2002.
In 2006 he was also appointed pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish at Fort Monroe. This marked his first experience with parish clustering.
After a sabbatical, Father Morris was assigned as pastor of the Central Virginia Cluster in August 2010. That cluster included St. Theresa’s, Farmville; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Blackstone, and Sacred Heart, Meherrin. At one point it included Nativity Parish in Buckingham.
“It was in Farmville that I was ‘on loan to the diocese’ as I waited for incardination,” he said.
In August 2015 he became pastor of the Portsmouth Cluster which includes St. Paul’s, Holy Angels and Resurrection Parishes, all in Portsmouth, and St. Mary’s, Chesapeake.