Stephen S. Neill, long-time writer and editor of The Catholic Virginian, is retiring from his position effective June 30. He made the announcement Monday, Feb. 6.

“I am looking forward in retirement to having more time for travel,” said Mr. Neill about his upcoming retirement. “In the fall I plan go to southern Italy and Sicily.”

Steve was appointed editor by then-Bishop Walter F. Sullivan in July 2003, but his career with The Catholic Virginian began 32 years earlier when he began working for the paper as a reporter in 1971.

At the time of his hire, the Diocese of Richmond included Northern Virginia, a portion of West Virginia and the Most Rev. John J. Russell was Bishop of the diocese. Since that time, Mr. Neill has served three bishops and has visited and written a profile story on every parish during his 45-year career.

“Steve’s distinguished four-decade career began when he joined the paper as a staff writer,” said Bishop Francis DiLorenzo. “His extensive knowledge of the parishes and people in the Diocese has been an invaluable resource for the Catholic Virginian and his stories have provided in-depth history about the life and growth of the Diocese over the past forty years.”

Bishop DiLorenzo, in a letter sent to all priests and deacons, said “please join me in thanking Steve and wishing him a most joyous retirement and the blessing of God as he begins this new phase in his life.”

Mr. Neill received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from American University in 1967. Prior to working for the diocese’s paper, he was hired as a reporter for the Richmond News Leader—then a daily afternoon newspaper for the Richmond area.