Bishop Barry C. Knestout has appointed Father Michael G. Boehling to serve as vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Richmond, effective July 1. He will continue to serve as vicar for vocations — a position he has held since July 1, 2010.
Father Boehling is the son of the late Thomas and Beverly Boehling. He and his twin brother were born Aug. 19, 1969. Along with their five older siblings, they were raised in Roanoke, where they attended Our Lady of Nazareth Parish.
Father Boehling graduated from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke and entered Hampden-Sydney College near Farmville. He graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in history and subsequently worked nine years in sales management for Lucent Technologies.
In 2000, he began his priestly formation by entering the seminary at Theological College at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained a transitional deacon at Our Lady of Nazareth Parish in May 2005. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in sacred theology in 2006, Father Boehling was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo on June 10, 2006, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.
Since ordination, Father Boehling has served as parochial vicar (2006-2007) and as pastor (2007-2010) of the cluster parishes of Portsmouth and Chesapeake: Church of the Holy Angels, Portsmouth; Church of the Resurrection, Portsmouth; St. Mary, Chesapeake; and St. Paul, Portsmouth.
On July 1, 2011, Father Boehling was appointed vicar for pastoral services. He has served on various committees and diocesan advisory bodies including the Bishop’s Administrative Advisory Council, Diocesan Priests’ Council, and the Priest Personnel Board.
In January 2018, Bishop Knestout assigned Fr. Boehling as priest secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop.