Bishop Barry C. Knestout will ordain Thomas “Tom” B. Lawrence III, son of Thomas B. Lawrence Jr. and Elsie King Miller Lawrence, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Richmond, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond.

Following education at St. Bridget School and Benedictine High School, Lawrence, 40, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond in 2002. From 2001 through 2014, the Richmond native was co-owner and manager of GroundWork Design, an internet software development company.

In 2015, he began seminary formation at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America, where he earned an undergraduate degree in theology and is continuing work on a Master of Divinity degree.

From May 2018 until August 2019, Lawrence served his pastoral year at St. Mary Parish, Blacksburg.