Recently, on his Walk Humbly podcast, Diocese of Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge responded to a question from a parishioner at St. Mark’s and Our Lady of Good Counsel parishes. Jay wanted to know what is the relationship between the Diocese of Arlington and Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington. He was curious about its ongoing programs and whether financial contributions to the agency are used to help people in this diocese only or if donations also assist people in other parts of country. Finally, he wanted to know what programs within Catholic Charities rely on volunteers to help serve those who are in need.
Bishop Burbidge strongly endorsed Catholic Charities as the charitable arm of his ministry. Here are his comments:
“Let me say how proud I am of the Catholic Charities office of the Diocese of Arlington. It’s nationally known for its great work and I could not be more proud of the great deeds that are carried out by our Catholic Charities office that assists so many people through God’s grace, and, also, through the generosity of the faithful throughout our diocese.
The office of the Bishop – as I always explain it – there are three things that are involved in the heart of his ministry: teaching, sanctifying and governing. And so there are these different arms of the bishop. Part of the teaching and sanctifying can only be genuine if it’s reflected in service. So Catholic Charities is that charitable arm of the ministry of the bishop so essentially linked to me, my ministry, thus essentially linked to the diocese.
Catholic Charities is the heart, the center, of what we do along with so many, many, ministries; there is the face of Christ, the compassion of Christ, the healing of Christ, being made visible to people in need, people of all faiths, anyone who is in need. So our Catholic Charities, again, is just accomplishing that in so many profound ways.
I think of St. Lucy Food Project. I think it’s over a million pounds of food are given to the hungry throughout our diocese. Yeah, it’s incredible.
We prepare a nightly meal to the homeless at our Christ House. I know so many of the faithful volunteer at Christ House… It’s a wonderful ministry where meals are served every day to the homeless.
We do mental health counseling. We reunite unaccompanied minor children with their families. I think we’ve assisted 200 or so there. We’ve talked often on this podcast about the Mother of Mercy free medical clinic. Volunteers (are needed) there too. Nurses and doctors and receptionists. Our pregnancy and adoption support programs.
The work is carried out here, locally, in this local church within our diocese. But whenever there is a crisis, or time of need, we are also ready there to assist. Again our faithful are so generous in assisting other dioceses, both in our country and beyond, in times of crisis whether it be hurricanes or earthquakes or all kinds of disasters.
…There are multiple, multiple, opportunities both within the parish and within the diocese for our faithful to be volunteers in our charitable organizations, and, as we always say, our Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: our Catholic Charities benefit greatly from the support and generosity there.”
Here Bishop Burbidge’s Walk Humbly podcast remarks here.
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- Join Catholic Charities’ mission of helping those in need and transforming lives within the 21 counties and seven cities in the Diocese of Arlington!
- Volunteer at CCDA.NET
- Contribute to our mission directly here CCDA.NET
- Give through the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal.
- Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington, serves people in need who live within the 21 counties and seven cities within the Diocese of Arlington.
- Catholic Charities USA focuses on assisting communities throughout the U.S.
- Learn more about how our Catholic Charities’ funding and expenditures at the Diocese of Arlington website arlingtondiocese.org/annualreport