October 4th, 2016: On the feast of his patron St. Francis Assisi, Pope Francis, appointed a new shepherd for the Diocese of Arlington.
Bishop Michael Burbidge, 59, has served as the Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina these past ten years and will now be the fourth Bishop of our Diocese of Arlington.
Here is the press conference of the announcement.
The day of his appointment, Bishop Burbidge shared lunch with the residents of Christ House in Alexandria. Bishop Burbidge’s actions imitate Christ’s call to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel” (Mark 16:15) –to go into the world to share meals, conversation, and an open heart with our brothers and sisters in different life situations from ourselves.
Christ House staff spoke with Bishop Burbidge about the generosity of our donors, the great involvement of our volunteers (their time and resources), and the benefits clients receive from the services provided.
We are grateful for our new Bishop’s desire to see the transformational services that our programs provide for those in need throughout our diocese.
In a letter reflecting on the mission of Catholic Charities, Bishop Burbidge highlights how our faith and our conscience call us to serve Christ in the poor and needy—
“The basis for the work of Catholic Charities is imitation of Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus identifies Himself strongly with the compassion for the poor and marginalized. When we give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, and clothes to the naked, we are seeing the face of Christ in each of those we serve.”
Thank you, Bishop Burbidge, for being an example of Christ’s compassion on your first day as our new shepherd!
Learn more about our new Bishop!
He will assume leadership of the diocese during a Mass of Installation Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Until that time, Bishop Loverde will serve as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.