Bishop Burbidge’s News


Celebrate National Marriage Week

Today through February 14, we celebrate and proclaim the truth and beauty of the vocation of marriage as taught by Jesus Christ.

In his video message below, Bishop Burbidge speaks directly to husbands and wives, thanking them for reflecting the faithfulness and love that Our Lord Jesus has for His Bride, the Church.

All married couples are invited to attend our World Marriage Sunday Mass on February 11, offered by Rev. Thomas Ferguson, Vicar General.

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Get more involved this week by visiting our website, where you can:

  • Watch a married couple in our Diocese talk about their vocation.
  • Listen to Fr. Paul Scalia’s couples’ retreat.
  • Pray together as a husband and wife.
  • Listen to our Communication and Prayer Workshop for married couples.

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Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, may Our Lord Jesus bless and protect all husbands and wives and strengthen and sanctify our world through the gift of faithful and loving Christian marriages. Amen.



Join Bishop Burbidge in praying for the more than 160 consecrated men and women currently serving in the Diocese of Arlington

In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II designated the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord as a day to honor consecrated men and women for their lives of virtue and sacrifice.
Visit our website to learn more about this celebration and:

  • See our new poster highlighting the 61 men and women from our Diocese in formation with religious orders all over the world.
  • Sign up to receive a prayer calendar to pray for one of these men or women each day.
  • Read statements from Bishop Burbidge and Pope Francis for this day, speaking to the uniqueness of each and every vocation.

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Read Bishop Burbidge’s Statement

If you or someone you know might be called to explore his or her vocation to priesthood or religious life, contact the Director of the Office of Vocations,
Fr. J.D. Jaffe, at or (703) 841-2514.



More Than 11,000 Proclaim “Life Is VERY Good!”

Thousands of teens from the Arlington Diocese and across the country gathered on January 18 and 19 at Life is VERY Good to prayerfully prepare for the March for Life.

See what it looks like when thousands of young people join together and proclaim that “Life Is VERY Good!”

“Everyone has the right to life, and it’s our duty to protect the right of life for those who are unborn to those who are near the end of their life,” said one teen. “That’s why we’re here.”

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Life Is VERY Good and March for Life

Over the last two days, more than 11,000 youth, adult leaders and volunteers from throughout the nation — representing 50 dioceses and 26 states — gathered to proclaim that “Life Is VERY Good!” in the EagleBank Arena on the George Mason University campus.

Today, Bishop Burbidge addressed those at the Life Is VERY Good Morning Mass before the annual March for Life, speaking to more than 5,000 teens.

“The unborn, and others who are unprotected … are crying out for our help.” —Bishop Burbidge

See Photos from Life Is VERY Good

The March for Life is the largest annual pro-life event in the world. Bishop Burbidge and several diocesan parishes, schools and ministries marched.

After the March, Bishop Burbidge had some reflections to share with us.

“This generation gets it … I would like to encourage our young people.” —Bishop Burbidge

See Photos from the March for Life



Bishop Burbidge on this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

From January 18-25, the Catholic Church joins other Christian churches for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Read Bishop Burbidge’s Statement

“I invite all Catholics to promote harmony by our dialogue and cooperation with Christians of other denominations and through the spiritual practices of prayer and penance.” —Bishop Burbidge

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May all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you (John 17:21).


Celebrating National Migration Week

For almost 50 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has observed National Migration Week. This week, Bishop Burbidge paid a visit to Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), a ministry through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington.

Watch as he talks about the remarkable story of a former asylee who is now our Program Director for MRS, how 8 in 9 people resettled by Catholic Charities in our Diocese work for and support the U.S. military abroad, and more.

Watch the video and read Bishop Burbidge’s message here.



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World Day of the Poor Videos and Message from Bishop Burbidge

“Love not in word, but in deed” (1 Jn 3:18).
This Sunday, November 19, Pope Francis calls communities throughout the world to be Christ to others. The Diocese has launched a week-long dedicated campaign with events and opportunities to help the poor in our community and the world.
“Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all very poor,” Bishop Burbidge says. “No matter what we possess in earthly goods, we are in desperate need of God’s mercy and grace.”
You can learn more about this campaign through watching the videos below, and visiting our website:
  • A dentist in our Diocese cares for those without healthcare through his profession
  • Students at one of our schools donate unused lunches to the less fortunate at Christ House
  • Catholic Charities helps former offenders re-enter society
We invite you to take a moment to learn about the many beautiful opportunities and resources available in our Diocese during this special week as we prepare to celebrate the World Day of the Poor.
“If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor, as a response to the sacramental communion bestowed in the Eucharist.” — Pope Francis


Arlington Diocese’s Participates in Pope Francis’ Share the Journey Campaign



Bishop Burbidge on Disaster Relief, DACA, Religious Liberty, Diocesan Growth and More



Bishop Burbidge’s message on How to Help the Hurricane Victims

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you have seen in media reports, while residents in Texas are only beginning their recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma has caused considerable damage throughout Florida. Once again, I ask all in the Diocese of Arlington to join me in prayer for those struggling with the effects of this destructive weather. Pray that victims of these storms will feel the presence of Christ’s peace in the midst of turmoil and unrest.

For those who are able, I ask that you consider making a donation to Catholic Charities USA, which is leading the disaster relief effort on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States. There are many people who need help receiving basic necessities, and they will also need help rebuilding so much that has been lost.

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I am also grateful to all who will support the relief’s efforts through contributions being made in parish second collections.

May Our Lord bring relief and peace to those who struggle, now and forever.

Sincerely in Christ,

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge


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