Bishop Burbidge’s News

This week on The Walk Humbly Podcast with Bishop Burbidge

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  • Hurricane Florence’s fury killed 17 people, damaged homes and businesses, and caused major flooding. One of the hardest hit areas was Bishop Burbidge’s former Diocese in Raleigh, North Carolina. He reacts to the devastation and implores us to pray.
  • Church leadership from the Vatican recently met with Pope Francis to discuss the sex abuse crisis and how to keep bishops more accountable. Bishop Burbidge offers his thoughts on the meeting.
  • The Church in the U.S. is preparing for the V Encuentro. Listen to learn what it is and how will it impact our Diocese.
  • On September 29, the Diocese will hold its first-ever conference to discuss ways in which we can combat opioid drug abuse and its negative effects.
  • Bishop Burbidge recently announced the transfer of five priests within the Diocese. Some people questioned the reasoning. Bishop Burbidge responds to the skepticism.
Bishop Burbidge also answers these questions from the faithful:
  • What can we do to strengthen laws related to guardianship and rights of visitation for the sick and elderly?
  • Is it possible to change God’s mind with prayer?
Listen to the latest from other diocesan podcasts:
The latest on the Searching for More Podcast: Have you ever tried to help someone, but end up carrying the load for them? Psychologist Dr. Michael Horne shows us how to help someone help themselves. And imagine losing your job and getting an eviction notice in the same week. Hear how Catholic Charities’ emergency assistance program helps our neighbors in crisis.
The latest on the Arlington Catholic Herald Podcast: Since 2010, every region of Virginia has experienced an increase in fatal heroin overdoses, including an 833 percent increase in Northern Virginia. Addicts share their battle with opioid addiction — and one mother explains how she’s now fighting back against this “family disease.”

Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

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“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

 

—Bishop Burbidge

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This week on The Walk Humbly Podcast with Bishop Burbidge

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This week’s episode of the Walk Humbly Podcast includes:
  • Hear the three pieces of advice Bishop Burbidge gave leaders at Marymount’s Education Administration Program.
  • Cardinal Kevin Farrell recently said that “priests are not the best people to train others for marriage” as it relates to day-to-day challenges, but that they serve a spiritual function in marriage preparation. Bishop Burbidge talks about how priests can best serve those preparing for marriage.
  • President Trump recently nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court. Bishop Burbidge offers his thoughts.
Bishop Burbidge also answers these questions from the faithful:
  • How should I handle disappointments when I interact with someone who works for the Church but does not act with Christian charity?
  • If you were a Nats baseball player, what would your walkout song be?
  • Can you tell me more about the relationship the Diocese has with Catholic Charities?
In the latest Searching for More podcasts: Sr. Dominic Grace reminds us that a woman who is loved by Jesus can do anything; Billy Atwell was diagnosed with cancer and told he would never have children, but today has three biological children and a powerful story; Montse Alvarado, Executive Director of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, talks about how we can protect our religious freedom.
In the latest Arlington Catholic Herald podcast: Dominican Sister Pauline Quinn, 77, founded a dog-training program for prisoners more than 30 years ago. Rescue dogs are trained by prisoners and afterward, find loving homes with people who are blind or otherwise have a need for a service dog. Hear how Sister Quinn’s own story of abuse and redemption led her down an unlikely road.

Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

With your question, please include your first name and parish. You can email or tag us with your question on our social media platforms linked below!

“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

 

—Bishop Burbidge

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This week on The Walk Humbly Podcast with Bishop Burbidge

This week’s episode of the Walk Humbly Podcast includes:

  • The Catholic Communication Campaign is this weekend: This second collection is the only other source of funding for Catholic communications in our Diocese aside from the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. Bishop Burbidge explains how we use your donation.
  • The Supreme Court recently removed a ban that will open sports gambling to more states: Why Bishop Burbidge believes this could be bad for families.
  • Abortion is illegal in Ireland, but a vote on May 25th could change that: Why Bishop Burbidge says reversing the ban on abortion would be a mistake.
  • The Fairfax County School Board is considering a harmful sex education curriculum. The impact could be devastating. Contact the School Board by June 8.
  • Pope Francis added a new feast day to the liturgical calendar: The Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost.
Bishop Burbidge also answers these questions from the faithful:
  • Would you clarify Pope Francis’ stance on the annulment process?
  • What is your position on Catholics, in particular parishes, supporting the Girl Scouts? Doesn’t it contradict our pro-life and pro-family values?
  • From a 3-year-old boy named Oliver: “Why does the Bishop keep taking his ‘hat’ off and on during Mass?”

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Listen to the latest from other diocesan podcasts:
In the latest Searching for More podcast: her son made national news when he was brutally and publicly murdered by ISIS. Diane Foley’s faith in God was put to the test…in the cruelest way: “I staggered under the weight of this loss…I really didn’t know if I could go on.” Where was God during her son’s capture? After his death? And where it’s lead her today.
In the latest Arlington Catholic Herald podcast, meet a Fauquier County teenager planting the seeds for a career in farming, learn about how Paul VI students celebrated the high school’s move to Loudoun County, and find out about a new state-funded program that the Virginia Catholic Conference says preys on poor women and teenagers.

Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

With your question, please include your first name and parish. You can email or tag us with your question on our social media platforms linked below!

“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

 

—Bishop Burbidge

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This week’s episode of the Walk Humbly Podcast includes:

  • 20 retired priests collectively spent 1,075 years in service to the Lord – more on the importance of the Priests’ Retirement Collection
  • How students with intellectual and developmental disabilities thrive in our Catholic classrooms – and what their classmates learn from them
  • Bishop Burbidge’s biggest takeaway from meeting with 3 Dreamers
  • A Mother’s Day message for those who find the day challenging and his thoughts for mother’s and the critical role they play in the family
  • In case you missed it, Bishop Burbidge added a moment of levity for our 3 new Monsignors during Solemn Vespers and expresse his sincere appreciation for their witness to priestly ministry

Bishop Burbidge and Dr. Jennifer Bigelow, the Superintendent of Schools, also answer these questions from the faithful:

How can the Diocese help make Catholic education more affordable?
What is an “archpriest”?
How can the Diocese support non-Diocesan Catholic schools in the southern portion of our Diocese?
What will Bishop Burbidge share during his commencement address to Marymount University graduates, and what is his message for graduates from our Catholic high schools?

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People with intellectual disabilities are well integrated into five of our diocesan schools through Porto Charities. Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, Holy Spirit Catholic School in Annandale and St. Mark Catholic School in Vienna are all current participants — but Porto Charities hopes more diocesan schools will provide comprehensive special education services.

Read the Arlington Catholic Herald Story on Porto Charities

 

Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

With your question, please include your first name and parish. You can email or tag us with your question on our social media platforms linked below!

“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

 

—Bishop Burbidge

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This week on The Walk Humbly Podcast with Bishop Burbidge

What “Eastertide” is and how we can celebrate this season
Did Pope Francis really say that hell doesn’t exist?
Why 4 Salvadoran bishops are coming to the United States and our Diocese
What it’s like for Bishop Burbidge to celebrate Mass in a prison
The Respect Life Mass is April 21 (9 a.m. at Cathedral of St. Thomas More)

Bishop Burbidge also answers these questions from the faithful:

How are religious order priests different than diocesan priests?
Should Catholic, pro-choice politicians be denied Holy Communion?
Why do evangelical Protestants seem more proactive in their faith and Catholics seem more reactive?
Should every parish have an international mission?
What does it take to become a Catholic deacon?

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Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

With your question, please include your first name and parish. You can email or tag us with your question on our social media platforms linked below!

“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

 

—Bishop Burbidge

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This week on The Walk Humbly Podcast with Bishop Burbidge

This week on the Walk Humbly Podcast, Bishop Burbidge discusses how our diocesan schools responded to recent school violence in light of the March 14 National School Walkout, how he plans to celebrate Holy Week, and the 5-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as our Holy Father.

He addresses the First Amendment Defense Act, which urges federal protections for supporters of traditional marriage.

The faithful brought up questions about inclusion for students with special needs, the availability of the Holy Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the sacraments, how believers can have a positive impact on our current culture, and more.

Listen to the Episode

Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

With your question, please include your first name and parish. You can email or tag us with your question on our social media platforms linked below!

“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

 

—Bishop Burbidge

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Walk Humbly Podcast

This week on the Walk Humbly Podcast, Bishop Burbidge discusses why he asked Pope Francis to bestow papal honors and the title “Monsignor” on three diocesan priests, his takeaways from the 2017 Communications Survey, and his visits with parishioners throughout the Diocese of Arlington.

He addresses concerns about DACA and Dreamers, and calls on people to contact their elected officials about the Conscience Protection Act.

Questions from the faithful ranged from topics such as gun control and immigration, to spiritual balance and female altar servers.

Last, but not least, Bishop Burbidge offers his top picks for the NCAA basketball tournament as March Madness kicks off.

Listen to the Episode

Bishop Burbidge Wants to Answer Your Questions!

With your question, please include your first name and parish. You can email or tag us with your question on our social media platforms linked below!

“I want to know what’s on your mind, and if I can answer a question or help you in any way, or clarify anything, I’m very happy and willing to do that. I welcome this; I truly do. I hope our listeners know that.”

—Bishop Burbidge

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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 vocations@arlingtondiocese.org 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

View More Resources from the Vatican

View More Resources from the USCCB

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.

 


 

Bishop Burbidge’s Christmas Message

 


 

Bishop Burbidge’s Advent Message

 


 

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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