Since my Installation Mass in December, I have been blessed to participate in some significant diocesan events and initiatives.
The following homily was given by Bishop Michael F.
Burbidge at the Masses he celebrated at each of the seven diocesan deaneries.
Friday, March 31
What the world saw as a defeat on Calvary was revealed instead to be the source of our hope and gladness. The power and glory of God transformed the crucifixion of Jesus into the source of our freedom from sin and death. More
Because we have a profound respect for the sanctity of every human life, from its very beginning until natural death, we welcome with gratitude Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision today to commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz.More
As our Jewish brothers and sisters participate in the holy days of Passover, and as Christians celebrate Holy Week, we pray for the unity of all God's people and for peace throughout our world. More
nearly 700,000 children are neglected or abused in the United States. This is an
evil that all of us—and in a particular way, the Church—must continually work
As we begin the sacred Season of Lent with
ashes on our forehead, we are reminded that our lives here on earth are merely
a journey with an ultimate goal of eternal life which we all share. So, now is
the time to assure that we are prepared for that moment when the Lord calls us
to himself and judges in love and mercy. Thus, Lent is a special invitation to
deepen our commitment to daily conversion so that we are living with in
integrity and holiness of life. With the help of our Lord, we achieve this
radical transformation through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. First is
prayer, reminding us of our complete dependency on God. Secondly, fasting
allows us to let go of the things that weigh us down and that we do not need,
and to remind us that only God can satisfy the hunger of our hearts.
Finally, our recommitment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ transforms our
hearts, as we grow in generosity.
For the second consecutive year, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the nation's largest abortion provider - at the expense of comprehensive health care for women. This morning, Gov. McAuliffe vetoed HB 2264, which would have redirected state tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry, and toward community health centers that provide primary care to women and their families. This legislation had been introduced by Del. Ben Cline, R- Rockbridge. More
"On the World Day of Consecrated Life, we prayerfully thank and
gratefully acknowledge the Men and Women Religious who serve the Church
with their selfless gift of poverty, chastity and obedience. The
very witness of their lives enrich our Diocese and reflects the Gospel message
for others to see. We currently have more than 160 religious priests,
brothers and sisters serving in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, and 58
men and women from our diocese in formation with various orders. I join
with Pope Francis who asks the faithful to pray for those in Consecrated Life
that “through their witness of life, they may radiate to the world the love of
Christ and the grace of the Gospel.”More
Together with Bishop Vasquez and my brother bishops, I encourage Catholics to contact our elected officials to make our voices heard: our communities have been and will continue to be hospitable to refugees, in keeping with our legacy of welcoming the stranger. More
United with all dioceses in the country, we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week beginning Sunday, Jan. 29th and concluding Saturday, Feb. 4th. More
Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge released the following statement affirming the need for immigration reform. More
tragedy of millions of defenseless lives destroyed by abortion is a call
to let our government officials and the world know that human life must be
protected from the moment of conception to natural death. More
the love of Christ compel each of us to renew our active participation in this
journey-this week and beyond. More