Michael Francis Burbidge

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The Most Reverend

Michael Francis Burbidge
Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
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Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
See Atlanta
Installed June 8th, 2006
Predecessor F. Joseph Gossman
Successor incumbent
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Titular Bishop of Cluain Iraird
Orders
Ordination May 19, 1984
Consecration September 5, 2002
Personal details
Birth name Michael Francis Burbidge
Born (1957-06-16) June 16, 1957 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Parents Francis Burbidge, Shirley Lilley Burbidge
Alma mater Villanova University, Immaculata University
Styles of
Michael Francis Burbidge
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

Michael Francis Burbidge (born June 16, 1957) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the fifth and current Bishop of Raleigh.

Early life and ministry[edit]

Michael Burbidge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Francis and Shirley (née Lilley) Burbidge; he has a brother, Francis. He graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield in 1975, and then entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, from where he obtained a B.A. in Philosophy and M.A. in Theology. Burbidge was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Krol on May 19, 1984. He then served as parochial vicar at St. Bernard's Church in Philadelphia until 1986, and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School from 1986 to 1990.

From 1990 to 1991, Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, becoming Dean of Students at St. Charles Seminary in 1991. He was Administrative Secretary to Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999, and was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in 1998. In 1999, he was named rector of St. Charles Seminary.

He also holds a M.A. in Education Administration from Villanova University and a doctorate in education from Immaculata University.

Episcopal career[edit]

On June 21, 2002, Burbidge was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Cluain Iraird by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following September 5 from Cardinal Bevilacqua, with Bishops Edward Cullen and Robert Maginnis serving as co-consecrators.

As an auxiliary, Burbidge worked in the Archdiocesan Office Center to assist the Archbishop with administrative duties, including overseeing the Office of the Vicar for Clergy, Office of Communications, and The Catholic Standard & Times. He also served as a regional bishop.

Bishop of Raleigh[edit]

Burbidge was later named Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina, by Pope Benedict XVI on June 8, 2006. Replacing Bishop Francis Gossman, he was formally installed on the following August 4. His Cathedral is Raleigh's Sacred Heart Cathedral. Burbidge has announced the building of a new Cathedral for the Diocese of Raleigh, to be called the Cathedral of the Holy Name of Jesus. Building work will commence in 2013.[1] Ground breaking for the new cathedral is expected in mid 2014, with completion expected in 2 1/2 years[2]

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Preceded by
Francis Joseph Gossman
Bishop of Raleigh
2006–present
Incumbent