Michael Francis Burbidge

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Michael Francis Burbidge
Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
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
Ordination May 19, 1984
Consecration September 5, 2002
Personal details
Birth name Michael Francis Burbidge
Born (1957-06-16) June 16, 1957 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Parents Francis Burbidge, Shirley Lilley Burbidge
Alma mater St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Villanova University, Immaculata University
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Styles of
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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 serving as the fifth and current Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina.


Early life and education[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.

Ordination and ministry[edit]

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[citation needed] and a doctorate in education from Immaculata University.[citation needed]

Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia[edit]

On June 21, 2002, Burbidge was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Cluain Iraird by Pope John Paul II.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis Joseph Gossman
Bishop of Raleigh
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by