Michael Francis Burbidge

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Michael Francis Burbidge
Bishop of Arlington
Archdiocese Baltimore
Diocese Arlington
Appointed October 4, 2016
Installed December 6, 2016
Predecessor Paul S. Loverde
Ordination May 19, 1984
by John Krol
Consecration September 5, 2002
by Anthony Bevilacqua, Edward Peter Cullen, and Robert P. Maginnis
Personal details
Birth name Michael Francis Burbidge
Born (1957-06-16) June 16, 1957 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Arlington, Virginia
Parents Francis Burbidge, Shirley Lilley Burbidge
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Titular Bishop of Cluain Iraird
Bishop of Raleigh
Alma mater St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Villanova University, Immaculata University
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Michael Francis Burbidge (born June 16, 1957) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who is the current Bishop of Arlington.[1] On October 4, 2016, Burbidge was appointed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Arlington. He was installed on December 6, 2016.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Michael Burbidge was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Francis and Shirley 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 curate 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 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.[3]

Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia[edit]

On June 21, 2002, Burbidge was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and titular bishop of Cluain Iraird by Pope John Paul II.[3] 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 named Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina, by Pope Benedict XVI on June 8, 2006.[3] Replacing Bishop Francis Gossman, he was 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.[4] Ground breaking for the new cathedral is expected in mid 2014, with completion expected in 2 1/2 years.[5]

On 6 May, 2016 at a media luncheon, Burbidge openly criticized the controversial North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, a law which requires individuals to only use restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. Burbidge proposed that "...another remedy to the unfortunate situation created by the Charlotte Ordinance and HB2 should be considered..."[6] and hoped that any legislative solution would, "defend human dignity; avoid any form of bigotry; respect religious liberty and the convictions of religious institutions; work for the common good; and be discussed in a peaceful and respectful manner."[7]

Bishop of Arlington[edit]

Burbidge was appointed Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, by Pope Francis on October 3, 2016[8] replacing retiring Bishop Paul Loverde.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Paul Loverde
Bishop of Arlington
Preceded by
Francis Joseph Gossman
Bishop of Raleigh
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
Succeeded by