Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington

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Diocese of Arlington
Dioecesis Arlingtonensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington.svg
Country  United States
Territory Counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester in northeastern Virginia Virginia
Ecclesiastical province Baltimore
Metropolitan Baltimore
Coordinates 38°52′14.4″N 77°06′12.2″W / 38.870667°N 77.103389°W / 38.870667; -77.103389
Area 6,541 sq mi (16,940 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
453,916 (15%)
Parishes 69
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established May 28, 1974 (1974-05-28)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Thomas More
Patron saint St. Thomas More
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge
Metropolitan Archbishop Most Rev. William E. Lori
Emeritus Bishops Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde
Diocese of Arlington map 1.jpg
Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington
Diocesan offices are located in this office building on North Glebe Road.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington (Latin: Dioecesis Arlingtonensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the mid-atlantic United States. The Diocese of Arlington comprises 69 parishes located in the 21 northern-most counties within the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland, and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester.[1] Bishop Michael F. Burbidge is the ordinary of the Diocese of Arlington since December 2016; his residence is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington County, Virginia.[2] In 2013, there were 256 priests and 453,916 registered Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington.[3] The total population within the Diocese of Arlington, Catholic and non-Catholic, was 2,968,486.[3]

The Diocese of Arlington also operates two mission churches for the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic—Bánica Mission Parish (St. Francis of Assisi Church) and Pedro Santana Mission Parish, which are overseen by the diocesan Office of the Propagation of the Faith. The Director of the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese of Arlington is currently Fr. Patrick L. Posey, who also serves as Pastor of St. James Church in Falls Church.[4]

The diocese was canonically erected on May 28, 1974 by now-Blessed Pope Paul VI.[5][6] The parishes which the Diocese of Arlington comprises were ceded from the neighboring Diocese of Richmond.


The founding bishop of the diocese, Thomas Jerome Welsh, was installed on August 13, 1974.[7] Bishop Welsh served until February 8, 1983, when he was transferred by Pope John Paul II to become bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania.[8] Welsh was previously auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

The second bishop of the diocese, John Richard Keating, was ordained as Bishop of Arlington on August 4, 1983,[9] and served until his death March 22, 1998.[10] Bishop Keating was previously Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde, previously bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, was installed as the diocese's third bishop March 25, 1999.[11] and served until his retirement on October 4, 2016.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, was installed as the fourth bishop on December 6, 2016.

Catholic colleges and universities[edit]

Catholic high schools[edit]


As listed in the Official Parish Locator for the Diocese of Arlington:[12]


  • Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria[13]
  • Good Shepherd, Alexandria
  • Queen of Apostles, Alexandria
  • St. Joseph, Alexandria
  • St. Lawrence the Martyr, Alexandria
  • St. Louis, Alexandria
  • St. Mary, Alexandria
  • St. Rita, Alexandria


  • Cathedral of St. Thomas More[14]
  • Holy Martyrs of Vietnam, Arlington
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington
  • Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount University, Arlington
  • St. Agnes, Arlington
  • St. Ann, Arlington
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington


  • St. Bridget of Ireland, Berryville


  • Precious Blood, Culpeper

Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and Falls Church[edit]

  • Holy Spirit, Annandale
  • Nativity, Burke
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vienna
  • St. Ambrose, Annandale
  • St. Andrew the Apostle, Clifton
  • St. Anthony, Falls Church
  • St. Bernadette, Springfield
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Great Falls
  • St. Clare of Assisi, Clifton
  • St. James, Falls Church
  • St. John the Beloved, McLean
  • St. John Neumann, Reston
  • St. John the Apostle, Leesburg
  • St. Joseph, Herndon
  • St. Leo the Great, Fairfax
  • St. Luke, McLean
  • St. Mark, Vienna
  • St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax
  • St. Michael, Annandale
  • St. Paul Chung, Fairfax
  • St. Philip, Falls Church
  • St. Raymond of Penafort, Fairfax Station
  • St. Robert Bellamine, George Mason University, Fairfax
  • St. Thomas a Becket, Reston
  • St. Timothy, Chantilly
  • St. Veronica, Chantilly


  • St. John the Evangelist, Warrenton

Frederick and Winchester[edit]

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Winchester

King George[edit]

  • St. Anthony of Padua, King George

Lancaster and Northumberland[edit]

  • St. Francis de Sales, Kilmarnock


  • Corpus Christi, South Riding
  • Christ the Redeemer, Sterling[15]
  • Our Lady of Hope, Potomac Falls
  • St. Francis de Sales, Purcellville
  • St. Stephen the Martyr, Middleburg
  • St. Theresa, Ashburn


  • Our Lady of the Blue Ridge, Madison


  • St. Isidore the Farmer, Orange


  • Our Lady of the Valley, Luray

Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park[edit]

  • All Saints, Manassas[16]
  • Holy Family, Dale City
  • Holy Trinity, Gainesville
  • Our Lady of Angels, Woodbridge
  • Sacred Heart, Manassas
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ridge
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Triangle


  • St. Peter, Washington

Richmond, and Westmoreland[edit]

  • St. Elizabeth, Colonial Beach
  • St. Paul, Hague


  • Our Lady of the Shenandoah, Basye
  • St. John Bosco, Woodstock

Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg[edit]

  • St. Jude, Fredericksburg
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Fredericksburg
  • St. Matthew, Spotsylvania
  • St. Patrick, Fredericksburg


  • St. William of York, Stafford


  • Christ the King, Christendom College, Front Royal
  • St. John the Baptist, Front Royal
†.^ Parish practices the Extraordinary Form.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington[edit]

The Diocese co-ordinates and supports a range of charitable activities focused on assistance to the vulnerable, fund-raising and education. Initiatives include counselling, prison visits and foster care. [17] Archduchess Kathleen of Habsbourg-Lorraine is a former communications director of the CCDA. [18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory p. iv.
  2. ^ Andreassi, Anthony D. (2002). Walking in Faith: the first 25 Years. A History of the Diocese of Arlington, Editions du Signe: Strasbourg. ISBN 2-7468-0625-8 (This is an official history—see p. 3.)
  3. ^ a b About Us; Did You Know...; Fast Facts Official Diocesan Website. Accessed November 2013.
  4. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory pp. 12, 63.
  5. ^ Andreassi, p. 5.
  6. ^ "Diocese of Arlington" Accessed November 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Andreassi, p. 33.
  8. ^ Andreassi, p. 37.
  9. ^ Andreassi, p. 39.
  10. ^ Andreassi, p. 43.
  11. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory. p. v.
  12. ^ "Catholic Diocese of Arlington Parish Locator". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria Virginia". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "All Saints Catholic Church - Manassas Virginia". Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington". CCDA. 
  18. ^ "An Archduchess Among Us". Northern Kentucky University. 


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