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Arlington gets a new bishop: Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh


Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/04/16

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde and has appointed as his successor Raleigh Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, 59. Bishop Loverde, who turned 76 in September, has led the Arlington Diocese since 1999. Canon law requires all bishops to submit their resignation at age 75.
The changes were announced Oct. 4 in Washington by Msgr. Walter Erbi, the charge d’affaires at the apostolic nunciature to the United States.
Bishop Loverde will serve as apostolic administrator until Bishop Burbidge’s installation, which will take place Dec. 6 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Michael F. Burbidge was born June 16, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pa., the second son of Francis and Shirley Burbidge and brother of Francis Burbidge Jr. He graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield, Pa., in 1975. From high school he went to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia May 19, 1984, by Cardinal John Krol. Bishop Burbidge holds a bachelor’s in philosophy and a master’s in theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, a master’s in education administration from Villanova University, as well as a doctorate in education from Immaculata College.

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