The Diocese of Arlington - About Us

The Diocese of Arlington is a thriving community composed of sixty-nine parishes in the Northern Virginia area. Since its founding in 1974, the Diocese has grown significantly, becoming one of the fifty largest dioceses in the United States. Currently there are 464,861 registered Catholics and over 250 priests in the Diocese.

On December 6th, 2016 the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese, replacing Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde, who had served the area as bishop for over seventeen years.

Click one of the cards below to learn more about the Diocese of Arlington, including its history, past bishops, patron saints and statistics.

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Our History

Learn about the Diocese of Arlington's former bishops.

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