Most Reverend 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 attended
Catholic grade schools and 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 by John Cardinal Krol in 1984.
Bishop Burbidge holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in
Theology from St. Charles Borromeo, an M.A. in Education
Administration from Villanova University, and a doctorate in
Education from Immaculata College.
Fr. Michael Burbidge’s first priestly assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Bernard Church in
Philadelphia, where he served for two years. From 1986-1992 he was on the faculties,
successively, of Cardinal O'Hara High School, Archbishop Wood High School and St. Charles
Borromeo Seminary, where he also served as Dean of Students.
In 1992 Fr. Burbidge was named Administrative Secretary to Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua,
Archbishop of Philadelphia, and served in that capacity until 1999. In 1998 he was made Honorary
Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor.
Monsignor Burbidge was appointed Rector of
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1999. In
2002 he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of
Philadelphia. As auxiliary bishop, he oversaw
the Office of the Vicar for Clergy and the Office
On June 8, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI named
Bishop Burbidge the fifth Bishop of the Diocese
of Raleigh; he was installed in Raleigh on
August 4. On October 4, 2016, Bishop Burbidge
was announced by Pope Francis as the fourth
Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington.
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