Bishop Burbidge and the priests of the Diocese continue to offer creative ways to grow in faith during this challenging time as the coronavirus continues to impact our world. Many parishes are facilitating a live stream or recording daily and Sunday Mass and many parishes are open for private prayer and Confession.

Bishop Burbidge has continued to retain the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation, until further notice.

Featured News and Announcements

Public Messages

Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge for Catholic Schools Week, January 31 to February 6, 2021

January 25, 2021

"As we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week and the importance our Catholic schools play in the lives of families throughout the Diocese of Arlington, I extend my heartfelt and sincere appreciation to our Catholic school parents, who have taken the necessary steps to ensure their children are provided with sound faith formation and excellence in education..."

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Statement by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout on Virginia Senate Passage of Abortion Expansion Legislation

January 22, 2021

"Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued the following statement on today’s Virginia Senate passage of abortion expansion legislation..."

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Diocesan Press Releases

Clergy Announcement January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, has announced the following clergy appointments, effective January 11, 2021...

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U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines

December 14, 2020

On December 14, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines...

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USCCB Press Releases

USCCB: USCCB President's Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as 46th President of the United States of America

January 20, 2020

Bishop Burbidge and USCCB President Respond to Violence at U.S. Capital

January 6, 2021


Arlington Catholic Herald

Heavy security in D.C., ongoing pandemic mean March for Life will be virtual

January 20, 2020

Like the satellite events connected to the annual National Mall rally and march to the Supreme Court, including the Rose Dinner, a youth conference and the Mass for Life, the rest of it will be online only Jan. 29...

Latest News Coverage

VIRGINIA: Northam’s Dem Allies Further Radical Abortion Agenda, Religious Leaders Unite in Opposition

News Colony , January 24, 2021

Virginia Senate repeals ban on abortion coverage for plans offered through state exchange

The Virginia Mercury , January 22, 2021

Virginia bishops oppose abortion bill passed by state senate

Catholic News Agency , January 22, 2021

Bishop Calls for Renewed Fight Against Racism on MLK Day

National Catholic Register , January 18, 2021

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Releases a Statement for the Martin Luther King Holiday, Reminds Us ‘Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear’

EWTN News Nightly , January 15, 2021

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The Evil One wants us to think we cannot change nor overcome our weaknesses. But, look at St. Paul. He once persecuted the Church and later became an apostle and preacher of the Good News. With God’s grace, conversion is always possible. So, never stop trying!