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Act Now! -Email your comments to oppose alarming changes to public schools in Fairfax County

The Fairfax County School Board needs to hear from you before June 8. The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee has recommended deeply disturbing changes to what public school students in the county are taught. The School Board is considering using the phrase “sex assigned at birth” instead of “biological sex” to teach children that biology has no impact on being male or female, plus...there's much more.


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Marymount grads urged to live beyond self, serve others

Inside Nova | May 21, 2018

Offering the commencement address was Michael Burbidge, bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Arlington, who encouraged students to “carry Marymount’s culture of engagement into the world” with a focus on ethical integrity. “When it’s all said and done, what do we want to be known for?” he asked. “Care for those who are suffering. See the weak, the poor and the vulnerable. Encounter them as brothers and sisters.”

Bishops offer support, healing after shooting (News Coverage)

Catholic News Agency, Catholic News Service | May 18, 2018

Church leaders voiced their closeness to victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, calling Catholics to pray for all those affected.

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V Encuentro regional delegates meet with bishops to set national agenda

May, 19th 2018

In the lead-up to the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, 96 delegates hailing from Arlington, Baltimore, Washington and four other nearby dioceses met with bishops and clergy at the Catholic University of America May 19. The day concluded with the vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington con-celebrating along with Bishop Dorsonville, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, Father Hoyos, Father Ferguson and other bishops and clergy. Following Mass, Bishop Burbidge met with the Arlington delegates.

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