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

They Know Us by Our Love: A Reflection on the Riot at the U.S. Capitol

January 11, 2021

"At some point in our lives, we all experience events that will be documented in history books. January 6, 2021, was one of these days..."

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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2021

January 5, 2021

"As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor Dr. King’s extraordinary legacy as a leading voice in the struggle against the sin of racism..."

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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

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

January 6, 2021

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

December 14, 2020

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Arlington Catholic Herald

In light of MLK Day, Bishop Burbidge urges an examination of conscience

January 11, 2020

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington Jan.10, ahead of the national holiday Jan. 18. He was assisted by Father Patrick L. Posey, rector of the cathedral, and Deacon Al Anderson of St. Joseph Church in Alexandria. Choir director and pianist Eugene Harper and singer Doreen Hamilton of the St. Joseph Gospel Choir provided the music...

Latest News Coverage

Capitol Hill riots addressed in homilies at some churches

CNS , January 13, 2021

Morning Notes, They Know Us by Our Love: A Reflection on the Riot at the U.S. Capitol

ARLnow , January 12, 2021

Arlington church holds mass in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy following Capitol riots

WDVM , January 10, 2021

Mass in Diocese of Arlington Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

WMAL , January 10, 2021

Bishop Michael Burbidge: “Saddened and Appalled”

ARLnow , January 7, 2021

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Procrastination is often an obstacle to spiritual growth. “Today” is the time to change and begin anew. So, like the leper in the Gospel, approach Jesus in faith and ask him “to make you clean.” Jesus does not delay! He will respond “today” with his healing and saving love.