Bishop Burbidge Thanks You for Supporting the BLA

Bishop's Lenten Appeal 2017

Offering hands to Serve and hearts to Love


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) is the primary channel by which our Diocese reaches out through various programs and ministries to help people who are in spiritual, emotional or physical need. The theme for the 2017 BLA, “Offering hands to serve and hearts to love,” is a reminder and an opportunity to put our faith into action. Caring for the poor and vulnerable, teaching our children the rich faith traditions of our Church, sharing the joy of the Gospel with others and supporting men who will one day be our priests are all components that, with the grace of God, help us to advance the mission of Jesus Christ in our Diocese.

I respectfully ask for your support of the 2017 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. Your gift represents a grateful acknowledgment of the many blessings that God has bestowed upon you: a gift, based on love from your heart.

Please be assured of my prayers for you and your family. May Our Lord Jesus bless you and keep you in His care.


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Sincerely in Christ,

                                                                                 Bishop Burbidge Signature

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge

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Offering hands to serve and hearts to love

The Bishop's Lenten Appeal directly supports numerous diocesan programs and ministries. Click one of the links below to learn more about how the funds are allocated:

2017 Bishops Lenten Appeal Projected Funds Allocation Pie Chart

Ways to Give to the Bishop's Lenten Appeal

For more information, please call the Bishop's Lenten Appeal Office at 703-841-2570.

Online Giving

You may make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly gifts via credit car to the 2017 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal at our secure site by clicking the button below:

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You may make an annual pledge commitment and make payments throughout the year. Pledging allows you to make a greater sacrifice, without overburdening your budget. When you make a pledge, you will receive monthly reminder statements until your pledge is paid. The monthly reminder statements include an option to pay your pledge via credit card or direct debit.

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Checks should be made payable to the “Bishop’s Lenten Appeal” or “BLA” and may be mailed to the BLA Office address:

Catholic Diocese of Arlington
Bishop's Lenten Appeal
200 North Glebe Road, Suite 811
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Matching Gifts

Many companies set aside philanthropic dollars which will match gifts made by current employees, employees’ spouses and retirees. Determine if your donation is eligible for a company match by clicking the button below.

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Gifts of Stock or Securities

Federal tax laws allow a charitable deduction for the full market value of the securities on the date of your gift. Please call 703-841-3896 or for more information on making a gift of stock or securities click the button below.

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Leadership Giving

Leadership gifts are a vital component to the BLA! If you are one “to whom much has been given,” please consider one of the BLA Leadership Giving levels. By doing so, you will join other good stewards in our journey of faith to build the Kingdom of God in our Diocese. Every gift is an investment in the future of our faith, and a meaningful way for you to extend your love and mercy to those in need. Below are the Leadership Giving levels for the 2017 BLA.

  • Circle of Faith - $750 - $1,499
  • Circle of Hope - $1,500 - $2,499
  • Circle of Charity - $2,500 - $4,999
  • Crozier Guild - $5,000 - $7,499
  • Miter Guild - $7,500 - $9,999
  • Lumen Christi Guild - $10k and above


Programs and Ministries Supported by the BLA

Office of Vocations

For the 43 seminarians currently discerning the priesthood, the Office of Vocations provides room, board, tuition and healthcare expenses, along with mentoring for their spiritual, academic and pastoral formation. Additionally, this Office fosters religious vocations for men and women through programs that provide one-on-one guidance as well as vocation awareness events. Funding for the permanent diaconate program and elderly clergy in their retirement is also provided by the BLA.

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Catholic Charities, Victim Assistance and Other Charitable Works to Support Individuals and Families in Need

Catholic Charities has more than 20 programs/ministries that serve the poor, imprisoned, elderly, hungry and the most vulnerable among us. Just to name a few: Christ House shelter for men, St. Lucy Food Project,Pregnancy and Adoption Support, Prison Ministry, Hogar Education, St. Margaret of Cortona Family Transformational Housing, St. Martin de Porres Senior Services, emergency financial assistance and more. The Victim Assistance Office is staffed by trained social workers equipped to deal with reports of abuse and offer counseling and other resources to abuse victims.

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Youth Ministry, Catholic Schools and Religious Education 

The Office of Youth Ministry serves as a vital resource for parish youth ministers to unite young people to Christ and His Church. Events that promote Christian fellowship and service, instilling compassion and spiritual growth among teens, are coordinated through this Office. The Office of Catholic Schools provides assistance and support to school leaders with the spiritual, intellectual and social formation of Catholic School students. The Office of Catechetics works alongside parishes to guide their religious education programs for children, teenagers and adults.

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San Damiano Spiritual Life Center

A peaceful venue that offers opportunities for a wide variety of retreats and days for laity, religious and clergy seeking reflection and spiritual renewal.

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Spanish Apostolate and the Office of Multicultural Ministries 

The Spanish Apostolate promotes the evangelization, formational and pastoral needs of the Hispanic Catholics in our Diocese. Currently 36 parishes offer Spanish Mass. The Office of Multicultural Ministries supports a variety of events, convocations and programs designed to promote accessibility of ministries to the various ethnic communities within our Diocese.

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Parish/Diocesan Properties and Land Development

The Diocese purchases land that is granted to newly founded parishes for their parish grounds.

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Office for Family Life, Respect Life, Young Adult Programs and the Tribunal

Working directly with families and through parishes, the Office for Family Life provides programs and resources that instill the Gospel of Christ through healing, formation and support. Project Rachel offers post-abortion compassionate retreats and support services. Gabriel Project provides pregnancy assistance
to expectant mothers. The Tribunal is a healing ministry that examines petitions for marriage annulments. The Young Adult Ministry Program helps Catholics in their 20’s and 30’s seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ. This Ministry includes activities and events such as: Theology on Tap, Catholic Sports Club, retreats and evening Holy Hours and socials.

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Parish and Diocesan Development

Provides critical strategic support and counsel to the Diocese, parishes and schools. The Development team coordinates the BLA and provides guidance to help strengthen parish offertory programs. This Office also has a planned giving program that offers parishioners a variety of opportunities to support the Church through wills, annuities and other charitable vehicles.

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Evangelization Efforts

Events and initiatives to strengthen the faith of practicing Catholics; reach out to less active Catholics to help them grow in their faith; and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know God. The Diocese is committed to ecumenical outreach, support of our Dominican Republic Mission Parishes, the Peace and Justice Commission, INOVA Hospital Ministry and College Campus Ministries.

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Diocesan Communications Office 

The Office of Communications uses a variety of mediums to promote, educate and evangelize the faithful and wider community in our Diocese. They also bring pertinent news stories to the public to forge greater awareness of our diocesan Church. This Office coordinates and promotes the initiative “The Light is On” in which parishes stay open late on Wednesday evenings during Lent to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Chancery Offices and the Virginia Catholic Conference 

As the shepherd of souls for 69 parishes and 5 missions, the Bishop relies on the chancery to assist in pastoral action and provide administrative support. Over 3,000 parish, school and diocesan employees are supported in liturgical issues, parish financial guidance, audits, human resources and employee benefit programs. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the two Catholic Bishops in Virginia.

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