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Bishop's Lenten Appeal 2019

Together in the Light of Christ


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) supports the work of our Diocese through programs and ministries that provide spiritual, charitable and educational assistance to men, women and children in our parishes.  The theme for the 2019 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal is “Together in the Light of Christ.”  Christ our Light has conquered the darkness and we are called to share His light with all whom we encounter.

As we participate in the BLA, each of us can become a light of hope to the hopeless, a gleam of faith to the faithless, and a special instrument of God’s love and mercy for which so many hunger.  Please consider pledging your support to the 2019 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal and help keep Christ’s light shining brightly within our Diocese.

Please be assured of my gratitude and continued prayers. May Almighty God bless and protect you always.


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Sincerely in Christ,

                                                                                 Bishop Burbidge Signature

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge

Bishop of Arlington

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Together in the Light of Christ

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:

Ways to Give to the Bishop's Lenten Appeal

                                                                            Your gift shines a light in the darkness!

Embracing the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal helps make our light shine brighter because we accomplish so much more for the Mission of Christ in unity than any individual person or parish can do alone. Let us join together to witness to the world the beauty of our Catholic faith!  For more information, please call the Bishop's Lenten Appeal Office at 703-841-2570.


“Whoever loves his brother remains in the light.”  ~ 1 John 2:10

Online Giving

You may make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly gifts via credit card to the 2019 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal at our secure site by clicking the button below:

Donate to the BLA


You may make a pledge commitment and send payments through the year. You will receive monthly statements until your pledge is paid. The statements include an option to pay by 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

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

As you reflect upon the many blessings received from God, please consider supporting the BLA with a leadership gift, as shown below. Together, let us strengthen our commitment to be grateful stewards so the Lord’s work will continue to flourish in our diocese.

  • Circle of Faith - $750.00 - $1,499.99
  • Circle of Hope - $1,500.00 - $2,499.99
  • Circle of Charity - $2,500.00 - $4,999.99
  • Crozier Guild - $5,000.00 - $7,499.99
  • Miter Guild - $7,500.00 - $9,999.99
  • Lumen Christi Guild - $10,000.00 and above


Programs and Ministries Supported by the BLA

Office of Vocations

The Office of Vocations supports our 44 seminarians by providing for room, board, tuition and healthcare expenses, as well as coordinating vocation awareness events for men and women. This office also oversees the permanent diaconate program.

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Catholic Charities and other Charitable works

Catholic Charities serves the poor, elderly, hungry and most vulnerable through 17 programs/ministries, including family counseling, adoption services, mens’ shelter, jobs ministry, senior services, prison ministry, food pantries, soup kitchen, emergency financial assistance and family transitional housing.

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Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries

This Office is the primary resource for parish youth ministers to help bring young people to Christ. Additionally, this Office supports Catholic Campus Ministries at four universities and coordinates Young Adult programs that serve people in their 20’s and 30’s who seek to forge Christian fellowship and deepen their relationship with Christ.

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San Damiano Spiritual Life Center

Located in White Post, Virginia, this center provides an idyllic, peaceful venue for meetings and retreats for the laity, religious and clergy.

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Spanish Apostolate and the Office of Multicultural Ministries 

The evangelization, formational and pastoral needs of Hispanic Catholics in our diocese are served through the Spanish Apostolate Office. The Office of Multicultural Ministries serves as a resource to newcomers and coordinates programs, events and convocations reaching out to the various ethnic communities in the 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 site.

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Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life and the Tribunal

This Office offers programs pertaining to marriage preparation, marriage and family enrichment. Gabriel Project provides pregnancy assistance to mothers and Project Rachel offers post-abortive spiritual counseling and healing retreats. The Respect Life Office seeks to restore respect for all human life. The Tribunal is a healing ministry that examines petitions for marriage annulments.

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Diocesan Development and Communications Programs

Development programs including the BLA and other charitable vehicles provide strategic financial support to the diocese. Parishes and schools are provided guidance and counsel from this office to achieve their own pastoral needs. The Communications Office utilizes a variety of mediums to promote, educate and evangelize the faithful and wider community in our diocese.

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Evangelization Efforts

Events and initiatives are offered to strengthen the faith of practicing Catholics; to reach out to less active Catholics; and to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know God. Our diocese is committed to ecumenical outreach, supporting our INOVA Hospital Ministry and Dominican Republic mission parishes.

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Catholic Schools, Office of Sacred Liturgy and Catechetics

The Office of Catholic Schools provides assistance to school leaders for the spiritual, intellectual and social formation of Catholic School students. The Office of Catechetics works with parishes to guide religious education and R.C.I.A. programs for children, teenagers and adults.

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Chancery Offices and the Virginia Catholic Conference 

The Chancery offices assist the Bishop in pastoral, financial and administrative areas. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the two Catholic bishops in Virginia.

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Programs and Ministries that Assist 70 parishes and 6 Missions

More than 5,300 parish, school and diocesan employees are supported with human resources and employee benefit programs. Parishes are provided guidance with liturgical issues, financial guidance and audit processes.

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