Office of Faith Formation

“And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11) 

The mission of the Office of Faith Formation is to support, assist and guide the catechetical apostolate carried out in the religious education programs in the parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Through the work of catechesis, the Catholic Church hands on the faith that she believes, celebrates, and lives to every generation so that people can enter into communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ.



New Catechetical Messages/Documents from Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge


For information regarding the Human Person and Gender Ideology, please access the documents below:

Bishop Burbidge's Letter Concerning Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology

A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology

Policy for Schools and Ministries related to the Human Person and Gender Ideology



Message from Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge concerning the Holy Father's institution of the Ministry of Catechist in his motu proprio titled "Antiquum Ministerium"

The following is the link to the Bishop's statement on the Diocesan homepage under Bishop's public messages:

To access the document on the Vatican website, please click this link: 



Catechetical Sunday 2021

For this year, Catechetical Sunday falls on September 19, 2021. To hear a video message from Bishop Burbidge, please see the video link for the video message to parents, students and catechists. 

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge's video message for Catechetical Sunday 2021

USCCB Resources on Catechetical Sunday 

Congratulations to all who have begun religious education and good luck to those who will begin soon.



Messages from Bishop Burbidge 2020:

To view Bishop Michael Burbidge's message to Catechumens and elect, please view below, by clicking the link:

To view Bishop Michael Burbidge's message to Directors, Assistants and Catechists of Religious Education, please view below by clicking the link: