Bishop Michael F. Burbidge toured the Arlington Diocese Oct. 4-5 following the announcement of his appointment as the fourth bishop of Arlington.
He made stops at the chancery offices to greet the staff of nearly 250, went to Christ House, an Alexandria men’s shelter run by Catholic Charities, where he had lunch with residents, and visited the Poor Clare Sisters at the Mary, Mother of the Church Monastery in Alexandria.
He spent time with retired priests at the St. Rose of Lima Retirement Villa in Annandale, and visited one of the four diocesan high schools, Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington. He stopped at St. James School and Church in Falls Church, where he met with the Hispanic Legion of Mary.
He also visited St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington prior to concelebrating the weekday noon Mass at the cathedral with Bishop Paul S. Loverde.
Bishop Burbidge’s two-day visit offered him a glimpse of the Arlington Diocese and its multicultural population — about twice the size of the Raleigh Diocese — all packed into a land area one-fifth the size of his North Carolina diocese.