Two cardinals and 35 bishops were scheduled to attend the Dec. 6
installation Mass for Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at the Cathedral of St. Thomas
More in Arlington.
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl and Cardinal Justin Rigali, retired
archbishop of Philadelphia, were to join Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori,
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop Christophe Pierre,
apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Supreme Court Justice Samuel A.
Alito Jr. at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Admission was by ticket only. The Mass was live-streamed at
catholicherald.com and arlingtondiocese.org. WMET Guadalupe Radio 1160 AM
provided a live audio feed and the Eternal Word Television Network rebroadcast
the event at 3 p.m.
Bishop Burbidge will visit all seven deaneries in the diocese in
beginning with Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester Jan. 9. The rest of
the schedule includes: Jan. 10 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in
Arlington; Jan. 11 at All Saints Church in Manassas; Jan. 13 at St. Theresa
Church in Ashburn; Jan. 17 at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in
Fredericksburg; Jan. 18 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna; and Jan.
19 at St. Bernadette Church in Springfield.
Each Mass is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. A
reception will follow.
The rite of installation began when Father Robert J. Rippy, cathedral
rector, welcomed Bishop Burbidge at the cathedral door. Bishop Burbidge then
blessed himself and the congregation with holy water before processing to the
sanctuary, where Archbishop Lori, as metropolitan archbishop of Baltimore,
presented Archbishop Pierre, who read the apostolic letter by which Pope
Francis appointed Bishop Burbidge as Arlington’s fourth bishop.
The archbishop then showed the letter to the diocesan College of
Consultors and then to the congregation. Finally, Archbishops Lori and Pierre
led Bishop Burbidge to the cathedra, the chair
used by the bishop, as a sign of Bishop Burbidge’s taking possession of the diocese.
There he greeted representatives of various groups, including clergy,
religious, families, students and members of other faiths and denominations.
The Mass continued with Bishop Burbidge as the celebrant and
homilist. The prayers of the Mass were in honor of St. Nicholas, Bishop of
Myra, whose feast day was Dec. 6. The prayers of the faithful were read in
Spanish, Vietnamese, Ghanaian, Korean, Tagalog and English.
Bishop Burbidge was born June 16, 1957, in Philadelphia, the
second son of Francis and Shirley Burbidge and brother of Francis Burbidge Jr. He
attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., and was ordained a
priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Cardinal John Krol May 19, 1984.
He was appointed rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1999.
In 2002, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia. Pope Benedict XVI
appointed him the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., June 8, 2006.
He was appointed the fourth bishop of Arlington by Pope Francis Oct. 4, 2016.
His episcopal motto is “Walk Humbly with Your God.”