From vocations to evangelization to Christian unity, Bishop
Michael F. Burbidge has served on several boards and committees through the
years that show his wide-ranging interests.
He was the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’
Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. The committee develops
documents and resources to promote effective ministry.
“That work has always been dear to my heart, working with priests
and working with seminarians,” Bishop Burbidge said.
“I was honored to be on the board for many years of my alma
mater, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. That was always a great joy.”
The bishop is a member of the USCCB Administrative Committee and the
Communications Committee, which according to the website, “seeks to support the
work of evangelization and faith formation through a comprehensive approach to
Bishop Burbidge said he’s benefiting from being on this
“I recognize the importance of communications and evangelization,
the use of all the tools possible to get out the Good News,” he said.
He also serves on the Committee on Priestly Formation, the
conformity review team on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Committee
on Evangelization and Catechesis, and the Committee on Priorities and Plans.
“I also served for a number of years on the migration committee,
which is great because it’s one of the largest committees at the conference of
bishops,” he said. “I learned a great deal about service to migrants and all
those coming into our diocese.”
In addition to USCCB committees, Bishop Burbidge is a member of the
board of trustees and the seminary committee of Catholic University in
Washington. He is on the episcopal advisory board of the National Conference of
Diocesan Vocation Directors and Catholic Athletes for Christ.
Bishop Burbidge served as the chair of the Sapientia Christiana subcommittee from November 2002 to
November 2007. Sapientia Christiana is the apostolic
constitution on ecclesiastical universities and faculties.
He served as Catholic co-chair of the International Pentecostal-Catholic Dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting
Bishop Burbidge served as the episcopal moderator of the National
Association of the Holy Name Society and was secretary of the Papal Foundation
board of trustees.