Bishop Burbidge concludes deanery visits

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Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge visited every corner of the diocese over a two-week period as he celebrated Mass and held receptions at churches in each of the seven diocesan deaneries.

The first Mass was celebrated Jan. 9 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester. The final Mass took place Jan. 23 at St. Bernadette Church in Springfield.

“It was a great joy to celebrate Mass in our deaneries these past few weeks and to meet so many of the faithful at the receptions that followed,” said Bishop Burbidge. “I deeply appreciated the warm and hospitable welcome I experienced at every deanery Mass — in Arlington, Ashburn, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Springfield, Vienna and Winchester.

“In my homilies,” he said, “I tried to convey at this joyful time in the Diocese of Arlington, we are invited to renew our commitments to be grateful, to be faithful and to ‘walk humbly with our God.’”

Bishop Burbidge said generations have gone before us in this diocese marked with the sign of faith and we are ever mindful and thankful for their witness. 

“Now, in God’s divine plan, it is our privileged moment to build up the Body of Christ in our diocese united always as members of God’s holy family,” he said. “With the help of Mary our Mother, may we respond generously to the call we have received and continue to pray for one another."

The visits gave diocesan Catholics the opportunity to meet their new shepherd, who was installed at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More Dec. 6.

The other Masses were celebrated at: the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington Jan. 10; All Saints Church in Manassas Jan. 11; St. Theresa Church in Ashburn Jan. 13; St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg Jan. 17; and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna Jan. 18.

 

 

 

 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017