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Easter letter from Bishop Burbidge

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I rejoice with all of you in a special way on my first Easter as your Bishop. May Our Savior’s triumph fill your hearts with joy this sacred day and always! 

What the world saw as a defeat on Calvary was revealed instead to be the source of our hope and gladness. The power and glory of God transformed the crucifixion of Jesus into the source of our freedom from sin and death. The empty tomb shows us that Jesus has opened for us the way to life eternal. 

As disciples of Jesus, may we be witnesses to this joyful message just as Mary Magdalene was on that first Easter morning as she shared the news of the Risen Christ. May we spread this Good News today and every day by our commitment to holiness, the faithful and constant living of our faith and the compassion we extend to others, especially those most in need.

I pray that you and your families will be filled with God’s abundant blessings during this sacred Season of Easter and always. Through the intercession of Mary our Mother, may you live in the newness of life that we share in Our Risen Lord, now and forever.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge

Bishop of Arlington


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