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Bishop Burbidge has served as chair, co-chair and a member of several key committees

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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 media.”

Bishop Burbidge said he’s benefiting from being on this committee.

“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 Christian Unity.

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.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016