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Bishop Burbidge celebrates memorial Mass for Bishop Keating

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Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated a memorial Mass for Bishop John R. Keating March 22 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More to commemorate the 19th anniversary of Bishop Keating’s death.

Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde, Arlington’s third bishop, joined 10 other diocesan priests in concelebrating the Mass, including Father Robert J. Rippy, cathedral rector, and Father Thomas P. Ferguson, vicar general and moderator of the curia.

Bishop Burbidge thanked God for blessing the diocese with his three predecessors: Bishop Thomas J. Welsh, Bishop Keating and Bishop Loverde.

He said that as we recall Bishop Keating’s death, we are reminded of the lesson at the heart of the Lenten season, “that we are dust and unto dust we shall return.”




© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017