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New vicar general begins leadership role

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Father Jamie R. Workman began a new job Jan. 1 as the vicar general in the Diocese of Arlington after being appointed to the post by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge late last year. “I am confident that Father Workman’s administrative skills and pastoral abilities will be a great service to me and our diocese as he assumes his new responsibilities,” said Bishop Burbidge. 

Father Workman was born Aug. 7, 1975, in State College, Pa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel in Fairfax in 1997 by Father Robert C. Cilinksi. In 2000, he received his bachelor’s degree in business management from George Mason University in Fairfax. He was ordained to the priesthood June 10, 2006. 

He served as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria and the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington before studying canon law full time starting in 2010. He earned his licentiate in canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington in 2013. Before his appointment as vicar general, he was the delegate for canonical affairs and chancellor, which included serving as an administrative aid to the bishop. As vicar general, he will assist the bishop with his ministry in the diocese.

According to canon law, the vicar general must be at least 30 years old, an expert in canon law and theology, unrelated to the bishop and “recommended by sound doctrine, integrity, prudence, and experience in handling matters.” 

“I'm very excited and enthusiastic to begin my work in this role,” said Father Workman. “Bishop Burbidge values consultation and wants to hear from the clergy and faithful on important matters regarding the faith and the administration of the Diocese. As part of this role, I will work to help facilitate that consultation and make sure he is aware of the various perspectives and needs of the Diocese.

“I am also humbled by the confidence that the Bishop has placed in me to take on this significant leadership role in the Diocese to serve the people of God.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020

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