Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington

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Diocese of Arlington

Dioecesis Arlingtonensis
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Cathedral of St. Thomas More
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Coat of arms
Flag of the Diocese of Arlington
Country United States
TerritoryCounties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester in northeastern Virginia Virginia
Ecclesiastical provinceBaltimore
Coordinates38°52′14.4″N 77°06′12.2″W / 38.870667°N 77.103389°W / 38.870667; -77.103389
Area6,541 sq mi (16,940 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
673,916 (20%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedMay 28, 1974 (1974-05-28)
CathedralCathedral of Saint Thomas More
Patron saintSt. Thomas More
Current leadership
BishopMost Rev. Michael F. Burbidge
Metropolitan ArchbishopMost Rev. William E. Lori
Vicar GeneralRev. Thomas P. Ferguson
Bishops emeritusMost Rev. Paul S. Loverde
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Diocesan offices are located in this office building on North Glebe Road.
Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington (Latin: Dioecesis Arlingtonensis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the mid-atlantic United States. The Diocese of Arlington comprises 69 parishes located in the 21 northern-most counties within the Commonwealth of Virginia, including the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland, and cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester.[1] Bishop Michael F. Burbidge is the ordinary of the Diocese of Arlington since December 2016; his residence is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington County, Virginia.[2] In 2013, there were 256 priests and 453,916 registered Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington.[3] The total population within the Diocese of Arlington, Catholic and non-Catholic, was 2,968,486.[3]

The Diocese of Arlington also operates two mission churches for the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic—Bánica Mission Parish (St. Francis of Assisi Church) and Pedro Santana Mission Parish, which are overseen by the diocesan Office of the Propagation of the Faith. The Director of the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese of Arlington is currently Fr. Patrick L. Posey.[4]

The diocese was canonically erected on May 28, 1974 by Pope Paul VI.[5][6] The parishes which the Diocese of Arlington comprises were ceded from the neighboring Diocese of Richmond.


Bishop of Arlington[edit]

  1. Thomas Jerome Welsh (1974-1983), appointed Bishop of Allentown[7]
  2. John Richard Keating (1983-1998)
  3. Paul S. Loverde (1999-2016)
  4. Michael F. Burbidge (2016–present)

Priests from the diocese who became bishops[edit]

Sexual abuse[edit]

On February 14, 2019 Bishop Michael F. Burbidge released a list of sixteen priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Arlington.[8][9]

Catholic colleges and universities[edit]

Catholic high schools[edit]


As listed in the Official Parish Locator for the Diocese of Arlington:[10]


  • Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria[11]
  • Good Shepherd, Alexandria
  • Queen of Apostles, Alexandria
  • St. Joseph, Alexandria
  • St. Lawrence the Martyr, Alexandria
  • St. Louis, Alexandria
  • Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria
  • St. Rita, Alexandria


  • Cathedral of St. Thomas More[12]
  • Holy Martyrs of Vietnam, Arlington
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Arlington
  • Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount University, Arlington
  • St. Agnes, Arlington
  • St. Ann, Arlington
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington


  • St. Bridget of Ireland, Berryville


  • Precious Blood, Culpeper

Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and Falls Church[edit]

  • Holy Spirit, Annandale
  • Nativity, Burke
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel, Vienna
  • St. Ambrose, Annandale
  • St. Andrew the Apostle, Clifton
  • St. Anthony, Falls Church
  • St. Bernadette, Springfield
  • St. Catherine of Siena, Great Falls
  • St. Clare of Assisi, Clifton
  • St. James (Falls Church)
  • St. John the Beloved, McLean
  • St. John Neumann, Reston
  • St. Joseph, Herndon
  • St. Leo the Great, Fairfax
  • St. Luke, McLean
  • St. Mark, Vienna
  • St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax
  • St. Michael, Annandale
  • St. Paul Chung, Fairfax
  • St. Philip, Falls Church
  • St. Raymond of Penafort, Fairfax Station
  • St. Robert Bellamine, George Mason University, Fairfax
  • St. Thomas a Becket, Reston
  • St. Timothy, Chantilly
  • St. Veronica, Chantilly


  • St. John the Evangelist, Warrenton

Frederick and Winchester[edit]

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Winchester

King George, Richmond, and Westmoreland[edit]

  • St. Anthony of Padua, King George
  • St. Elizabeth, Colonial Beach
  • St. Paul, Hague

Lancaster and Northumberland[edit]

  • St. Francis de Sales, Kilmarnock


  • Corpus Christi, South Riding
  • Christ the Redeemer, Sterling[13]
  • Our Lady of Hope, Potomac Falls
  • St. Francis de Sales, Purcellville
  • St. John the Apostle, Leesburg
  • St. Stephen the Martyr (Middleburg)
  • St. Theresa, Ashburn


  • Our Lady of the Blue Ridge, Madison


  • St. Isidore the Farmer, Orange


  • Our Lady of the Valley, Luray

Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park[edit]

  • All Saints, Manassas[14]
  • Holy Family, Dale City
  • Holy Trinity, Gainesville
  • Our Lady of Angels, Woodbridge
  • Sacred Heart, Manassas
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ridge
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Triangle


  • St. Peter, Washington


  • Our Lady of the Shenandoah, Basye
  • St. John Bosco, Woodstock

Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg[edit]

  • St. Jude, Fredericksburg
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Fredericksburg
  • St. Matthew, Spotsylvania
  • St. Patrick, Fredericksburg


  • St. William of York, Stafford


†.^ Parish practices the Extraordinary Form.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington[edit]

The Diocese co-ordinates and supports a range of charitable activities focused on assistance to the vulnerable, fund-raising and education. Initiatives include counselling, prison visits and foster care.[15] Archduchess Kathleen of Habsbourg-Lorraine is a former communications director of the CCDA.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory p. iv.
  2. ^ Andreassi, Anthony D. (2002). Walking in Faith: the first 25 Years. A History of the Diocese of Arlington, Editions du Signe: Strasbourg. ISBN 2-7468-0625-8 (This is an official history—see p. 3.)
  3. ^ a b About Us; Did You Know...; Fast Facts Official Diocesan Website. Accessed November 2013.
  4. ^ 2014 Catholic Diocese of Arlington Directory pp. 12, 63.
  5. ^ Andreassi, p. 5.
  6. ^ "Diocese of Arlington" Accessed November 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Andreassi, p. 37.
  8. ^ "Virginia's two dioceses release lists of clergy credibly accused of abuse". Catholic News Herald. Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Burbidge, Michael (February 15, 2019). "Priests Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor". Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Catholic Diocese of Arlington Parish Locator". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria Virginia". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "All Saints Catholic Church - Manassas Virginia". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington". CCDA.
  16. ^ "An Archduchess Among Us". Northern Kentucky University. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)


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