bishop-burbidge-headshot-thumbnailBishop Michael F. Burbidge was installed as the fourth Bishop of Arlington on December 6, 2016. Before coming to the Diocese, Bishop Burbidge served as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh for 10 years from 2006-2016. A native of Philadelphia and ordained to the priesthood in 1984, Bishop Burbidge also served as Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Titular Bishop of Cluain Iraird, and Rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, among other assignments in his distinguished career. His Excellency chose as his episcopal motto, “Walk Humbly With Your God.” His homilies are available via the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website.
Most Rev. Paul Loverde Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde served as the shepherd of the Arlington Diocese from 1999-2016. Before coming to Virginia, Bishop Loverde was the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Hartford before he became the Bishop of Ogdensburg. Bishop Loverde established four primary goals for our diocese during his tenure: evangelization, unity, reconciliation and service. Bishop Loverde’s columns and homilies are available via the Arlington Catholic Herald website.
pscaliaRev. Paul Scalia, an Arlington Diocesan priest, currently serves as the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Director of the Diaconate Formation Program. Father Scalia grew up in Northern Virginia. His family attended Saint John in McLean and Saint Catherine of Siena in Great Falls. He received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. from the Pontifical College of Saint Thomas in Rome. He has served as parochial vicar at several parishes and as pastor of Saint John the Beloved.
Arlington Diocese speaker portraits.Photos by Gerald Martineau.Sister Clare Hunter, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, coordinates Respect Life initiatives, including prayerful events–such as the monthly Respect Life Mass–legislative action and educational materials. You are invited to join in our commitment to the sanctity of life. Sister graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Corporate Communication and Media; the District’s John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family with an M.A. in Theological Studies; and Houston’s University of St. Thomas with an M.A. in Education Administration.
msilva Deacon Marques Silva currently serves as the Director of Child Protection and Safety for the Diocese of Arlington and is assigned to St. Mary of Sorrows parish in Fairfax. He is the father of four great kids and husband to his beautiful wife Christine. He is an avid believer that philosophy and theology should only be discussed with either a fantastic goblet of wine or a steaming hot cup of coffee.

nplumbNatalie J. Plumb
serves as Digital and Social Media Coordinator in the Office of Communications, formerly serving the role of Communications Associate. Following her education in D.C. public schools, Natalie graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in print journalism and minors in French, Spanish, and TESOL. She then received her M.A. in broadcast journalism from American University. She has reported with WTOP, the Washington Examiner and the French Embassy in D.C.
tfergusoneditRev. Tom Ferguson was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arlington on in 1994. He serves as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia while serving as Pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria. He graduated from Bishop Ireton High School, has a B.A. in Politics from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia, an M.A. and M.Div. from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, and a Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa.
ErinKisleyErin Healy served as Coordinator of Internal Communications until September 2016. Prior to joining the the Office of Communications, she was Young Adult Coordinator in the Office for Family Life. Erin graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in communication and a minor in health services management and community development. Before relocating to Northern Virginia, Erin worked in the Archdiocese of Kansas City with the Catholic Youth Organization.
Arlington Diocese speaker portraits.Photos by Gerald Martineau.Thérèse Bermpohl is the Director of the Office for Family Life for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.  She received her B.A from Trinity College in theology and her M.A. in theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The Office for Family Life offers programs pertaining to marriage preparation and enrichment, pregnancy assistance, post-abortion recovery, family enrichment, and young adult activities, including Theology on Tap.
_yam_images_tot-soren_johnsonSoren Johnson serves as Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde’s Special Assistant for the Office of Evangelization and Media. In addition to overseeing the Office of Communications and serving as the bishop’s liaison to the Arlington Catholic Herald, Johnson assists parishes with evangelization efforts. Soren and his wife are the proud parents of five children and members of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg. Soren writes a regular column on evangelization, family and culture for the Herald.
Speakers1 At the center of the investigation into the cause of tKevin Bohli has been the diocesan Director of the Office of Youth Ministry since 2002. He works with more than 60 youth ministers to help develop events and programs for diocesan youth. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a member of the Youth Apostles Institute, and has been involved in youth and campus ministry since 1995. Kevin is married with six children and escapes to go camping as often as possible. Some of the most popular diocesan events sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry include WorkCamp, RALLY and BASH.
jhoyosRev. Jose Eugenio Hoyos, a native from Colombia, is regarded for his dedicated work ministering to the Hispanic Community as the Director for the Spanish Apostolate. He received a Ph.D in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Illinois. Fr. Hoyos is also the Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement in his diocese and the Director of “Boletín Católico,” as well as the Spanish Radio Show on the Guadalupe Radio Network.
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