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Bishop Burbidge installed as diocesan shepherd

At approximately 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 4, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge officially and publicly accepted the See of Raleigh. In a solemn ceremony in front of more than 1,700 invited guests and dignitaries, he was installed as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. The Installation Mass was held at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh.

"First, I am profoundly grateful to Almighty God for the call to serve Him and His people as priest and bishop," he said at the beginning of his homily.

Bishop Burbidge expressed gratitude to "Pope Benedict XVI for his confidence in appointing me..." and thanked all those in attendance, including a large contingent of clergy from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, family, friends and invited representatives from every Catholic parish and mission in the 54 county diocese.

He said he has been asked about his goals as he moves into his new position. He noted, "The answer is the same for any bishop and for any follower of Christ: the clear and unequivocal proclamation of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom which He has gained for us by His suffering, death and resurrection."

Among those in attendance was Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, who ordained Bishop Burbidge to the episcopacy in 2002 as an auxiliary in Philadelphia. Also attending was Justin Cardinal Rigali, whom Bishop Burbidge served as an administrator, these past three years. Other dignitaries included William Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and 30 archbishops and bishops.

Bishop Burbidge's homily is available in English and Spanish. Read or hear the homily and watch video of the installation at the links below.