On Friday, September 23, 2011, listeners to the “Seize the Day” radio program on the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM Satellite heard the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge discuss the growth taking place in the Diocese of Raleigh and the plans to build a Cathedral Campus. In the interview with host Gus Lloyd, the Bishop provided an overview of the growth, noting several statistics, including the fact that baptisms in the Diocese increased 284% in the last 20 years, from 1,784 in 1990 to 6,843 in 2010.
He also discussed the Cathedral Campus project, noting how it includes a new Cathedral, a gathering hall and parking facilities. Asked about the difficulty of fundraising in a tough economy, Bishop Burbidge said, “We are mindful in this economic turmoil of so many people who are in need and suffering. The Diocese of Raleigh has a long, long standing commitment in response to the mandate of the Gospel, that no matter what our efforts are in constructing to ever be mindful of those in need.”
Bishop Burbidge told the national radio audience, “I’m so proud of the way our Diocese continues to reach out to the poor, especially in difficult times, which the Catholic Church is known for. So, that great commitment continues.”
He noted “that people are aware in difficult times how blessed they are, and it seems at times like that that people are more mindful these are gifts from God. Those in position to recognize their blessings really seem to appreciate the need to give then in service to God, service to the Church and service to those in need.”
This past year, the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh have given just under four million dollars to help the poor and disenfranchised in the Diocese as well as in the United States and under-developed countries throughout the world. The donations included funds for Catholic Charities of the Diocese, collections to aid national Church causes as well as international Catholic collections.
Listen to Bishop Burbidge’s interview on “Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd.” (MP3)