RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Bishop Michael Burbidge has been transferred to the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia after serving in Raleigh for 10 years, the church announced Tuesday.
Burbidge will be installed as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington December 6.
He will be Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Raleigh until then.
Bishop Burbidge released a statement that read in part:
Over the past 10 years, I have had the profound pleasure of serving the great people of the Diocese of Raleigh. From the moment I stepped foot in North Carolina, I was welcomed with warmth and love that I have never forgotten.
The move comes as the new $41 million Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is set to open in 2017.
The cathedral will replace the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Hillsborough Street. It will accommodate more than 2,000 people.
“I was shocked, surprised and a little bit saddened,” said parishioner Rose Nolan. “He’s been a wonderful bishop.”
Burbidge is expected to hold a press conference Thursday to address his departure.
He will continue to handle the day-to-day affairs of the parish until Dec. 6, when he’s expected to be formally installed in his new post. After that, a new administrator will be elected.
The appointment of a new bishop is up to the Pope.
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