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August 2, 2006


Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will be installed as the Fifth Bishop of Raleigh on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall for the Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and many distinguished guests will be in attendance. Three cardinals, four archbishops and approximately 30 bishops will take part in Bishop Burbidge's Installation.

The Installation can be viewed on the Internet at

Editor's Note: The satellite coordinates to download the video from Bishop Burbidge's Installation are:
C-Band Intelsat A6-COOOOOOOOOO5
Located at 93 degrees
West Downlink Freq: 3800 MHz
Audio 6.2/6.8
Bandwidth 36 MHz.
2:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Cardinal Rigali announced at a news conference on June 8, 2006 that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, as the fifth Bishop of Raleigh in North Carolina.

Michael F. Burbidge was born in Philadelphia on June 16, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Francis and Shirley (Lilley) Burbidge, who currently reside in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Father Burbidge graduated from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He served as parochial vicar at Saint Bernard Parish in Philadelphia from 1984 to 1986 and taught at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County, from 1986 to 1990. During 1990-91, Father Burbidge served on the faculty of Archbishop Wood High School and became Dean of Students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1991. Father Burbidge served as Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Bevilacqua from 1992 to 1999. In 1998, he was named Honorary Prelate (Monsignor). Monsignor Burbidge was named Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He was ordained a bishop in 2002. He was assigned to the Archdiocesan Office Center to assist the Archbishop with administrative duties and as Regional Bishop to assist the Archbishop with pastoral responsibilities.

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist

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