|Born:||October 7, 1957, in Pittsburgh, PA.
The son of (late) Donald P. and Geraldine Little Burns.
|Education:||Secondary education at Lincoln High School (graduated 1975) in Ellwood City, PA.|
|B.A. degree (Philosophy and Sociology – graduated 1979) from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA while in priestly formation at St. Paul Seminary.|
|Received a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree from Mt. St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD.|
|Ordained:||Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh by the Most Reverend Vincent M. Leonard on June 25, 1983.|
|Ordained a Bishop at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh on March 3, 2009, and installed as Bishop in the Diocese of Juneau at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on April 2, 2009.|
|1983||Assigned as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Burgettstown, PA|
|1988||Assigned as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Washington, PA|
|1991||Appointed Vocation Director of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Vice-Rector of St. Paul Seminary and Dean of Studies of St. Paul Seminary|
|1993||Named Director of the Department of Clergy and Ministerial Formation for the Diocese of Pittsburgh|
|1997||Served as the Director of the Department of Clergy Personnel for the Diocese of Pittsburgh|
|1999||Bishop Donald Wuerl released Bishop Burns from priestly service in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in order to accept the position of Executive Director of the Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. (In 2008 the office transitioned into the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations in response to the re-organization of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.)|
|2006||Named a monsignor and appointed a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI on June 29, 2006|
|2008||Returned to the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Bishop David A. Zubik, appointed him as Rector of St. Paul Seminary, Director of the Department for Pre-Ordination Formation and Director of the Department for Priestly Vocations for the Diocese of Pittsburgh effective August 18, 2008|
|On January 19, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Burns to be the fifth Bishop of Juneau, Alaska|
|On December 13, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Burns to be the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas. The installation of Bishop Burns is scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 2017.|
|Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People|
|Member of the Committee on Home Missions|
|Member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Relief Services|
|Born:||February 15, 1956 in Le Mars, Iowa|
Pursued seminary studies at Holy Trinity Seminary, Irving, from 1976-1982. Received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (1978), and a and a Masters of Divinity Degree (1982) from the University of Dallas.
Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dallas on May 15, 1982. Pope Benedict XVI named him monsignor in 2013
Ordination as Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Dallas, Texas.
|1982-1986||Assistant Pastor, All Saints Catholic Church, Dallas|
|1986-1996||Chaplain, University of Dallas|
|1996-2008||Pastor, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, McKinney|
|2008-Present||Vicar of Clergy, Diocese of Dallas|
|1995-1997||Vocations Director, Diocese of Dallas|
|2008 - Present||Bishop's Senior Staff|
|Member of Presbyteral Council|
|Member of the College of Consultors|
|2014||Interim Rector, Holy Trinity Seminary|
|2014-Present||Member of National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy|
Argent, upon a chevron Azure two estoiles of the first; between to chief dexter a fleur-de-lis and to chief sinister a trefoil and to base a star, all of the second.
The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design and tells to whom the design belongs, the external ornamentation, which tells the owner’s position or rank, and a motto, placed upon a scroll. By heraldic tradition the design is described (blazoned) as if being done by the bearer with the shield being worn on the arm. Thus, where it applies the terms “sinister” and “dexter” are reversed as the design is viewed from the front.
For the bishop who is without jurisdiction, as an Auxiliary Bishop, the entire shield of his design is given over to his personal arms.
Bishop Kelly’s arms are based on the Kelly family design where the shield is silver (white) and the charges (symbols) are black. For difference, and for his deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the chevron is now blue. The chevron is reminiscent of the mountains of Colorado, so dear to His Excellency’s youth and the chevron is charged with two estoiles (special, six pointed stars) that are taken from the mantle of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to remind all of the profound Hispanic influence in Texas, the “Lone Star State“, represented by the single star below the chevron. Above the chevron are a fleur-de-lis and a trefoil (the heraldic representation of a shamrock) to honor the Bishop’s Irish and French-Canadian heritage.
For his motto, His Excellency, Bishop Kelly has adopted the phrase “TAKE COURAGE,” taken from the words of Jesus to the disciples as he walking towards them on the water (Mt. 14: 27): “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.” It is also the essence of the Archangel Gabriel‘s words to Mary at the Annunciation. In this phrase, His Excellency expresses that it is by God’s Strength that we have the courage to live as Christ has called us. Through the intercession of Mary we receive the grace to keep our eyes on the Lord and on the path he love leads us on.
The achievement is completed with the external ornaments that are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that extends above and below the shield, and for Bishop Kelly is charged with the interlocking Irish knot-like loops, in red, to honor the Most Holy Trinity, and to recall his formation for priesthood at the seminary of that name on the campus of the University of Dallas in Irving, TX; There is also a pontifical hat, called a galero, with its six tassels, in three rows, on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop by instruction of the Holy See, of March 1969.
Text and Coat of Arms by: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan