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Installation of Bishop Edward J. Burns as Bishop of Dallas 

February 9, 2017  - 2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

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Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas

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Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Edward J. Burns to serve as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas.  The much anticipated appointment was announced today, December 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.  Bishop Burns, the new Chief Shepherd of the 1.3 million Catholics in the Dallas diocese, succeeds Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who left Dallas for Rome on October 1 after the Pope appointed him the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.  Bishop Burns will be introduced and speak to the media at a news conference on Tuesday, December 13th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Dallas.  View live stream coverage at www.cathdal.org/video.      

Since 2009, Bishop Burns has served as the Bishop of Juneau, Alaska.   Prior to that, the 59-year-old bishop served the Catholic Church on the national level as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. from 1999 -2008. In 2008 he was named the Rector of St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.  In January 2009, he was named the Bishop of Juneau.  Prior to 1999, Bishop Burns served in parish ministry, diocesan administration and did extensive work in vocations.

The new Bishop of Dallas says he is looking forward to his appointment, “I am extremely happy and humbled that Pope Francis has chosen me to lead such an important diocese and I look forward to serving the local Church of the Diocese of Dallas.  I am profoundly grateful for my experience in Juneau and I pray for God’s grace as I take on my new duties as Chief Shepherd of this ever-growing Diocese of Dallas.” The new Bishop-designate also stressed that “I look forward to listening and learning all that I can about this beautifully diverse Catholic community and I want to assure all in the Diocese of Dallas that I will be a shepherd for all people.”

Bishop Greg Kelly, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dallas, said “I appreciate Bishop Burns’ great energy and enthusiasm about his new assignment here and we are very grateful that our Holy Father has sent us a Chief Shepherd so quickly. I enjoyed working closely with Cardinal Kevin Farrell and I now look forward to doing all that I can to assist Bishop Burns in continuing to build up the Catholic Church in the Dallas area.”

Bishop Burns was born on October 7, 1957, in Pittsburgh, PA. to Geraldine Little Burns and the late Donald P. Burns.  He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on June 25, 1983. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Burns to be the fifth Bishop of Juneau in January 2009. He was ordained as a Bishop on March 3, 2009, in Pittsburgh, PA, and took possession of the Diocese of Juneau a month later.

Since becoming Bishop of Juneau, Bishop Burns has been an active member of the USCCB, the Northwest Regional Bishops Conference, the Alaska Catholic Conference of Bishops, and travels widely as a speaker and facilitator. He currently serves as Chairman of the USCCB Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, a member of the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, and serves on the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors.  Bishop Burns has been a frequent Bishop Catechist at World Youth Day events and a presenter at convocations, conventions and retreats nationwide.

Bishop Burns will be installed as the Bishop of Dallas on February 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, located at 2215 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas.  Bishop Burns has called for a special Holy Hour tonight, Tuesday, December 13th, at St. Rita Catholic Church at 12521 Inwood Road in Dallas at 7 p.m. to mark this momentous time in the local Catholic Church and to provide an opportunity to join him in prayer for the future of the Diocese of Dallas.

  

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Curriculum Vitae

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.

 

Assignments
 
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.)
USCCB Projects
(1999-2008)
  • Was co-chair of the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life in North America called by His Holiness Pope John Paul II and took place in Montreal, Canada; April 18-21, 2002.
  • Rewriting of the Program of Priestly Formation
  • Serving as staff to the Apostolic Seminary Visitations
  • Initiating the vocation programs for priesthood entitled, Priestly Life and Vocation Summit: Fishers of Men
  • Served as Interim Director of the Secretariat for Priestly Life & Ministry and served as a consultant for the Bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People
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

Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau
 
  On January 19, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Burns to be the fifth Bishop of Juneau, Alaska
 
Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas
 
  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.
 
Current Responsibilities with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
 
  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

Press Releases

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 12/13/2016 5:14 AM

Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Edward J. Burns to serve as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas. Bishop Burns, the new Chief Shepherd of the 1.3 million Catholics in the Dallas diocese, succeeds Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who left Dallas for Rome on October 1 after the Pope appointed him the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Bishop Burns will be installed as the Bishop of Dallas on February 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. [More]


Former Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell made Cardinal on Saturday, November 19

Posted: 11/16/2016 1:58 PM

On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, former Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, was made a Cardinal at a special Consistory ceremony presided by Pope Francis. Learn about consistories, and watch the Consistory Mass online. [More]


Nov 21 - 2p - Bishop-Elect Monsignor Robert M. Coerver Ordination as Bishop of Lubbock

Posted: 11/9/2016 2:52 PM

Bishop-Elect Robert Coerver, 62, was appointed as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas on September 27, 2016. Robert Coerver, a native of Dallas, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dallas on January 27, 1980, and most recently served as Pastor of St. Rita Parish in Dallass. [More]


Bishop Kevin Farrell to be made Cardinal

Posted: 10/9/2016 8:05 AM

The Diocese of Dallas gives thanks for the news that Bishop Kevin Farrell, former bishop of the diocese and new Prefect of the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life in Rome, will be made a cardinal. [More]


National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities - September 9

Posted: 8/21/2016 3:53 PM

In the wake of the multiple tragedies this summer in many communities throughout the U.S., including here in Dallas, USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. The designated date for this observance is Friday, September 9th for parishes throughout the U.S, on the Feast of St. Peter Claver. [More]


More on Bishop Farrell’s new role as Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 11:18 AM

What makes the creation of this dicastery unique? What will Bishop Farrell be doing for the dicastery? Learn more about this new role for Bishop Kevin J. Farrell in the Roman Curia. [More]


Statement by Bishop Farrell on his appointment as Prefect of the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 5:45 AM

The following is Bishop Kevin J. Farrell’s response to the Papal announcement of his appointment as the Prefect of the newly established Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. [More]


Bishop Kevin J. Farrell named Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 5:12 AM

With a Moto Proprio, Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas. [More]


Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas Launch 2016 – 2017 School Year

Posted: 8/8/2016 4:27 PM

Catholic school students in the Diocese of Dallas begin heading back to the classroom on Wednesday, August 10th. See the complete list of start dates for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas. [More]


Notice of Death - Deacon Louis Muñoz, MD

Posted: 6/24/2016 11:19 AM

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Deacon Louis Muñoz, MD from Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Deacon Muñoz died on the afternoon of June 22nd, after a prolonged illness. [More]


Bishop Farrell's statement on Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis - The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)

Posted: 4/8/2016 9:14 AM

"This is an extraordinary document on the family and it will be the focus of the Church for years to come. Amoris Laetitia emphasizes the importance of the family as the foundation of society. It clearly defines the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family." [More]


Easter Message from Bishop Farrell

Posted: 3/26/2016 10:50 AM

Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia, alleluia! [More]


Prayers for Brussels

Posted: 3/23/2016 2:54 PM

Bishop Farrell asks all Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas to please pray for the people of Brussels during this difficult time and for an end to violence. [More]


David Woodyard Named Catholic Charities of Dallas CEO

Posted: 2/29/2016 3:15 PM

Catholic Charities of Dallas (CCD), one of the largest social services organization in Greater Dallas, today announced the hiring of David Woodyard as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the organization’s 17 programs serving more than 30,000 children, families and seniors in need every year. [More]


Pope Appoints Bishop Deshotel to Lead Lafayette

Posted: 2/17/2016 5:38 AM

Pope Francis has named Diocese of Dallas auxiliary bishop, the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, to serve as the new Bishop of Lafayette in Louisiana. The appointment was announced today in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, followed by the announcement in the Diocese of Lafayette. [More]


The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly Ordained Bishop for Catholic Diocese

Posted: 2/11/2016 10:50 AM

The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly was ordained a bishop before a capacity crowd on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell. [More]


Catholic Diocese of Dallas Reaches $125 Million Capital Campaign Goal

Posted: 2/8/2016 2:09 PM

The first capital campaign ever undertaken by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas has reached its goal of $125 million. [More]


Dallas priest Monsignor John Gregory Kelly named Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 12/16/2015 7:39 AM

Read the announcement and watch the video of the press conference introducing Greg Kelly as the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. [More]


Bishop Farrell to Join Pope and Bishops Worldwide in Opening The Holy Door of Mercy

Posted: 12/11/2015 3:07 PM

In accordance with the decree of Pope Francis and in unity with bishops all over the world, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell will open the “Door of Mercy” at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 2215 Ross Avenue in Dallas at 12 noon Mass on Sunday, December 13th. [More]


Non-Profit Financial Leader Named New CFO of Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 10/12/2015 2:56 PM

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas is pleased to announce that after a lengthy and comprehensive search, Cecilia A. Colbert, C.P.A. has been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Colbert replaces Michael Weis who retired in July after 20 years as CFO for the diocese. [More]


New Superintendent Chosen to Lead Catholic Schools in Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 10/12/2015 2:56 PM

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas will soon have a new leader. Dr. Matthew Vereecke was selected after a nationwide search to fill the superintendent’s post vacated by the retirement of Sister Gloria Cain, SSND. [More]


Bishop Kevin Farrell responds to the SCOTUS ruling on marriage

Posted: 6/26/2015 2:32 PM

From Bishop Farrell: "The same Constitution that has now been held to open civil marriage to same-sex couples confirms and protects the Church’s right to carry forward the historic teaching of the Church regarding the Sacrament of Marriage." [More]


Statement from Bishop Farrell on Laudato Si'

Posted: 6/18/2015 7:39 AM

From Bishop Farrell: "I commend Pope Francis for this encyclical, Laudato Si’, and hope those who read it will accept it as call to conversion and action." [More]


Help Fight Attempts to Deny Parental Choice for Texas Children's Education

Posted: 3/30/2015 2:21 PM

Bishop Farrell joins his brother Bishops throughout the state in supporting this Action Alert from the Texas Catholic Conference. Please support parental choice for the education of Texas children. [More]


Bishop Farrell to Celebrate Christmas Mass at Cathedral

Posted: 12/19/2014 3:59 PM

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell will mark the birth of Jesus Christ when he celebrates the Christmas Vigil Mass (English) at 9 pm, December 24, 2014 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. [More]


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