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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