Sep 28, 2017
Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge is in Rome to visit the Pontifical North American College, one of the seminaries the diocese uses. Sept. 25, the bishop was able to concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis in the chapel of the pope's residence. A retreat for the seriously ill was held in White Post at San Damiano Spiritual Life Center. The retreat had been held at Dominican Retreat house in McLean for decades, but when the facility closed two years ago, the retreats ended, until this year. Father Stanley Rother, a priest from Oklahoma, spent 13 years in Guatemala in the 1960s and '70s. His insistence on staying with his parishioners, despite an ongoing civil war, eventually cost him his life. Father Rother was beatified Sept. 23 in front of an overflow crowd of 20,000. Learn more about these stories and more in our weekly news roundup.