MOST REVEREND EDWARD J. BURNS
Bishop, Diocese of Dallas, Texas
Most Reverend Edward J. Burns was appointed by Pope Francis as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Texas, on December 13, 2016, and was installed on February 9, 2017, at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was ordained a priest on June 25, 1983, named a monsignor and appointed a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI on June 29, 2006, ordained a bishop at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 3, 2009, and installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, on April 2, 2009.
Bishop Burns received his BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Duquesne University while in priestly formation at St. Paul Seminary. He received a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Theology degree from St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In addition to his service at the diocesan level, Bishop Burns has served the Catholic Church on the national level as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., a member of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, as Youth Episcopal Liaison to World Youth Day (Lisbon, Portugal 2022), and as immediate Past Chairman of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Bishop Burns is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Papal Foundation and Chancellor of the University of Dallas, and has been a frequent Bishop Catechist at World Youth Day events and a presenter at convocations, conventions and retreats nationwide.
Heroic Media and the National Prayer Luncheon for Life are deeply grateful to Bishop Burns, whose Episcopal motto is “Pray With Confidence,” for his strong support through his prayers and presence at our annual NPLL events.