|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1908|
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1985|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Father Robert Burns, CSP, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 16, 1908. He attended local private schools and graduated from Boston College in 1931. A protégé of "Catholic World" editor James Gillis, he entered the Paulist community in 1934 after working several years for the U.S. Post Office. He made his profession in the community on September 8, 1938, and was ordained in Toronto on February 5, 1939.
Father Burns began his priestly ministry in parish work in Austin before moving to the mission band based in Minneapolis in 1940. He stayed at St. Lawrence parish there for seven years, gaining local fame as founder and leader of the parish band which traveled throughout the U.S.
In 1947 he briefly returned to Boston for parish and hospital work before being named pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in Monett, Missouri. He returned to Boston briefly in 1951-52 before joining the Chicago mission band.
In early 1953 Father Burns suffered a serious heart attack, requiring nearly one year of rehabilitation before he was stationed once again in Austin for light parish work. In the late 1950's he worked in both Winchester, Tennessee, and San Francisco before being reassigned to Minneapolis in 1959. In the late 1960's he took up parish ministry in Austin, Los Angeles and Boston before retiring from the active ministry in 1971.
In his later years he became a weekly columnist for the very conservative Catholic newspaper, "The Wanderer," contributing his unique insights for nearly 15 years. Most of these years were spent in Minneapolis, though during his final years he was in residence at Saint Paul the Apostle parish in New York. He died in New York at the age of 76 after 46 years as a Paulist priest.
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Created by: Paulist Archives
Record added: Aug 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95109010
Rest In Peace, Father Robert!|
Added: Nov. 1, 2012