|Birth: ||Oct. 27, 1932|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2010|
Former Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Kingston in Jamaica, Monsignor Lawrence Aloysius Burke SJ., was born in Kingston, on October 27, 1932, the son of Herbert Burke and Mary Bennett. He had one brother and four sisters.
A graduate of St. George's College, Kingston, he entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1951 at Lenox, Massachusetts, and was ordained a priest on June 16, 1964 at Holy Trinity Cathedral. As a Jesuit scholastic, he taught at St. George's College from 1958 till 1961, and as a Priest from 1966 until 1969, when he was named Rector of St. George's College. In 1973, he was appointed Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Jamaica, the first and only Jamaican to be appointed to that post, which he held until 1979. He returned to St George's College in 1980, as acting principal.
Archbishop Burke was an important figure in the field of education. He served as Chairman of the board of both St. George's College and Campion College and as a member of the Archdiocesan Education Board and the Jamaica Catholic Board of Education. He was also a member of the Adoption Board of Jamaica. While he was Regional Superior, Archbishop Burke was elected Chairman of the Conference of Major Superiors of the Antilles and was instrumental in establishing the Jamaica Centre for Religious Development.
On July 17, 1981, Burke was appointed the Second Bishop of the Diocese of Nassau, Bahamas, receiving his Episcopal Consecration on the following October 11, from Archbishop Paul Fouad Tabet, assisted by Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty OSB., and Archbishop Samuel Emmanuel Carter SJ.,
On June 22, 1999, Pope John Paul II named Archbishop Burke the first Archbishop of the newly erected See of Nassau, Bahamas, and at the same time he became the Metropolitan of the Province of Nassau to which belong the Suffragan Sees of the Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda and the Mission of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
As shepherd of the Church in the Bahamas, Archbishop Burke emphasised the active participation of the laity in the Church and society. He enabled and encouraged a number of religious, educational and social initiatives, including Stewardship as a Way of Life, The Samaritan Ministry for persons with HIV/AIDS, a programme for young men called YEAST, several other programmes to enhance family life, as well as parish and archdiocesan based programmes for youth and young adults.
Archbishop Burke also oversaw the physical expansion of the Church with many new and renovated buildings. Schools were built or expanded in Grand Bahama, Abaco and New Providence. New churches were built in Bimini, Abaco, San Salvador and Long Island. Buildings in Nassau include a new Chancery building, Emmaus Centre, Loyola Hall, two renovated and three new churches, a new church hall and a new Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier dedicated on March 31, 2004.
When Archbishop Burke was responsible for the Mission of the Turks and Caicos Islands, he built the rectory and the hall that has served as the Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence in Providenciales as well as the Church of the Holy Cross in the Grand Turk.
Archbishop Burke served on several AEC commissions. In 1989, he was appointed a council member of the International Catholic Migration Commission which has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Between 1983 and 1989, he received four Honorary Degrees from the St. Leo College, St. Leo, Florida; St. Joseph's College, North Windham, Maine; Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut; and The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Archbishop Burke was appointed the Fourth Archbishop of the Metropolitan See Kingston, Jamaica, on February 9, 2004, succeeding Msgr. Edgerton Roland Clarke and was installed on the following May 2, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston. Burke retired from the Pastoral Government of his See on April 12, 2008.
Monsignor Burke died after a long battle with cancer on January 24, 2010, at 7 o'clock, aged 77. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, February 4, at 3 pm., at Holy Trinity Cathedral of Kingston, where his body was laid out in state from noon. Internment followed in the Cathedral Grounds.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Plot: Cathedral Grounds.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jan 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63893971
Added: Feb. 9, 2013
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Archbishop Burke, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
Added: Jan. 8, 2011