22 August 2008
Bishop Hermann on Archbishop Burke, Part 2
"Archbishop Burke has given us a clear vision of what the Church expects of us. He has modeled what it costs to live according to the truths which the Church teaches. The best way we can honor the legacy of Archbishop Burke is to live out that vision and to pray for him daily."
The above was taken from another nice column in the St. Louis Review by Bishop Hermann, this time covering the send-off given to our beloved Archbishop Emeritus:
"Thanks to my brother priests for coming in such goodly numbers to Vespers at St. Ambrose Parish on Aug. 13 and then to dinner at the Drury Inn to say farewell to Archbishop Burke.
It was great to see the warmth of my brother priests toward Archbishop Burke, and to see him mingling during the meal at each of the tables. As always, he expressed his profound esteem and gratitude for the St. Louis presbyterate. His typical warmth, sense of humor and sincerity carried the evening. It was sad to think that this was his last gathering with the priests of St. Louis, but the priests gave him a beautiful framed picture of the interior dome of the cathedral basilica as a memento to gaze upon on a cold winter night in Rome.
Thanks to all the faithful who filled the cathedral basilica to overflowing this past Sunday afternoon for Archbishop Burke’s farewell Mass. The people seemed to come from every corner in the archdiocese and beyond. The Missouri bishops, together with Bishop George Lucas and Bishop Kevin Vann, were all there. The presence of the priests, deacons, seminarians, Knights of Columbus, Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, Knights and Ladies of Malta, the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary were all there. Perhaps the most touching moment in his final remarks came when he indicated how proud he was to be called archbishop emeritus of St. Louis.
The applause resounded throughout the cathedral basilica. At the reception that followed, Archbishop Burke stood for more than four hours to greet well wishers! This day’s events made us all so proud of his accomplishments during the past four and a half years. May we continue to pray for him daily.
Thanks to the archdiocesan curia for the warm farewell reception at the Cardinal Rigali Center on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Over the past several years Archbishop Burke has established a warm pastoral working relationship with the curia. In his expressions of gratitude for the curia’s response to his leadership he did not disappoint. A standing ovation was the least the curia could do to thank him for his warm pastoral leadership over the years. The curia gave Archbishop Burke a beautiful picture of the interior of St. Vincent de Paul Chapel at the Rigali Center, to hang in his apartment with the companion piece given by the priests. This was the final official farewell for our beloved Archbishop Burke.
Archbishop Burke has given us a clear vision of what the Church expects of us. He has modeled what it costs to live according to the truths which the Church teaches. The best way we can honor the legacy of Archbishop Burke is to live out that vision and to pray for him daily.
We look back with profound gratitude and wonder. We look forward with great trust. In the decade of the 1990s Pope John Paul II gave us one of the Vatican’s highest ranking prelates in the person of Archbishop Justin Rigali. In the present decade Pope Benedict has taken our own Archbishop Burke to fill one of the most important offices in the Vatican by naming him the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has done very well under these two very great leaders. Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, as he discerns the needs of the archdiocese and prayerfully seeks a new archbishop. Meanwhile, let us continue to pray for this archdiocese as it prepares to receive whomever Pope Benedict chooses to send. We have truly been blessed and we will continue to be blessed!"