Born in 1948 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, Raymond Leo Burke attended seminary in La Crosse, Washington, D.C., and Rome, where he was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Ordained a bishop in 1995 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and over four years as Archbishop of St. Louis. Since 2008, he has served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. He was named a cardinal in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Burke has written and spoken widely on Roman Catholic canon law, as well as on the Holy Eucharist, devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the sanctity of human life.
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The Catholic Church is becoming the Church of the New Evangelization. With Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Burke puts the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of divine charity, at the center of that global effort to bring the divine love into a broken world. Catholics who reflect on Cardinal Burke's message will know that, when they leave Mass on Sunday, they are entering mission territory, in order to offer the world friendship with the Lord Jesus.
— George Weigel Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC