Join Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, as Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, presents "The New Evangelization and Canon Law" as part of the Archbishop Gerety Lecture Series. Cardinal Burke will deliver his lecture in the Auditorium of Jubilee Hall on the University's main campus in South Orange, New Jersey. All are welcome, and admission is free. Call-in registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact Kathleen Childers at (973) 761-9016, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardinal Burke studied at Holy Cross Seminary in La Cross, Wisconsin, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1975. After his first assignment, Cardinal Burke later returned to Rome in 1980 to study Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and after completing his studies, he was named Moderator of the Curia and Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of La Crosse. Cardinal Burke again returned to Rome in 1989, when Pope John Paul II named him Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. After five years at this post, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse in December 1994. During his years as Bishop of La Crosse, Bishop Burke founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In December 2003, he was named Archbishop of Saint Louis. In June 2008, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and in November 2010, His Holiness elevated him to the College of Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church.
In addition to serving as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Burke serves on the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Clergy, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
The Archbishop Gerety Fund for Ecclesiastical History was established by the Most Reverend Peter Leo Gerety, Archbishop Emeritus of Newark, to advance studies in ecclesiastical history, especially the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Among its various activities, the Fund sponsors lectures each year at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.