Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
Raymond Leo Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 30, 1948. He attended high school at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before attending The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as a Basselin Scholar. He undertook his studies in preparation for ordination to the Holy Priesthood at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975.
Ordained a bishop in 1995 by Saint 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. On December 2, 2003, Bishop Burke was named Archbishop of Saint Louis. From 2008-2014, he served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. In November 2014, he was named Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.
Cardinal Burke serves as a judge on on the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and is currently a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. He has also served on the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Council of Cardinals and Bishops of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.