Kenrick-Glennon Seminary canon law chair established in Cardinal Burke's name

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In honor of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke's elevation to the Sacred College of Cardinals, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced the creation of the Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke Chair of Canon Law at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.

The announcement was made at an evening reception for Cardinal Burke Nov. 21 at the Palazzo della Cancelleria, which houses the offices of the Apostolic Signatura, where the cardinal is the prefect. Archbishop Carlson presented Cardinal Burke with an official proclamation at the reception.

The archbishop also announced that $2 million from the seminary's Faith for the Future campaign has been placed into the chair endowment.

Cardinal Burke, who reacted to the announcement with a broad smile, said "I can't thank you enough during my years as archbishop of St. Louis — which were very blessed years for me — one of the greatest gifts there was Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. I tried to the best of my ability to devote myself to the seminary and in that way to serve the whole archdiocese."

The cardinal said that while canon law hasn't always held a popular status within the life of the Church, "I discovered in canon law a great richness that has to do with the whole life of the Church. In many ways, it's a very humble discipline ... but it's at the service of every aspect of the Church's life."

Archbishop Carlson said the chair is a way for the archdiocese to honor the cardinal, who "has used his gifts so generously in serving the church all these years, And we know that — I noticed — as one of the younger cardinals, he will use his gifts for a long, long time."

An academic chair often is designated in various disciplines, usually to recognize someone of great importance for their contributions to that particular discipline, said Msgr. John Shamleffer, judicial vicar for the archdiocese ad pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Clayton.

A chair is financially supported by donations, and provides funding for a professor's salary as well as other academic opportunities, such as bringing in experts or guest lecturers. The seminary also has a chair in liturgy, named in honor of Cardinal Justin Rigali, former archbishop of St. Louis.

The archdiocese is accepting donations for the new chair in canon law. Donations cane be made to the Cardinal Burke Chair of Canon Law Endowment, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. Cardinal Burke will be notified of those who make donations to the endowment.

For more information on making a donation, call the archdiocesan Office of Stewardship and Development at (314) 792-7680. 

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