Vatican City, Dec 1, 2003 / 22:00 pm
Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Raymond Leo Burke of La Crosse, Wisconsin, as the new Archbishop of Saint Louis.
Bishop Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 30, 1948. He attended elementary school at St. Mary's, Richland Center, and after his family moved to Stratford he attended St. Joseph's School there from 1959 to 1962.
He attended high school at Holy Cross Seminary, La Crosse, from 1962 10 1966, and also studied college courses there from 1966 to 1968 before attending The Catholic University of America from 1968 to 1971. He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained priest on June 29, 1975, at St. Peter's Basilica by Pope Paul VI.
His was associate rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse, while teaching religion at Aquinas High School.