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Man with local ties appointed Cardinal


By Bonnie Shelton

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW)--Raymond Burke, who grew up in Stratford, is now a member of the College of Cardinals. It is the second-highest level in the Catholic leadership structure.

The religious education director for St. Therese's Church in Rothschild knows Burke well. Mike Lambrecht first met Burke in 1995 when he began studying to become a priest. Although Lambrecht later changed his career path, he worked with Bishop Burke for five years.

"He was a fatherly figure, very warm, very open," said Lambrecht.

Burke was inducted into the College of Cardinals on November 20th at a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.

"It's a great ray of light for the church," said Lambrecht. "Many of the Catholics in this area have had direct contact with Burke. He's confirmed many of them."

He said this appointment will allow followers in this area to put a pace to an often distant and overwhelming Catholic leadership system.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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