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Archbishop Burke Centre Groundbreaking Video E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009

We are honoured to celebrate with you this historic groundbreaking of the Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke, S.J. Centre on January 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. The Centre, a three-story building will host 12 new classrooms, teacher offices, lunchroom and washrooms.

Burke Center

Lawrence A. Burke attended St. George’s College, starting in 1944, graduated in 1948, taught there as a layperson in 1951, as a scholastic from 1958 - 1961, and as a priest 1966-1969. He served as rector and chairman of the Board 1969-1973, and finally acting principal from 1980-1981.

In 1973, he was appointed Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Jamaica, the first and only Jamaican to be appointed to that post, which he held until 1979.

Lawrence Burke  was appointed Archbishop of Nassau, Bahamas in 1999 and became the fourth Archbishop of Kingston Jamaica in 2004. He was a member for years of the Roman Catholic Council on Ecumenical Affairs in the Vatican. In his final mass as Archbishop of Kingston, Most Rev. Lawrence Burke S.J., passed The “Crozier” a pastorial staff, to Most Rev. Donald J. Reece.

The Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke S.J. Centre will lie immediately south of the Adrian Chaplain Building. Special thanks goes out to Principal Margaret Campbell who coordinated the event with her administrative staff, with much appreciated assistance from Donnette Chin Loy, and to Old boy Carl Chang who played a pivotal role especially as he continues to work long and tirelessly in the fundraising ventures for StGC. 

Video Presentation segments:

  1. Dr. Aggrey Irons - Master of Ceremonies - Intro
  2. Father Peter McIsaac - Chairman of St. George's College School Board - Acknowledgements
  3. Fr. Kenneth Richards - Prayer
  4. Hon. Andrew Holness - Minister of Education
  5. Hon. Bruce Golding - Prime Minister of Jamaica
  6. St. George’s College – School Choir
  7. Ray Chang – St. George’s College and the importance of Education
  8. Archbishop Reese - Blessing of the Site & Groundbreaking
  9. Archbishop Burke – Importance of St. George’s
  10. Margaret Campbell - Principal of St. George’s College - Closing

Archbishop Burke

Date Age Event Title
27 Oct 1932 77.1 Born Kingston in Jamaica
16 Jun 1964 31.6 Ordained Priest Priest of Society of Jesus
17 Jul 1981 48.7 Appointed Bishop of Nassau, Bahamas, Antilles
11 Oct 1981 49.0 Ordained Bishop Bishop of Nassau, Bahamas, Antilles
10 Jun 1984 51.6 Appointed Superior of Turks and Caicos, Antilles
17 Oct 1998 66.0 Resigned Superior of Turks and Caicos, Antilles
22 Jun 1999 66.7 Appointed Archbishop of Nassau, Bahamas, Antilles
17 Feb 2004 71.3 Appointed Archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica, Antilles
12 Apr 2008 75.5 Retired Archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica, Antilles
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