Burke Centre ~ Groundbreaking

Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke S.J.
Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke

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.

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 pastoral staff, to Most Rev. Donald J. Reece.

The Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke S.J. Center 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 Donette 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 St. George’s College.