Speech

“I mourn the passing yesterday of the Most Reverend and Honourable Lawrence Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston.
I honour his tireless dedication to the field of education as a teacher, principal and advocate.
A true educator, the Most Rev. Burke used his priestly profession and calling to strengthen the quality of education and increase the number of places in Roman Catholic schools. Chief among these was his Alma Mater, St George’s College, where he pioneered the introduction of technical education in a traditional grammar school. Thousands of boys, and now girls, have benefitted from his vision to expand secondary school offerings. As a student of St George’s, I recall well the inspiration and membership he provided to his students.
All Jamaicans should know of the earthly pilgrimage of this son of Kingston who, though from humble circumstances, embraced the opportunities presented by education and demonstrated excellence and perseverance to rise to the highest office of his profession in Jamaica. He was also the first Metropolitan Archbishop of Nassau, Bahamas, where he dedicated more than 20-years of outstanding service. To his family, friends, the Roman catholic community and the thousands whose lives he impacted, I extend my sincere condolences”.