Posted: Monday Apr 30, 2012
April 30, 2012
The Rev. Gilbert W. Burke, O.S.B., a member of the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors and the director of the Saint Vincent Development Club, was honored by the Diocese of Greensburg with the awarding of a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross.
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin for “for the church and the pope”) cross was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 to commemorate the golden jubilee of his priesthood. It is given for distinguished service to the church by clergy and laypeople. It is the highest honor that can be awarded to the laity by the papacy.
The honor was based on the recommendation of the bishop with final approval by the Vatican.
Father Gilbert has been associated with Saint Vincent Archabbey, Seminary and College most of his life, having graduated from the former Saint Vincent Prep School, the College and Seminary.
Father Gilbert has served the Saint Vincent community in several capacities, including assistant to the Archabbot and to the College President.
Most recently he was alumni director for the College and Seminary. He has also served in pastoral ministry in four parishes in the diocese: Sacred Heart and Ascension parishes in Jeannette, St. Bruno Parish, Greensburg, and St. Vincent Basilica Parish.
He is active in the community with the Knights of Columbus, the Latrobe Rotary Club, and the Latrobe Ministerium. He is a native of Central City.
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