"The Liturgy is not about us, but about God. Forgetting about God is the most imminent danger of our age. As against this, the Liturgy should be setting up a sign of God's presence. Yet what happens if the habit of forgetting about God makes itself at home in the Liturgy itself and if in the Liturgy we are thinking only of ourselves? In any and every liturgical reform, and every liturgical celebration, the primacy of God should be kept in view first and foremost."

Joseph Ratzinger

Most Reverend Raymond Leo Burke

The Conference will be opened by: His Excellency the Most Reverend Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Signatura Apostolica.

The New Evangelization and Sacred Music: The Unbroken Continuity of Holiness, Beauty and Universality.

Raymond Leo Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He attended the Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin (1962-1968) and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he received the degrees Bachelor of Arts (1970) and Master of Arts (1971). He continued studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University Rome in theology (1971-1975) and canon law (1980-1984).

He was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1975, at Saint Peter's Basilica.

Archbishop Burke

After his ordination to the priesthood, he served at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse, Wisconsin and taught religion at Aquinas High School in La Crosse.

In 1989, Pope John Paul II nominated him Defender of the Bond of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Nominated Bishop of La Crosse on 10 December 1994, he was consecrated by the Pope on 6 January 1995 at St. Peter's Basilica. During his time in La Crosse, he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe which was dedicated on 31 July 2008.

He was promoted to the Archdiocese of St. Louis 2 December 2004 and nominated a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in 2006. On 27 June 2007, he was one of several Prelates who reviewed with Pope Benedict XVI the proposed text of the impending motu proprio Summorum Pontificum liberalising the use of the Tridentine Rite. On 6 May 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Burke a member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, which authentically interprets canon law, and also a member of the Congregation for the Clergy. On 27 June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. In October 2009 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for Bishops. Archbishop Burke established the Institute of Sacred Music in Saint Louis during his my years as Archbishop of Saint Louis.