Most Rev. Joseph A. Burke
9th Bishop of Buffalo (1952-1962)
"Let Your Will Be Done"
Bishop Joseph A. Burke was the first native of the Buffalo Diocese to
become bishop here. He was baptized at St. Joseph's Cathedral by Bishop Quigley.
He was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop for Buffalo in
1943. In 1944 and in 1951 he served as administrator of the diocese
until bishops were appointed. He was installed on April 30, 1952. In his
10 years as bishop, he gave his support to various groups, including
the Holy Name, the Missions, Pre-Cana, Puerto Rican migrants, and
displaced persons. He continued the expansion and construction of
schools including Saint John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora.
Burke died in Rome during the first week of Vatican II in October 1962.
His body is buried in front of the chapel at Christ the King Seminary
(St. John Vianney) in East Aurora.