It was announced on June 27, 2008, that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has named Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, until now Archbishop of St. Louis, to be the new Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Burke, 60, is a native of Wisconsin, and prior to his promotion to the see of St. Louis in 2004 served as Bishop of La Crosse for nine years. In the Signatural post he succeeds Cardinal Agostino Vallini, who has been named Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome and Archpriest of the Lateran Basilica.
Archbishop Burke has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1984, receiving its prestigious Role of Law Award at its Washington, DC, convention in 2000.
Raymond Burke studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse; at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975. He continued his canonical education at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning his doctorate in canon law (J.C.D.) in 1984. In 1989 he was appointed Defender of the Bond at the Apostolic Signatura, serving until his appointment to La Crosse. In 2006 he was appointed to serve as one of the Judges on the Apostolic Signatura. He has published widely in the field of canon law.