Services Held for Edward Burke, Carmel Lluria

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Funeral services were held last month for Edward Burke and Carmel Luria, both 79, who died in New Jersey. Information about their lives is below.

Edward  Burke was born on Nov. 6, 1928 Philadelphia, Pa., to Edward and Emma (nee Perschan) Burke. On Nov. 27, 1927, he was baptized Edward Joseph in The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Church in Philadelphia. He attended St. Leo’s Parochial (1935 to1942) and St. Leo’s High School (1942-1945) in Ashley, Pa., and St. Joseph Seminary (1953-1955) in Callicoon, N.Y.

On July 14, 1955, Edward was received into the novitiate in Lafayette, N.J., by Donald Hoag, and made his first profession there on July 15, 1956, before Celsus Wheeler. He professed solemn vows on Aug. 18, 1959, at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y., before Celsus Wheeler.

Edward did his philosophical studies at St. Francis College in Rye Beach, N.H., and theology at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1962, by Archbishop (later Cardinal) Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Delegate to the U.S., at Washington’s Mount St. Sepulchre Friary Church.

From 1963 to 1970, Edward was parish administrator and procurator of the missions in Bolivia. From 1970 to 1973, he was parochial vicar at Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx, N.Y. From 1973 to 1993, he was chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. From 1993 to 1995, he was pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Callicoon, N.Y. From 1995 to 1996, he resided at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J. He retired in February 1996 to St. Anthony’s Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla. From March 2001 until September 2001, he returned to St. Anthony Friary in Butler and then transferred in October 2001 to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood.

The Wake service was held on Feb. 27 at Holy Name Friary, Cortona Chapel in Ringwood.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated the following day at St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J. The principal celebrant was Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, and classmate Thomas Kelly preached the homily. Burial followed at God’s Acre Cemetery in Ringwood.

Edward’s brother, Bishop James C. Burke, O.P., and several other brothers and a sister, predeceased him.

His brothers, Karl of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Donald of New Bedford, Mass., and a sister, Kathryn of Keene, N.H., survive him. Condolences may be sent to Karl at P.O. Box 2124, Wilkes-Barre PA 18703.

Carmel who died in Paterson, N.J.,  was born on Oct. 31, 1927, in Varadero in Matanzas, Cuba, to Peter and Maria Carol de Lluria. He was baptized in Cardenas, Cuba. From 1935 to 1942, he attended grammar school and high school there, and from 1942 to 1947 at the Instituto de Segunda Ensenanza.

Carmel came to the United States to be received into the Franciscan Order on Aug. 12, 1949, and professed first vows on Aug. 14, 1950, both at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., before Thomas Plassmann, He pursued philosophical studies at St. Stephen’s Friary, Croghan, N.Y., and St. Anthony’s Friary, Butler, N.J., and theology at Holy Name College, Washington, D.C. He professed solemn vows on Sept. 17, 1953, at Holy Name College before Celsus Wheeler. On June 9, 1955, Manuel Cardinal Arteaga, the Archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana, ordained Carmel toCelsus Wheeler.  the priesthood in Havana, Cuba.

A short time after Fr. Lluria was ordained, he suffered with mental illness. Over the years that followed, he was admitted to various health care facilities for treatment and therapy. On Aug. 2, 1997, he moved to Preakness Health Care Center in Paterson, where he lived until his death.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 27   at Holy Name Friary, Cortona Chapel in Ringwood.  Dominic   was the principal celebrant and guardian A. Francis Soucy preached the homily. Burial followed at God’s Acre Cemetery in Ringwood.

Carmel is survived by his brother, Francesco, to whom condolences may be sent, at 6450 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33141. His uncle, the late Juniper Carol, predeceased him.