Bishop Ray Lucker
died: September 19, 2001
I received news that Bishop Raymond A. Lucker died today. I wanted you to know that I had an opportunity to share the tape recording I made of the tribute which the CTSA paid him last June. I also told him that, to my knowledge, it was the first time that someone who was not present at the CTSA Banguet received a standing ovation! He was delighted.
Services include visitation, Evening Prayer/Vigil on Sunday, September 23, 2001, at 7:30 P.M. at Guardian Angels Parish in Oakdale, Minnesota -- a suburb of St. Paul. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held there at 10:30 A.M. the following morning.
Monday afternoon his body will be transferred to New Ulm, Minnesota. There will be an Evening Prayer/Vigil at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity at 7:30 P.M., and a Mass of Christian Burial the following day at 10:30 A.M. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Cemetery.
At the retirement liturgy for Ray last spring he stated in his homily that if he had to capture all that he had tried to teach over the years in one phrase it would be "God is here!" At the banquet after, Senator Paul Wellstone spoke eloquently. Coming out of his Jewish tradition, he mentioned how he appreciated the liturgy. He described all that Ray had done for social justice. He concluded by saying: " Bishop -- I could not agree with you more when you state that GOD IS HERE, but I would like to make one addition and say that I think God is HERE because YOU ARE HERE."
We were fortunate to have him as a friend, and as a leader of our Church. He suffered much. I know he is at peace with the God who was always there for him.
Mary Christine Athans,B.V.M.,Ph.D.
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
University of St. Thomas
2260 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
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