RICHARDTON - A prince of the Roman Catholic Church who conducted the first public visit of any cardinal in western North Dakota has been here visiting Assumption Abbey, where he is leading a retreat for 40 priests of the Bismarck Diocese.Visiting with Cardinal Burke: Revered Catholic leads retreat for 40 priests in Richardton
“The priests are the ones who bring Christ’s teachings directly to the people of the churches of the diocese, so we have spent our time meditating on the priestly life and commitment to their mission as priests,” Cardinal Raymond Burke told The Dickinson Press following Tuesday’s morning prayers at the Abbey.
But before Burke headed the private retreat, where he will continue his work through Friday, he conducted a public Mass Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
“I was impressed most by the participation of the people at the Mass and the procession that followed,” Burke said. “The people remained with their children the whole time, and it was beautiful to see the strong, Catholic faith the people here have.”