Catholic Chaplain Retires from Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Msgr. James Burnett steps down after 16 years

Msgr. James Burnett

Msgr. James Burnett

CHICAGO—Monsignor James Burnett has retired from his position as Chaplain at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Msgr. Burnett, a veteran of the United States Air Force, served in the position for 16 years. His last day on the job was Friday, January 31.

During that time, Msgr. Burnett served eight years as Chief, Chaplain Service and six years in hospice ministry. For six years, Msgr. Burnett served as President of the National Conference of VA Catholic Chaplains (NCVACC).

Msgr. Burnett has also served for the past six years on the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS).

He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI on February 11, 2012.

Msgr. Burnett said:

“Retirement is a continuation of my journey in life. I am truly humbled and blessed with the wonderful people the Lord has brought into my life! I look forward to what HE has in store for me as I continue on this journey called life.”

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, expressed appreciation for Msgr. Burnett’s service:

“Msgr. Burnett has made a tremendous difference in the archdiocesan appreciation for and service to the Veterans. His leadership in the NCVACC and on the Presbyteral Council have been of great service to me. I will miss his presence.”

Msgr. Burnett says he will spend the entire month of February traveling. Starting in March, Msgr. Burnett will begin a new chapter in his ministry, serving the people at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Darien, Ill., and assisting in various parishes throughout the Diocese of Joliet, Ill.