Chaplain retires from VA hospital

Msgr. James Burnett is a priest of the Diocese of Davenport.

CHICAGO — Msgr. James Burnett, a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, has retired from his position as chaplain at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.
Msgr. Burnett, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served 16 years in his VA hospital position. His last day on the job was Jan. 31. During his tenure, 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). He also served 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 Feb. 11, 2012.
“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,” Msgr. Burnett said.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for 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, who plans to travel this month, will begin a new chapter in his ministry in March, serving the people at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Darien, Ill., and assisting in various parishes in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill.

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