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Father Vince Burns honored by this classmates and West Catholic at 1959 luncheon


Last year, Father Burns was recognized by his 1959 classmates and West Catholic Prep for his exemplary character, career accomplishments and his ongoing support of West Catholic. A Burr through and through, Vince is a model for all.

Rev. Vincent De Paul Burns, grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, and attended Transfiguration parish.  He then went to West Catholic HS for Boys as a member of the class of 1959 and stood out as an involved student and on the football field as a starting running back in his sophomore year.  For what would have been his Junior Year, Vince Burns responded to a religious calling and entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary to continue his education. After being ordained as a Priest, one of the places he served was as the Chaplain for West Catholic Girls High School. Later, Father Burns launched a career in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel.   After his time in the service, he worked at the Glenmary Home Missioners as a Pastor.  He was also called upon to serve as the Chaplain at the United States Military Academy at West Point.