Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Gerald Burkert

Father Gerald F. Burkert,
age 83, Beech Grove, passed away on May 13, 2018. Born May 3, 1935 in
Indianapolis to the late John and Ruth (Kuchler) Burkert,

After finishing the eighth grade at Sacred Heart, Father Burkert became an
archdiocesan seminarian in 1949 and began his formation as a high school
freshman at Saint Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad. Father Burkert was ordained
into the priesthood on May 7, 1961 and was then assistant pastor at St.

Father Burkert pastored Holy
Family Parish and at St. Mary Parish in New Albany. He served as co-pastor of
St. Jude Parish. His last assignment before he retired in 2007 was as pastor of
Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Beech Grove. Shortly after he became a resident
and served as chaplain at St. Paul’s Hermitage in Beech Grove.

Two of his favorite past times were reading and traveling, in particular trips
to Alaska.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Joanne Burkert; nieces & nephews, Mike
(Diane) Burkert, Ann (Marion) Wolfe, Brian (Paula) Burkert and Jane Burkert;
great nephews and great nieces, Danny Burkert, Katy Burkert, Mary-Kate (Austin)
Lange, Marco Burkert and Clare Burkert

He was preceded in death by his brother John M. “Jack” Burkert, Jr.