The sacramental theologian Dr. Bernard Cooke died on May 31. It was his ninety-first birthday.
Dr. Cooke held an S.T.D. degree from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Well known as a scholar and teacher, his book Sacraments and Sacramentality was widely read. Among the many honors he received in his lifetime, he was awarded an honorary degree at Marquette University in 2003, where in 1963 he founded the PhD program in theology.
The statement honoring him on that occasion said, in part:
Marquette was the first institution in the nation to offer doctoral level training to Catholic laypeople in preparation for careers of theological scholarship and teaching. Dr. Cooke’s enduring legacy are the three hundred graduates of Marquette’s doctoral program who have taught in college and university classrooms throughout North America, produced significant theological scholarship, and served as leaders in the academy and in the church.
A Sacramental Life: A Festschrift Honoring Bernard Cooke was published by Marquette University Press that same year.
Details concerning the wake and memorial Mass, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, can be found here.