February 24, 1927
St. Paul, Minnesota

September 19, 2001
St. Paul, Minnesota

Father: Alphonse J. Lucker (deceased)
Mother: Josephine (Schiltgen) Lucker (deceased)
Stepfather: Joseph Stephen Mayer (deceased)
Siblings: Three sisters and two brothers

1948 B.A. in Philosophy, St. Paul Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota)
1952 M.A. in Church history, St. Paul Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota)
1966 Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.), University of St. Thomas (Rome, Italy)
1969 Ph.D. in Education, University of Minnesota (St. Paul, Minnesota)

June 7, 1952 Ordained to the Priesthood, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

1952-1958 Assistant Director, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis)

1957-1968 Professor of Catechetics at St. Paul Seminary

1958-1969 Director, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis)

1966-1969 Superintendent of Education (Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis)

1969-1971 Director of the Department of Education, USCC, Washington, D.C.

September 8, 1971 Ordained Bishop; Auxiliary to Archbishop Leo Binz (Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis)

1971-1974 Pastor, St. Austin's Parish, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1974-1976 Pastor, Church of the Assumption, St. Paul, Minnesota

Dec. 23, 1975 Appointed second bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm by Pope Paul VI

Feb. 19, 1976 Installed as bishop of the Diocese New Ulm by Bishop Jean Jadot

Nov. 17, 2000 Retired as bishop


1989 F. Sadlier Dinger Award

April 1991 National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education (NCDD) Catechetical Award

June 1, 1992 Outstanding National Leader in Catechetics

May 23, 1993 Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causae) from the College of St. Catherine

November 1996 Recipient of the Pilgrimage of Faith Award presented by the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) in recognition of his support and pastoral concern for the poor at the Catholic mission sites around the world

June 2001 Honorary Tribute from Catholic Theological Society of America

July 7, 2001 Ambassador of Peace Award, Pax Christi USA