Fr. Burke was born and raised in Joliet, IL. He was not raised Catholic but attended a Catholic high school in order to move closer to his dream of becoming a Major League baseball player. During high school, Fr. Burke fell in love with the Eucharist and the Catholic Church. He became Catholic his senior year in high school in 1985.
He went on to play baseball at Mississippi State University, where he played in the College World Series. He later worked as an actuary for Kemper Insurance. He returned to school to obtain his Master’s degree in Sports Administration. He then began to work for the Kane County Cougars with the dream of becoming a major league general manager. It was not in God’s plans as Fr. Burke felt the call to priesthood while working for the Cougars. He attended Mundelein Seminary from 1997-2002.
He was ordained on June 1, 2002 out of Mundelein Seminary. He served four years as an associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in West Chicago before becoming vocation director for the Diocese of Joliet in 2006. He still serves as Vocation Director and on the side serves as the Chicago Cubs chaplain since 2013.
Fr. Burke shares his story.
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