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Rev Fr Thomas Francis Burke, CSP
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1871
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1947
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Born in New York City on November 11, 1871 Thomas Francis Burke (and his brother John J. Burke, C.S.P.) attended the St. Paul the Apostle parish Sunday school and participated in Fr. Alfred Young's early Paulist choir. Thomas was also Augustine Hewit's favorite altar boy and attended Isaac Hecker's funeral in 1888. After graduation from St. Francis Xavier College in 1892, he entered the Paulists. He made his Paulist profession on September 7, 1896 and was ordained with classmate Bertrand Conway on December 28th of the same year.

After spending two years completing his S.T.L. degree at Catholic University he joined the missions, first in Tennessee and then in New York. He was appointed Superior of the mission band based at St. Paul the Apostle church in 1909. In 1903 he became the first rector of the Toronto Newman Club, and two years later was named Superior in Chicago. As pastor he remodeled the church, sponsored Fr. Finn's Paulist Choristers and helped coordinate Catholic aid efforts in greater Chicago during World War I.

Elected the sixth Paulist Superior General in 1919, his single term was devoted to restoring community discipline and expanding the Society's activities. Under his leadership the Paulists took responsibility for Santa Susanna's parish in Rome, the novitiate was moved to Connecticut (and then to Oak Ridge, New Jersey) and Newman Hall was opened by the Paulists at Columbia University in New York.

Upon stepping down in 1925, he returned to the missions and taught preaching at the Apostolic Mission House in Washington, D.C. Appointed Superior of Old St. Mary's parish in San Francisco in 1928, he oversaw the building of a church auditorium, Catholic lending library, a new sacristy, and the enlargement of the church's seating capacity.

He also gained a degree of national fame when he preached the eulogy for the Hawaiian Catholic saint, Fr. Damian, as his body lay in state in San Francisco.

After two years as Director of the Paulist League, he became rector of Newman Hall at Berkeley in 1936. He returned to San Francisco as pastor in 1943. He died on September 1, 1947, in New York, at the age of 75 and after 50 years as a Paulist priest.

 
 
Burial:
Saint Paul the Apostle Church
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Church Basement: Not Open to the Public
 
Maintained by: Paulist Archives
Originally Created by: Esperer
Record added: Nov 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44547703
Rev Fr Thomas Francis Burke, CSP
Added by: Paulist Archives
 
Rev Fr Thomas Francis Burke, CSP
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Rev Fr Thomas Francis Burke, CSP
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Rest In Peace, Father Thomas!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 
 
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