|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1916|
|Death: ||May 9, 1975|
Walter Patrick Burke was born in Los Angeles. He was the younger brother of Paulist Father Eugene Burke. After two years at Los Angeles College he entered the Paulist novitiate in 1937. Upon completion of his theological studies in Washington, D.C., he was ordained at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in Los Angeles.
After short assignments as a parish assistant in Los Angeles and on the trailer missions in Texas he returned to Washington, D.C. and began taking classes at Catholic University toward his Ph.D. Beginning in 1946 he taught theology at CUA but, due to exhaustion and stress, left for Rome in the hopes of completing the research for the doctorate.
Tragically, he suffered a nervous breakdown in January, 1949, and, after unsuccessful treatment in Italy, returned to the U.S. While he improved at times he never again possessed his former confidence or health. He taught English at the Juniorate from 1950-51 but was hospitalized soon after and left the active ministry. After 1952 he lived almost continually in psychiatric residences in Missouri and New York occasionally visiting at Lake George.
In June of 1972 he was released from full time psychiatric care and spent the last three years of his life with his sister in California. He died at the age of 58 in Los Angeles 31 years after his ordination.
Holy Cross Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: Section B Lot 486 Grave 2
Maintained by: Paulist Archives
Originally Created by: Esperer
Record added: Apr 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51020490
Rest In Peace, Father Walter!|
Added: Jul. 4, 2011