Born in 1966, the youngest of 3 sons, Fr. Burke was not raised Catholic but attended Providence Catholic High School in order to move closer to his dream of becoming a Major League baseball player. It was at Providence that Fr. Burke fell in love with the Eucharist and the Catholic Church. He became Catholic his senior year. He went on to play college baseball at Mississippi State University. His Major League dream did not materialize, so after working as an actuary, and then ticket manager for the Kane County Cougars, Fr. Burke felt the call to become a priest. He attended Mundelein Seminary from 1997-2002 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Joliet in 2002. He now travels around the diocese to encourage young men and women to lay down their lives for the sake of Jesus Christ. Fr. Burke also maintains a blog, which can be found at https://frburke23.wordpress.com.