Kevin Burke

Fr. Kevin Burke
AddressJesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
1735 Le Roy Avenue
Berkely, CA 94709

Acting President, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

Fr. Kevin Burke assumed the role of academic dean at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 2006. He came to JSTB from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he taught from 1997-2006. An associate professor of systematic theology, he also directed the Licentiate degree program (1998-2005) and Doctoral program (2005-2006) while at Weston Jesuit.

A native of Wyoming and a Jesuit of the Missouri Province, Fr. Burke entered the novitiate in 1976. After his ordination in 1986, he served as a faculty member and campus minister at Regis University in Denver (1988-1992), during which time he co-founded the Mexico Project (a spring break immersion trip) and Romero House (where students live and work for an academic year in an intentional faith community in the neighborhood near Guadalupe parish). He lived and studied in Central America and the Philippines between 1992 and 1994, before returning to doctoral studies in the fall of 1994.

In 1996 Fr. Burke spent a semester in El Salvador doing research for his dissertation on Fr. Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., the president of the University of Central America assassinated by Salvadoran soldiers in 1989. His dissertation was later published as The Ground Beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Georgetown University Press, 2000.) As a member of the Weston faculty, Fr. Burke led delegations to El Salvador on several occasions, including a student delegation from St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) for the 20th anniversary celebration of the U.S. women missionaries (2000), and delegations from Weston Jesuit for the tenth anniversary of the UCA martyrs (1999) and the 25th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero (2005).

A fundamental and systematic theologian, Fr. Burke teaches courses in Christology, Liberation Theology, Spirituality, Ecclesiology, Theological Method, and Theological Synthesis. In recent years he has lectured and published on a number of themes, including the philosophical and theological vision of Ignacio Ellacuría, the witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the theological significance of martyrdom, the theological dimensions of peacemaking, the faith that does justice, cultural diversity in the American Catholic experience, and Ignatian spirituality.

In addition to his first book on Ellacuría’s theological method, he co-edited a collection of essays entitled Love that Produces Hope: The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría (Liturgical Press, 2006) and edited a collection for the Contemporary Spiritual Masters series, Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings (Orbis Books, 2004). He is currently working on an edited collection in Ignatian Spirituality (Liturgical Books) and a volume of translated essays by Ellacuría (Orbis Books).

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