Michael M. Burke, O.P., D. Min.
Father Michael Burke is a Catholic priest and a member of the Southern Dominican
Community, Order of Friars Preachers. He has been a pianist and musician
from boyhood and music is the focus of his ministry. For many years
Michael was a full time preacher of retreats and parish missions and a founding
member of the Dominican Preaching Team.
years ago he began to integrate his music with preaching and played piano
meditation music after speaking. He also developed a style of interpreting
the preached word with piano music.
Father Michael began his college education at the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor near his home-town, Detroit. He majored in English Literature and
pre-law studies and after graduation attended Law School for one year before
entering the Dominican Order. His training in literature and many years of
study in preparation for preaching has given him a broad base for preaching and
Father Michael holds two degrees in theology, the S.T.B and S.T.L, from the
Dominican Pontifical Faculty in Washington, D.C., a B.A. in Liturgical Music
from St. Joseph’s University in Rensselaer, IN and a Doctorate in Ministry in
preaching and Clinical Studies from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton
Michael has recorded on CD’s several hours of meditation music for prayer.
He includes some of his classical repertoire on the CD’s along with music
created ‘out of the moment,’ and inspired by art and photography. One of
his CD’s, ‘Impromptus’
was inspired by a collection of Ansel Adams photography. Another CD, 'Epiphany:
Feast of Light & Exultation' was also inspired by a collection of
photographs of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Winter.
Father Michael also enjoys making himself available for days of prayer and
programs in Retirement Homes where he entertains with music and inspirational
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