Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D.


“ Fire in the Hearth: Celebrating Liturgical Time”

Eileen Burke-Sullivan, M.M., M.A. S.T.L. and S.T.D. is the holder of the Barbara Reardon Heaney endowed Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology.  She is also Associate Professor of Theology, Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry program and Associate Director of the Master of Christian Spirituality at Creighton University, Omaha, NE.  She completed her Pontifical degrees in the field of Ecclesiology (Theology of the Church) at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College). She also has a Master of Music degree in Vocal and Choral performance from the University Of Colorado College Of Music, and a Masters in Theology in Spirituality from Creighton. Eileen currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate theology courses in Ignatian spirituality, liturgy, sacraments, ministry and systematic theology.  She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society and the American Academy of Religion.

For many years Eileen served as a full time pastoral minister in both parish and diocesan positions, and offered ministry formation courses, retreats and spiritual direction for lay men and women and clergy throughout the United States and Canada. She deeply involved in Jewish/Christian dialogue projects and Ecumenical dialogue in Dallas, Boston and Omaha.  Eileen has served extensively as a liturgical director and consultant for parishes and dioceses in Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas and New England.

With her brother, Kevin Burke, S.J. Eileen wrote The Ignatian Tradition published by Liturgical Press. Along with published scholarly articles, she has also written extensively in pastoral journals such as Today’s Parish, Pastoral Music, Liturgy Today, and Human Development. Eileen is married to Michael Sullivan a retired secondary teacher of history and social studies.