Fr. Burke was born and raised in Joliet IL. He converted to Catholicism at the age of 18 just before going to Mississippi State University on a baseball scholarship. His major league dream did not materialize, so after working as an actuary, he then worked in minor league baseball for four years. He felt the call to the priesthood and attended Mundelein Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Joliet on June1, 2002. From 2006 to 2018 he served as the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Joliet. In August 2018, he became the Secretary for Evangelization and Catechesis and the Director of Lay Formation for the Diocese of Joliet. He has served as the Catholic chaplain for the Chicago Cubs since 2013.