Eileen C. Burke-Sullivan


I came to Creighton as a full-time faculty member in the Theology Department in 2003. I have served as the Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry Program and Director of the Christian Spirituality Programs, inaugural chair holder of the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology and Vice President of the Division of Mission and Ministry for Creighton University.

I am now an Emerita Professor of Theology and Emerita Vice President for Mission and Ministry, having retired on September 30, 2022.

More about me:

Michael Sullivan, a secondary teacher, and I were married for thirty-five years.   He died in December of 2016. 

Before coming to Creighton full time, I served as a lay pastoral minister in parishes and dioceses in Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas and Massachusetts. 

I completed my Doctoral Studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College) in Cambridge, MA.

My brother, Kevin Burke, S.J. and I co-wrote The Ignatian Tradition which was published by Liturgical Press in 2009. A second book, Gaudium et Spes: Fifty Years Later, written in collaboration with Michael Lawler Ph.D. and Todd Salzman, Ph.D was published by Liturgical Press in the fall of 2014 and received a National Book Award from the Catholic Press Association in 2015.

I am an active member of Christian Life Community, an international Ignatian lay community of mission.

Writing these reflections:

Various forms of ministry of the Word have been among the most important work I have been privileged to perform over much of my life as a pastoral minister, teacher and administrator.  Deepening the understanding of the Scriptures, contemplative prayer and the Church's liturgy among the baptized has continually been at the heart of my professional work. Writing these reflections continues to be a rich opportunity to expand that ministry beyond a single parish, diocese, or region and to reach women and men throughout the world.    I am deeply grateful for the emails that are sent in response to one or another reflection.  They engage my heart in a real relationship with those who read and pray with these reflections.

Other links to me:

e-mail: burkesu2@centurylink.net