Fr. Edward Thomas Burke, S.J.

Fr. Edward Thomas Burke, S.J.

Ordination: 1956

Notes: Fr. Edward Thomas Burke was a Jesuit priest who worked in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Diocese of San Jose, and Archdiocese of Los Angeles. While working at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in the late 1990s, Fr. Burke admitted to a superior that he had repeatedly sexually abused a mentally disabled man. Following the admission, Fr. Burke’s superiors elected not to notify authorities, and instead relocated Fr. Burke to Santa Clara University. Two years later, in 2002, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office investigated allegations that several Jesuits at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center had subjected a mentally impaired men to repeated acts of sodomy, molestation, and false imprisonment. Among the accused was Fr. Burke. At 80 years old, Fr. Burke was criminally charged, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two years in state prison. The criminal charges were followed by a civil lawsuit which the Jesuits settled.


1956-1957 Alma College, Los Gatos, CA (SFR)

1957-1958 Manresa Hall, Port Townsend, WA

1958-1966 Brophy College Prep, Phoenix, AZ

1966-1967 Loyola High School, Los Angeles, CA

1967-1969 Sacred Heart Novitiate, Los Gatos, CA (SFR)

1969-1970 Bellarmine College Prep. High School, San Jose, CA (SFR)

1970-1977 Brophy College Prep. Phoenix, AZ

1977-1978 Loyola High School, Los Angeles, CA

1978-2000 Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, CA (SJ)

2000-2002 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (SJ)

2002-2009 Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, CA (SJ)

2009 Died

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