Dr. James Burke

Associate Professor, Director of Center for Ministry & Spirituality

Catholic social teaching, war and peace ethics, nonviolent conflict, just peacebuilding, interfaith social justice collaborations, liturgy and justice, sexual ethics, formation in spiritualities of justice, contemporary lay movements, business ethics and ministries of the baptized

2007 Ph.D., Loyola University-Chicago
1979 M.A., University of Chicago
1972 B.A., Notre Dame

Exceptional Service:

Dr. James Burke and Dr. Christie Billups, launched Lewis University’s new Br. Jeffrey Gros, FSC Institute for Dialogue, Justice & Social Action, which fosters ecumenical, interfaith and intercultural collaborations for just peace.

Dr. James Burke and Dr. Jackie White served as faculty members for the VII La Salle SummerProgram in Leadership & Global Understanding,for Lasallian university students, at UNILASALLE Rio Di Janiero, July 14-28, 2018

Lewis University representative to the Lilly Fellowship Program
Faculty moderator, Lewis University Muslim Student Association
Member of the Peace Teach-In Committee
Member of the the College of Arts and Sciences’ Budget Review Committee
Member of the Secular Franciscan Order, belonging to the Brother Jacoba Community in Chicago

“Just Peacemaking—Opening Catholic Eyes, Too” (Theology News and Notes, Spring 2009)

Editor, “Preaching the Peace Pastoral” (Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, 1984)

Contributor “Introduction: Just Peacemaking as the New Ethic for Peace and War” in Glen Stassen

Editor, Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War, Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2008

“Just Peacemaking Opening Catholic Eyes, Too.” (Theology News & Notes, Winter 2009)


“Economy in the Context of Catholic Social Teaching,” Cristo Rey High School, Archdiocese of Chicago, May 2009

Catholic Social Teaching and the Economy: What Is God Calling Us To Do? Queen of All Saints Basilica, Chicago, October 18, 2009

What’s Lasallian Spirituality and Social Justice Got to Do with Christian Brothers Services, Christian Brothers Services, Romeoville, November 3, 2009

The Moral Life: Putting Well-Built Faith Into Action, St. James Parish, Chicago, March 10, 2010

Team-reviewed paper, ‘Support Nonviolent Direct Action’: A Summary of the Roman Catholic Tradition, at the Interfaith Just Peacemaking Conference, Tarrytown, NY, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2010

Keynote address, Today’s Economy Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching, Archdiocese of Chicago Justice Day, May 30, 2009


With Dr. Christie Billups, Gros Family Foundation, $90,000, for the Br. Jeffrey Gros, FSC Institutefor Dialogue, Justice & Social Action

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