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Burke, Thomas


Dominican preacher; b. Galway, Sept. 8, 1830; d. Tallaght, Ireland, July 2, 1882. Burke entered the Order for the Irish Province in Perugia, Italy, Dec. 29, 1847. While still a deacon studying in Rome, he was appointed (1852) novice-master at Woodchester, England, by Master General Jandel. He was ordained on March 26, 1853, and then he went to Ireland to open a novitiate at Tallaght. As a result of a sermon on Church music, which he delivered at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Sandymond, on Sept. 4, 1859, he acquired a reputation as an orator that he maintained throughout his life. Burke was prior at Tallaght (1863) and rector of San Clemente, Rome (1864). He returned to Ireland in 1867. Acting as theologian to Bishop Leahy of Dromore, he attended Vatican Council I in 1870. As visitator to the American Dominican Province of St. Joseph (1871), he gave many sermons and a notable series of lectures, refuting James Anthony Froude, who sought to justify English occupation of Ireland. In 1873 Burke returned to Ireland, where he continued preaching until his death. He is buried in the church at Tallaght.

Bibliography: w. j. fitzpatrick, The Life of the Very Rev. Thomas N. Burke, O.P., 2 v. (New York 1886). Le Père Thomas Burke, Dominicain, tr. p. cavalonne (Brussels 1899).

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