Fr. William M. Burke – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father William M. Burke  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1946

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • 1947-1953      Queen of Peace (Kew Gardens, NY) 
  • 1954-1957      Cure of Ars, St. John M. Vianney (Merrick, NY)
  • 1958-1960      St. Catherine of Sienna (Franklin Square, NY)
  • 1961                Absent on Leave
  • 1962                St. Patrick (Southold, NY
  • 1963-1968      Absent on Leave  
  • 1969                St. Martin (Amityville, NY) 
  • 1970-1974      St. Lawrence the Martyr (Sayville, NY) 
  • 1975-1982      St. Andrew (Sag Harbor, NY) 
  • 1983               Sick Leave
  • 1984-1988      St. John the Evangelist (Center Moriches, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William M. Burke:

Father William M. Burke was ordained in the Diocese of Brooklyn and worked at various parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre when it was established in 1957. According to media reports, in the early 1970s, while assigned to St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville, New York, he was accused of sexually abusing an elementary school student. In April of 2002, he was named in a lawsuit alleging that Father Burke molested a teenage boy in 1987 while he worked at a boarding school in Tampa, Florida. 

His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from when he retired in 1989 until his death in 1995 are unknown.

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