Fr Hugh Burns, O.P.
“He doesn’t speak from a lectern...he kind of speaks to you...makes you feel very warm, like you’re talking to him....”
“...this priest is specially equipped to stir you up and renew your faith.”
Father Hugh graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a degree in Political Science and then earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology at the Dominican House of Studies. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Father served as an associate pastor for 4 years in Maryland, then became Master of Students and Director of Formation for the Dominican Friars in Puerto Rico. His work on boards, as a coordinator, as a professor, as a director, and a speaker has taken him to Washington, New York, Florida, Grenada, and Jamaica to name but a few places.
He is now an itinerant preacher, evangelist and writer who makes his home at Holy Innocents Parish in Pleasantville, NY. Since 2001, Father Hugh Burns has been a commentator on National Public Radio and local New York radio stations. His renewals and retreats have attracted large numbers of people seeking to deepen their faith. His programs have proven effective for Catholics seeking to return to the Church. His commentaries are also heard on National Public Radio and New York public stations.
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