Father Michael Burke was born July 3, 1957, in Plymouth, England, the son of Michael and June Burke and brother of Anne. He was educated at schools in Haverfordwest, Wales and the Imperial College, University of London. He attended seminary at the Venerable English College and the Pontifical Gregorian University both in Rome and was ordained for the Diocese of Menevia, Wales on July 28, 1984.
Father Burke served in parishes in Wales and held several diocesan positions: member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Vice-Chancellor, Judge on the National Marriage Tribunal for Wales, Communications Officer, Cathedral Administrator, and a member of the Bishop’s Council and the College of Consultors. Father Burke visited Florida in the summers for a number of years assisting at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish, Clermont, Annunciation Catholic Parish, Altamonte Springs, St. Ann Catholic Parish, Debary, and St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish, Altamonte Springs. Upon retiring in 2016 he returned to Florida and assisted as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Magdalen Parish. He also served as a judicial vicar for the Diocese of Orlando Marriage Tribunal beginning in 2019.