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Richard Burke Richard J. Burke
Senior Executive Consultant – Catholic School Management
Christian Brothers Services

Richard J. Burke is the Senior Executive Consultant for Catholic School Management (CSM), a division of Christian Brothers Services (CBS). In 1973, Mr. Burke, along with Reverend Frank Bredeweg, founded Catholic School Management. Since that time, CSM has provided direct consultative guidance, publications and training programs for parochial, private and diocesan Catholic elementary and secondary schools and parishes. Consulting services, training and publications are provided in the areas of ownership/governance, administration, administrative searches, curriculum, marketing, guidance and counseling services, athletic program administration, technology integration, finance and institutional development.

Mr. Burke has 39 years of experience as a consultant, providing workshops, seminars and direct consulting services to schools, parishes, religious communities, dioceses and school boards. He has taught at Thomas More College, Covington, Kentucky, served as both a lecturer and instructor for the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership (ICEL) at the University of San Francisco, and as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Education at Boston College. From 1973 through 1986, Mr. Burke served as Business Planning Coordinator for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, designing the schools' development programs and upgrading business procedures. He also served as a consultant to the Archbishop's Study Committee on Parish Councils from 1973-74, where he assisted in drafting revised guidelines for parish councils in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1974.

He was formally endorsed as the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) Financial Planning Consultant for Catholic schools and parishes in 1978, where he held that position until 1987. Since 1979, Mr. Burke has written and published the bimonthly “Catholic School Management Letter” and “Catholic School Management-On Boards.”

Mr. Burke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics and finance from the University of Bridgeport, where he has also completed graduate work.

He holds memberships in the National Catholic Educational Association, as well as the National Association of Business Economists and the Hartford Association of Business Economists. He has served on the boards of Notre Dame High School, West Haven, Connecticut; Our Lady of Mercy Country Day School, Madison, Connecticut; The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Fairfield Province, Connecticut; St. George Parish Council, Guilford, Connecticut; Mercy Center, Madison, Connecticut; Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS), Archdiocese of Hartford, as well as on the National Advisory Board for Villanova University – Center for the Study of Church Management and on the Board of Trustees for Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana.


  • overnance, Accountability and the Future Vitality of Catholic Schools
  • Long-range Financial Planning for Catholic Schools, Essential but not Determinative
  • An Historical perspective and Future Vision for the Financial Viability of Catholic Schools