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Was born December 17, 1966 and raised in Joliet, IL, the youngest of three sons to Tod and Janet Masters. He was not raised catholic but attended Providence Catholic High School in order to move closer to his dream of becoming a Major League baseball player. It was at Providence that Fr. Burke fell in love with the Eucharist and the Catholic Church. He became Catholic his senior year in high school.
He went on to play baseball at Mississippi State University, where he played in the College World Series. He was nominated as one of the top student-athletes in the history of Mississippi State University as the SEC celebrated
its 75th anniversary.
His major league dream did not materialize, so after working as an actuary, and then ticket manager for the Kane County Cougars, Fr. Burke felt the call to become a priest.
He attended Mundelein Seminary from 1997-2002 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Joliet in June of 2002. He served for four years as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in West Chicago, IL.
In June of 2006 he became the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Joliet. He has also teamed up with Catholic Athletes for Christ and served as the Chaplain for the Chicago Cubs since 2013."
He now travels and gives talks encouraging young men and women to lay down their lives for the sake of Jesus Christ.
Is the founder of Saint Joseph Communications, Inc., Lighthouse Catholic Media, and is a co-host for Reasons for Faith Live with Jesse Romero on EWTN Radio Network. Terry has recorded numerous podcasts on Saint Joseph Podcasts called “Culture Warriors for Christ,” addressing the main social issues affecting our culture today. He has over 30 years’ experience in evangelization.
"Terry Barber has long been one of the Church's finest evangelists". Most Reverend Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles "Before it was fashionable to talk about the New Evangelization, Terry Barber was already doing it".
Steve Ray, Host, The Footprints of God film series "It's one thing to know theory. It's something else to be able to put theory into
practice. Many people know the Catholic faith well, but not many can convey Catholic teaching winningly. Terry Barber is one of the few who can". Karl Keating, President, Catholic Answers.
Was raised in the Catholic faith, attending Catholic grade school and then public high school. In his teen years, Gus fell away from the practice of his faith. After attending International Broadcasting School, Gus began a career in radio. He married his wife, Michelle, in 1980. Gus and Michelle are the parents of four children. After five years in radio, Gus and his family moved to Florida. In 1985, after a near-drowning incident with their daughter, Gus and Michelle realized that they needed God in their lives. They began attending a non-denominational Bible church and grew in their love for the Lord. Soon after, they began to look into the Catholic Church. After much searching and study, both Gus and Michelle came to realize that the Catholic Church is the one true Church founded by Christ Jesus. Gus became active in the Catholic Charismatic movement, and attended the Catholic School of Lay Evangelization, feeling a call to ministry. He produced an album of original Christian music. In 1992, he was asked to join the staff of WBVM, the Catholic radio station in Tampa, FL. He hosted a popular morning show there for nearly 13 years. In 2006, the Archdiocese of New York contacted Gus to host the morning show for The Catholic Channel, a new venture on Sirius Satellite Radio. He has been the host of Seize the Day since then. You can listen to Gus every weekday morning on Sirius XM 129.
For the past 20 years, Gus has been a popular speaker at conferences, retreats and parish missions. He speaks on apologetics, evangelization, men's issues, marriage issues and being a Catholic in the world today. Along with his daily radio show, which can be heard weekday mornings on Sirius XM 129. Gus published his first book in 2010, A Minute in the Church, a collection of one-minute Catholic apologetics teachings. Over 120,000 copies of A Minute in the Church have been distributed around the world. His second book, Magnetic Christianity: Using Your God-given Gifts to Build the Kingdom, was released in February 2012. In 2013, Gus released A Minute in the Church Volume II One Minute Answers to Questions About the Catholic Faith. He also writes his 60-Second Reflection, a daily meditation on the Scriptures. His Catholic Apologetics teachings, are available on CD or for download at www.guslloyd.com, have been heard all around the world.