I feel that I have been called to accompany men and women in their spiritual journey and to support all who are seeking to discern God's will.
As an 'independent' spiritual director and retreat leader, I am not specifically associated with any one retreat center or direction center. I try to be available to serve the People of God.
As an 'itinerant', I am prepared to offer retreats anywhere I am asked. I invite you to look over pages that describe the retreats I offer. If any of them seem to speak to a need in your community, please contact me.
I am a graduate of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University and have both a Bachelors degree in Theology and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.
I also have 30 years experience in grassroots community education and fundraising for ecumenical, non-profit organizations.
I have led countless discernment workshops for volunteers for CROP Walks for Hunger, a four evening workshop entitlted "Called to Action, What Do I Do?", and more than twenty day retreats for non-profit organizations. In the last seven years I have directed more than one hundred individuals in 8-day and 32-week experiences of the Spiritual Exercises, and led a variety of weekend and day retreats.
My Blessed Life
I am married to Jeannie Cleary-Burns and am the step-father of 5 young adults and grandfather of 5 great little kids.
I am well prepared for an itinerant ministry. I have lived in eight states and visited 14 countries in North America, the Carribean, West Africa, and Europe.
I invite you explore the site to learn more about the retreats I offer and my approach to spiritual direction.