Meet the Rector

Very Rev. Kurt Burnette

Father Kurt Burnette was ordained a priest for the Byzantine Catholic Church in 1989 to serve the Eparchy of Phoenix, formerly called the Eparchy of Van Nuys.  He served as a pastor in Fontana, CA, Portland, OR, Las Vegas, NV, and Albuquerque, NM between 1989 and 2013.  Other ministry includes service as a police chaplain with the Fontana Police Department until 1998.  While in Albuquerque, Father Kurt helped start CAFE, a Catholic student group at University of New Mexico, which now has branches at other universities in the Southwest.

Father Kurt is a graduate of Rice University, and also has a PhD in Mathematics, a Juris Doctor, and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute.  He has served as a tribunal official for the Eparchy of Phoenix, the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of Gallup, and Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and is a licensed attorney in the State of California and a member of the California Bar Association.  He also served as Economos and Consultor for the Eparchy of Phoenix.

Father Kurt has taught mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science at University of Utah, California State University, University of California, and University of Portland between 1978 and 2004.  He taught one of the first courses in the world on quantum computing for the computer science senior class at University of Portland.

He was appointed Rector of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2012, where he himself studied for the priesthood from 1985 till 1989 under Msgr. Raymond Balta.



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