Author Archives: Br. Erik Burckel, LC


About Br. Erik Burckel, LC

Br Erik tries to be a good friend of Jesus. In fact, he promised to live exclusively for Jesus back in 2009. That meant leaving home (Hattiesburg, MS) for the novitiate in Cheshire, CT, where he returned as a teacher in 2016 after several years of philosophy. Br Erik writes, teaches a writing class, and writes about writing. He also teaches several other very important classes (and he writes about those too). He is enthusiastic about JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen, Therese of Lisieux, basketball, chess, the Civil War, and Japanese maple bonsai.

Internship and Community: Bread and Butter

If I want to accomplish something, I sometimes get bulldoggish about it. “Single-minded” describes this trait in a positive light; “stubborn” and “myopic” describe it too. When I flew to Detroit for 12 days this summer for a gathering of … Continue reading

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Internship: The Dream Mission

In the Legion, we call an apostolic assignment a “mission.” Last year, I got the dream mission. Legionary vocation director Father Edward Hopkins welcomed me to SEEK 2017, the San Antonio conference hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students … Continue reading

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Women of Faith

Even as I was boarding the plane in New York, I still didn’t have a clear picture of what I was supposed to do. I knew it was a Catholic radio station reaching tens of thousands of listeners with the … Continue reading

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Internship: The Write Tools for Priesthood

“A writer will do anything to avoid the act of writing.” – On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Author William Zinsser knows me well; the blinking cursor of a white computer screen infuses dread. What am I … Continue reading

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