Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. William Black Burk

The Rev. William Black Burk was born in 1849 in Philadelphia, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Lowth) Burk. He attended Philadelphia Divinity School and was ordained a deacon in 1872 and a priest in 1874 by Bishop Stevens. He married Sarah Catherine Radcliffe on 19 October 1873. He began his career as an assistant priest at All Saints Church in Torresdale, Pennsylvania, from 1872 to 1875. He then moved to Reading to become rector of St. Barnabas Church from 1876 to 1881. He went from there to Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, initially as a missionary, and helped organized Calvary Church. From 1884 to 1887 he was rector of Trinity Church in Peru, Indiana, and was instrumental in helping to form Christ Church in Huntington. In 1887 he returned to Tamaqua, initially as priest-in-charge and then as rector from 1887 to 1893. He then returned to Reading as rector of St. Luke's Church, serving from 1893 to 1911. He died in Reading on 8 March 1928.


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