The Catholic Man: A Vision for Masculine Spirituality, Part 1

Our guest for this Women of Grace series maintains that when a man embraces the Cross he is truly able to be himself—the man that God created and calls him to be – and that makes all the difference in his relationship with Jesus Christ, his family, his friends, co-workers, and everyone else who populates his life.
And for him, it all begins with a Biblical understanding of masculinity and the covenant relationship. That’s the subject of our time together today with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers.

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Women of Grace: Deacon Harold on Men, Women, and the New Evangelization

Are you a fan of Jesus, but not a follower? Do you hold anything back from Jesus? Do you find Mass boring and you try going, but it’s still boring to you? Do you like vampires or zombies or do you know a young person who does?

If you answered yes to any of these… oh boy, do you need to listen to this show! Johnnette Benkovic invites Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers to talk about what new evangelization means for you. Deacon Harold is the founder and director of Dynamic Deacon and a preacher on the go with a remarkable story of God’s love in his life.

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New EWTN Series Now Airing: Priests and Deacons, Ministers of Mercy

Father Brian Mullady, O.P. and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will examine the inherent blessings and tribulations connected with living the ministry of priest and deacon in the Catholic Church. This series is meant to help the laity better understand the issues and safeguards involved in the ministerial life of priests and deacons who are dedicated to faithful and fruitful service in the Church.

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Blog: Deacon Harold on Marriage

I had a 2-hour drive home because the topic on Catholic Answers was “Preparing for your Catholic Marriage” with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers aka The Dynamic Deacon.

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Blog: Deacon Harold at the Catholic Men’s Conference

Anointed by the Holy Spirit, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers gave two life-changing presentations at the March 2 Men’s Conference. You can purchase CD’s/DVD’s of the talks from My Catholic Faith ( Besides giving the central Conference presentations, Deacon Harold stayed to preach at our weekend Masses.

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Blog: Thoughts on Deacon Harold’s Parish Mission in NJ

We just completed our parish mission. This year I had nothing to do with the planning of it, so I did not know what to expect. We had Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a permanent deacon from the Archdiocese of Portland, OR. I had never heard of him. I was told that he is on EWTN from time to time, but to my shame I must admit that I do not watch EWTN very often. It is not a knock or slight to that fine network; I just don’t get a lot of time to watch TV. Deacon Harold is originally from Newark, NJ, so it was something of a homecoming for him.

Let me just say, he was AWESOME!!! He is a very dynamic speaker (hence the name of his website, Dynamic Deacon). His first talk was “Why be Catholic?” It was a wonderful apologetical talk, starting with demonstrations for the existence of God, to why Jesus is God. I am attaching a teaser of part of the talk he gave talking about the relationship between men and women.

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Blog: Deacon Harold on Why By Catholic?

Great recognition and application of the stages of evangelization. Deacon Harold made it very clear that it’s important to really engage with where people are at, i.e. while St. Thomas Aquinas might offer a moving (and certainly valuable) justification for the existence of God, St. Thomas Aquinas is not likely to have the same weight or pull on an unbeliever as he might on us. So, we need to start with real basics, without immediately jumping to quotations from our tradition (even if they are from some of the greatest Christian thinkers in history!). In this example, he demonstrated some of the unique considerations of pre-evangelistic and evangelistic preaching.

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Today’s Catholic News: Deacon Harold at Men’s Conference in Fort Wayne-South Bend

The conference’s third speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is becoming one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the U.S. and across the globe. Residing in Portland, Ore., with his wife, Colleen, and their four children, Deacon Burke-Sivers’ message offers a passionate approach to evangelization and the truth of the Catholic faith. He will bring his role as husband and father to the talk at the conference.

Deacon Burke-Sivers is dedicated to teaching and promoting Catholic values in complete faithfulness to Holy Scripture, sacred Tradition and the Magisterium.

During this Year of Faith, Deacon Burke-Sivers told Today’s Catholic in a telephone interview from his Portland, Ore., home, he will talk with men, “to try to get them to think more deeply and spiritually about the connections between the faith that we learned in our head and the faith that we live in our hearts — to make a deeper connection between the head and the heart.”

He encourages men to make their faith “part of their every day lived experience: Who is God calling me to be as a man; what does that look like; and how do I engage the living God in every aspect of my life as a man?”

Being a man of prayer, being a man of God, is “exactly following the example of Jesus Christ,” Deacon Burke-Sivers said.

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The Irish Catholic: Deacon Harold Visits the Emerald Isle

The third annual Meant4More Men’s Conference took place last Saturday at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley, Dublin with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers as its main speaker.

Deacon Harold is married with four children and is ordained to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, USA. He spoke on the theme “Behold the Man” offering a challenging message on male spirituality for today.

Deacon Harold looked at men in the Old and New Testament as examples for how modern men can live their lives. “I am trying to make a deeper spiritual connection between our Biblical faith, the teaching of the Church and what it means to be a man,” he said.

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Women of Grace: Catholics and Halloween

The annual Halloween debate about whether or not Catholics should participate in this pagan holiday is raging anew, but one Deacon in the Diocese of Portland suggests that instead of continuing in our love-hate relationship with this holiday, we turn it into a valuable teaching moment for our children.

Writing in the Oregon Faith Report, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of Portland says Catholics seem to be divided into two camps on the subject of Halloween. One says Halloween must be rejected because it’s the devil’s holiday and corrupts the minds of children. The other says it’s okay because it’s just children playing make-believe and having fun.

He suggests that instead of taking sides, maybe Catholics can try a third approach.

“I believe this time of year presents our children with a tremendous faith-learning opportunity where the emphasis should be not on Halloween itself but on the Feast of All Saints. They need to know the history of All Saints, its tacit connection to Halloween, and how it has become distorted by the secular culture,” Deacon Burke-Sivers writes.
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The Record (Archdiocese of Perth, Australia): Deacon Harold Preaches the Truth

The Society of Catholic Teachers Australia held its annual conference in Perth recently, to coincide with the start of the Year of Faith, featuring internationally renowned Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers as its keynote speaker.

The ‘Dynamic Deacon’ TV personality from the USA arrived in Perth for five days of conferences, a men’s retreat, preaching and a youth event.

Deacon Harold’s dynamic and passionate love for the scriptures and the Church’s teachings has been a great inspiration to all who attended these sessions throughout his tour in Perth. His Australian tour continues now to the east coast of Australia, before his return home to the USA.

“My job is not to change minds, but to preach the truth … We must know our faith … at least the basics.”

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EWTN: Authentically Free at Last Now on DVD

Society says “freedom” is the right to do whatever we want, rather than the choice to do the responsible thing. In EWTN’s “Authentically Free at Last” hosts Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show how society confuses “freedom” with “license”. Their fine series develops the theme that authentic freedom means following God’s plan for our lives, and resisting the temptations of the secular culture.

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The Record (Archdiocese of Perth, Australia): Deacon Harold Down Under

A seed of inspiration planted at a men’s sharing group in suburban Perth will be come to fruition when one of the world’s leading Catholic evangelists arrives in Western Australia in October.

US Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, who has inspired thousands across the globe through his television show on US Catholic network EWTN, will begin his nation-wide tour at venues in Doubleview and Tuart Hill from October 11-13.

Renato Bonasera, who initiated the Australian visit and is one of the organisers of the Perth leg, told The Record that he was first exposed to the the powerful message of Deacon Harold during a monthly gathering of his Catholic Men’s Fellowship home group.

“During one session I showed one of Deacon Harold’s EWTN shows in which he elaborated on a spirituality toolkit for males and we found it inspiring”, he says.

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Blog: Deacon Harold Rocks Memphis

I encourage…no, I dare, any of my brothers in Christ to listen to this homily (starting at 5:20) by my friend Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of the Diocese of Portland, OR and EWTN. Given teh recent discussion I had with my daughter and some of her friends on Facebook regarding the book series Fifty Shades of Gray.

For people who are so “free”, we sure are a wounded bunch. One thing Deacon Harold says that stuck with me (at time mark 9:34): Real men, who live their spirituality from the Cross of Christ, and who preach Christ crucified by teh example of their lives, would never take the knife of sin from the hand of Satan and plunge into the hearts of women over and over again.”


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Review: The Mass in Sacred Scripture

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, who many of you have seen on EWTN, recently published a small booklet, perfect for a Kindle or E-Book, entitled The Mass in Sacred Scripture. While there have been a number of important books, many longer than this one, that have been published over the past year or two dealing with the New Roman Missal (3rd Edition), this booklet is unique in that it goes through the entire prayer of the Mass and shows the Scriptural source for almost every word heard or read. While he certainly touches on the main Mass parts, like the Gloria and Creed, he also goes into the numerous dialogues between priest and people, as well as an in-depth look at Eucharistic Prayer II.

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Review: The Mass in Sacred Scripture

My friends Kristina Erdmann and Therese LoCoco Milbrath have a close relationship with the vibrant and energetic Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and they had the honor of helping him with his latest e-book, The Mass in Sacred Scripture. Therese recently asked me to read and review his book and it was a great pleasure for me to agree to her request. My husband Paul and I had the opportunity to hear Deacon Burke-Sivers speak a few years ago and his message was powerful so I was expecting the same power from his book about the Holy Mass.

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Milwaukee Catholic Herald: Deacon Harold on Raising a Catholic Family

A deacon for nearly 10 years and a father of four, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers also works as a security director on a college campus in Portland, Ore.

It’s a job that has shown him what can happen when children who have not been raised fully embracing Jesus’ teachings become young adults.

“Faith has to be an integral part of our kids’ lives because we underestimate the power of this culture. Today’s culture is trying to take away religion, it’s trying to redefine marriage and trying to distort family,” said Deacon Burke-Sivers during a presentation titled, “Raising a Catholic Family in a Fallen World,” which he gave last November at St. Charles Parish, Hartland. “The kids get sucked into the culture.”

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CBS Philadelphia: Deacon Harold at 2012 Philadephia Men’s Conference

The conference offers the sacrament of confession and an impressive lineup of speakers. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers says there’s strength in fellowship.

“There’s these brothers that are here with me, that are struggling and fighting and on fire for their faith. It really empowers you.”

He says the most important lesson is to keep the fire burning.

“Men need to take what they learn from the conference here today, and to go out there and live it, to really use this experience for transformative change.”

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National Catholic Register: Deacon Harold Models His Life After Christ

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is also a favorite speaker at men’s conferences. He is a deacon serving the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., and also has an evangelization apostolate (

He recognizes how vital faith formation is for men: “Men are sucked into the many lies of our culture. They get involved with the culture of pornography, contraception and abortion and get pulled away from the men they’re called to be.”

He seeks to be “a witness of Christ and Christ crucified” and “to encourage men not to just know, but live the Catholic faith.” As he puts it, “The Holy Spirit can transform us, and we can turn the culture around.”

Burke-Sivers’ experiences with his father, who was hostile to religion and divorced his mother, taught him from an early age the importance of men accepting the responsibilities of fatherhood. He lamented, “My dad loved alcohol, women and cigarettes more than us. Men need to be servant leaders to their wives and children and be an example of Christ to them.” (Burke-Sivers would later have an emotional reconciliation with his father, who came to embrace religion after watching a series his son did for EWTN.)

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National Catholic Register: Deacon Harold on Black Catholicism

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, 45, serves the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore. He was born in Barbados in the Caribbean and brought to the United States as a small child. He grew up in Hillsdale, N.J.

His father was an unchurched calypso singer; his mother a Methodist who converted to Catholicism. His parents divorced when he was young, and his mother encouraged Deacon Burke-Sivers and his three siblings in the practice of the Catholic faith. He served as an altar boy and was attracted to the priesthood: “I watched priests celebrate Mass, and I thought, I could do this.”

He spent four years in a Benedictine monastery in Newark, N.J., and was attracted to the “wonderful combination” of the Benedictines’ life of prayer and work. His mother was delighted to have a son in the monastery, but his worldly father was not.

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Catholic World Report: Seven Men Who Have Dedicated Themselves to Changing Other Men

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is also from Portland, and another sought after men’s conference speaker. He was born in Barbados and brought to the United States as a small child. He spent four years in a Benedictine monastery, but opted for the married life instead. He works in campus security, but devotes much of his free time to evangelization (visit He has produced several series for EWTN, including “Behold the Man! Spirituality for Men”, “Made in His Image: Family Life Today”, and “Christ the Servant: The Vocation of Deacons”.

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Siena Forum for Faith & Culture: Deacon at NYC Forum

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will present “Why is Marriage Prep so Important?” the second of the four-part lecture series A Year of Marriage hosted by the Siena Forum for Faith and Culture at The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena. The half-day seminar will explore questions such as: How do married couples deal with reality, form interpersonal relationships – true communio – and external friendships that build a marriage? What’s the place of prayer, God, the Church in a marriage, even in times that are perceived to be difficult? How does a marriage deal with the distractions that lead one to think that the Church does not have real answers to complex problems? What is the role of Natural Family Planning in marriage prep? How does one deal with issues of fertility and infertility? How does one navigate the fact of contraception and the contraceptive mentality and live a healthy marriage?

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Catholic Sentinel: Deacon Harold Continues the Fight for Life During Lent

Four years after pro-life activists began seeking to block construction of a large new Planned Parenthood building in Northeast Portland, they are still maintaining a presence at the site.

The task now is to remain vigilant, said a deacon who spoke March 5 at the beginning of a Lenten vigil in front of Planned Parenthood.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of nearby Immaculate Heart Parish told the 75 protesters that traditional Lenten practices can be powerful.

“Prayer and fasting is how we bring the love of Christ and great kindness to the women who are seeking help,” he said.

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Catholic News Singapore: Deacon Harold Conducts Combat Training

“Marriage is like a roller coaster with its ups and downs,” said Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers (photo) in his booming voice to his audience of mainly married couples. Everyone nodded in agreement. “But we cannot get out halfway!” came his punch line. Laughter followed this sober truth.

Deacon Harold was the keynote speaker at the public talk themed “Life is a battlefield. Conquer it with The Armour of Love” held May 23 at the Singapore Management University auditorium. The talk was organised by Family Life Society and Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Singapore. Two panel discussions on “Couple Relationship and Parenting Today” followed.

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Diocese of Saskatoon: Deacon Harold Rocks the Mount

Three talks were also presented during the day by guest speaker Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of Portland, Oregon, exploring the beatitudes as they relate to the joyful mysteries of the rosary; stressing the importance of conversion and of the sacrament of reconciliation; and outlining the pursuit of true happiness.

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Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Catholic Herald Online: Deacon Harold Lights Up Marriages

Lester, Erdmann and a team of organizers planned the event, which featured Deacon Burke-Sivers, founder of Aurem Cordis (Latin for “Ear of the Heart”), a Portland, Ore.-based Christian evangelization and apologetics organization devoted to promoting Catholic values.

Deacon Burke-Sivers, who serves in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., speaks at men’s and family conferences throughout the world.

“I enjoyed my time (at the conference) very much,” said Deacon Burke-Sivers, who spoke of God’s plan for marriage from Genesis 1 and 2 and what can be done to restore it. “I really hope this impacts strong, healthy life-long marriages.”

Deacon Burke-Sivers’ desire struck a chord with Tory and Natalie Schultz of Milwaukee. The Schultzes, who have children ages 4 and 2, said the conference reminded them of life’s priorities.

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Who Da Man? Deacon Harold is Da Man

I have chosen to “support” my good friend – and AMAZING speaker – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. I have the pleasure of calling him my friend and well as my inspiration for doing what I do. It was his “yes” to my invitation to speak at a men’s conference here in Portland, Oregon that allowed me to give God my “yes” to launching Real Catholic Ministries.

One of the things I appreciate most about Deacon Harold (and people in general) is his no-holds-barred approach to his faith. He speaks the truth of the Catholic Faith with love and conviction. If you don’t receive a healthy dose of the Holy Spirit by the time you’re done hearing one of his talks – you might want to check for a pulse.

His explanations of the Mass, the family, the Eucharist, etc. are direct, enlightening and understandable.

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The Archdiocese of Singapore Catholic News:

Despite the attraction of sun-kissed young men and women playing beach volleyball within sight from the restaurant, all eyes were on the stocky Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, the keynote speaker from the Christ@Work Conference organised by Praise@Work in 2005. This was his second time in Singapore.

At one point of the morning, Deacon Harold’s booming voice drew the attention of a couple of topless Caucasian men passing by. They stopped for a few minutes to listen, but declined an invitation to join the audience.

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Deacon Harold, EWTN, and the Awesomeness of Truth

EWTN hosts a phenomenal preacher named Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. His shows are a powerful and persuasive exegesis of the Bible and Christian teaching, and I recommend them most highly. For those of us with iPODs or iPhones or iToasters or whatever, EWTN beneficently provides his lectures in mp3 form.

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Deacon Harold Partners with Family Life Advocates to Build Healthy Marriages

Aurem Cordis helps families flourish and prosper spiritually within a culture averse to
Christian values. We address the following major themes: Christian marriage as a reflection of
God’s life in the Trinity; the Christian family as a communion of persons and its place within the life
of the Church; the spirituality of motherhood and fatherhood; the role of extended families; socie-
ties obligation to safeguard natural marriage; key elements to raising faith

filled children in a cul-
ture of death; society’s disordered, self

centered view of sexuality that hinders and undermines
authentic family life; managing the delicate balancing act of family, work, and recreation; the impact
and challenge of assisted reproductive technologies; family crisis as a path to sanctity; and practi-
cal ideas that will foster and encourage better family communication, and a deeper, richer family
spiritual life.

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Ignatius Insight: Deacon Harold Comments on the Difference between Ministry and Apostolate

In commenting about my recent post about Sister Lears, my friend Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers serves up some excellent quotes and observations about how the terms “ministry” and “minister” are often misused or knowingly abused:

We need to appreciate the difference between “ministry” and “apostolate” in the Church. In this regard, Vatican II is most helpful:

“They [the lay faithful] exercise the apostolate in fact by their activity directed to the evangelization and sanctification of men and to the penetrating and perfecting of the temporal order through the spirit of the Gospel. In this way, their temporal activity openly bears witness to Christ and promotes the salvation of men. Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ.” (Apostolicam Actuositatem, 2).

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LifeSiteNews: Deacon Harold and Precious Children of Portland Continue to Fight Abortion

The protest was the culmination of Portland’s contribution to the national 40 Days for Life campaign that saw PCP engaged in prayer and brochure distribution at events, churches, and households.

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of the local Immaculate Heart Catholic Parish expressed concerns that the PP facility would bring promiscuity in addition to abortion.

Sivers’ parish plans to conduct a Eucharistic procession from the church to the proposed site of construction on the May 25 Feast of Corpus Christi.

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South Dakota Retreatant Blogs about Deacon Harold

Why did we like him so much?

He offers a truly multicultural flavor to his talk–he draws from his young childhood years under the guidance of a loving mother from Barbados, from his youth in Newark, from his college days at Notre Dame.
He loves and lives the Benedictine way of life, and the Benedictines have a definite and dear spot of my heart.
He makes Truth clear, desirable, attainable!
His anecdotes are genuine and filled with love.
His extensive knowledge of Latin! And his love for it!
He’s funny! He’ll also make you cry, and think!

If you are in need of a phenomenal Catholic speaker for an event, you found one in Deacon Burke-Sivers !

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