Reverend George W. Bur, S.J.
Former President, Gesu School
George W. Bur graduated from Philadelphia’s Saint Joseph’s Prep School in 1959 at which time he joined the Society of Jesus. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College, completed Theology studies at Woodstock College and earned a Master’s degree in Physics from the Catholic University of America. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1972 and worked at Catholic Charities of Baltimore where his ministry was devoted to housing issues of minority families.
In 1985 he began pastoral and educational work at the Church of the Gesu in North Philadelphia. Fr. Bur served as the parish’s pastor until its closing in 1993. The Gesu School remained open as a private Catholic school sponsored by the Jesuits and the IHM Sisters with Fr. Bur serving as president until 2003 when he was assigned as rector of the Jesuit community of Saint Joseph’s University. His current duties include the fostering of the Jesuit community and the authenticity of the Jesuit mission at the University. Fr. Bur sees his principal University duty as making the University more attractive to Philadelphia urban youth, particularly underserved minorities.
He served on boards of the Russell Byers Charter School, the Young Scholars Charter School, Gesu School, Hopeworks ‘N Camden, Summerbridge of Philadelphia, Immaculata University and Saint Joseph’s University.