Father Burghardt was a Jesuit priest who spent most of his career as a scholar of church history and theology. A prominent Catholic theologian, writer and thinker who was considered a spellbinding preacher whose powerful calls for social justice and understanding influenced generations of Catholic priests and Protestant pastors. Seminary at Woodstock College in New York, he taught there from 1947 to 1974. He received a doctorate from Catholic University of America in 1957. From 1974 to 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. From 1946 to 1990, he was managing editor and then editor of the influential Jesuit journal Theological Studies. Appointed to the International Theological Commission by Pope Paul VI in 1968.