Fr. John Burns is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He is the author of the bestselling books Adore: A Guided Advent Journal for Prayer and Meditation, Return: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation, and Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales. Ordained in 2010, Burns has served as an associate pastor and pastor in Milwaukee in addition to being an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He completed a doctorate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in 2019. His doctoral research focused on the theology of healing through forgiveness.

Burns speaks at conferences, preaches for missions, and directs retreats throughout the country. He works extensively with the Sisters of Life and St. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the sisters in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

Return Lent Journal with Fr. John Burns

Reorient your mind and heart this Lent so you can more fully experience the joy of Easter—Christ’s victory over sin and death.

In this beautiful guided journal for prayer and meditation, Fr. John Burns invites you to strip away your confusion, attachments, and sin so you can return to the Lord and undergo real and lasting conversion.

There are FREE, weekly companion videos and a downloadable discussion guide to go along with the journal.  

Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales book cover

For more than four hundred years, Introduction to the Devout Life by Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales has been regarded as the essential guide to holiness and loving God. This spiritual classic takes on new life in Lift Up Your Heart, where Fr. John Burns has interpreted ten meditations for the modern reader and distilled them into a ten-day mini-retreat that can easily be completed in the midst of a busy life.

Purchase in bulk with our special edition! Each copy is only $2.50 when you order 100 copies or more. 

Adore Advent Journal with Fr. John Burns

You have a choice this Advent: Get caught up in the annual rush of shopping, decorating, and parties or slow down and take a few minutes each day to remember who this season is really about—Jesus.

In Adore, popular author and speaker Fr. John Burns and illustrator Valerie Delgado of Pax.Valerie will help you reclaim the sacred sense of longing and joyful hope at the heart of Advent, focusing on a new theme each week.

There are FREE, weekly companion videos and a downloadable discussion guide to go along with the journal.  

Ave Explores: Advent through Adore

Ave Explores: Advent through Adore

Join Ave Explores as Katie Prejean McGrady walks you through the themes of Fr. John Burn's Adore: A Guided Advent Journal for Prayer and Meditation. Each week of Advent includes a video on the four themes—vigilance, preparation, nearness, and Emmanuel—with Fr. Burns, as well as podcast episode from guests Sarah SwaffordHeather Khym, andSr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT.

Check out all the videos and podcasts here.  

Ave Explores: Lent through Return

Join us on a journey into the desert with Fr. John Burns and his book, Return: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and Meditation. On the Ave Explores Podcast, host Katie Prejean McGrady and special guests will break down a portion of Joel’s invitation and talk about how we can apply it to our own lives. Podcast guests include Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLTFr. Agustino Torres, CFRMark HartRakhi McCormick, and more!

Books by Fr. John Burns