|The Rt Revd
|Bishop of Wolverhampton|
|Diocese||Diocese of Lichfield|
|Other posts||Archdeacon of Bedford (1986–1993)|
|Ordination||c. 1967 (deacon); c. 1968 (priest)|
|Born||28 November 1941|
|Parents||Gordon & Hilda|
|Spouse||Elizabeth Bieler (m. 1968)|
|Children||1 son; 1 daughter|
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
Education and career
Bourke studied Modern Languages at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and then Theology at Cambridge and Tübingen before training for the ministry at Cuddesdon Theological College. He was ordained in 1967, and began his ordained ministry as a curate at St James’ Grimsby after which he spent 22 years in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in the Diocese of St Albans  rising to be Archdeacon of Bedford (1986–1993), until his ordination to the episcopate. From 1996 to 2006 he was Anglican Co-Chairman of the Meissen Commission, the body which oversees the relationship between the Church of England and the Protestant Church of Germany (EKD) Template:Since 2006, Bourke has lived in Hereford diocese, and is an honorary Assistant Bishop in that diocese (as retired bishops usually are).
Bourke is a keen amateur astronomer, and counts star-gazing as amongst his chief spare-time pursuits. He has been an outspoken advocate of gay rights in both church and society, and has actively opposed institutional homophobia in all organisations, including the Church.
In 2008 Michael Bourke received the Cross of St Augustine, the second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican Church. This was awarded primarily for his services to ecumenism, although the citation also mentioned his work opposing racism and homophobia.
- Resignation details
- ‘BOURKE, Rt Rev. Michael Gay’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 , accessed 2 July 2012
- Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 9780715110300
- BCC website
- See this citation by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
|Church of England titles|
|Archdeacon of Bedford
|Bishop of Wolverhampton
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