Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Father Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R. has been ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Redemptorist Congregation for 30 years. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis; a Master of Theology Degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana; a Master of Divinity Degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Communication from Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wisconsin. In June of 2001, he completed the Leadership Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Additionally, Father Nutt served as Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church (1993-2002) in St. Louis, Missouri and Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Church (2005-2011) in Memphis, Tennessee. From 2011-2014 he was a full-time preaching evangelist as a member of the Redemptorist Mission Preaching Team based in Chicago, IL. He was appointed Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans where he also taught theology and preaching courses from 2014-2017. He is Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, a national interdisciplinary association of Black Catholic scholars from the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Father Nutt is a Consultor on the Extraordinary Provincial Council of the Redemptorists – Denver Province. Currently, Father Nutt is preaching missions, revivals and retreats as a Redemptorist missionary. He was appointed by Bishop Joseph Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson as the Diocesan Liaison to the cause for canonization of Sister Thea Bowman.

Father Nutt is the author of Thea Bowman: In My Own Words, Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Alphonsus Liguori. Father Nutt is also a contributor to the African American Catholic Youth Bible, published by St. Mary’s Press in 2015. His latest book, a biography of his mentor, Sister Thea Bowman, titled, Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free. He has also published many articles about preaching, theology, evangelization and social justice. Rev. Dr. Nutt’s areas of research and interests include pastoral theology, homiletics, African American culture, and the intersectionality of the Church and the work of justice. He is a proud active Life-Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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