Reverend Dr. Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Rev. Dr. Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R. has been ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Redemptorist Congregation for 28 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 a Leadership Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Additionally, Father Nutt served as Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church (1993-2002) in St. Louis 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 and the endowed Drexel Society Professor of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans where he also taught theology and preaching courses from 2014-2017. In October 2017, he will become Convener (President) of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Currently, Father Nutt is preaching missions, revivals and retreats as a Redemptorist missionary.
Father Nutt is on the academic advisory committee of the Association for the Study of Religion in South Africa. He has written three books: 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. He contributed a book chapter titled, “A Sankofa Moment: A Genealogy of Justice” for the upcoming book, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around – Spiritual Contemplation and Justice. (Church Publishing, 2017) His latest book, a biography of his mentor, Sister Thea Bowman, titled, Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free published by Liturgical Press to be released later this year. He has also published many articles about preaching, theology, evangelization and social justice. Rev. Dr. Nutt’s academic areas of research and interest include: pastoral theology, homiletics, African American spirituality and the intersection of ecclesiology and the work of justice.