Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min.
Joyful, Energetic, Bible-Fed and Spirit-Led – these are but a few words that describe the Reverend Maurice J. Nutt! Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He was baptized into the Catholic Faith as an infant. His vocation to the priesthood was nurtured at Saint Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church, a Redemptorist Parish. He professed vows in the Redemptorist congregation on July 24, 1983. Father Maurice was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1989 by Bishop J. Terry Steib, S.V.D. at his home parish of the “Rock”. As Divine Providence would have it, his first pastoral assignment after ordination was as Associate Pastor of the very parish where his vocation was born and nurtured. It was not long after that he was named the 32nd Pastor and the first African American Pastor of this historic Parish where he served as pastor for 9 years. Under his pastoral leadership the Parish grew from 150 families to over 1,200 families with over 80 ministries! In 2000, the Parish was named one of 300 Excellent Catholic Churches in the United States by the Pastoral Summit.
Father Maurice’s Retreats, Revivals, Missions, and Lectures are always overflowing with people hungry for the Word of God and eager and ready to be inspired, loved and a part of a joyful celebration! He specializes in Preaching, Evangelization, African American Culture, Spirituality, and Community and Church Development.
Father Maurice has received numerous Awards and Citations for his leadership and civic efforts. Father Maurice earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, Missouri; 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, Father Maurice completed a 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 Maurice served as Pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 2005 – 2011. From 2011 – 2014, Father Maurice was a full time preaching Evangelist as a member of the Redemptorist Mission Preaching Team based in Chicago, Illinois.
Father Maurice is currently the Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana where he also teaches Theology and Preaching Courses. Father Maurice is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Catholic clergy Caucus, The National Black Catholic Congress and the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators. Father Maurice 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 Maurice is also a contributor to the African American Catholic Youth Bible, a collaborative project between the National Black Catholic Congress and St. Mary’s Press published in 2014. Father Maurice has also published many articles about preaching, evangelization and stewardship. Father Maurice is a proud Life-Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
This Catholic Educator and Evangelist Life’s Purpose is simply to lead souls to Christ the Redeemer! Please pray that Father Maurice may continue to be used by God for God’s Greater Honor and Glory!