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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, MO.  He was baptized into the Catholic faith as an infant.  His vocation to the priesthood was nurtured at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Catholic Church, a Redemptorist parish.  He professed vows in the Redemptorist congregation on July 24, 1983.  Father Nutt 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 US 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.

He has received numerous awards and citations for his leadership and civic efforts.  Father Nutt earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis; a Master of Theology Degree from Xavier University 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.

Father Nutt is currently a member of the Redemptorist Parish Mission Preaching Team based in Chicago, IL.  Additionally he is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans where he teaches Preaching.  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, a collaborative project between the National Black Catholic Congress and St. Mary’s Press to be published in 2013.  He has also published many articles about preaching, evangelization and stewardship.  Father Nutt is a proud life-member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  

This Catholic evangelist life’s purpose is simply to lead souls to Christ the Redeemer!  Please pray that Father Maurice Nutt may continue to be used by God for God’s greater honor and glory!
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