|Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R.,
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
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,
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!