The Rev. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R., has been appointed director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies and the Drexel Society Endowed Professor of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Xavier University is the only historically black and Catholic university in the nation.
A native of St. Louis, Father Nutt, 51, professed vows in the Redemptorist congregation in 1983 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1989. He has served as pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Memphis TN, as director of the African American Ministry Initiative in Chicago IL, and as pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church in his hometown of St. Louis.
He comes to Xavier from the Redemptorist Parish Mission in Chicago IL, where he was a member of the Preaching Team. Father Nutt, who specializes in preaching, evangelization, African-American culture, spirituality and community and church development, is no stranger to Xavier, having earned a Master of Theology from Xavier’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies in 1989 and having served as an assistant professor of preaching at the institute since 2007.
“We are blessed to have acquired the full-time services of Father Maurice, who will bring his boundless energy, dynamic leadership and profound scholarship to the institute, with which he has already developed such an intimate connection,” said Loren Blanchard, provost and senior vice-president for Academic Affairs.
The institute, established in 1979 to help sustain and support the pastoral and intellectual needs of Black Catholics throughout the United States, offers a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology and continuing education units in Catechesis, leadership and youth/young adult ministry
A member of the Board of Directors for the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, Father Nutt has also served as an adjunct professor for Hampton University’s Online Religious Studies Program and as a Pentecostalism adjunct professor for Saint Louis University’s Department of Theology.
In addition to his Xavier degree, he also holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology with a concentration in Preaching, and a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union.
He is the author of 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.” He 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 this year.
“I had the best job in the world working on the Chicago mission team,” Father Nutt said. “Only when I was recruited for this position did I realize what a great opportunity it presents to spread the Redemptorist mission on a much larger scale. The possibilities are exciting, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the 24th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Theodore V. Foster 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at The Christ Pilgrim Rest Church, 1341 N. Kingshighway, For more information, contact Mrs. Eunice Carter at 314-716-2194.