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Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program 23rd Annual Lecture

March 01, 2023 @ 4:30 PM CT - March 01, 2023 @ 6:30 PM CT


Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min.

A nationally noted retreat, revival, and parish mission preacher

Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program 23rd Annual Lecture

“Rhetorical Agency and the Black Prophetic Tradition”

The Black prophetic tradition is best promulgated but not necessarily exclusive to the Black church. Black churches have long since been the locus of political meetings, organized rallies, protests, and boycotts, voter registration and census participation drives. These efforts are known as Black prophetic practices. The passionate prophetic sermons urge congregations to fearlessly march forward toward moral victories. In his presentation, CTU’s 1989 M.Div.
graduate, Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min. will explore how the rhetorical agency of the Black prophetic tradition commonly embodied in preached sermons, pronouncements, declarations, and resolutions—these prophetic practices and actions of Black people seeking justice corresponds with Catholic social teachings and has a necessary and appropriate place within Catholic homilies.



The purpose of the Tolton Lecture is to recognize and acknowledge Black Catholic theological/historical and cultural scholarship and to provide an arena for the sharing of this research and scholarship with the community at Catholic Theological Union as well as the broader Church. This lecture is sponsored by the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program, which offers scholarships for graduate degrees and provides spiritual and ministerial formation for those lay Black Catholics preparing for leadership in the Archdiocese of Chicago.


The lecture is in-person and virtual. Registration is required.

About Guest Speaker : 

Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min.


Redemptorist Father Maurice J. Nutt holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He has served as pastor in parishes in St. Louis and Memphis. He is a nationally noted retreat, revival, and parish mission preacher. Father Nutt is a former director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, and a past convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. Father Nutt serves as a doctoral thesis advisor for students pursuing the D.Min. degree in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He wrote an award-winning biography of his mentor, Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, titled, Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free (Liturgical Press). He is an associate producer of the documentary, “Going Home Like a Shooting Stary: Thea Bowman’s Journey to Sainthood” produced by NewGroup Media and serves as a consultant of the cause of canonization of Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA, for the Diocese of Jackson. Father Nutt is a member of the Redemptorists’ Denver Province Extraordinary Provincial Council. He was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in 2022. His latest book titled Down Deep in My Soul: An African American Catholic Theology of Preaching will be published in the Spring of 2023 by Orbis Books. Father Nutt founded Copiosa Care, a Redemptorist Spiritual Direction practice, and lives with the Redemptorist community in New Orleans.


Twitter: @MJNutt1906



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