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Visiting Jesuit Scholar Lecture

“Celebrating a Week of Sundays: Tapping the Easter Season’s Potential for Discipleship and Mission”

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023  |  7:30 p.m.

Loyola Marymount University
University Hall, McIntosh Center

Featured Speaker

Fr. Bruce Morrill, S.J.
Edward A. Malloy Chair in Roman Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University


About the Lecture

Attention to the lectionary cycle of readings of the seven Sundays of Easter and sacramental rites for particular members of the community will demonstrate how an as of yet unrealized renewal of the season would likewise advance Vatican II’s teaching on its preparatory period, Lent. Doing so amounts to reviving the ancient catechetical-homiletic tradition of mystagogy, which parishes have largely struggled with in the last phase of the RCIA. Such a vision, while taking account of contemporary challenges, could enhance the practical theology of the church in its members and mission.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Register to attend.

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About Fr. Bruce T. Morrill, S.J.

Fr. Bruce Morrill, S.J., professor of theological studies and holder of the Edward A. Malloy Chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University, focuses his theological scholarship in liturgy and sacraments, drawing on interdisciplinary resources of systematic and historical theology, ritual studies, cultural anthropology, and biblical studies. His works include “Practical Sacramental Theology: At the Intersection of Liturgy and Ethics” (2021), “Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death” (2009), and “Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory: Political and Liturgical Theology in Dialogue” (2000). He is also the editor of several books and author of numerous articles. In Nashville he presides and preaches at area parishes, as needed, provides pastoral-liturgical ministry at state prisons and serves as spiritual liaison for the local community of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in theological studies.


The lecture is located in University Hall (3rd Floor), McIntosh Hall Suite 3999 and visitor parking is available in University Hall P2 or P3. All visitors must register and pay for parking Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Visit the Parking website for more information.