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Bruce T. Morrill

Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies, Professor of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Bruce Morrill focuses his theological scholarship in the area of liturgy and sacraments, drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary resources in the fields of systematic and historical theology, ritual studies, cultural anthropology, and biblical studies. His other primary and strongly related interest is in political theologies, as they investigate the problems of suffering in social contexts. In addition to eight books, his publications number more than one hundred journal articles, book chapters, and reviews. His current research and writing projects include an exposition of the concept of “political holiness” and an attempt at a mystagogical theology of the Easter Season. A Jesuit priest, he provides pastoral-liturgical ministry in local parishes and the men’s maximum security prison in Nashville.


  • 2011–present
    Professor of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University
  • 1996–2011
    Professor of Theology, Boston College


  • 1996 
    Emory University, PhD, Religion
  • 1991 
    Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, M.Div.
  • 1986 
    Columbia University, M.A., Anthropology
  • 1981 
    College of the Holy Cross, B.A., Religious Studies


  • 2016
    The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry, co-author, Paulist Press
  • 2012
    Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament, Paulist Press
  • 2009
    Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death, Pueblo/Liturgical Press
  • 2008
    Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God, contributing co-editor, Pueblo/Liturgical Press
  • 2006
    Practicing Catholic: Ritual, Body, and Contestation in Catholic faith, contributing co-editor, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2000
    Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory: Political and Liturgical Theology in Dialogue, Pueblo/Liturgical Press
  • 1999
    Bodies of Worship: Explorations in Theory and Practice, contributing editor, Liturgical Press
  • 1998
    Liturgy and the Moral Self: Humanity at Full Stretch Before God, contributing co-editor, Pueblo/Liturgical Press

Professional Memberships

  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • North American Academy of Liturgy
  • Societas Liturgica