B.A., College of the Holy Cross (1981)
M.A., Columbia University (1986)
M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California (1991)
Ph.D., Emory University (1996)
Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies
Professor of Theological Studies
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. This work has come together most comprehensively in his books, Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death (Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2009), and Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory: Political and Liturgical Theology in Dialogue (Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2000). His most recently published book is Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament (Paulist Press, 2012), while his newest is the forthcoming The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke: A Narrative Theology of Church, Sacrament, and Ministry (Paulist Press, May 2016). His current research and writing concerns questions of power as exercised in the ritual practices of the church.
Professor Morrill is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus, the religious order commonly known as the Jesuits. He has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and Australia, and keeps involved in various forms of pastoral work. In Nashville he presides and preaches regularly at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and provides pastoral-liturgical ministry to men at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. During Holy Week and Easter of 2015 he resumed his occasional pastoral service to Yup’ik eskimo villages in western Alaska, where he had made annual trips from 2001 to 2010. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt Professor Morrill was on the faculty of Boston College for fifteen years and has enjoyed appointments to visiting chairs and fellowships at a number of institutions in the USA, Belgium, and Ireland.
INTERVIEW 5/3/16: Professor Morrill discusses the vision and impact of Pope Francis, including the spirituality of the Jesuit order of which he is a part, on “Focus,” the news analysis program of WCPI (public radio, McMinnville, TN)
On Care For Our Common Home
Engaging Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s Ecological Justice Encyclical
Morrill, Bruce T. "Good Table Manners? The Presence and Participation of Fellow Christians at Roman Catholic Mass." Liturgy 31, no. 3 (2016): 37-45.