Msgr. Eugene Morris
Born in June of 1965, Msgr. Eugene Morris has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis since May of 1996.
For two years, he served as the parochial vicar of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish in South St. Louis City before moving to St. George Parish and assuming a full time teaching position at St. Mary’s High School. In 1999, Msgr. Morris was invited to pursue further studies at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome.
He completed a license in sacramental theology in June of 2001 and returned to St. Louis where he began work at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. In July of 2005, he was named director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate and the Vicar for Deacons in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, and the next year, under the leadership of then-Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, he established the St. Maximilian Kolbe House of Discernment.
Msgr. Morris served as the director of the house for three years while continuing his other duties. He was named a member of the Papal Household in September of 2008. From 2009 through 2010, he was the pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, until he moved to the Pontifical College Josephinum and began work as the Director of Sacred Liturgy and Assistant Professor in sacred theology.
Msgr. Morris has served as an assistant professor of Sacramental Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, a lecturer for the Paul VI Catechetical Institute, and the spiritual advisor to the Marian Catechists in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since the summer of 2006, Msgr. Morris has been a visiting lecturer at the Liturgical Institute at St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein Seminary. He is also completing work on a doctorate in Mariology at the International Marian Research Institute writing on the Mariological contributions of Cardinal Carberry, former Archbishop of Saint Louis.
In addition to these responsibilities, Msgr. Morris has hosted a weekly radio program on WRYT, Catholic radio in St. Louis and is periodically a spiritual director for Inner Life, a program on Relevant Radio. Msgr. Morris also is a weekly commentator on Catholic affairs for the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Catholic Radio in Cincinnati. Upon his arrival at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Msgr. Morris has had the opportunity to work with Saint Gabriel Catholic Radio in Columbus.
Monsignor frequently give talks on various topics related to the faith, retreats and days of recollection locally and around the United States.
Liturgy in the Early Church: Correcting the Present and Informing the Future
The beauty, dignity, and theological understanding of liturgy—the Mass in particular—were part of the foundation of the very early life of the Church. Knowledge of these realities will help Catholics appreciate the strong historical foundations of what we are doing, what we may have lost in recent decades, and what we need to recover.