Reflections
Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ
Week 3 - Dec. 15, 2014
Entered -- August 1982   
Took Vows -- August 1984   
Ordained -- June 1992

Fr. Morrill is a recognized theologian and professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
 
I thoroughly love being a theologian. To reach middle age in a "job" that is a genuine vocation is an immense blessing. Whereas earlier, academic writing was anxiety provoking, a few years ago I became aware of how quietly the work had become less stressful and, all the more wonderfully, prayerful. I have come to realize that in this season of life my creative, artistic "side" comes through my writing. The joy is augmented on occasions when, by one means or another, I receive words of thanks or affirmation for something I've published. In mutual relation to my scholarship, I love teaching and mentoring students at all levels. Again, time with them is the stuff of prayer-before, during and after, as I make my Examen walking the two miles to and from school or cleaning up my kitchen after hosting a group for dinner.
 
Now in my fourth year in Nashville ("the lone Jesuit in Tennessee," as locals acclaim me) I marvel at how I've become, as one scientist-friend puts it, a "catalyst," someone bringing together people of various ages, backgrounds, occupations, and denominations to share faith and friendship. When spending time with groups and individual men in Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, I marvel in moments of realization that there's nowhere else I'd rather be. In the prison, where the Gospel rings so true (because so desperately desired), I am humbled to preside and preach at Eucharistic liturgies. No less consoling, albeit different, is my doing likewise most weekends at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
 
Through all of these ministries, I have come to know Jesus and am grateful.


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Br. Christopher Derby, SJ
Rev. Thomas E. Roach, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Hughes, SJ
Rev. Mario M. Powell, SJ
Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ
Rev. Donald M. Ward, SJ
Mr. Jason G. Downer, SJ
Rev. Christopher Fronk, SJ
Rev. John C. Wronski, SJ
Rev. Francis X. McAloon, SJ
Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ
Rev. Christopher G. Llanos, SJ
Rev. Ugo R. Nacciarone, SJ
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Rev. James J. Miracky, SJ
Rev. George T. Williams, SJ
Rev. Cesare Campagnoli, SJ
Rev. Anthony P. SooHoo, SJ
Rev. William E. Stempsey, SJ
Rev. Bruce R. Bavinger, SJ
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Rev. William R. Campbell, SJ
Rev. Ignatius "Hadi" Sasmita, SJ
Rev. Brian Conley, SJ
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Rev. Michael F. Tunney, SJ
Rev. Joseph J. Hayden, SJ
Rev. Thomas J. Kenny, SJ
Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ
Rev. Mark Hallinan, SJ
Rev. David J. Collins, SJ
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, SJ
Rev. Daniel M. Ruff, SJ
Rev. Thomas L. Sheridan, SJ
Rev. Matthew S. Monnig, SJ
Rev. Charles L. Moutenot, SJ
Rev. Andrew N. Downing, SJ
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, SJ
Rev. Ramon A. Salomone, SJ
Br. Robert L. Carson, SJ
Rev. Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Mr. Vincent J. Marchionni, SJ
Rev. William A. Barry, SJ
Rev. John P. Mulreany, SJ
Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ
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