Fr. Michael Morris, OP
BFA, University of Southern California; BA, MDiv, St. Albert College; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.
Fr. Michael trains his students to develop an understanding of religious art as the key to a deeper understanding of theology. For him, it is an important and pleasurable quest to experience in religious studies the beauty that radiates from truth. Fr. Michael's teaching method is the classic lecture style with visual aids accompanied by discussion. He offers his students a multidimensional approach to understanding religious themes in all expressions of art. Fr. Michael is also the director of the Santa Fe Institute, a private research center with a library of 12,000 volumes devoted to Religion and the Arts. For over ten years he has been a regular art essayist for the monthly devotional booklet "Magnificat."
Fr. Michael Morris is currently working on a number of writing and research projects. At the forefront is Summa Cinematica, discovering the religious themes found in film in a systematic and categorical way inspired by Thomas Aquinas. He is also in the process of publishing his dissertation Cowled Creatures: the Image of the Monk in Georgian and Victorian England, and is doing research on artists who've created signature chapels. His academic interests are: Art History; Film; Pop Culture; Myth and Legend.
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