Roc O'Connor

One of the founding members of the St. Louis Jesuits, Father Roc O’Connor is a gifted theologian and composer who has been writing music for the liturgy since 1974.

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A longtime member of the St. Louis Jesuits, Roc offers workshops that focus on promoting a renewed catechesis regarding full, active, and conscious participation.

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Jesuit Father Roc O'Connor has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1967. He has a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University, a master’s from the Jesuit School of Theology and a licentiate in sacred theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He also holds a master's in liturgical studies from The Catholic University of America. He has many years of pastoral experience in parishes around the U.S.

Father O'Connor has two solo collections, Rise Up in Splendor and Behold the Glory of God. Some of his most beloved compositions emerged from his years with the St. Louis Jesuits, including “Lift Up Your Hearts” and “Seek the Lord.” His popular song “O Beauty Ever Ancient” is from the group’s last collection, Morning Light. In 2015, OCP released the 40th anniversary edition of Earthen Vessels, the group's best-selling second album. And in the fall of 2017, OCP celebrated the 40th anniversary of their classic Christmas album, Gentle Night, with a beautifully remixed and remastered commemorative edition.

His writing has appeared in many national magazines. His most recent book, In the Midst of Our Storms, presents a eucharistic spirituality that integrates every part of our lives. His second book will appear during autumn, 2017. It is tentatively entitled Riches Hidden in Secret Places – Beside Bartimaeus By the Way. Roc studies the path of discipleship through the lens of the blind beggar, contrasting his response to those of the scribes, Pharisees, disciples and the Twelve: Blind to our lives, we remain also blind to how Grace ever so gradually can turn our wounded acting out into a path to God and others.

Father O'Connor offers workshops that focus on promoting a renewed catechesis toward full, active and conscious participation in the liturgy. He has taught theology and liturgy at Creighton University and served as rector of the Jesuit community there. Currently he is an Associate Pastor at the Church of the Gesu, a Jesuit parish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

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