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Jack Morris (Jesuit)


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John James “Jack” Morris, S.J. (October 22, 1927 – September 30, 2012) was an AmericanJesuitpriest who founded the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in 1956.[1][2] The Jesuit Volunteer Corps is an organization founded specifically for young, layvolunteer college graduates, who embark in one or more years of voluntary community service.[3] Approximately 150 individuals enroll in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps each year.[3]

John “Jack” Morris S.J.
Personal details
John James Morris

October 22, 1927
Anaconda, Montana, U.S.

Died September 30, 2012 (Age 84)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Alma mater Regis University

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Morris was born to John and Violet (née Murphy) Morris on October 22, 1927, in Anaconda, Montana.[1] He was the second of three brothers; his older brother was Patrick Morris and his younger sibling was Robert Morris.[1] He enlisted in the United States Navy after completing high school. Morris initially attended Georgetown University, pursuing a largely secular academic and social life, which included a college girlfriend.[1] However, Morris soon transferred to Regis College, now known as Regis University, in Denver, Colorado, to begin the steps to become a priest.[3]

In August 1950, Morris entered the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit Novitiate located in Sheridan, Oregon.[1] He was ordained as a Catholic priest in Spokane, Washington, on June 16, 1962.[1]

Morris worked on fledgling project involving a small school, the Copper Valley School, a Native Alaskanboarding school in Glennallen, Alaska, during the mid-1950s.[1][2] That small project led Morris to establish the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a volunteer organization which sends young adults to poor communities throughout the United States, in 1956.[1][2] Morris is also credited with creating the name, “Jesuit Volunteer Corps”, for the organization.[1]

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