Priest to present the Gospel of Mark from memory March 19 at St. Bede Abbey

Father Joseph Morris memorized the Gospel of Mark while bedridden for five months with a badly broken leg. (Photo from

PERU — Father Joseph Morris will perform a dramatic recitation by memory of the entire Gospel of Mark at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the St. Bede Abbey Church.

The performance will take more than 90 minutes and includes an intermission. The public is invited and there is no admission charge, though a free will offering will be received.

A full-time chaplain at Kennesaw State University’s Catholic Center in Kennesaw, Georgia, Father Morris memorized the Gospel while bed-ridden for five months following two surgeries to repair a broken leg.

“It’s a nice thing to see during Lent,” said Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy, noting this is Father Morris’ second visit to the abbey and academy. Earlier on March 19, Father Morris will perform an abbreviated version of his presentation for the students of St. Bede Academy.

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