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1938 J. 2021

J. Morris Smith

August 1, 1938 — September 15, 2021

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J. Morris Smith, MA, Th.D. was the Shepherd of the Streets, a ministry sponsored by the United Churches of Lycoming County, PA., and retired Permanent Deacon of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in Williamsport, PA. (Scranton Diocese). A native of Texas, Dr. Smith served as a pastor in his native state with the Church of Christ and the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ (1960-79). He served as theology professor and Academic Dean, Elim Bible Institute, Lima, New York (1979-84), adjunct course professor at Asian Theological Centre, Singapore, Nava Jeeva Ashram, Bangalore, India (1982-93), He founded Doulos-Servants of the King, an ecumenical adult ministry formation center, in Ralston, PA (1984-2001) where lay and clergy were trained for mission and ministry. Dr. Smith received a Doctorate of Theology Degree from National Christian University, Arlington, Texas (1967) and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX (1974).
Becoming Roman Catholic in 1990, he was a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Scranton (1993-2020) and last served St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Williamsport, PA. He founded and taught the Institute of Biblical Studies for the lay apostolate in the Diocese of Scranton (1994-96). He has served as adjunct course instructor for the Chair of Theological Studies for St. Pius X Seminary, University of Scranton, PA (1996, 1997), and The University of St. Francis College of Health Arts and Professional Studies, Joliet, IL (2002).
J. Morris Smith was a published contemplative poet, a teacher of Sacred Scripture, an ecumenical spiritual director, and pastoral counselor. He has recently written a tutorial for self-study. He is survived by Barby, his wife of 62 years, in Grandview, MO. They have three married children; Buck Smith and his wife Linda of Buffalo, NY; Marci Smith Sorge and her husband Bob of Kansas City, MO; Todd Smith and his wife Gabrielle of Allentown, PA; nine grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Ray Smith and his wife Nancy of Abilene, TX; sister, Alva Lee Smith McMasters and her husband David of Fort Stockton, TX; and many other family and friends.
. Mass of Christian Burial St. Thomas More Church

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

11822 Holmes RoadKansas City, MO 64131
Directions Inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

1:00 PM

7601 Blue Ridge BlvdKansas City, Missouri 64138

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