Roc O’Connor, SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 1967. During his years as a young Jesuit, he connected with John Foley, SJ, Bob Dufford, SJ, Dan Schutte, and Tim Manion to compose and publish liturgical music for the Catholic Church – The St. Louis Jesuits. Creighton University awarded the St. Louis Jesuits an Honorary Doctorate in Music at the May, 2006 Commencement ceremony. He continues to compose today.
Since being ordained in 1979, Roc has served as an associate pastor and minister of music at a number of parishes across the country – Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., Mankato & St. Paul, MN, Milwaukee, and Omaha. He has completed an Masters of Divinity and Masters in Sacred Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA. (1993); a Licentiate (S.T.L.) in Biblical Theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (1993); and the M. A. in Liturgical Studies at Catholic University, Washington, D.C., completed during the summer of 2003. Roc taught Eucharist and Sacraments in the Theology Department at Creighton University (200-2010). He also served as Rector of the Creighton U. Jesuit Community (2007-2013).
And following a sabbatical Roc returned to Church of the Gesu in summer 2014 having been here previously (1985-1988). During his first year back, his first book was published in January 2015, “In the Midst of Our Storms: Opening Ourselves to Christ in Liturgy” through Liturgy Training Publications.
Roc supports two websites:
Return to the Sources - a grass roots study of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
Deep Calls to Deep - his exploration into the meaning of and the spirituality of liturgical participation.
He is a contributing member of the "Formation for Liturgical Prayer" seminar group of the North American Academy of Liturgy as well as a member of the Liturgical Composers Forum.