Three musicians will fill Sacred Heart Chapel with contemporary Catholic liturgical music at a benefit concert to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls on Friday, September 30, from 7-8:30 p.m.
David Haas, Marty Haugen and Michael Joncas “collaborate in producing some of the most popular and effective music for liturgical worship that has appeared since the Second Vatican Council. Each is a renowned talent from the Twin Cities area and, together, they provide a liturgically rich experience,” said Sister Bea Eichten, Community Minister.
Haas is highly regarded as one of the preeminent liturgical music composers in the English-speaking world. He has produced more than 45 collections of original music and his compositions appear in hymnals in many Christian denominations and in many languages. He is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and serves as campus minister at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul where he directs the choir and serves as animator for the Taize Prayer Community.
Widely known for writing Holden Evening Prayer and the Mass of Creation, Haugen is
a composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist and author. He travels the world to share his gifts of worship and music. Among his works are Shepherd Me, O God, Gather Us In and All Are Welcome, well known to many religious denominations.
Joncas is perhaps best known for his song, On Eagle’s Wings. With degrees in theology and liturgical studies, he is a priest for the archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis and has published six books and over 200 articles which incorporate his understanding of music, ritual, gesture and prayer, in addition to over 20 collections of liturgical compositions. He is Artist-in-Residence and Research Fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. He said, “Scripture grounds my life as a Christian, a preacher and a priest.” As he self-described, “We pastoral musicians sing in the Spirit and with the mind.”
Together, the three musicians comprise the often-labeled "Minnesota school of liturgical composition." Sister Bea agrees, “We are enriched by their music. And Minnesota is blessed with a formidable powerhouse of Catholic creativity.”