Since 1996 the National Association of Pastoral Musicians have recognized individuals that have made exceptional musical contributions to the American Catholic Church with the Jubilate Deo Award. This year’s recipient: beloved Catholic group of composers, The St. Louis Jesuits.
“This award is not only highly deserved, but very long overdue,” says OCP publisher, John Limb. “The St. Louis Jesuits are ground-breaking composers in the area of liturgical music. They were among the first to marry texts based on Scripture with melodies that were well crafted and memorable. Not only have they influenced the spiritual lives of millions of Catholics in the pews, but they have also influenced the music of almost every liturgical composer who’s written and been published since Vatican II.”
Though many people may not know them by name, Tim Manion, Dan Schutte and Jesuit Fathers Bob Dufford, John Foley and Roc O’Connor have produced classics that have been staples of worship for more than 30 years, including “Be Not Afraid,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “Lift Up Your Hearts,” “One Bread, One Body” and “This Alone.”
Read more about the Jubilate Deo award ceremony for the St. Louis Jesuits at Christian Newswire.