St Louis Jesuits
The St. Louis Jesuits
As young seminarians at St. Louis University, Bob Dufford, Roc OConnor, Dan Schutte, John Foley and Tim Manion brought the ancient traditions of the Church into the present with acoustic guitars and simple melodies. Dan Schutte describes the group as a brotherhood of composers joined by our common love for Jesus Christ, for music and for prayerful liturgy. At a time of great change, churches were hungry for a new kind of music that would encourage everyone to join in the worship. People discovered that these folk-like melodies and clear, scriptural lyrics are an enduring way to pray in song. Such songs as Here I Am, Lord, One Bread, One Body and Be Not Afraid helped a whole generation of churchgoers to lift up their voices. They continue to be active in 2006 published a 30th anniversary collection, Morning Light.
Reunited after twenty-years.
Dan Schutte has been composing for more than 30 years. Many of his most celebrated pieces, including Here I Am, Lord, City of God and Sing a New Song, come from his years of collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits. His more recent pieces still exhibit an enduring ability to reach into peoples hearts and draw them into prayer. His music is part of the standard repertoire for Christian worship worldwide.
Dan is currently composer in residence at the University of San Francisco and director of music for the Office of University Ministries. He has two masters degrees from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, as well as an honorary doctorate. He lectures extensively in the United States and abroad.
Jesuit Father John Foley is a liturgical and classical composer, theologian, liturgistand writer. In 1993, John became director of the Center for Liturgy at Saint LouisUniversity, a national think tank for studying and teaching the liturgy. He continuesto lecture across the country on liturgy, liturgical music and the spirituality ofliturgy.
His hymns include: "One Bread, One Body", "Come to the Water", "Earthen Vessels", "May We Praise You", "For You Are My God", "The Cry of the Poor" and more than 30 other titles.