Owen was born and raised in Oregon where he attended High School Seminary at Mt. Angel, and the novitiate of Mt. Angel Abbey. He graduated from college with a BA in philosophy and graduated from the School of Theology in 1974. He also attended Willamette University for advanced studies in pipe organ and Marylhurst College where he worked towards a degree in music.
Owen worked for OCP from 1976–1992 as music editor, editor of missal and music publications and eventually publisher. In 1992, he moved to London where he founded a company that publishes and distributes religious education materials.
Owen is a prolific composer and has written many pieces published by OCP, including “Heritage Mass” and the popular Respond & Acclaim psalm settings. He is married to British composer Bernadette Farrell and they have one daughter, Joanna.
Owen was appointed to the OCP Board of Directors in January 2015.
Respond & Acclaim 2015 CD [CD]
This annual CD set contains recordings of the Gospel acclamations and the assembly response and two verses from every psalm in Respond & Acclaim 2015.