John Schiavone has served as a parish priest for over 37 years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, taking a full and active part in parish life. A source of his musical inspiration has always been the liturgical life of the Church, at which he regularly presides and preaches.
John builds his melodies along the lines and modes of Gregorian chant. "I want to keep that 'church' sound in my music and, at the same time make it accessible to the average worshiper," he says. His bilingual English/Spanish pieces are often used at diocesan celebrations across the country, especially the communion hymn "Amén. El Cuerpo de Cristo," which was included in the program for the Mass at Yankee Stadium celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI during his pastoral visit to New York in 2008.
John served for 12 years as pastor at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Whittier, California. He has recently begun a new assignment as pastor at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Long Beach, California.
We Adore You, O Christ [CD]
This is a practical sampler of liturgical music with choral anthems, processional songs, responsorial psalms, Mass parts and bilingual settings.