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Earthen Vessels: 40th Anniversary Edition [CD]
Earthen Vessels: 40th Anniversary Edition [CD]

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At the time of change following the Second Vatican Council, parishes were hungry for a new kind of music to encourage the full, conscious and active participation of the faithful. As young Jesuit seminarians at St. Louis University in the 1970s, Bob Dufford, John Foley, Tim Manion, Roc O'Connor and Dan Schutte felt called to respond.

The result: “Be Not Afraid,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “One Bread, One Body.” Known and loved the world over, these and other classic songs have been staples in Catholic worship ever since. The St. Louis Jesuits released their first collection, Neither Silver, Nor Gold, in 1974. People discovered that their guitar-based folk melodies and clear, Scripture-based lyrics were an enduring way to pray in song. The group received Grammy nominations in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1981.

After releasing many best-selling collections as a group, the five began to work independently, with several releasing solo albums. In 2005 OCP published Morning Light, a new collection from the group, as well as Thirty Years: The St. Louis Jesuits, a beautifully designed coffee table book highlighting their fascinating story.

Jesuit Father Bob Dufford recently completed service at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Jesuit Father John Foley is director of the Center for Liturgy at St. Louis University; Tim Manion is a store manager for REI in the Seattle area; Jesuit Father Roc O’Connor serves at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; and Dan Schutte is composer in residence at the University of San Francisco.

Earthen Vessels: 40th Anniversary Edition [CD]

This unique anniversary edition features five never-before released tracks from the group's original recording sessions in 1974
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30132343 Earthen Vessels: 40th Anniversary Edition
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12791 Morning Light
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21034 Neither Silver Nor Gold
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Choral Songbook
12790 Morning Light
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MP3 Playlist
30102203 Neither Silver Nor Gold
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30112972 The Steadfast Love
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Honorary Doctorate Degrees
Awarded to the members of the St. Louis Jesuits by Creighton University and the University of Scranton.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa–1980
The University of Scranton

Doctor of Music, Honors Causa–2006
Creighton University

Jubilate Deo Award–2011
Presented by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Grammy nominations–1976, 1977, 1978 and 1981

“Be Not Afraid,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “One Bread, One Body,” “Lift Up Your Hearts.” Known and loved the world over, these and other classic songs by the St. Louis Jesuits have been staples in Catholic worship for more than 30 years.

Considered by many the fathers of contemporary American liturgical music, they began composing in the early 1970s in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. As young seminarians at St. Louis University, Tim Manion, Dan Schutte and Jesuit Fathers Bob Dufford, John Foley and Roc O’Connor 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, Scripture-based lyrics are an enduring way to pray in song. After releasing several best-selling collections as a group, the five decided to work and write music independently, with several members releasing solo albums over the next 20 years.

In 2001, they came together again for a surprise performance at the NPM National Convention in Washington, D.C. Over the next few years, they gathered new material into what became Morning Light, a reunion collection released in February 2006.

Shortly after, OCP published Thirty Years: The St. Louis Jesuits, a beautifully designed coffee table book highlighting their fascinating story and legacy with dozens of full-color photographs, interviews and memorabilia. “With this book,” says Rev. Virgil Funk in the introduction, “we catch a glimpse of the composers and their texts, both then and now.”

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