The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years
Edited by Mike Gale
The St. Louis Jesuits
This beautifully designed coffee table book tells the fascinating story behind the five men who became the St. Louis Jesuits and the music of hope that is their legacy.
Get to know the men behind the music
In the early 1970s, some handwritten, mimeographed songs by a group of young Jesuits spread from a chapel in St. Louis to churches around the world. "Here I Am, Lord," "Be Not Afraid," and many others have become some of the most beloved songs for worship ever written. Now for the first time, The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years tells the fascinating story behind the five men who became the St. Louis Jesuits and the music of hope that is their legacy.
Features dozens of full-color photographs
Packed with dozens of color and black-and-white photographs, letters, interviews, and other memorabilia on high-quality, glossy paper, this beautifully designed coffee table book is an intimate portrait of the group. It's also an intriguing overview of the post-conciliar Church in the U.S. "We've all prayed with their music, and so we know the gift it offers," writes Rev. Virgil Funk in the introduction. "With this book, we catch a glimpse of the composers and their song texts, both then and now."
Published on the heels of their 2006 reunion
Recently the group -- Tim Manion, Dan Schutte and Jesuit Fathers Bob Dufford, John Foley and Roc O'Connor -- came together again for the first time in 20 years to produce a reunion collection. The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years documents the magic of their past and present collaboration -- and the changing face of the Church that has supported them through three decades. An excellent gift for pastoral musicians, the book will be of interest to all who have been touched by their music.
The book also features:
- Manuscripts of their first, hand-written compositions
- Nostalgic black-and-white photographs from their early days together
- Full-color photographs from their recent reunion and their work on Morning Light
- Reflections on and photographs from the recording sessions for all their albums
- Tributes and praise from well-known liturgical composers who were inspired by their music, including Bobby Fisher, Tom Kendzia, David Haas, and Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan
- A touching tribute to the late Ray Bruno, president and founder of North American Liturgy Resources (NALR), their first publisher
- Extensive interviews with all five members of the group, with questions ranging from "How did you become interested in music?" to "What's the state of liturgical music today?"
- Letters of praise from then-Archbishop of San Francisco William Levada, now prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, superior general of the Society of Jesus.
--Judith Kubicki, CSSF, Worship
"From start to finish, this book is about hope. ... In addition to being well written, [the book] is also beautiful. An artist friend noted the look of the book -- its layout and artistry. She remarked on the use of colour, the balance of pictures and prose, and the quality of the abundant photography. The book is not just about them. It is about the church, about Vatican II, about the Society of Jesus, and about the countless people whom their music has touched. It is a celebration of all who have tried to make the message of Vatican II a reality."
--Linda M. Boire, Celebrate!
"Rather than simply enumerate the accomplishments and list the works of these musicians, this book takes us to a very special place: inside the creative processes that brought us this prayerful music. It's deeply gratifying to discover that these hymns and songs we've been singing for so many years were born of a deeply prayerful and highly collaborative ministry. Theirs is a fascinating story, exceeded only by the enduring quality of the music they have given us over these 30 years."
--Chuck Blankenship, St. Anthony Messenger
Catholic Press Association 2007 Awards