Skip to content

Talented Dominican Sisters stir emotions with chart-topping Christmas album

By Maggie Maslak (Catholic News Agency)
10/29/2017 (2 weeks ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Among other things, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have been known to appear on game shows and to chat with Oprah Winfrey on television.

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have also appeared on games shows on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have also appeared on games shows on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Highlights

By Maggie Maslak (Catholic News Agency)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
10/29/2017 (2 weeks ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: Dominican Sisters, Christmas, Music, Christmas Album


(Catholic News Agency) - This year, the Dominican Sisters of Mary are being recognized for their angelic voices, climbing the charts with their new Christmas album "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," which is now ranked third on Billboard's Overall Holiday Chart, number one for classical music on Amazon, and third overall at Barnes and Noble.

"We had been asked many times over the years for a CD to share our Christmas songs," said Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P, co-foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

"Because we can't be with everyone during Christmas and not everyone can come here to the Motherhouse, we wanted to invite people into our special celebrations and traditions for honoring Our Lord's birth through this music, which is certainly a beautiful manner of doing so," she told CNA.

Founded 20 years ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have grown from four sisters to over 138. They serve as educators for students from preschool through college, as well as librarians at the North American Seminary in Rome.

With an average age of 30, this young community of sisters is proclaiming Christmas tidings this year through its new album, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

The Christmas CD, which was recorded by De Montfort Music at the Ann Arbor Motherhouse Chapel, features classic tunes such as Carol of the Bells and Away in a Manger. However, it also includes songs from ten different countries, mixing the classic with contemporary.

Sr. Joseph Andrew noted that her favorite song on the album is "Sleep, Little Jesus," which is a Polish lullaby.

"It is a dear song to our community and already seems to be getting much feedback from those who have the CD," Sr. Joseph Andrew said, pointing to the community's founding under the beloved Polish pontiff, Pope John Paul II.

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is not the first album that the sisters have produced. In fact, both of their previous records have been chart-topping - "Mater Eucharistiae" and "The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, & Music."

"This is our third recording, and so the process was more familiar to us," Sr. Joseph Andrew said, adding that recording the holiday album during the summer gave them some room to be more creative with the process.

"It is always a lot of fun, but this time we were able to decorate portions of the Motherhouse for the Christmas recording, which was in June. In this manner, it became all the more fun and spirited so that we would be at our very best in prayer and song for the recording," she continued.

Moving forward, Sr. Joseph Andrew noted that many young sisters who are joining the community "have many musical treasures to bring to us." As far as another album, she said that "only God in his infinite wisdom" knows.

"There are so many lovely ways to celebrate Christmas and we hope to be part of many family Christmas celebrations by our caroling in the background," Sr. Joseph Andrew said.

"Our Sisters want to be there with others during prayer, song, cooking, decorating the tree and family dinners."

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" was made available for purchase on Oct. 13 on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble, and is being distributed internationally by Sony.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Music

Talented Dominican Sisters stir emotions with chart-topping Christmas album Watch

Image of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have also appeared on games shows on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Among other things, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have been known to appear on game shows and to chat with Oprah ... continue reading


One of the world's greatest composers was also a Catholic priest Watch

Image of Vivaldi was not just a legendary composer, he was also a priest.

While Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" echoes in concert halls and elevators around the world, for some, his greatest masterpieces are not ... continue reading


What's this priest doing at a popular music festival? Watch

Image of Fr. Jenuwine, parochial vicar at St. Apollinaris Parish in Napa, California had been trying to brainstorm creative ways to reach out to young adults.

What's a good way to reach a lot of young people all at once? Napa, Calif. (CNA/EWTN News) - Plant yourself at an entrance of a popular ... continue reading


U2 lead singer, Bono powerfully endorses critical Psalms message Watch

Image of Bono thinks Christian artists need to be way more honest.

It's no secret U2 lead vocalist, Bono loves the Bible, but he has again come forwrd to openly express again how much he truly loves the ... continue reading


Amazing love song medley mashes up the greatest love songs from the 60s to now just in time for Valentine's Day Watch

Image of David Osmond, Ashley Hess and Eric Thayne in their love song medley YouTube video.

Five talented musicians take you on a fun time-trip with their love song medley that takes songs from different decades in their viral ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.