Composer to direct workshop on the new translation of the Roman Missal


Dan Schutte, whose music helped change the way American Catholics sing in church in the 1970s, will direct a workshop to help local Catholics adapt to the changes in the Roman Missal that will be implemented in November.

Once a member of the popular St. Louis Jesuits, Shutte is the writer of dozens of popular church songs, including “Here I Am, Lord,” “You Are Near” and “City of God.”

He will introduce the local community to the use and meaning of the New Translation of the Roman Missal through an afternoon of liturgical music and reflection on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2-4:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 313 Memorial Ave., Gibbstown.

“The purpose of the workshop is not to ‘sell’ the translation, but rather to help people understand and ready their hearts for a new way of praying at Mass,” Shutte says in a message on his website ( about his workshops.

Shutte is currently composer-in-residence at the University of San Francisco.

During his early college years in the Jesuit seminary Shutte began to experience the connection between music and communal worship — “how music moves the soul toward God,” he told an interviewer in 2003.

He and four colleagues, who became known as the St. Louis Jesuits, began working together, writing music inspired by Scripture and eventually publishing several collections of the music. By church music standards they were an extraordinary success.

A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family and a canned good for the World Food Day collection is requested.

For more information contact Sister Marty Gentilini, SSJ, 856-467-0037, or