St. Louis Jesuits to Receive Honorary Degree from Creighton University
The fathers of contemporary American liturgical music, the St Louis Jesuits, will receive an honorary Doctor of Music during Creighton University’s spring commencement, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The award marks their 30 years of ministry to the church.
Starting as young Jesuits at St. Louis University, Roc O’Connor S.J., Bob Dufford S.J., John Foley S.J., and Dan Schutte became the St. Louis Jesuits, a group that brought the ancient traditions of Church music into the present with acoustic guitars and melodies that lent themselves to singing.
The group arose in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, which encouraged church songs to be sung in English, and accompanied by popular instruments. The St. Louis Jesuits have put together nine albums with their most recent, Morning Light, a collection that was released to mark their 30 years of ministry to the church as well as a new retrospective book The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years, both published by OCP and available at www.ocp.org.