Remarkable Tales About Church Music Composers and Songs That Made the Charts

School Sisters of St. Francis Workshop and Singalong Goes Behind the Music
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MILWAUKEE - Dec. 13, 2018 - PRLog -- A parish's music selections and how they are played can fill the pews…or empty them. For many people, music at Mass is as important as the homily. Yet, rarely do God's people know the history of the composers and lyricists of the titles that made the cut for the hymnal or songbook of praise music. The background stories can be quite intriguing.

On Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., the School Sisters of St. Francis will host the workshop "Songs of Our Faith:  What's Behind the Music?" at St. Joseph Center, at their south side campus (27th St. and Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee). Local music enthusiast Juliet Hills, along with theatre musician Jack Forbes Wilson at the piano, will present an engaging and lively opportunity to learn about who wrote the familiar hymns many have enjoyed through the centuries and in recent decades. There will even be anecdotes about pop artists who put favorite religious songs on the charts.

The roster will include such diverse selections as Christmas carols, African-American spirituals, Anglican and Methodist hymnody, the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen, and contemporary praise songs. Gather with the sisters and friends as they pay a visit to the people who helped shape today's worship experience. "This is an uplifting talk of value to everyone," according to presenter Ms. Hills. "It would even give priests and ministers quite a lot of material for sermons."

Juliet Hills is retired from the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  An avid historian, she has given sermons about hymn composers and lyricists. She is also an artist with an extensive collection of sketches that reflect her spiritual connection to animals and landscapes, especially their vulnerability and dependence on human awareness. Juliet received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Marquette University and an M.A. degree in pastoral studies from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.

Jack Forbes Wilson is well known in the Milwaukee area as a church musician, piano teacher, cabaret singer and pianist, and actor. His one-man show as Liberace helped audiences understand this famous and complex local musician, and Jack's work with soloists has been a treat for concertgoers. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has performed with the Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, Skylight Opera Theatre, and Next Act Theatre.

Don't miss out on this rare chance to hear about the beliefs and hopes behind familiar church music. The workshop fee is $10. Write checks to:  School Sisters of St. Francis Outreach Events, c/o Donna O'Loughlin; 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215. Questions? Contact or 414-385-5272.

About the School Sisters of St. Francis

The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international community of Catholic sisters who unite with others to build a just and peaceful world. Founded in 1874, they now have sisters, associates, staff, donors and volunteers actively working to address the needs of those who are poor and marginalized by society. Their mission is thriving throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and India. In the U.S., School Sisters live and minister in 15 states, addressing needs in education, holistic wellness and healing, pastoral ministry, spiritual growth, social justice, and the arts. For more information about the School Sisters of St. Francis, please visit

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