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Category: Diocese of Lincoln

I Rejoiced When the Said Unto Me, Let us Go to the House of the Lord

Sacred Heart Musicians had a fantastic trip on Sunday, October 9, 2016. We visited the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso. While there, we prayed the office of None with the Sisters, and we met with Sister Maria at the turn (where they receive written and verbal prayer requests).

Then, we traveled to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton. While there, we sang for the seminarians, and prayed Vespers and Benediction with them. After prayer, we ate supper with several of the seminarians.

Throughout the day, the prayers were almost entirely in Latin, with lots of silence.  I pray that God will use this experience to spark a desire in the hearts of the children to consider the religious life.

Share the Faith through Music

Here are recordings of some of the songs we will sing at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska.

A Repeating Alleluia: This song is so fun to sing!


I Lift My Soul to You  – beautiful Psalm text


The Lord is My Shepherd – fantastic setting of a favorite text


Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me – great prayer to the Holy Spirit. This small choir is fantastic!



Beauty is one of the divine attributes of God

Here is an article in which Bishop Conley explores how beauty in music helps us to contemplate God.


Side Altar at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church – Newman Center, Lincoln, NE

The Necessity of Music

Great article by Bishop Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska discussing the different roles music plays in our lives.


Vocation Stories: A Day in the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

CLICK HERE to experience a day in the life of a Carmelite. 

CLICK HERE to travel to the Carmelite Monastery in Agnew Nebraska.

Sacred Music in Lincoln Nebraska

Last Saturday, I attended the first annual Sacred Music Clinic for the Diocese of Lincoln. Hosted by Bishop Conley with nationally known presenters (Adam Bartlett and Matthew Meloche), over 200 musicians gathered to learn how to sing the Mass. The event took place in the resplendent Saint Thomas Aquinas Newman Center. Throughout the clinic, students and adults could be seen visiting the beautifully appointed Chapel for prayer and adoration.

Highlights from the day included seeing so many young people, religious and priests involved in parish music and eager to learn from their Shepherd, Bishop Conley. Also, Adam Bartlett shared a helpful description of the different roles music plays in our lives and the role the Church’s sacred music can play in our worship. Finally, schola director Nicholas Lemme inspired our large chant group as he taught us how to sing the Communion Antiphon.

I enjoyed attending with two friends: Sr. Ellen Marie Bayer and Virginia Maas. Sr. Ellen Marie seemed to know almost everyone in attendance.

Congratulations to Lincoln for a successful and informative Sacred Music Clinic!


Here is an article about the clinic: Amy Flamminio at New Liturgical Movement

Here are some photos from this fantastic day:


Sacred Music Clinic – Lincoln, NE

Since its recent opening, I have been looking for an excuse to travel to the new St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Newman Center) in Lincoln.  Here is a great opportunity! The Diocese of Lincoln will host a Sacred Music Clinic in this stunning church on Saturday, August 27th. We will meet fellow musicians and discover more tools to help us promote beautiful music at Holy Mass.

Here is the information flyer.

Here is the Registration Form.

I hope you will join me!