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Franciscan Sisters' offer a Free Download of a Truly Global Hymn for World Youth Day

To celebrate World Youth Day, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are offering a free download of a 'World Music' version of the hymn "Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle" at

    /24-7PressRelease/ - MILWAUKEE, WI, July 09, 2008 - "Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle", performed by Kataluma, re-imagines the traditional hymn, correlating with the Pentecost theme of World Youth Day 2008. It's both a benediction for youth traveling to Sydney, as well as a way for those who can't attend to take a 'multicultural musical journey'.

"Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle" begins with a 'summons' to Sydney, played on an Aborigine Didgeridoo. Just as Catholic youth from around the world will bring their own culture and gifts to Sydney, it incorporates different rhythms, from Catalonian to Congolese, and instruments from around the world. Some include an accordion from Germany, electric guitar and dulcimer from the United States, kalimba from Angola, a saz, or lute from Greece, shaker from Peru, rain stick from Guatemala, harp from Ireland, trumpet from Mexico.

In deference to Pope Benedict XVI's favorite composer, it even includes a brief passage from Mozart's 'Rondo Alla Turca'. Also, there's a bit of Gregorian Chant.

In Mark's Gospel, the Greek word Kataluma designates a "Dining Room" where the Last Supper takes place (and, some suggest, the same room where Pentecost occurred). More commonly, it describes the 'breaking up or reprieve of a journey'. In this instance Kataluma designates the occasional coalescence of Milwaukee area musicians and creatives: John Tanner, Sue Bruk, Bob Monagle and Mark Kolter, who fashioned the transglobal approach to the hymn "Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle"

Mr. Tanner is an experienced studio musician and highly regarded composer, with over twenty years of experience in scoring, arranging and music composition for television, radio, and theatre. He engineered the Violent Femmes' album, "Violent Femmes", which garnered both Gold and Platinum sales certification.

Ms. Bruk's exceptional singing can be heard in many different commercials and productions, and she also writes music for and sings with the Christian group, "Sacrifice of Praise". "Sacrifice of Praise" is known for tight harmonies, spirits that encourage and personal testimonies of God's faithfulness.

Mr. Kolter is a songwriter and creative counsel. "I thought those traveling to Catholic World Youth Day, and those who wanted to go but couldn't, might appreciate, enjoy a song that was uplifting, and also incorporated instrumentations and rhythms from around the world. It's sort of influenced by the recent "In the Name of Love" album of U2 songs."

Sister Mary Carol, OSF, of the Franciscan Sisters Music Conservatory commented "How many people today hear or sing the hymn, "Come, Holy Ghost?" Although this is the title, the actual words are first heard about 2 and 1/2 minutes into the recording. The melody to the 19th century hymn is heard in bits throughout the piece."

Established in 1869, the Roman Catholic Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic health care, education and parish ministries in 13 U.S. dioceses (Green Bay, Superior, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Tucson, Honolulu, Chicago, Marquette, Jackson, Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus and Steubenville).

CONTACT: Sr. Julie Ann Sheahan OSF 920-682-7728
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
Holy Family Convent
2409 S. Alverno Road
Manitowoc, WI 54220 [email protected]

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