A Lenten reflection in song

By Deacon Daniel Welter
Thursday, March 21, 2019

You may not know the name Dan Schutte or the group known as the “St. Louis Jesuits,” but if you have been attending Mass over the last 40 years, you probably heard their music. Since the mid-1970s, songs like “Here I Am Lord”, “City of God” and “Sing a New Song” have become a beloved part of contemporary liturgical music and an integral part of many people’s prayer life.

On March 31 at 3 p.m., Schutte will share his gifts of music, stories, prayer and spiritual reflection at St. Barnabas Parish, 10134 S. Longwood Drive. Proceeds from this event will benefit Corazón a Corazón, a ministry sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Blue Island that provides English classes for adults and tutoring for children.

Schutte’s concert will not just a performance of his music, but an afternoon of stories, prayer and reflection woven around his much beloved songs. People who have attended these events have said it feels more like a retreat than a concert, just as Shuttle intends.

If you are seeking a way to enhance your Lenten journey and, at the same time assist a worthy ministry, you will not be disappointed.

In 1970, Schutte began attending St. Louis University as part of his Jesuit training. It was there that he first met and worked with John Foley, Bob Dufford, Roc O’Connor and Tim Manion who subsequently became known as the “St. Louis Jesuits.” They played and sang for university liturgies and began to write music that connected with people’s lives of faith. 

Turning to Scripture for much of their inspiration, they came to know and treasure the images of God’s relationship with human beings.

Before they left St. Louis in 1973, Schutte and his Jesuit companions talked about compiling a book of the songs they had written. Word had spread that these young men were writing music that was having a significant impact on people’s prayer. Their spread quickly and was enthusiastically welcomed by many who longed for scripturally based music for communal worship written in a more contemporary, yet sacred, style.

While the group has gone their separate ways, Schutte has continued to write music and to combine music, meditation and prayer in a way that continues to touch souls and bring people into the presence of God.

Tickets begin at $35. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Corazón a Corazón at (708) 377-7761 or visit