Hartford Seminary

In The News

2012

Therelease of Professor Miriam Therese Winter?s new CD, “Loving You, A celebration of All Creation,” and her songwriting is recognized in this articlepublished by Catholic News Service:

Series of tribute CDs pays homage to Medical Mission Sisters’ music

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Plenty of well-known recording artists have been the subject of tribute albums recorded by all-star casts of performers doing cover versions of their songs. The tribute subjects have ranged from Bruce Springsteen to the Eagles to Sonny Bono to Woody Guthrie.

Now, a new tribute subject has been unveiled: the Medical Mission Sisters. Those who came of age after the Second Vatican Council are probably familiar with the sisters’ first album, “Joy Is Like the Rain,” released in 1966. It was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies — unheard-of at the time for Catholic religious music, and possibly the only gold record for the genre until the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo do Silos’ 1994 CD “Chant” went triple platinum for sales of 3 million.

The sisters were prolific, recording 15 albums in the studio — more than Madonna, the Eagles, and scores of other pop, rock and soul stars — before their songwriter, Sister Miriam Therese Winter, switched her writing to theological topics.

Dan Paulos, director of the Shrine of St. Bernadette in Albuquerque, N.M., and head of the St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art, has an ambitious tribute plan. Of the estimated 250-300 songs the Medical Mission Sisters recorded, he plans on rerecording 100 of them, including 12 songs Sister Miriam Therese wrote but never recorded. The first CD, “Loving You,” contains 21 songs, including three of the new tunes.

Paulos told Catholic News Service that Sister Miriam Therese even returned to the recording studio. “The first recording was 46 years ago, and four of the originals (sisters) went back and recorded more songs,” he said.


Professor Winter has written a reflection on her service in Ethiopia during a famine in 1985.

Excerpt: Living among the disenfranchised had transformed my perspective. I would never look at religion and society or my own faith traditions in the same way again. I saw more than ever that the spirit of the living God inhabits all creation, even biscuits and butterflies, the living and the dead. When we see life in this way, we behold the secular as sacred, the ?other? as part of our self and of one another, and we welcome the outsider in. Any meal that nourishes both body and spirit is a eucharist with a small ?e? and potentially transformative to one with eyes to see.

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