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Joncas and Haugen Honored at NPM National Convention

Father J. Michael Joncas and composer Marty Haugen were honored by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) during the organization's national convention in Indianapolis from July 9 to 13, 2007.

Father Joncas is the recipient of the 2007 Jubilate Deo Award, which recognizes major contributions to the worship life of Catholics in the United States. Best known as a composer of liturgical music, including the well-known song On Eagle's Wings, he has had a distinguished career as a music director, pastor, scholar, teacher, writer, and speaker. The NPM award recognizes the work of Father Joncas in "crafting the song of God's people, teaching with wisdom and insight, and empowering the ministry of pastoral musicians."

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1980, he earned a doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1991 from the Collegio Sant'Anselmo in Rome. He returned to St. Paul and began his teaching career at the University of St. Thomas, where he is currently an associate professor in the departments of Catholic studies and theology.
Marty Haugen was honored as the 2007 Pastoral Musician of the Year "for songs of the love and faithfulness of God and of the praise, lament, and prayer of God's people." His music for the Roman Catholic Order of Mass - Mass of Creation - is the mostly widely used setting in the United States. Haugen has composed more than 250 published musical works sung at worship by Catholic and Protestant congregations all over the English-speaking world.

Other NPM honorees include Bennett Porchiran of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the Director of Music Ministries Division Member of the Year; Barbara Varian Barrett of San Mateo, California, as the Music Educator of the Year; and the Lansing, Michigan, Chapter as the NPM Chapter of the Year. GIA Publications of Chicago received the NPM Music Industry Award for its contributions to Gulf Coast hurricane relief, and Peter's Ways Tours of Jericho, New York was recognized with the 2007 Stewardship Award.

OCP Publications of Portland, Oregon, presented a collection of essays in honor of Father Virgil Funk, founder and president emeritus of NPM, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Entitled The Song of the Assembly: Pastoral Music in Practice, the volume includes articles on various documents regarding music in the liturgy from the beginning of the twentieth century.

The 2007 NPM National Convention drew more than 3,300 persons from forty-nine states and the District of Columbia , three Canadian provinces, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. The convention program included more than 150 workshops, five plenum addresses, daily liturgical celebrations, and numerous musical performances.

 

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