Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB

Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey since 1952, is the director and composer for the Saint Meinrad Gregorian Schola. He finished his doctorate in Church music at Musica Sacra in Rome in 1963, just as Roman liturgy was moving from Latin into English.

During the past several decades, Fr. Columba has created a body of English chant based on the natural rhythm of spoken word. Currently, there are more than 1,800 responsories and antiphons in the liturgical books at Saint Meinrad. This music, which represents only part of his work, forms the day-to-day music of the Archabbey.

His settings of the Responsorial Psalms and Refrains for Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons have been published by Gregorian Institute of America, Chicago, IL. His chant style setting with SAB chorus of the St. John Passion for Good Friday has been published by Oregon Catholic Press, Portland, OR. He has written two books on chant, published by Edwin Mellen Press.

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