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Nashville nuns bring us a superb “Salve Regina”

J-P Mauro - published on 09/18/17

Teaching nuns from Tennessee have a decidedly lovely sound.

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The Nashville Dominicans are a group of Dominican teaching nuns from the Congregation of St. Cecilia, in Nashville, Tennessee. The group began as the convent choir and, since they live in Nashville, the next logical step was to hit the recording studio. The Nashville Dominicans have recorded 2 albums, both of which they make available to listen to on their website.

“Salve Regina,” from their second album, 800 Years of Gospel Mercy, was released in 2016. This album was produced in honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis. 2016 was also the 800-year-anniversary of the Dominican order.

The congregation of Saint Cecilia is a large community; as of 2017 they have 305 members. Aside from recording sacred music, the sisters also write books, produce devotional items, and work with children.

In 2015, Sister John Catherine gave an interview with a non-Catholic Christian who wished to better understand what a life consecrated to God means. That conversation gave an enlightening glimpse of a day in the life of a nun.

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