The Dominican Sisters of Mary, founded 20 years ago in Ann Arbor Michigan, are being recognized for their angelic voices, climbing the charts with their new Christmas album “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” which is now ranked third on Billboard’s Overall Holiday Chart, number one for classical music on Amazon, and third overall at Barnes and Noble.
“We had been asked many times over the years for a CD to share our Christmas songs,” said Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P, co-foundress of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The Christmas CD, which was recorded by De Montfort Music at the Ann Arbor Motherhouse Chapel, features classic tunes such as Carol of the Bells and Away in a Manger. However, it also includes songs from ten different countries, mixing the classic with contemporary. Sr. Joseph Andrew noted that her favorite song on the album is “Sleep, Little Jesus,” which is a Polish lullaby. “It is a dear song to our community and already seems to be getting much feedback from those who have the CD,” Sr. Joseph Andrew said, pointing to the community’s founding under the beloved Polish pontiff, Pope John Paul II.
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is not the first album that the sisters have produced. In fact, both of their previous records have been chart-topping – “Mater Eucharistiae” and “The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, & Music.” “This is our third recording, and so the process was more familiar to us,” Sr. Joseph Andrew said, adding that recording the holiday album during the summer gave them some room to be more creative with the process. Moving forward, Sr. Joseph Andrew noted that many young sisters who are joining the community “have many musical treasures to bring to us.” As far as another album, she said that “only God in his infinite wisdom” knows.
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was made available for purchase on Oct. 13 on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble, and is being distributed internationally by Sony. For wonderful video about the CD, click here.