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The representative Protestant collection, entitled “Hymns, Ancient and Modern”—in substance a compromise between the various sections of conflicting religious thought in the Establishment—is a typical instance. That collection is indebted to Catholic writers for a large fractional part of its contents. If the hymns be estimated which are taken from Catholic sources, directly or imitatively, the greater and more valuable part of its contents owes its origin to the Church.
— Orby Shipley (1884)

Fr. Jeffrey Keyes Featured In Regina Magazine
published 29 October 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

ATHER JEFFREY KEYES was recently featured in Regina Magazine, a beautiful Catholic publication we’ve mentioned in the past. As usual, Regina includes beautiful images like this one.

Below is a short excerpt. Notice that Fr. Keyes mentions Fr. Lawrence Heiman, C.PP.S. (1917-2012), a well-known promoter of Gregorian chant.

ENTERED THE SEMINARY in 1971. In four years I learned how to play guitar and got a degree in Thomistic Philosophy. I left the seminary in 1976 and worked in a hot dog stand and an insurance company before re-entering another seminary in 1977.

The ’70s did horrific damage to the church and I was criticized for associating priesthood too closely to the sacraments and worship and not enough to social justice. They did not want a “musical priest.” I was also told to throw away that old Thomistic stuff.

Disgusted and hurt, I went back to selling hotdogs and making music in a liberal Catholic church on Sunday evenings. I also spent summers in the mid-West working on Graduate Degree in Liturgy and music. When I first got to that Midwest College, all my professors in music were priests, Precious Blood Priests. I am especially grateful to Fr. Bob Onofrey and Fr. Larry Heiman for encouraging me to be both musician and priest. After all, if they could do it, why could I not do it?

Fr. Heiman would become my mentor in Gregorian Chant for more than 30 years until his death at the age of 92. I joined the Precious Blood community in 1988. I was professed in 1990 and ordained to the priesthood, October 26, 1991.

You can read the full article here. Fr. Keyes is also featured in Sacred, Beautiful, & Universal, a 60-minute documentary on Sacred Music.