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Music is in my blood. My father and grandfather were both gifted musicians who would often be front and centre wherever there was an east coast kitchen party to be found. I inherited a love for good music from my dad whose guitar featured prominently at various special occasions, campouts, and the occasional Saturday night where he was simply on the couch with his guitar.
Though my parents tried to sign me up for guitar lessons when I was about twelve years old, it didn’t go well. I very quickly quit to join the jr high concert band at school. I bounced from instrument to instrument, settling on the trombone – but I wasn’t very good at it, and wound up quitting that as well. I was blessed to have an incredible music teacher through those years who helped further instil in me a love for good music.
It wasn’t until a few years later – after encountering an incredible music ministry called One Voice – that I felt inspired pick up the guitar again (much to my father’s delight.) That was more than twenty years ago now, and I’ve had the privilege of playing music in Church, around the campfire, and on stage in Canada, the United States, and at a rally during the lead up to World Youth Day 2011 in Malaga, Spain.
Anaphora (from a Greek word meaning “an offering”) was a music ministry that I led, serving the Church in the Edmonton area from 2005-14. While we were blessed to serve at a variety of conferences, retreats, and youth rallies during that time, Anaphora’s raison d’etre centered on an event called Exalt which, at its peak, drew more than 200 young people to an evening of Eucharistic Adoration in North Edmonton. In the summer of 2013, we released an album entitled Anaphora Live, featuring songs recorded at that summer’s Catholic Family Life Conference at Lac Ste Anne, AB. In the spring of 2014, in response the demands of growing families and careers, Anaphora concluded our service to the Church as a collective group.
However, after releasing Anaphora Live, an recorded at the Catholic Family Life Conference in the fall of 2013, it was decided we would record tracks for a second album. A weekend in late June 2014 was chosen to spend recording several of our favourite and best songs at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School in Spruce Grove – an album that was produced and released in June 2019.
If you’re interested in purchasing either Anaphora Live or St. Peter Sessions, follow this link for information on how to do just that.
I am still very active in music ministry, playing for Masses at my own parish and putting together the music ministry for the Family Life Conference each summer. Music also plays a big part in my speaking and retreat ministry – hopefully doing justice to those talented musicians who’ve come before me.
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