Sister-composer writes songs of ordinary people and events

Sr Kathy Sherman

Sister Kathy Sherman's work is a combination of composing and performing, as an expression of prayer rooted in contemplation. That spiritual union responds to social ills and injustice, reports NCR.

Two of Sherman's compositions developed as she grieved for the war in Iraq and the Good Friday murder of another Sister of St Joseph, Karen Klimczak, by a drug addict who had sought refuge in the halfway house Klimczak ran in Buffalo, New York.

Sherman was supported by the laity and members of religious communities of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the aftermath of its being censured by a Vatican office. Sherman's personal support found expression in a song she wrote.

Kathy, would you share those lyrics with us now?

Sherman: It's called "Love Cannot be Silenced," and these are the lyrics:

Love cannot be silenced. It never has. It never will.
Let justice roll like a river from the oceans to the hills.
Rise up, Sisters. Rise up. And stand with your heads held high.
We are faithful, loving, and wise. Dancing along side by side.
With a Gospel vision to lead us. And Holy Fire in our eyes.

Where can that be found?

This may be found at It's on the CD titled Love Cannot Be Silenced. Our CDs are also carried in many religious goods stores throughout the country. My music will soon be available on iTunes as well.

What response did Love Cannot be Silenced draw?

The song drew mostly a positive response. I believe it gave women religious a collective voice to proclaim who we are and who we long to be together for the world. The song was born out of deep sadness and some anger that stirred in me after the Vatican's harsh assessment of U.S. women religious. It was, however, never meant to be a song of protest, though some people tried to paint it as such.

The songs I've composed through the years are often inspired by my own contemplation as I pray over situations and world events that have great impact on me personally, on other people, and on the environment. I desire to be a voice for the voiceless. I attempt to express in word and song a vision of inclusive love in hopes of healing division and separation. That's what this song was about, a creative expression for dealing with a difficult experience.

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