Local artists create books, music CDs - Catholic Courier

Local artists create books, music CDs

The following groups and individuals in the Diocese of Rochester have recently produced books or music CDs:

* Monica Street Music, which is owned by Tony Falzano, who attends Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Greece, has released a CD of instrumental music called “In Abba’s Arms.” Falzano wrote and orchestrated all of the compositions, which he describes as New Age, celestial, easy-listening music.

* Michael J. Ryan, a parishioner of St. Mary Church in Canandaigua, recorded a series of CDs called “Mr.E (songwriter) & the totally obscure band.”

* Bob Betterton, a parishioner of St. Louis Church in Pittsford, has published The Compliant, Curious and Critical Catholic, an autobiography about his faith journey and growing up as a Catholic in Syracuse.

* Deacon George Dardess of Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester has published Meeting Islam: A Guide for Christians, which shows how openness to Islam enhances Christian faith.

* The adult choir at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Hamlin has recorded a CD called “Seasons of Song,” which contains music from each liturgical season.

* Dawn Marie Chmiel of Webster has recorded “Son of Mary: The Christmas Gift,” which is a collaboration with London composer Matthew Moore and contains both traditional Catholic carols and new compositions. Chmiel is music coordinator for the chapel at St. Ann’s Community in Rochester.

* Marvin L. Mich, director of social policy and research at Rochester’s Catholic Family Center, has published The Challenge and Spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching. It is being used in the JustFaith program in parishes around the country. JustFaith is sponsored by Catholic Charities USA.

* Joseph C. O’Dea, a parishioner of St. Mary Parish in Geneseo, has published Genesee Valley II, a history of life in the Genesee Valley from 1918 to 2000.

* Father Doug Della Pietra, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta; Mark Ferguson, Bob Pizzutiello and Ted Shawe, parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish in Victor; Michael Della Pietra, who attends Church of the Assumption in Fairport and St. Louis Church in Pittsford; Nancy Steinkamp, a Good Shepherd parishioner; and Joe Grymin performed a concert at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greece, which was recorded by WXXI and released on a CD called “Gather At The Table.” Proceeds from the CD benefit the ongoing ministry to migrant farm workers in the Diocese of Rochester and La Casa, a transitional house for migrant farm workers in Sodus.

* Father Kevin McKenna, pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Irondequoit, has published You Did It For Me: Care of Your Neighbor as a Spiritual Practice, which discusses living the social gospel as a spirituality in today’s world, modeled after the life of Jesus.

* Thomas M. Fogarty, a parishioner of St. Alphonsus Church in Auburn, has self-published “Fourteen One Act Plays,” which dramatize various topics such as conversion to God and ethical questions regarding the “morning-after” pill.

* Christine Lloyd, a parishioner of St. Mary Our Mother in Horseheads, published Honoring Your Love, Honoring Your Grief When Your Loved One Has Died, a book to help the newly bereaved.

* Father Ted Auble, sacramental minister at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Churchville, published a book called Divine Sparks: Gospel Stories in Everyday Life.

* Patricia M. Thompson, who attends Christ the King Parish and St. Josaphat’s Parish, both in Irondequoit, published Alzheimer’s and the Workplace, which is a guide for communication with those who have Alzheimer’s.

* John Larish, a parishioner of St. Anne Church in Rochester, has published Only the Faces Are Different, which is about the life of Mary Florence Hannick, who headed the Genesee Settlement House in Rochester for 25 years.

* William Mueller, a former Webster resident who attended Holy Trinity School in Webster and Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit, has written Rome Revisited: A Short Novel and Four Stories Spanning the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Twin Towers. The novel centers around a West Point man, and the short stories pertain to different aspects of military life.

* Michael Theisen, a parishioner of Christ the King Parish in Irondequoit and former diocesan director of youth ministry, has published Ready to Go Scripture Skits (that teach serious stuff): The Sequel and Catholic to the Core: The 2006 Youth Ministry Resource Manual.

* Peggy Rosenthal of Rochester has compiled a book of poetry called Imagine a World: Poetry for Peacemakers. It includes poems about war and injustice, celebrating life and protests, and includes poetry that can be used for personal meditation.

* Sister of St. Joseph Monica Weis has published Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise, which is a collection of black-and-white photographs of the grounds of the Trappist abbey in Gethsemani, Ky., together with an essay exploring how nature nourished Merton’s spirituality, writing and ecological conscience.

* Matt Curlee, music director at St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield, has released the CD “Mackerel Sky” with his contemporary jazz quintet Neos.

* Father Jim Hewes, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Clyde and St. Patrick Parish in Savannah; John and Nancy Bryan, who attend St. John’s; Glenn McClure, a member of the Newman Community at the State University of New York at Geneseo; Betty Grasmuck King, past Newman member; Ted Canning; and Sue Grimm have released a CD, “Songs of the Promised Land.” CD proceeds will benefit the Payatas community in the Philippines.

* Msgr. William H. Shannon, professor emeritus in the religious-studies department of Nazareth College in Pittsford, has published a book about the life and writings of Thomas Merton called Thomas Merton: An Introduction.

* Dr. Stephanie E. Siegrist, an orthopedic surgeon who is a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester, has published the workbook Know Your Bones: Making Sense of Arthritis Medicine.

* Dave Dowling, a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish in Owego, has published The Wrong Word Dictionary: 2,000 Most Commonly Confused Words.

* Peter N. Borys Jr., who attends St. Louis Parish in Pittsford, published Transforming Heart and Mind: Learning from the Mystics.

* Chris Woodard, a parishioner of Ithaca’s Immaculate Conception Parish, has recorded the CD “Finding My Own Road: Guitar Stories” and published Guitar Excursions, a book in the jazz/blues idiom for the intermediate guitar player.

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