Saint Francis’ Transitus and Feast Day, often celebrated in October, makes for an especially Franciscan Month. Like Francis, Franciscan Sisters and Brothers are grateful to God for ‘giving us Brothers and Sisters’. And that gratitude extends to those we serve and minister with.
Francis loved music as well, and the camaraderie of a shared performance or singing. In that spirit we offer a free download of “All My Brothers and Sisters” featuring musical artists of diverse genres and backgrounds from Wisconsin and Texas, as well as our own sisters and a ‘brother’ – Fr John Dombrowski from the Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor. “All coming around…” in a unique collaboration.
Sister Marsaia Kaster, a musician and spiritual director, commented “Francis and all his followers join hands and discerning hearts in following Jesus Who leads in humble, loving service and forgiveness toward all.
Francis prayed fervently that God would “enlighten the darkness” of his heart! He learned that perfect love and joy come from union with Christ and His people: Francis found that “Communion draws me out of myself toward Him…We become one body…completely joined in a single existence.” (Benedict XVI)”
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About the Song ‘My Brothers and Sisters’
Alternating verse are Milwaukee’s Joe Jordan and the Whiskeybelles Chrissy Dzioba. A renown R+B Singer on the Milwaukee scene, Joe’s been W.A.M.I. nominated 3 times and has been Streetlife’s lead vocalist for sixteen seasons. He strives to share his passion for music, providing opportunities for young inner-city boys and girls in 3rd and 4th grades to perform and grow creatively through music, as well as be a positive role model.
Chrissy is a consummate musician twice nominated for WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year. Her solo albums are ‘In the Making’ and nationally distributed ‘Far From Dreaming’ https://whiskeybelles.com/
From Austin TX, Paul Finley (slide guitar mandolin and background vocals and Sharon Grant (background vocals). Paul performs as a soloist, a theater musician, a children’s performer, with an Austin Celtic and Cajun band, and has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Phil Keaggy. He currently teaches at One Day Academy and offers private lessons. http://www.paulfinleymusic.com/
Milwaukee Drummer John Carr provide the beat. Singer -songwriter John Sieger provided bass, electric guitar and background vocals. After decades of making tasty, mostly electric music with the R&B Cadets and Semi-Twang, the low-key, high-octane mainstay of the Milwaukee music scene makes a maverick move by caving into his acoustic guitar With Modern Folk Volume II. http://www.johnsieger.com and coproduced with Mark Kolter (acoustic guitar, background vocal and songwriter).
You’ll also hear 3 Franciscan Sisters on background vocals – Sr. Myra Jean Sweigart (from Cambridge OH), Sr. Concepcion Medina (from Midland TX) and Sr. Ann Carla Baumann (from Appleton, WI) along with Fr John Dombrowski of the Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor. Location recording by Audio Visual of Milwaukee https://avmonline.com. Mixed for streaming by John Sieger and Kyle Krukowski of Mad Scientist labs. Recorded at https://www.hfconservatory.org/
Listen for the for the ‘cd-conventional car stereo mix’ in the near future. And maybe more. Like what you hear? Download this version here: /wp-content/uploads/2020/10/All-My-Brothers-and-Sisters.mp3