Sister Delores Dufner is a member of Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn., and is a nationally-renowned hymn writer. She holds master’s degrees in liturgical music from St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Ind., and in liturgical studies from Notre Dame, Ind. She is currently a member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the National Pastoral Musicians (NPM), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Monastic Worship Forum.
Sister Delores was a school music teacher, private piano and organ instructor and parish organist/choir director for 12 years. She served as liturgy coordinator for her religious community for six years, director of the St. Cloud Diocesan Office of Worship for 15 years and a liturgical music consultant in the Diocese of Ballarat, Australia, for 15 months. Since then, she has been writing liturgical, scripture-based hymn and song texts which are found in many Christian hymnals. Her hymns have been published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and China.
Sister Delores has received 58 commissions to write hymn lyrics for special occasions or needs, and her lyrics are the basis of over 80 choral octavos. She has four published hymn collections:
Unless you belong to One License, you must contact the publisher to use any of these published hymns.
There are two indexes available to help you find specific hymns with ease:
Sister Delores has also received numerous awards for her work.
For more information, contact:
Delores Dufner, OSB