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David Haas is from Eagan, Minnesota, where he is the director of the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry. In addition to being an author of over 30 books in the areas of liturgy, music, religious education, youth ministry, prayer and the spiritual life, he is highly regarded as one of the preeminent composers of liturgical music in the English-speaking world. Having produced over 50 recordings and collections with GIA Publications, his well-known compositions include Blest Are They, You Are Mine, Now We Remain, We Are Called, We Have Been Told, Send Us Your Spirit, The Name of God, Song of the Body of Christ, The Lord is My Light, Without Seeing You, and The God of Second Chances. His music has been translated into many languages, appearing in hymnals and resources of various Christian denominations throughout the world.
David was the founder and executive director for Music Ministry Alive!, an international liturgical music formation program and movement that reached out for almost twenty years to high school and college age youth throughout the United States and other parts of the world (1999-2017). He has traveled extensively as a conference speaker, workshop presenter, retreat leader, recording artist, and concert performer throughout North America, as well as Germany, England, Ireland, Italy, The Bahamas, Israel, Greece, The Philippines, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and also at the United Nations. A former Grammy Award nominee, several of his books on the spiritual life with Clear Faith Publishing have received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic Publishers. In 2015, David was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Portland in Oregon, and together with Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen he received the 2017 Pax Christi Award from St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
To learn more about David and his extensive work in pastoral ministry, visit his website: http://www.DavidHaas.us.