Saint Martin’s celebrates tradition with annual Sacred Music Concert
October 20, 2011
Lacey, Washington — Members of the Saint Martin’s University Chorale will
lift their voices in two free public programs of sacred music, poetry and
readings Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. The annual performances, which
celebrate All Saints Day and the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, the
University’s patron saint, will take place at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church, 5000
Abbey Way SE, in Lacey, Washington. The Saturday performance begins at
7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance at 2 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes earlier.
No reservations are necessary.
“The spirit of the concert is rooted in its collaborative nature and celebration
of Saint Martin’s tradition,” says Chorale Director Darrell Born, associate
professor of music at Saint Martin’s. “As a joint project of the University’s
Department of Music and Campus Ministry, it heightens the sense of community that
is integral to the Benedictine philosophy guiding the University.”
The Order of Saint Benedict, which established Saint Martin’s, was founded by
Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy, in the early 500s. The Order is governed by “The
Rule of Saint Benedict,” a set of values that stresses community, hospitality,
stewardship, stability, listening and a reverence for learning.
Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, lived earlier—in the early
fourth century. A Roman soldier, he converted to Christianity and left military
service. He became a monk, and eventually bishop of Tours, France. Saint Martin is
best known for helping the poor and for bringing Christianity to the rural people in
For more information about the concerts, contact Susan Leyster, director of campus
ministry, 360-438-4581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university
located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the
Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges
and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky
Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through
its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education
and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint
Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
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