Multi-Talented Music Director Has Ties to Both St. Francis Schools

Michael Fontana has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to producing and directing pastoral music in the Roman Catholic tradition. He also has a rich background in music as a composer — having published his first piece of organ music at the age of 18 — and has continued to compose, with several pieces published last year.

Only In Print: The Old Rugged Cross

Most people recognize these as the opening lines of the popular hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross” which was written by George Bennard in 1912 and has since been recorded by hundreds of Christian artists across almost every genre of music.

MLK and the Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

When a bus driver in Montgomery, Alabama, demanded that a young Black woman named Rosa Parks give up her seat in the non-Black designated section of the bus, so began the civil rights movement in earnest. 


Pope Francis Pops by His Favorite Record Store to Say ‘Hello’

Pope Francis took an evening ride in a white Fiat 500 to visit a record store he used to go to when in Rome as a cardinal. Letizia Giostra, the store owner, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the surprise visit Jan. 11 was “an immense thrill.”

African American Angel — God Blessed Billie Holiday

Many of the iconic African American female vocalists of the 20th century endured great hardships before achieving success in the music industry.  From Billie Holiday to Etta James, there was a great deal they had to overcome on the road to fame and fortune.