A Precious Fountain: Music in the Worship of an African American Catholic Community

by Mary E. McGann. Liturgical Press, 2004.


This resource uses the lens of worship music to explore the culture of a Black Catholic parish in San Francisco.


character of worship, the roles of children and leaders, worship components, female musicians, the Holy Spirit, theological questions, notes, index, appendices

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy and lay leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Be inspired by the story of a congregation that combines two distinctive cultures.
  • Explore the possibilties of forming a church with different cultural perspectives by reading the chapter on theological questions.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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