Michael Joncas

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Jan Michael Joncas (born December 21, 1951) is a priest, liturgical theologian, and composer of contemporary Catholic music,[1] best known for his hymn, "On Eagle's Wings."[citation needed] He received an MA in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and went on to study at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome. He was ordained in 1980, and teaches at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota),[2] at the University of Notre Dame, and summer courses at the Saint John's School of Theology - Seminary (Collegeville, Minnesota).

Michael Joncas's compositions are representative of the more popular style of music that has appeared in American Catholic parishes in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.


  • "Singing In the Light" (1968)
  • "On Eagle's Wings" (1979)
  • "Every Stone Shall Cry"
  • "Here In Our Midst"
  • "O Joyful Light"
  • "I Have Loved You"
  • "Praise God in Song"
  • "No Greater Love"
  • "Winter Name of God" (1988)
  • "God of Life and of the Living"
  • "Sing Praise and Thanksgiving"
  • "Come to Me"
  • "Mass for John Carroll"
  • "Psallite Mass"
  • "We Come to Your Feast"
  • "A Voice Cries Out"
  • "As the Deer"
  • "God of Life Be Praised"
  • "In the Sight of Angels" (2008)


His music in contemporary culture[edit]

Michael Joncas is one of many musicians who compose contemporary Catholic liturgical music.

On Eagle's Wings was played at many of the 9/11 memorial services, and was sung by a former Miss America at the memorial service for the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing.[citation needed]

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