Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle by Kataluma

by Sister Julie Ann on June 10, 2008


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995951165_98e31690e5_m.jpgIn Luke’s gospel, the Greek word Kataluma designates by implication a lodging place. Mark uses it to describe “Dining Room” where the Last Supper takes place (and, some suggest, the same room where Pentecost occurred). More commonly, it describes the ‘breaking up or reprieve of a journey’. (photo taken by Giovanni Portelli)

144460259_4d30af60c9.jpgKataluma is also the name of an occasional coalescence of Wisconsin musicians and creatives. In this instance, it comprises John Tanner, Sue Bruk, Bob Monagle and Mark Kolter, who fashioned a transglobal approach to the hymn “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle” as an energetic meditation for Catholic young adults, those recently confirmed and those preparing to attend World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. (photo taken by yewenwi)

2259683275_c7d55736ae.jpgMr. Tanner is an experienced studio musician and highly regarded composer, with over twenty years of experience in scoring, arranging and music composition for television, radio, and theatre. His music is heard in commercials for Sprint, Bird’s Eye, Sears and as original scores and arrangements for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” since 1984, the American Player Theater’s productions of “Richard III”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “phedre”, and “The Learned Ladies”. (photo taken by Giovanni Portelli)

Mr. Tanner engineered the Violent Femmes’ album, “Violent Femmes”, which garnered both Gold and Platinum sales certification. His commercial music has won numerous awards, including Golden Reel Awards from the International Television Association for industrial video projects; Telly Awards; national, regional and local American Advertising Federation “Addys”, Silver Microphone awards, and RAC Awards for retail advertising. Find out more at

Ms. Bruk’s exceptional singing can be heard in many different commercials and productions, and she also writes music for and sings with the group, “Sacrifice of Praise”.

“Sacrifice of Praise” is known for tight harmonies, spirits that encourage and personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness. Their latest CD, You Carry Me celebrates and reflects on God’s unfailing faithfulness in the times of life’s greatest uncertainties.

Mr. Monagle plays guitar extraordinarily well.

wyd08logo.gifMr. Kolter is a songwriter and creative counsel. “I thought those traveling to Catholic World Youth Day, and those who wanted to go but couldn’t, might appreciate, enjoy a song that was uplifting, and also incorporated instrumentations and rhythms from around the world. ‘Come Holy Ghost’ seemed appropriate since the theme correlated with the ‘Holy Spirit’ theme of World Youth Day 2008.

‘Enkindle’ evolved from another instrumental ‘Tangiers Lantern Twilight’ that evoked a geographic journey into the spiritual journey on traveling to WYD. Now it’s sort of fused together with ‘Come Holy Ghost’, less a medley, more a musical marriage.”

363993700_c4ae6ecdd6.jpg“Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle” begins with a ‘summons’ to Sydney, played on an Aborigine Didgeridoo. Just as Catholic youth from around the world will bring their own culture and gifts to Sydney, you might then hear bits and pieces of different rhythms, from Catalonian to Congolese, and instruments from all over-a saz, or lute from Greece, accordian from Germany, electric guitar and dulcimer from the United States, kalimba from Angola, rain stick from Guatemala, harp from Ireland. (photo taken by Giovanni Portelli)

In deference to Pope Benedict XVI’s favorite composer, we even mixed in a brief passage from Mozart’s ‘Rondo Alla Turca’. Also, there’s a bit of Gregorian Chant.

2391867119_c2b538c115.jpgSaid Kolter “We recorded several verses, and took sort of a remix approach to structuring the basic material. We decided to end with the first half of verse three, with respect to the many pilgrims coming to WYD who recently have been or soon will be confirmed and becoming spiritual adults, invested with ‘the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit’. It’s open ended-just like being confirmed: what will you do with gifts you’ve been given?” (photo taken by Giovanni Portelli)

“Enkindle” (c) 2008 Kolter Creative Counsel

64 thoughts on “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle by Kataluma”

  1. Evelyn Quesada says:

    This song I liked because it was very soothing for me. The different instruments made it different and gave me a very happy, calm, peaceful feeling. The instruments made that song =)

  2. Ana Konopacki says:

    Dear Franciscan Sisters,

    I liked the song because it isn’t a song you hear everyday.There are different instruments, kind of not a lot of singing, which makes more attention on the unfamiliar instruments.

  3. Sydney Compton says:

    The song was awsome because it reminded me of the holy spirit moving to guide other people to Jesus because it was a fast moving song.

  4. Katie says:

    It was cool

  5. Savanna Ortiz says:

    I thought that the song was truly beautiful . The song met a lot of things to me like it made me think a lot of God .

  6. Felicia Jaimez says:

    From what i heard i really enjoyed the muscial instruments. It was peaceful for a gospel song, then it really suprised me when i heard the electric guitar and thats the type of music i like then i’m really relaxed by the tone of electric guitar and the womens beautiful voice.

  7. Lucy Schmitz says:

    The song is good for joyous reflection. The beat makes me happy. It is wonderful to ask for the Holy spirit to help us in the form of song.

  8. Angelica SantaMaria says:

    I really like the song because it was so soothing and it made me feel relaxed. When I was listening I could really think and kind of get away in my mind.

  9. Katie Dellamater says:

    I thought the song was very neat, i felt like the Holy Spirit came to me as I was listening and I felt as the Holy Spirit was with me, I had never had a feeling like that really ever before.

  10. We are overjoyed with the wonderful responses we have received regarding this truly divinely inspired song. This team of truly gifted musicians deserve all the affirmation bestowed on them.
    Peace and all good.

  11. Anna says:

    I really felt a sense of peace and comfort within me as I listened to this song. The spirit works in so many beautiful ways and I thought that the spirit really was moving in me during this song. It has such meaning and inspiration to live out, and to take the joy of christ with you.

  12. Anna, I couldn’t agree with you more. May this song continue to be a powerful prayer for you.

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