Franciscan Sisters Feature a Stream of Joyous Christmas Music

by Sister Julie Ann on December 24, 2015

Beginning December 24, 2015, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature Richard Schletty and Andre Van Haren’s Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Duerme, Niño, Duerme)  and Michael Loonan We Three Kings in a streaming joyous Christmas Concert.

Franciscan Sisters Crib Christmas2014Listen and be inspired for the great Feasts of the Incarnation and Epiphany. With St. Francis, join us in saying: My God and My All.

For more Christmas music by talented Minnesota musicians, click here.


Sleep, Baby, Sleep (Duerme, Niño, Duerme)

My brother, Christopher Schletty, dreamt this song c. 2002. He is not a musician or a singer. He is a computer programmer. After keeping the song to himself for a couple years, Chris told me about his dream in November of 2004. He recorded one minute of a cappella singing and sent me an MP3 file. I took it from there. I wrote a bridge between verse 2 and 3. André van Haren came up with the beautiful orchestration you hear in this CD release version. My son-in-law, Elías de Andres Martos, a native of Segovia, Spain, did the translation to Duerme, Niño, Duerme. He tried to coach me in pronunciation as I hardly know any Spanish. The song took about 11 years to come to fruition. We have never found evidence that this song existed before Chris dreamt it. We thought maybe it was a song remembered from his past. We can only conclude that it was a simple gift from above.

-Richard Schletty

More info about Richard and his song samples are at and


We Three Kings

Michael Loonan is a performing musician, songwriter and producer, based in St. Paul,Michael_Loonan_A_Season_Of_Grace (1) Minnesota, USA. He has played with and led a contemporary music group at Nativity of our Lord church for over 20 years.  Michael has released a spiritual CD with his brother (The Day Has Come, 1997) as well as Season of Grace (2005), which can also be heard as a special Holiday Channel on Pandora.   Michael’s church group (Spiritu) has released two CDs, Spiritu and Good News and are currently working on a new holiday release for winter, 20

I hope this song and others on Season of Grace bring you to a place of peace and calm during the holiday seasons.

-Michael Loonen

Review of Season of Grace

“This is an exceptional instrumental album. Its 15 tracks cover a broad range of well-known ancient carols and classical bits, including some personal favorites. The tone is low-key, but retains a lyrical intensity throughout.  A Season of Grace would provide a beautiful backdrop for any festive gathering–or for that quiet evening wrapping gifts. Everything works very, very well on this album.”

Carol Swanson (www.christmasreviews)

More info about Michael can be found at

More info about Michael’s contemporary church group can be found at


4 thoughts on “Franciscan Sisters Feature a Stream of Joyous Christmas Music”

  1. Sister Carol Ann says:

    The musical arrangement and performance of We Three Kings in general has a feeling of joyful anticipation. To me this piece of music poses the questions for whom do we go toward, what do we experience on the way and what do we expect when we arrive? The story of the Three Kings journey to present their gifts to the newborn king must have been filled with an array of emotions. They probably felt joy, fear, and perhaps challenged to endure until they arrived to their final destination. This musical arrangement creates a mood that embodies all of these emotions. The harmonies move through major and minor chords which effectively evoke feelings of mystery and joy.

  2. Sister Marsaia says:

    Last Christmas I gave two Big Books to my three year old grandnephew.
    One book depicted the journey of three very wise men who decided to “Follow that STAR” to Bethlehem.
    In the book the three kings ride “bump, bump, bumpety bump!” to find the newborn King.

    In 1857 John Henry Hopkins of Pennsylvania wrote We Three Kings, a carol which is now popular every Christmas.
    We Three Kings is a very haunting, “easy to sing” tune having a range of only eight notes.
    The first 15 measures of the song are in a minor key. When the lyrics say “Oh, oh! Star of wonder,
    Star of light” the melody changes to a bright major key as if to celebrate the light of the Star of Bethlehem.

    Michael Loonan has arranged and presented this tune in a creative way using violin and piano to “sing” the message.
    His arrangement begins with hardly a hint of what melody will follow.
    Then violin and piano intertwine and imitate the glory, majesty, and somberness of the lyrics which speak
    of bringing gifts of gold for the King; frankincense for the Deity, and myrrh for the One will become a sacrifice for us.
    In conclusion the violin and piano expand into a true duet with each instrument using intricate,
    lovely melodies and harmony to show forth the wonder and beauty of the Babe born to be our Light!

    On Halloween this year, my grandnephew, showed me his big books and reminded me that I had given them to him.
    He told me “I like the follow, follow, follow one.” I looked at the books to discover which one of them was the “follow follow one”.
    It was the one called “follow that star.”

    On one page Nolan pointed out that the star is beautiful and it points directly to the Bethlehem stable.
    Maybe we too are like the wisemen and will want to follow follow follow that star.

  3. Sister Carmen Marie says:

    La lectura de San Lucas nos informa que María fue a visitar a su parienta Isabel. Tan pronto como Isabel oyó el saludo de María, la criatura salta en su vientre. Entonces Isabel, llena del Espíritu Santo exclama: -¡Benita tu entre las mujeres, y bendito el hijo que darás a luz!

    Isabel le dice a María también: -Bendita tú que has creído, porque lo que te ha dicho el Señor se cumplirá en ti.”

    ¿Cómo se ha convertido María en una persona que cree en lo que Dios había dicho? ¿Cómo eres tú una persona similar?

    ¿Cómo respondes cuando alguien trata de decirte que Dios está con contigo en lo haces?

  4. annemarielom says:

    What a beautiful Christmas gift! Thank you for the gift of music and insight!

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