With great dedication to the formation of young people into spiritually mature Christians, composer/author David Haas has created a series of indispensable resources for youth and their leaders. With You by My Side incorporates music, prayers, and reflection to help guide young people along their spiritual journeys. While having liturgical use, the recordings and gooks in this series are also ideal for retreats, times of prayer, and individual reflection for young people.
This music collection coordinates with the recordings and reflection books that provide the centerpiece of this project. There are many ways this resource can be utilized in ministry with young people: at liturgical celebrations, catechetical events, youth rallies, retreats, evenings of reflection, or for personal growth. With You by My Side is intended to be a prayerful journey.
David Haas resides in Eagan, Minnesota, where he is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and serves as campus minister / artist-in-residence at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he also teaches in the theology and music departments. Highly regarded as one of the preeminent liturgical music composers in the English-speaking world, he has produced more than 45 collections of original music. His liturgical works are sung and prayed throughout the world and appear in hymnals of many Christian denominations and in many languages. A native of Bridgeport, Michigan, and the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, David is a 1975 graduate of Bridgeport High School and studied vocal music performance, piano, and conducting at Central Michigan University. He completed his studies in music performance, liturgy, and theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Presently an active member of St. Cecilia Church in St. Paul, he formerly served as director of music and liturgy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ankeny, Iowa and The Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park, Minnesota as well as being composer-in-residence at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Minneapolis. From 1985-1988 he was an adjunct instructor and composer-in-residence at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, during which time he was very active internationally in writing, composing, and presenting workshops and seminars on the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. During these years, David was part of what is commonly referred to as the Minnesota School in collaboration with two of his colleagues, Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, in producing some of the most popular and effective music for the Church's worship that has appeared in the days following the Second Vatican Council.
This ongoing series of music and reflections, With You by My Side, is designed for you to explore musically and prayerfully the many and varied challenges that your faith in God may lead you on during your spiritual journey.
- David Haas