Artistic Expressions – S. Marie Concetta Papania (1900-1999)

A native of Springfield, Ohio, S. Marie Concetta Papania devoted her life to music, teaching others to appreciate it. She taught young members of the SC Congregation liturgical music for 27 years, 1931 – 1958. During that time she attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, earning her master’s in Gregorian Chant in 1944. She wrote Missa Solemnis as her thesis; on major Feast Days 500 voices of the Sisters made the chapel ring with chant. For 11 years Sister served as diocesan coordinator of music. She also composed a hymn to Elizabeth Ann Seton and a children’s music book with musical accompaniments. S. Marie Concetta believed that if you were going to sing as a way of praising God, then it should be done well, so that meant practice. The video is a portion of her Missa Solemnis.