Dan Schutte

Daniel Laurent Schutte is an American composer of Catholic liturgical music and a contemporary Christian songwriter best known for composing the hymn "Here I Am, Lord" (1981, also known as "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky") and over 150 hymns and Mass settings.[1][2]

Dan Schutte
Dan Schutte, March 2007
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Laurent Schutte
BornNeenah, Wisconsin
GenresContemporary Catholic liturgical music
Occupation(s)Composer-in-ResidenceUniversity of San Francisco, Composer, Songwriter, Liturgist, Author
InstrumentsPiano, acoustic guitar
Years active1974 – present
LabelsOCP Publications


Schutte grew up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University High School before entering the Society of Jesus.

He was one of the founding members of the St. Louis Jesuits who popularized a contemporary style of church music set to sacred texts sung in English as a result of the liturgical reforms initiated by the Second Vatican Council.

He released nine collections with the St. Louis Jesuits and a 30-year anniversary collection in 2005. Their second recording, Earthen Vessels sold over one million albums,[3] and as a result, beginning with hymnals such as Glory and Praise, their music became standard repertoire in Catholic parishes across the country. Other members of the St. Louis Jesuits are Bob Dufford, Roc O'Connor, John Foley and Tim Manion. He left the Society of Jesus in 1986.[4]

His compositions are primarily written for Catholic liturgical use, but, over time, have found their way into Protestant worship. Some of the more notable include "City of God" (1981), "Only This I Want" (1981), "Blest Be the Lord" (1976), "You Are Near" (1971), "Though the Mountains May Fall" (1975), "Sing a New Song" (1972), "Glory and Praise to Our God" (1976), "Here I Am, Lord" (1981), "Table of Plenty" (1992), "River of Glory" (2001), and "These Alone Are Enough" (2004), his setting of the Ignatian Suscipe prayer.

"The St. Louis Jesuit Mass" (1973), co-authored during his collaborative years, was the most-used Mass setting in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. With the implementation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition in 2012, it was decided not to revise it. Schutte's composition of "Mass of God's Promise" (1996, revised 2010) continues to have wide use. "Mass of Christ the Savior," released in 2012, quickly became one of the most widely used Mass Settings throughout the English speaking world.[5][6][7]

Many notable Christian artists such as Chris Christian, Amy Grant and John Michael Talbot have recorded his compositions.

In 2006, he wrote the component of a major catechetical program for teachers on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and the use of music in prayer. In 2009, Twenty – Third Publications released a new book Walking the Sacred Path – Spiritual Exercises for Today.

In 2012, he wrote "God With Us - A Prayer Book For Advent and Christmas."

In 2014, he wrote, "From Ashes To Glory - A Prayer Book For Lent and Easter."

He continues to compose new music, write about spirituality and is an in-demand presenter on liturgy, and the role of music as sung prayer.

In addition to his Jesuit formation, Schutte holds two master of arts degrees, one in theology and one in liturgy from The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.[8] Schutte is also an alumnus of St. Louis University and Seattle University.[9] He did graduate studies in music composition under the direction of Fr. Kevin Waters S.J. at Seattle University.[8] He has received four honorary doctoral degrees for his contribution to the life of the church.[8] Three of the honorary doctorates are in humane letters and the third is in music.

Schutte presently is Composer-in-Residence at the University of San Francisco.


  • Grammy Award nominations with the St. Louis Jesuits, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1981.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, University of Scranton, 1980.
  • Alumni Merit Award, St. Louis University, 1981.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Seattle University, 1983.
  • Song of the Year for "Here, I Am, Lord", United Catholic Music and Video Association, 2001.
  • Number One Favorite Hymn poll by readers of The Tablet for "I, the Lord of Sea and Sky" (also known as "Here I Am, Lord"), 2004.[10]
  • Doctor of Music, Honoris Causa, Creighton University, 2006.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, University of San Francisco, 2009.
  • The Jubilate Deo Award, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, 2011.[11]

His music in contemporary Catholic culture

A 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians found among members that Dan Schutte's hymn Here I Am, Lord placed second among "songs that make a difference".[12]

In a circular of 29 July 2008, the Congregation for Divine Worship directed that, "in liturgical celebrations, in songs and prayers the name of God in the form of the tetragrammaton YHWH is neither to be used or pronounced".[13] Schutte himself agreed with the directive.[14] Accordingly, for Catholic liturgical services the refrain of Schutte's "You Are Near", which began as "Yahweh, I know you are near" now begins with "O Lord, I know you are near".[15][16][17]


  1. Neither Silver nor Gold (1973) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  2. Earthen Vessels (1975) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  3. A Dwelling Place (1976) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  4. Gentle Night (1977) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  5. Lord of Light (1981) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  6. The Steadfast Love (1985) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  7. Let Heaven Rejoice (1997) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  8. Lift Up Your Hearts (1996) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  9. May We Praise You (1997) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  10. Lover of Us All (1989)
  11. Drawn By A Dream (1993)
  12. Always and Everywhere (1997)
  13. Here I Am, Lord: Anthology 1970–1985 (2001)
  14. Glory in the Cross (2001)
  15. You Are Near: Music For Quiet Reflection (2003)
  16. Prince of Peace: Music for Advent and Christmas (2004)
  17. Morning Light (2005) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)
  18. All My Days: Instrumental Music for Quiet Reflection (2006)
  19. One Lord of All (2007) St. Louis Jesuits Instrumental collection
  20. God's Holy Gifts (2008)
  21. Table of Plenty: Anthology 1985–2000 (2008)
  22. Here I Am, Lord: 30th Anniversary Edition (2009)
  23. Companion music for Walking the Sacred Path (2009)
  24. To Praise You (2012)
  25. Age To Age – Generations of Faith (2012) (collaboration with Steve Angrisano and Curtis Stephan)
  26. Mass of Christ the Savior/Misa Cristo Salvador - Expanded Edition (2013), Bilingual English/Spanish (2018)
  27. Love and Grace - These Alone are Enough (2018)
  28. Coming Home: A Final Celebration (2019) (St. Louis Jesuits collaboration)

See also


  1. "BMI | Repertoire Search".
  2. "Published Songs: COMPLETE LISTING OF DAN'S PUBLISHED MUSIC". Dan Schutte. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  3. "The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years" OCP 2006 archives
  4. "The St. Louis Jesuits: Thirty Years" OCP 2006 page 131
  5. "Welcome to ICEL". www.icelweb.org. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. "Find popular Mass settings for the Catholic liturgy". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. https://www.licensingonline.org/en-us
  8. "Dan Schutte - Artists - OCP". www.ocp.org. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  9. "Dan Schutte - Artists - OCP". www.ocp.org. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  10. [email protected], The Tablet - w. "The Tablet is the leading Catholic international magazine and website". www.thetablet.co.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2015-11-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. https://npm.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/PM%20Vol%2031-6.pdf page 29
  13. Letter to the Bishops Conferences on The Name of God
  14. Catholic Sensibility: You Are Near
  15. Top Catholic Songs: You Are Near
  16. You Are Near
  17. Exploring the History and Meaning in Our Liturgies, page 19 of 23