I am thrilled to be a Cantor here at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. My journey as a Christian began in such a fortunate way. I am blessed to be a part of a family that provided me with a secure foundation in who I am and from where all blessings come. Singing has always been a fixture in my life. My great-uncle was a national recording artist who sang bluegrass music; daddy also composed music and loved to sing. My roots are in God’s hymns and beautiful psalms. Like the name I was given “Carol”, I am full of joy and have so much love for my savior as I join in praising him through song. Being a Cantor is a ministry and a privilege. The honor I feel in proclaiming and leading God’s word in song is truly one of the most precious gifts I have been given and I thank you for supporting me in this ministry.
I have been a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish and Choir as well as a cantor since 2008. So much of what we sing specifically as cantors is based on the psalms, including the introit and the communion antiphon. Leading the responsorial psalm is part of proclaiming the Word of God, and I love how it ties together the readings of the day. Over the years, singing and praying the psalms has taught me that there is a psalm for every need and occasion. At times, the psalmist is joyful, grateful, sorrowful, despondent, and even angry – just like I am. The words and music stay with me all week; they become part of my prayer and calm my spirit.
A member of SJA since 2002, Frank Glynn quickly bonded with many of its parishioners. They were a welcoming and palpably faith-filled group, and remain so. He joined the choir soon thereafter. He’s been a church singer practically all his life, starting 2d grade elementary. A seminarian for the Richmond diocese from 3d year high through 3d theology (10+ years), he served in choirs and scolas (Gregorian chant groups) the entire time. Having decided to leave priestly formation (in Rome, Italy at the time), he soon joined the Army and served 24+ years. A highlight of his life, while stationed with the Army in Rome, was singing solo at a Mass celebrated in the Sistine Chapel by Pope St. JPII. He is married to Ann Kim and resides in Yorktown.
My name is Agatha Cragg – Schuler. I am a Swiss – American who moved to Yorktown with my family 15 years ago. I joined the choir at St. Joan of Arc about 4 years ago and began cantoring two years ago. Singing has always been a passion of mine and I find the choir members to be a fun group of interesting people to worship with. In fact I highly recommend parishioners to join the choir. You don’t need to know how to read notes! My hobbies besides singing are traveling (many of our trips are adventure trips), learning new languages, running, soccer, crafts and reading.