Missionary of the Sacred Heart Sister Kathleen Boschetti msc, an accomplished Australian Church music composer, celebrated her Golden Jubilee at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene, Victoria, on Sunday 11th September 2011.
Sister Kathleen was born in Shepparton, Victoria, into a musical family, and studied Church music at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Her talents and expertise as an educator, organist and musician have been at the service of the Church and community throughout her life, always with great generosity and good humour. Sister Kathleen's sister, Eileen Kennedy of Shepparton, is also a skilled Church musician and organist.
After completing her studies in Rome, she worked at the Liturgical Centre in Melbourne, becoming a consultant in Church music for the Archdiocese of Melbourne and beyond. She continues to lead liturgical worship in Australian Churches at St Francis' Church (Melbourne), St Bridget's Church (Greythorn, Victoria), and All Saints Church (Fitzroy, Victoria). Her outstanding skills as a mature Catholic Cantor and composer who inspires enthusiastic assembly participation in sacred music are renowned. She has respectfully acknowledged and (with appropriate permissions) integrated the unique contribution of Australian indigenous peoples into Australia's Church music. She continues to promote this through her Kumali Coree choir, Masses and other publications.
Sister Kathleen's sensitive compositions are well known and loved for their accurate expression of the text, their singable melodies and their expressive harmonies. Her compositions were included in the Catholic Worship Book (1985), Gather Australia (1995), and in Together in Song (1999). Her Church music is inclusive and life-giving, and has given joy, encouragement and friendship to many.
See also Sister Kathleen's Golden Jubilee page on the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart site: