Franciscan Sister Anne Delaney, S.F.O., is a sacred music composer, "an inspired and gifted songwriter" (All Things Czech), and lyric soprano. Her lyrics offer a rich integration of devotional verse, biblical imagery, poetry, and spiritual depth, combined with a sensitivity to social justice. Delaney has recorded two albums: Wool on The Lamb (Resource Publications, Inc.) and On Your Behalf (Pilgrims Progress). Through her music Delaney proclaims the Lord's Gospel message with hope and heart.
Delaney has received many awards including Music City Songwriters Festival (Gospel/Contemporary Christian Song Division, Nashville), and the Bank of America Award in Music; individual artist grants from the National Association of Composers (NACUSA), United Technologies Corporation, and Peninsula Community Foundation; and various sponsorships including Ampex Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, and The Women's Philharmonic (CA). Her music has been featured on radio stations (KFAX, KKUP, PRAHA), and in many articles and book chapters including "The White Blossom in Burgundy" from Who Needs Dreams? Following an invitation from the Missionaries of Charity, Delaney sang two of her compositions at the Memorial for Mother Teresa, M.C. in San Francisco, California and has composed commissioned liturgical hymns for Roman Catholic churches. Currently, Delaney is invited to compose the film score for ICON, featuring her most notable composition, "King of Hearts."
In 1989 Delaney composed Trilogy of Hope a trinity of songs inspired by the Holy Spirit. The year 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of the three events leading to the compositions.
Army of Peace was inspired by Martin H. M. Schreiber's prints of the major socio-political confrontation on St. Wenceslaus Square in Prague on November 4, 1989. Responding to the rally of reform on November 17, President Vaclav Havel exclaimed, "They had arms; we had the truth." To have "true peace now reign," to live the Gospel in freedom and solidarity, remains a holy struggle. Mr. Havel received the gift of Army of Peace May 2009. [Recording: On Your Behalf]
At 5:04 PM on October 17, 1989, the San Francisco Bay Area shook from a massive earthquake. Eighty-nine hours later, a radio announcer exclaimed: "We have a miracle." Trapped in concrete, Buck Helm had been pulled from the collapsed Cypress freeway. "I Have Waited (89 Hours)" is a song of remembrance of this former schoolteacher and longshoreman rescued from the rubble. Mr. Helm heard the recording the night before he crossed over into Eternal Life on November 18, 1989. [Recording: On Your Behalf; published: 21st Century Music and Pilgrims Progress]
"King of Hearts" is Delaney's devotional hymn in honor of the Infant Jesus of Prague, inspired by Daniel A. Lord, S. J.'s Infant of Prague Novena honoring both the Lord's Kingship and His childlike simplicity. He is "humbled as a servant, sent to set us free from bondage." Delaney produced a cassingle, King of Hearts, for the Czech Catholic people. Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek of Prague received the gift on February 14, 1990.
The world premiere of "Srdcí Král" (translated by Czech poet, Jirina Fuchsová) was sung in Czech during the opening liturgy for the Feast of the Infant Jesus of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Prague, Czech Republic, May 18, 2003. On May 25, 2003 Delaney sang the hymn for the closing procession to the Infant Jesus of Prague. [Recording: On Your Behalf; published: Alliance Publications, Inc. ("Srdcí Král," Czech), "Pilgrims Progress" (English) and Cooperative Ministries, Inc. ("Rey de Corazones," Spanish)]
The original Prazské Jezulátko (Infant Jesus of Prague) statue is cared for and housed at Kostel Panny Marie Vítzné (Church of Our Lady Victorious) in Prague. The Installation and Dedication of the Infant Jesus of Prague replica statue was celebrated on Christ the King, November 25, 2007 at Delaney's home parish, Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park, CA. To continue the "Little Mission for the Little King," Delaney also founded the Infant Jesus of Prague Society at her parish. Members pray a novena on the 17th of each month, and offer prayers for true peace, salvation of souls, and health of persons and nations.
In 2002, Delaney founded Interval: The Next Step, a music and drama school. She serves as teacher and mentor for students of voice, piano, musical theater, opera, choral, theory, and sacred music composition. Her compositions list is available on Delaney's music is most striking and reflective...The minor mode suggests the stillness and repose that are fruits of meditation. (Resource Publications, Inc. Music Reviewer).
Delaney hopes the music God moved her to compose will further unite the worshipping community, inspire one to "become a prayer," and draw each soul nearer to the Blessed Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All Glory and Honor be to God. "The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you!" As the Infant Jesus of Prague spoke these words in 1637, the message remains true for all ages.