August 11, 2017
Michelle Martin of Chicago Catholic this week reported on the end of a connection to a beloved part of Paulist history:
When the Paulist Alumni Chorale sings at the 5 p.m. Mass Sept. 9 at Old St. Mary’s Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., it will mark the end of more than a century of music.
The Paulist Alumni Chorale is made up of men who once sang in the Paulist Choir, immortalized on film in “Going My Way” and “The Bells of St. Mary’s.” The choir began in 1904 and was a Chicago institution until it disbanded in 1967, when its longtime director, Paulist Father Eugene O’Malley, retired, and the Mass was being celebrated in English.
After the choir disbanded, former members never lost touch. They began singing together again 10 years later as the Alumni Chorale. …