Franciscan Ministry of Peace Composers

Brother E. Louis Canter, OEF

Louis is a Liturgical Composer and currently serving a Pastoral Assistant at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakeland, Florida.

6050 Peregrine Avenue
Orlando, Florida
Jim Hughes

Jim is a Liturgical Composer and is currently the Director of Music Ministries at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Orange Park, Florida

3616 Trail Ridge Road
Middleburg, Florida

About Our Composers

E. Louis Canter, OEF, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakeland Florida.

While Louis is focused on parish ministry, he gives workshops throughout the United States on topics related to music and worship. He also gives parish missions and concerts. He is involved with interfaith dialogue and has participated in conferences and concerts related to peace efforts and praise and worship. He is a sought-after accompanist and vocalist for numerous Christian artists. His bilingual
ability gives him freedom to work within the Spanish speaking community.
His work, Requiem for the Innocents, will have a huge impact on the pro-life movement and is a voice of hope and reconciliation for those who have had abortions. His new CD As the Deer Thirsts is a collection of his music focusing on peace, healing, and wholeness.

Jim Hughes is currently the Music Ministries Director at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Orange Park, Florida, where he has served for the past forty five years.

During this time he has worked with both traditional and contemporary choirs as well as youth and children’s choirs. As a past member of the Diocese of St. Augustine’s Liturgical Commission, Jim has served as a music liaison, directed music for diocesan youth summer camps, served on planning committees for NPM Conventions and diocesan liturgical events, and given many liturgical, youth, and music workshops, both locally and nationally. Jim started composing in the late 1970s and has written over 200 liturgical pieces, including the popular Mass of the Good Shepherd found in the St. Augustine Hymnal. Jim’s newest CD and songbook collection, Christ Be With and Within Me, progresses through the Church year and challenges us to be the living presence of God in our world by practicing the corporal acts of mercy, which is an example of how we live in peace with our neighbor.

Jim lives in Middleburg, Florida with his wife Shelly. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.

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