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Week of October 13, 2006
Retreat director offers a retreat CD
Kristoph Franz says Lilies of the Field allows reflective contemplation
By BILL GLEN
All proceeds will go to Sanctum Foundation, to help pay down the retreat centre's debt of some $2.5 million.
Franz emphasized the retreat is not in trouble. It's doing quite well, actually, he says. The debt is attributable to the initial development costs.
He has been busy promoting his CD in the Edmonton Archdiocese. He returns Nov. 26 for a concert at Holy Family Parish in St. Albert.
Kristoph says it is more of a meditative experience than a show.
"I have had emails from people who went to a concert telling me it was exactly what they needed," he said.
"There's a limiting format of (75 minutes) to create a retreat experience, but with the video footage of the retreat centre during the concert, the idea is to give people a taste, to raise the profile of (Sanctum) and to encourage them to come to a place of retreat."
Franz wrote the songs the last few years in the context of retreat ministry. He uses them at Sanctum and compiled them for use on the CD.
Some 5,000 have been distributed in just under a month. Franz is looking at North American distribution and beyond.
"We have had an enormously positive response to the CD and the concerts. It is a specific genre with a specific purpose.
"It is the kind of recording you have to spend time with in a contemplative space."
Lilies of the Field is available through SandalSong, Franz's independent record label committed to helping people along their spiritual journeys.
To learn more, go to www.sandalsong.com or call (toll-free) 1-888-442-0285. The CD is also available at some Catholic supply stores.
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