A. LORD, SJ - 1888-1955
you for the creative, indefatigable dreamer and organizer,
Daniel A. Lord, SJ, who formed the once very popular
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
gave dreams and vigor to youth, idealistic purpose to
our lives, and inspiration
to our prayers in the 1940's and the 1950's through
radio, and the evolving network
of television stations.
you, Lord, for the energy
and imagination of this outstanding Jesuit youth leader.
he now be with You in Your heavenly kingdom, enjoying
of his indefectible earthly journey!
As a high school sophomore, I traveled
with thousands of other students on buses
to attend an enormous youth rally which Father Lord
organized in Saint Louis in 1946. The event filled a
huge indoor sports arena.
were prayers, music, and most of all the resonant, optimistic
of Father Lord, himself. He had, in 1925, established
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin.
cavernous space rocked with his exuberant message, and
our energetic rendition
Christ the King, the Sodality Song
for which he wrote the words and composed
the music. He also wrote more than 90 books and nearly
300 religious pamphlets.
was extremely influential in Hollywood after establishing
a film-rating organization called The Legion of
Decency in 1936.
His A+ to "Condemned" ratings were published
in Catholic newspapers and parish bulletins across the
country. An article about
him in America Magazine was entitled: Hollywood
produced a number of elaborate religious pageants in
Saint Louirs, but no photos seem to exist. A condescending
historian described "Lord pounding away at the
piano, spotlights turning from one end of the proscenium
to the other and much flapping of drapery
and theatrical gowns. Lord took his pageants on the
road, from city to city, directing
his plays in sold-out venues."
Lord's dedication and prodigious ministry, and his fervent
and theatrical dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
are not forgotten.
ability to engage and energize youth was unmatched in
his time. He made the truth attractive, spoke frankly
about the church’s teachings and imparted his
message with youthful enthusiasm. Lord’s legacy
to this century, then, is not a call for the church
to turn back the clock to a bygone era but
every means to evangelize zealously
in the 21st century." Rev.
David J. Endres
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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