Dufner, Delores OSB

Delores Dufner, OSB, is a writer of liturgical hymn and song texts which are contracted or licensed by publishers in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and China. Her scripturally based hymns are widely used in Protestant churches as well as in her own Roman Catholic Church. Delores has received 45 commissions to write texts for special occasions or needs and has published over 155 hymns, many of which have several different musical settings and appear in several publications.

Some of her best-known hymns are “Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty,” “God, You Call Us to This Place,” “Sing a New Church,” “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve,” “The Word of God Is Source and Seed,” “When from Bondage We Are Summoned,” “Let the Hungry Come to Me,” “What Feast of Love,” and “To Be Your Presence.”

Delores is a member of and occasional presenter at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is the author of three hymn collections: Sing a New Church (1994, Oregon Catholic Press), The Glimmer of Glory in Song (2004, GIA Publications), and Criers of Splendor (2016, GIA Publications).

Delores is a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she participates several times daily in the Liturgy of the Hours, a communal prayer composed chiefly of psalms. She holds Master's Degrees in Liturgical Music and Liturgical Studies.