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Ladies and gentlemen: Monstrance

Ladies and gentlemen: Monstrance

“They call themselves the Rectors of Rock. The Fathers of Funk. The Collar Studs.”

So begins the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s story on a rock band comprising four Episcopal priests.

Fathers Drew Bunting, Andrew Jones, David Simmons and Don Fleischman are the fab four of Monstrance, a rock, blues and country band more interested in fun than fame, whose members lend their considerable talents to worthy causes throughout the Milwaukee diocese.

“We’re not in this to make money. We know we’re never going on tour,” said Bunting, priest-in-charge at St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, who sings lead vocals and plays bass in the band. “We just want to have a good time. We know we have these gifts, and we want to use them in service of the greater good.”

You’ll want to read the whole story just for the rewritten lyrics of classic pop songs. “My blood runs cold, my liturgy has just been sold.” You J Geils Band fans will remember that one.

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