Voice from Assisi - Win Friar Alessandro's Beautiful CD


Editor’s note: If you haven’t yet discovered the amazing artistry of Alessandro Brustenghi of Assisi, you’ve been missing out. Today, along with sharing this tremendous artist’s gifts, we’re giving our readers a gift: your chance to win “Voice from Assisi”, the incredible CD by Friar Alessandro. Leave a comment at the end of this post to be entered to win. LMH


International Release Date: 15th October

Decca Records/Universal Music brings you the
‘Voice from Assisi’: Friar Alessandro.

Alessandro Brustenghi – from the original friary founded by Saint Francis of Assisi, the Porziuncola in Assisi – made the headlines earlier this year when he became the first Friar in the history of music to land a major record deal.

The legendary Mike Hedges (U2, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers) and his manager discovered Alessandro whilst in Italy, after years of searching for “the next Italian Tenor”. Friar Alessandro has been singing all his life. Although music was always his passion, Alessandro received his ‘calling’ as a teenager, and at the age of 21 decided to become a friar.

Mike Hedges made the record at the famous Abbey Road Studios, and when Friar Alessandro flew over for the sessions it was the first time he had ever been on a plane. The album is a heavenly mix of traditional and modern sacred songs, including an original track by Royal Wedding and Christmas No.1 composer Paul Mealor, set to a prayer written by St Francis of Assisi, Le Lodi Dio Altissimo.

Also on the album is a song written by ‘60s singer-songwriter Donovon, Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna, from the famous biopic of St Francis (called Brother Sun, Sister Moon), as well as a recently discovered sacred aria by the Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini (who died in 1835), Tantum Ergo Sacramentum, here recorded for the first time.

To complete the collection are enchanting versions of The Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster), Schubert’s Ave Maria, the popular Sancta Maria from Cavalleria Rusticana as well as the nation’s favourite hymn, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace – another prayer attributed to St Francis of Assisi.

By day, the Friar works in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, welcoming many of the six million visitors to Assisi every year. In his spare time he works as a carpenter, restoring furniture and making wooden lecterns. Having taken a personal vow of poverty, Friar Alessandro will not accept any money from sales of his album and his day to day life will not change. Proceeds will go directly to the Order of Friars Minor for its charitable work.


1. Fratello Sole, Sorello Luna (Brother Sun, Sister Moon) – Donovon
2. Pater Noster (The Lord’s Prayer)
3. Le Lodi Di Dio Altissimo (A Prayer By Saint Francis of Assisi) – Paul Mealor
4. Panis Angelicus – César Franck
5. Sancta Maria (from Cavalleria Rusticana) – Pietro Mascagni
6. Tantum Ergo Sacramentum – Vincenzo Bellini
7. Vergin Tutto Amor – Francesco Durante
8. Ave Maria – Franz Schubert
9. Kyrie (from Misa Criolla) – Ariel Ramírez
10. Cantique De Jean Racine – Gabriel Fauré
11. Make Me A Channel Of your Peace – Traditional

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Contest: To enter to win, leave a comment below by midnight pacific time on Saturday, December 8th, 2012. Five winners will be randomly selected to win “Voice from Assisi” by Friar Alessandro


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. This is beautiful. I would love to add this to my collection to listen to during Advent & Lent, enhancing my prayer. Blessings for a happy Advent

  2. What a beautiful gift Alessandro has given the world! My son, 16, has an amazing tenor voice. I can’t wait to show him this and hopefully win the CD!

  3. I have just discovered this web site and I love it! I am older, (eairly 50’s), but I will always be a mom, (as of 2 days ago a grandmother of 2). I still have one son at home:) All of our children have been a blessing form God.
    I have never traveled, the CD “Voice Of Assisi”, sounds like a wonderful tribute to Our Lord this Advent.
    God Bless,

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