Thursday, February 27, 2014

NEWS FROM AROUND THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION: Milwaukee Episcopal priests rock the house with a religious message

¨They call themselves the Rectors of Rock. The Fathers of Funk. The Collar Studs.
It's all cheeky fun, but believe it or not, these four Episcopal priests live up to the billing.
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."
Monstrance will take top billing — OK, the only billing — on the Red Door Tour when they rock St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in River Hills on Friday. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Red Door Clothes ministries at St. James & Trinity Episcopal churches in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, and the Hospitality Center at St. Luke's in Racine.
The good fathers fired up the amps under the stained glass windows of Simmons' home church — St. Matthias in Waukesha — for band practice Friday. There, they ripped through covers of Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and the Ramones, not to mention an ecclesiastic parody of the J. Geils Band's "Centerfold...enjoy, read it all thanks to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel..." 
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