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Hess, Lorraine

Lorraine Hess is a Catholic singer, songwriter, music minister, and recording artist born and raised in New Orleans. She grew up in a family of Jazz and Cajun musicians, and her writing is strongly influenced by her South Louisiana heritage. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Institute for Ministry, New Orleans. She has served the church in music since age 16, and she currently directs music ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Metairie, Louisiana in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

She has released six solo albums of original liturgical and sacred music: We Shall Be Healed (2008); Child of God (2010), Cradle in Bethlehem (2012), As I Pray (2015) and Glorify Him, (2017), produced by World Library Publications, and her most recent project, See the Miracle (2019). Her music can also be found in WLP’s CD compilations, More Voices as One I, II, and III. Lorraine also produced the music video, "With a Father's Heart" with the song she wrote of the same title. 

She has performed at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Convention, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, Mid-Atlantic Congress, the International Catholic Stewardship Conference, the Catholic Women of Faith Conference (Nashville), New Orleans World Youth Day, the National Catholic Educators Association Convention & Expo, the Catholic Health Association Conference, the New Orleans Archdiocese Leadership Celebration, the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC) & at concerts, youth events, parish missions, retreats and liturgies throughout the country. Lorraine has also performed in John Angotti’s original musical, JOB, The NOW Testament, and has appeared on the nationally televised shows The Power of Love hosted by the late Fr. Michael Manning, SVD and Live With Passion with Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

Lorraine and her husband, Rob, have been married since 1990, and are recipients of the St. Louis Medallion Award for service to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. They are proud parents of four sons, her greatest vocation. Her work as a featured artist with WLP is also available at


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Eucharistic Adoration: A Communal Invitation to Mission - Sacred Music

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Collaboration in Parish Music Ministry: Unity not Division - Sacred Music

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I TRUST IN YOU: Mary, Martha, and the Relationship Between Trust and Mercy - Sacred Music

Through the lens of the Gospel stories of Mary and Martha, Lorraine breaks open the relationship between mercy and surrender. In hopelessness, when we feel we have lost all control, we look to God for mercy, yet we struggle with trust and surrender just as these women in scripture (Luke 10, John 11) did. The ability to surrender to God is not something we simply achieve, once and for all, but a daily struggle to practice. Come learn ways to practice this trust and this surrender in your ministry and your personal life.

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Activating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to enjoy the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in Ministry - Sacred Music

How can we use the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission of Christ as pastoral musicians so that the results of our efforts are not simply good liturgical music, but a ministry of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

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Shine Like Gold Tested in Fire - Sacred Music

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