Dufner, Delores OSB

Delores Dufner, OSB, is a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She served as Director of the St. Cloud Diocesan Office of Worship for fifteen years, then worked as a liturgical music consultant in the Diocese of Ballarat, Australia, for fifteen months. Since then, she has been writing liturgical, scripture-based hymn and song texts, which are found in many Christian hymnals. Her hymns have been published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and China.


Sister Delores has received sixty-three commissions to write hymn lyrics for special occasions or needs; her lyrics are the basis of over eighty choral octavos. She has four published hymn collections:


  • Criers of Splendor, 56 hymns (GIA, 2016)
  • And Every Breath, a Song, 72 hymns (GIA, 2011)
  • The Glimmer of Glory in Song, 79 hymns (GIA, 2004)
  • Sing a New Church, 48 hymns (OCP, 1994) 


In 2013 Sister Delores was named a Fellow of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). The Christus Rexaward was bestowed on Sister Delores in 2017 by Valparaiso University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies, for her lifelong commitment to liturgical renewal.