about us



ory Cooney is the director of liturgy and music at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington, Illinois. Previously, he served as director of liturgy and music at St. Jerome Catholic Community in Phoenix, Arizona, for eleven years. A composer with twenty recorded collections of liturgical music published by Oregon Catholic Press, World Library Publications, and GIA Publications, he has given workshops around the country with Gary Daigle and Theresa Donohoo on musical liturgy. For twenty-five years he was a member of teams presenting various institutes of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate on initiation rites and ireconciliation in the Church. Rory also has published articles in Modern Liturgy, Today’s Parish, AIM, and Pastoral Music on practical and pastoral aspects of musical liturgy. He is also the author of a book of Lenten reflections, Change Our Hearts, and contributed to The Heart of Our Music, an essay collection by the Liturgical Composers Forum, edited by John Foley S.J. His songs are anthologized in most Catholic hymnals and missalettes. "Mass of St. Aidan," part of the World Library collection Christ the Icon, won the 2006 UCMVA Unity award for Best Liturgical Song. He was the recipient of the Pastoral Musician of the Year award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians at the 2014 convention in St. Louis.


erry Donohoo has one of the most sought-after voices in the world of liturgical music. For twenty-five years her distinctive voice has brought the music of Rory Cooney to life on fourteen recordings. Over the years, Terry has also recorded the music of Marty Haugen, Dan Schutte, the Dameans, Tom Kendzia, and Liam Lawton. Often a featured soloist in churches throughout Chicagoland, Theresa travels with Rory and Gary Daigle giving concerts of sacred music throughout the United States. The trio has performed England and Ireland as well. Her collection, One Heart, is a collaboration with Donna Peña and Pamela Warrick-Smith, and her own recording, On Christmas Day in the Morning, was released in fall of 1998. Her latest solo effort, Family Resemblance, was released in late 2003.

Theresa, a former Montessori teacher, has a BA in English and a Masters in English Education from Northern Illinois University. She began work at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Illinois, teaching English in the fall of 2009. She and Rory were married in 1994, and they are the proud parents of Desmond James, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in Nutrition and Exercise Science.



ary Daigle is director of music at St. Edna Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, IL. His first compositions for musical liturgy were collaborations with the Dameans on the collection Remember Your Love (1978). Gary continues to work with the Dameans as a composer, arranger, and producer. In 1993, he released Praise the Maker’s Love, his first collection under his own name. More recent collaborations have been with Rory Cooney. Gary has produced all of Rory's most recent collections and he has set a number of Rory's texts to music. He has also produced recordings by Donna Peña, John Foley, S.J., Jaime Cortez, Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso, Mike Mahler, OddWalk, and the GIA Choral Subscription Service recordings. Gary received his Bachelor of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University and has worked as a campus minister at the Catholic University of America. From 1985-1991, he was Director of Music Ministry at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gary has given workshops and shaped ritual for national and regional conferences throughout the United States such as The East Coast Conference for Religious Education, the Hofinger Conference, the Gathering, and The National Association of Pastoral Musicians.