RIP Gloria Weyman

Gloria Weyman, longtime advocate of music, dance, and the visual arts for liturgical prayer, went to dance for her Lord on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 85 years of age. In the years following Vatican II, she was an advocate for the music and ministry of Fr. Lucien Deiss. Her efforts were instrumental in making his “Biblical Hymns and Psalms” known throughout the U.S. as well as his work as a speaker on the topics of scripture and liturgy. Having danced with a U.S. touring company of Georges Balanchine’s Ballet Russes as a young woman, she came to blend her art with her Roman Catholic faith. She initiated a dance and movement track for the national conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and worked to have dance, movement, and gesture incorporated in parish liturgies. She was a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the first member specializing in liturgical dance. Her book “Dance for the Lord” was a pioneering work. She remained active and interested in the musical and liturgical life of the Church well into her 80s.

For further information regarding funeral arrangements, here is her obituary:

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

H/T: Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson, World Library Publications

4 comments

  1. How well did she love us youngsters as we were getting our legs in the world of workshops and conventions! Janice and I treasure the memory of the evening she and Father Lucien dined with us here in our home.

  2. Fond memories of Gloria from the 1980s and 1990s.

    The last time I saw Lucien Deiss, in 2003, he was still talking about Gloria and tried to phone her so that I could speak to her (she had just left on a family holiday).

  3. Mourning the loss of my friend who always made my heart dance with her good sense of humor. At an NPM convention years ago in Las Vegas, very few people visited the booths in the exhibit area, opting instead to spend their funds in the casino. I suggested to Gloria that the WLP booth would have more visitors if we turned it into a kissing booth.. Within minutes, women (mostly good-hearted and fun loving religious sisters) began lining up at the WLP booth with a dollar in hand asking for a “kiss from Jerry, Gloria sent me.” I laughed my way through that convention with Gloria. She and her husband owned a candy store in Cincinnati. Ever since then every time we met she had a chocolate “kiss” for me. Rest in peace, my friend.

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