Well-known composer David Haas has received the Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis from the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD). He was recognized with this honor during the NPCD Convocation Awards Banquet last night in Pittsburgh. The meeting was part of the annual convention of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
The Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis honors someone each year with a national or international reputation in the field of catechetics and religious education who has made a significant contribution to Catholic catechesis through writing, publishing or teaching over a period of at least 10 years.
Haas, a member of the campus ministry team at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a liturgical composer, cantor, workshop leader, conference speaker, author, concert performer and recording artist. Beginning in the 1980’s, along with fellow Minnesotans Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, Haas influenced the direction of new genres of liturgical music that continued to emerge as a result of the renewal of the Second Vatican Council.
Since then he has composed and produced over 50 collections of original liturgical music and is highly regarded as one of the pre-eminent liturgical composers in the English-speaking world. For over 30 years he has traveled extensively presenting workshops, retreats and concerts throughout all 50 states, as well as Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, The Bahamas, Israel and Greece.