Taizé Prayer Service (by Dawn Carrillo)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment! 

Dawn Carrillo
Director of Center for Spirituality and Enrichment

This past summer, I had the lovely privilege of supervising a graduate student from Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN while she worked on her field education. Her name is Katie Jonza and she is studying for a degree in liturgical music. Due to the pandemic restrictions, everything that she created had to be online. Katie rose to the challenge and put together many beautiful prayer and reflection experiences for use in her ministry.

I am now introducing you to Katie and sharing an exquisite Taizé prayer service and brief explanatory brochure (click here to view) that she put together during this fully online field education experience. As we welcome the New Year and reflect on the year of 2020, take some time to quiet yourself, sit back and close your eyes, and be immersed in this Taizé Service of Lament.

Katie Jonza is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Liturgical Music at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. She graduated with a church music degree from St. Olaf College and has worked in music ministry since then. Katie is passionate about the many ways to encounter God through music, with a special focus on meeting people where they are at while broadening their perceptions. A life-long Catholic who currently works at Peace Lutheran ELCA in Bloomington, MN, she is passionate about ecumenism and how it enriches all faith traditions. 


  1. Natalie Salminen Rude on December 30, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I really enjoyed this – it was a balm to my spirit this morning. Beautiful, timely, and comforting. Especially in light of the absence of the beautiful Taizé services you provide for us each Advent in the Scholastica chapel…thank you and well done, Katie!

    • Dawn Carrillo on December 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

      Hi Natalie…so very good to hear from you! I am glad that this touched your soul. Be well, be safe!

  2. Warren and Jackie Bradbury on December 31, 2020 at 3:14 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this warm message. Jackie and I are traveling south – with great care and hope – and we cherish each opportunity to listen and learn and experience the deeper love of prayer and music. Katie is sharing her gifts in beautiful ways.

    • Dawn Carrillo on December 31, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! Safe travels, and may you be richly blessed in the New Year!

  3. Jayne Erickson on December 31, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful, reflective, prayerful. Thanks for providing a special reflection on this day of prayer looking over the year 2020 and anticipating the yer 2021. I have been blessed.

    • Dawn Carrillo on January 11, 2021 at 11:41 am

      You are most welcome, Jayne. Katie did (and does) an extraordinary job with her musical and prayer creations. I am so glad it touched your spirit! Happy New Year!

  4. Josh Hill on December 31, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Love this. So calming and prayerful. This is why I love visiting.

    • Dawn Carrillo on January 11, 2021 at 11:39 am

      So glad this touched your heart, Josh! Be well…