Hannah’s House is an outreach ministry that provides a safe home, emotional support and programming to assist pregnant women of all ages in “getting their lives together.” Hannah’s House is often filled to capacity; serving seven women and their unborn/newborn babies at any given time. Approximately 25-35 women live in the home annually. Hannah’s House is funded solely by private donations and receives no government funding.
South Bend based composer Jorge Muñiz is composing a new large-scale work, Stabat Mater Speciosa, specifically to raise funds for Hannah’s House. The Latin text comes from the 13th century and describes the joy of Mary as she stayed beside her newborn Son. It depicts Humanity rejoicing for the salvation that this Child brings to all. While the two choirs sing the Latin text, the Soprano soloist sings texts in English drawn from interviews and writings of the women who have lived at Hannah’s House. Ultimately, this new oratorio should give a voice to women who will tell their story about motherhood.
Nancy Menk, conductor
South Bend Chamber Singers
Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir
Laurel Thomas, soprano
David Eicher and Jennifer Muñiz, pianists