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Sisters in Song

Forget 'Sister Act.' These nuns have climbed to the top of Billboard's classical chart.


If you've seen "Sister Act" starring actress Whoopi Goldberg, you know a thing or two about singing nuns, but the members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are singing their way to the top in real life.

Their third album, "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary," has climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's classical chart and has stayed there for five weeks. Plus, it's also rising up the holiday chart.

"It's not about us. It's about him."
Mother Mary Assumpta Long

But for these chart-topping nuns based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, this isn't about fame or success.

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring- Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary

"We're not doing it for personal glory or for the glory of the community," mother Mary Assumpta Long told the Associated Press. "It's not about us. It's about him."

The sisters have produced two other items prior to their latest album, all of which were recorded in their chapel.

Their latest record consists of 16 songs that range from classics like "Away in a Manger" to more obscure tracks like "Snowflakes."

Because the sisters rarely sing in public and don't go on tour, they see the album as a way to bring their music to more people.

"That's how we get to people's homes and are able to help them, too, because they come into our own home, our chapel, our Motherhouse here, through our music," said sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz.

The sisters got their start a few years ago when Monica and Kevin Fitzgibbons - who founded DeMontfort Music - attended one of their services. After that, the pair asked if the sisters would be interested in recording an album.

The sisters still give credit to God for all their success.

"We trust that God's going to use it the way he wants to," Bogdanowicz explained. "So, when it does have success, we're like, 'Yay, go God,' you know?"

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Mike Householder of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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