Madonna Blakley Jones

Madonna“How can I keep from singing?”

Madonna is a recent graduate, (May, 2009) of Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO with a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies. She is also the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Springfield, Illinois (Jan. 2005 – Present).

Madonna has been a music minister for as long as she can remember. Staring in her early teens, she began singing and playing at weddings/services in a family singing ensemble. After receiving a degree in music education, she taught K-8 music, private piano and guitar lessons, and later became Music Director/Liturgist for several area churches, directing adult, children and instrumental choirs and ensembles. She has played in several ensembles, including “Handpicked”, which played the ski circuit in Northern Wisconsin, “Just Us”, a Springfield area band, and is still active in “Live Radio”, a Rochester area music ensemble.

Madonna’s talents include not only singing, but playing guitar, keyboard and directing. She was the vocal director and producer of “Agape’, a musical performed at St. Jude’s Church in Rochester, Il, 1998, which included an ecumenical choir involving 11 churches with 80 adult singers and a children’s choir of 25, was the assistant vocal director for the Springfield Muni Opera’s production of “Titanic”, Summer 2003, and most recently was the female lead singer/storyteller in Marty Haugen’s “Tales of Wonder” at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham, Il, October, 2008.

She has produced, directed and organized the release and sale of two CD’s, “How can I keep from Singing?” (2001) and “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” (2002) featuring her church choirs, area musicians, and soloists, including her “sisters of faith” Sandy Begue’ and Suzanne Moss.

Madonna is quite active in the Springfield in Illinois Diocese, organizing and serving as director/liturgist for diocesan events, including Morning Prayer for “Music Ministry Days”, the annual priest convocation for the Springfield in Illinois Diocese, 2006, and most recently, the liturgies and choirs for the DAEC (Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference) in Springfield, Illinois, 2008, 2006 and 2004.

Madonna is a founding member of “Women at the Well” prayer group and was an essential component in organizing their first day of prayer and reflection “Called to be Disciples – Remembering Women’s Discipleship in the Ministry of Jesus”, Chiara Center, Springfield, IL, February 2008, with an agenda of scholarly presentation, scripture, prayer, music, dance, and storytelling with a sold out attendance. Another day for women is being planned for October, 2010. Visit Women at the Well – Springfield

Madonna has been married to Joel for 25 years and they have 3 children, Jacob, Hannah and Caleb, all who sing and/or play an instrument.