Composer: Peter Scholtes

Peter Scholtes (1938–2009) Peter was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Oak Park, where he attended Ascension School and Fenwick High School before studying at Quigley and St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein seminaries. He earned his Masters in Adult Education and Organization Development at Boston University. Peter wrote the hymn "They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love" while he was a parish priest at St. Brendan's on the South Side of Chicago in the 1960s. At the time, he was leading a youth choir out of the church basement and was looking for an appropriate song for a series of ecumenical, interracial events. When he couldn't find such a song, he wrote the now-famous hymn in a single day. His experiences at St. Brendan's, a… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Peter Scholtes
Incipit: 57117 13571 171
Key: f minor
Copyright: © 1966 F.E.L. Publications, assigned to The Lorenz Corp., 1991


Instances (1 - 29 of 29)

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #385

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #583

Cáliz de Bendiciones #267

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #272

Celebremos Su Gloria #358

Chalice Hymnal #494

Gather (3rd ed.) #835

Gather Comprehensive #735

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #728

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #544

Text InfoAudio

Glory to God #300

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #495

Hymns of Promise #94

Hymns of the Saints #466

Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #849

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #832


Lift Up Your Hearts #256

Mil Voces para Celebrar #267

One in Faith #688

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #669

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #136

Santo, Santo, Santo #232

Sing Joyfully #119

Sing the Faith #2223

The Celebration Hymnal #429

The Faith We Sing #2223

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #284

Worship and Rejoice #595

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship #257

Include 8 pre-1979 instances
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