Hymn #353: Great Work Has God Begun in You
William Patrick Rowan (b. 1951) wrote the tune VERBUM DEI (Latin for “Word of God”), and it was first published in his 1993 collection of original tunes, Together Met, Together Bound. Rowan serves as a liturgical consultant for the Roman Catholic diocese of Lansing, Michigan.
William Rowan was born in San Diego, California, on November 30, 1951. He has composed more than thirty-five hymn tunes, organ works, and anthems that are in current use. Rowan’s hymn tunes have been sung at music festivals throughout Europe, Great Britain, and the United States.