Sister Janet Mead, who turned The Lord’s Prayer into a rock hit, dies aged 84

Sister Janet Mead, the South Australian nun who became internationally famous for her rock rendition of The Lord’s Prayer, has died aged 84.

Although best known for her meteoric rise in the music world, Sister Janet has dedicated most of her life to helping the homeless and underprivileged.

She hit the charts in 1974 with her international hit The Lord’s Prayer, putting the Lord’s Prayer to a rock tune.

The single was distributed in 31 countries and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

She was the first Australian artist to have a gold record in the United States and was even nominated for a Grammy Award, but lost to Elvis Presley.

She pioneered the rock mass concept in South Australia and held them regularly in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide.

Sister Janet Mead donated all of her royalties to charity.(ABC News)

Dedicated to teaching and helping the homeless

Despite fame and fortune, Sister Janet avoided the spotlight and donated all of her royalties to charity.

She continued to teach at St Aloysius College despite pressure to become a chart-topping star.

“It was pretty big pressure because there are radio interviews and talks all the time and viewers coming in and people filming,” she said.

She turned down offers to tour the United States.


She spoke out against the war, against social cuts and she raised funds to support the laid-off workers of Patrick Stevedores during a waterfront dispute in 1998.

“This is a decision each of us must make to fight for the truth about what is happening in our world and to fight for compassion so that our country can return to who we were when we said it was. a country for just one go,” she said.

Sister Janet was named South Australian of the Year in 2004 for decades of caring for the homeless.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide said she died yesterday.

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