No sister act: Nuns’ album tops charts in time for Christmas

In this Nov. 14, 2017 photo, sisters sing at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their third and latest album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary,” has muscled its way to the top of Billboard’s classical chart and climbed nearly as high on the holiday chart. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — They may be sisters, but this is no act.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, say the songs on their chart-topping albums are “just praying.” In fact, the sisters record in the same chapel outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they pray and sing every day.

Members of the 130-member Catholic order rarely perform in public, so the albums are a way to share their love of God and music with the world. Their third and latest album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary,” has muscled its way to the top of Billboard’s classical chart and climbed nearly as high on the holiday chart.

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