Rawn Harbor is one of the preeminent African American Catholic liturgists and musicians in the U.S. today. A gifted pianist and composer, he is also a much sought-after workshop facilitator, speaker and liturgist.
He serves as an adjunct faculty member and director of liturgy and music at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, and adjunct faculty and director of the gospel choir at the University of San Francisco.
For more than five years, he has taught and served as coordinator of liturgy for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. He is also an adjunct instructor in pastoral ministry for the leadership track at the institute. Since 1974, Rawn has traveled the country as a liturgist, musician and lecturer.
He studied at Furman University, Howard University, the Catholic University of America, the Catholic Theological Union at Georgetown University and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he earned his master’s in theological studies in 2001. Rawn was a member of the music selection team that, under the leadership of the late Bishop James P. Lyke, OFM, created Lead Me, Guide Me, an African American Catholic hymnal. In 2004 the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) named Harbor pastoral musician of the year.
Rawn is currently Pastoral Associate and Liturgy/Music Director here at St. Columba. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member and Director of Liturgy and Music at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley as well as adjunct faculty member and Director of the Gospel Choir at USF. Other works include major contributions to the African American Catholic Hymnal project, “Let It Shine: The Emergence of African American Catholic Worship” and “Psalms from the Soul” – Vol. 2 (Nov 2008, Oregon Catholic Press).