Her peaceful voice is a sacred gift

Carmel Kropp, cantor at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, practices her liturgical music at her home in Exton.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Carmel Kropp, the cantor at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul on Logan Square.

Carmel has a strange claim to fame: She has sung at the funerals of the six area police officers killed in the line of duty these past 16 months, as well as for Jon Pryor, the Penn surgeon and U.S. Army reservist killed while manning a combat hospital in Iraq on Christmas Day.

Because parts, if not all, of these somber services have been televised, many of us have heard Carmel's comforting voice at least once.

Now, thanks to a terrific video put togehter by Daily News multi-media specilialist Sarah Glover, you can hear Carmel express what her calling as a sacred-music vocalist has meant to her.

Great job, Sarah! Thank you!