Good day Wednesday from Pittsburgh, here at the NPM convention.
Thanks to so many of you who have approached me and said, "Gotta sing. Gotta pray." It's great when the virtual community appears in the flesh!
Last night WLP sponsored two concerts. The first featured Jorge Rivera, the director of ministry for Hispanic youth in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It was such a delight to listen to Jorge and his ensemble sing through some wonderful songs. Jorge shares his music and stories from his heart, a heart shaped by years of ministry to the young.
Our next event was a concert featuring the Jacob and Matthew Band and Danielle Rose. This was not really a concert; it was really more of a time of prayer, witness, and song. The three chief band members, Jacob, Matthew, and Michael Paul, all work in Catholic parishes as music ministers and youth ministers. It was so refreshing to listen to these young Catholics who are so willing to share the ups and downs of their journeys of faith. Here is a very fuzzy shot I took of Danielle Rose last night:
Danielle's is a compelling story. Five years ago, she gave a farewell concert at NPM. Shortly thereafter, she entered the convent for a long period of discernment, which "ended successfully," as she often puts it. She and the sisters discerned that a cloistered life was not what God was calling her to; God was calling her to return to her ministry as a music missionary. That journey has brought her to a life of singing, witness, and an astounding commitment to help women in China who are trying to keep their unborn babies in defiance of the country's "one child" policy. Danielle's voice, both in song and in Christian witness, rang out brightly last night.
Last night, WLP made our "big announcement" about our brand new web site designed to assist those whose music ministry includes the genre of contemporary music. voicesasone.com is the place to visit. Check it out right now. I'll be talking about this site more in future posts.
Today is a day of sharing new resources with those in attendance here. I have a rehearsal shortly, so I need to bid adieu.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.