Stepping out of their rectories, monasteries, and convents and into your TVs, radios, and concert halls
He’s been labeled “the hipster priest” by Huffington Post. His name is Fr. Damián María Montes, and he is a Redemptorist priest and missionary in Madrid, Spain. Following in the footsteps of others like Sister Cristina, Fr. Damián appeared as a contestant on Spain’s edition of The Voice. He created quite a stir with his appearance on the show; one of the coaches even asked the priest to hear his confession. Read more about Fr. Damián and the story behind his music here.
Suor Cristina | Italy
This is a woman who doesn’t need much introduction. She is the one who started it all – the first religious to step out and shock the world singing in her habit on Italy’s The Voice. And in another first, the Italian sister went on to take a leading role in Rome’s production of the musical Sister Act, playing Mary Robert, the young and shy nun with a powerful voice. “I was given a gift and now I give it you,” says Suor Cristina about her music.
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal | USA
More Franciscans combining their athletic and musical skills: this time it’s the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal out of the Bronx, NY. You’ll probably have a hard time deciding which is more impressive: their beatboxing or their tricks on the court. Oh, and their dancing isn’t too shabby either (see 2:13 and on in the video). The video was a way for the friars to draw people’s attention in and to raise awareness for Mary’s Meals, an organization that provides meals for children in schools.
Fr. Albert Owie Ofere | UK
Fr. Albert is a Catholic priest working as a chaplain for the Nigerian Catholic community in England and Wales. The priest chose Afro-pop “because many people like to dance to Afro-pop music and using it to glorify God would help to win more souls for him.” His joy and love for God are contagious; watch the video above and you’ll see. And read more about him here.
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