Stepping out of their rectories, monasteries, and convents and into your TVs, radios, and concert halls
Fr. Damián | Spain
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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