Salesian Center to Honor Pope John Paul II on First Anniversary of His Death With Tribute Concert, Sunday, April 2
To celebrate the life and mark the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will hold a memorial concert at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 2, 2006, on the Arena Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on DeSales University's Center Valley campus.
Mark Mallett, Canadian singer, songwriter and Catholic missionary will play songs from his "Song for Karol" CD, a tribute to the late pontiff as well as music from "Through Her Eyes" and "Let the Lord Know," celebrating John Paul II's legacy and his devotion to the Blessed Mary and the Eucharist.
The concert is free and open to the public. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
"We planned this concert featuring a young performer whose music honors the pope on this date as one way to celebrate the memory of the man the world is coming to recognize as 'John Paul the Great,'" said Rev. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales.
"As the concert begins, we will pause for a moment of prayerful silence at 3:37 p.m., the exact time he died and passed to eternal life," he added. "John Paul had been the only pope in our young students' lives. His legacy continues to have an impact on the Church and the world. Hopefully, this musical event will be another inspiration for the audience to once again live their faith and 'be not afraid.'"
Mallett has been singing and playing guitar since he was nine years old. He left his career as a television journalist in 2001 and has been touring extensively throughout North America giving concerts, speaking at retreats and conferences and performing in Catholic schools. Mallett earned three national awards for his recordings and his third album, a contemporary Rosary CD, "Through Her Eyes, A Journey to Jesus," has drawn much acclaim from Catholics worldwide. Last spring, Mallett released "Song for Karol."
Mallett's full time musical journey began in 1993, when he felt a call from God to "be light to his brothers" and evangelize with music. With his newly formed band made up mostly of family and friends, One Voice Music Ministry was formed. The group began performing for youth masses and family conferences around Canada.
Struggling with his television career, Mallett continued to feel God's calling and a personal need to respond to Pope John Paul II's call for a "new evangelization" and a "new Pentecost." Having taken the leap of faith to totally rely on God's providence to provide for his family, he now performs full time and is often accompanied by his wife and manager, Lea, and their seven children.
Mallett will be on hand after the concert to sign his CD's which will be available for purchase. For more information about the concert, call the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext.1244. For more information about Mark Mallett or to listen to clips from his CDs, visit his Web site at markmallett.com.
Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University home page at www.desales.edu.
Press Release: Salesian Center to Honor Pope John Paul II on First Anniversary of His Death With Tribute Concert, Sunday, April 2 | Posted on: 3/21/2006
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu