“Missio” benefit concert for peace with singing priests

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Four clergymen from three continents will perform at the Vienna Konzerthaus on November 21. Net proceeds will benefit people in need in Syria.

Missio Austria (Pontifical Mission Societies) has announced a charity concert in the name of peace: four priests from three continents will be singing at the Vienna Konzerthaus on November 21 at 7.30 pm. This time, the net proceeds from the annual charity concert will be donated to people in need in Syria.

The four clergymen from India, the Philippines, Nigeria and Romania offer a broad musical spectrum; the program includes well-known pop songs, rap, classical hits and spiritual songs. Sound engineer and music producer Elias Stejskal will be responsible for the musical direction of the concert.

It was said that the singing priests reflect Missio’s worldwide connection with the global church. Father Manuel Sandesh from India, who has lived in Vienna for ten years, has a fan community on the internet that appreciates his unconventional music videos. He also appeals to people worldwide who have nothing to do with the church on social media. Marcelo Sahulga, a priest in Vienna-Mariabrunn, discovered his passion for singing as a child in the Philippines, which led him to his vocation as a priest. Romanian-born Jerome Ambarusi is a composer and lyricist of music, in addition to his main vocation as a priest and pastor. According to Missio, he uses the proceeds to support a fellow priest at a mission station in Kenya. Finally, Stephen Egwu, known on YouTube as “Padre Steve,” comes from Nigeria and is a priest and “passionate singer” in Germany.

Missio pointed out that wars, terror and violence are currently raging in many regions of the world. The local project partners of the missionary organizations are doing everything they can to alleviate the long-term associated suffering. Missio National Director Father Karl Wallner justified this year’s donations to the benefit concert with the decades of conflict and civil war in Syria. Most recently, natural disasters such as the earthquake in February have also prevented the region from finding peace. Wallner promised a “beautiful musical evening with which we can support our brothers and sisters in Syria.”

A foretaste of the “Concert for Peace”:

Tickets are now available at Ö-Ticket and konzerthaus.at

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