STAMFORD—The 177 Project is coming to the Diocese of Bridgeport on Friday, November 9 to the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford.
“The Basilica Parish is excited to host the 177 Project in its effort to spread and promote devotion to the Blessed Sacrament through Eucharistic adoration. We are hopeful that many, especially young people will join us for this powerful event!” said Father Andy Vill, whose parish is hosting the event.
The 177 Project is an initiative from “Adoration Artists” designed to help spark a renewal in parishes across the country. The hosts of the movement are firm believers in the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and want to encourage that through an evening full of worship that fosters community within and across parishes.
Over the course of three months, more than a dozen of the most talented artists in Catholic music will split up into teams of two and visit all 177 different dioceses within the US – including those in Alaska, Hawaii, and St. Thomas.
Each evening will be centered around a Holy Hour. Upon conclusion of the Holy Hour, attendees will have the chance to enjoy a concert put on by the musicians traveling as part of the 177 Project. During the event, attendees will have opportunities for confession, to pray for others, to hear about the importance of (and even respond to) vocations, to say the rosary, to engage with local and national ministries, and to interact in a variety of other ways.
The musical artists for the evening are Dana Catherine, Fr Rob Galea, and Taylor Tripodi.
Dana Catherine is a young singer/songwriter, speaker, and former youth minister from Raleigh, NC, Dana travels throughout the U.S. to encourage and inspire others with her songs and witness. Growing up in a Catholic family, Dana always had a strong faith, but it wasn’t until she went to college at UNC Chapel Hill that her relationship with God truly deepened. Through the ups and downs of college life, Dana began to understand that true and lasting happiness, peace, and purpose is found in Christ alone. Only then did she realize that God was calling her to step out and share His truth and love with others using the musical gifts she was given. Now, Dana finds abundant joy in allowing the Lord to use her and her music for His greater glory.
Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr. Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences.
Taylor Tripodi grew up as the oldest of nine in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH. She believes that her voice is one of the gifts that she can truly never thank God enough for. She longs for Him to use it so deeply. She wants Him to speak through her voice- to use her voice to bring Him glory and praise. She longs to be a voice that inspires others to holiness, that brings healing to the broken, and conforms hearts even more deeply to His own, whether that be through singing, speaking, leading worship, writing, giving words of comfort, standing up for the most vulnerable, or making someone laugh.
The evening at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist begins at 6:45 pm with the recitation of the Rosary, Adoration at 7 pm, and the concert begins at 8:15 pm.
Adoration Artists is a group that believes that music is one of the few things that can be used to deliver Truth to people at all points in their Christian walks – from the nonbeliever to the devout. Through music, we find moments of connection between the created and the Creator that are impossible to find elsewhere. Five hundred years ago, benefactors ensured that talented creatives had the time and means to create and distribute works of art that glorified God. Their goal is to, collectively, once again provide a mechanism for equipping talented Catholic artists so that they can more effectively use their gifts for evangelization both inside and outside of the Church. Adoration Artists helps these Catholic musicians fulfill their purpose and mission by investing in them and providing them with the resources and exposure they need to take their gifts and turn it into a career.
(For more information visit: www.the177project.com.)