Proceeds to Benefit Diocesan Catholic Elementary Schools
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, May 12, 2005 - The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir will perform a benefit concert for the Catholic elementary schools of the Diocese of Rockville Centre at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. All donations will go to the newly-formed Diocesan Education Foundation.
The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir is an ensemble of 55 singers and instrumentalists. Their arrangements of sacred music include four-part choral harmony, flute and strings, ethnic percussion instruments, guitar and organ. The music ministry of the choir has led them to sing in both prestigious and disadvantaged places throughout the world. They have sung before the late Pope John Paul II at the ’93 World Youth Day in Denver.
The Diocesan Elementary School Foundation will serve as the vehicle to solicit financial support from both individual Catholics, corporations and secular institutions. The foundation will raise funds to be used for financial assistance to existing and new students and support for specific projects. It will also serve as a vehicle for a diocesan endowment for Catholic education. In light of a perceived urgency of providing financial support to students to help maintain or increase enrollment, the foundation will apply the first $2 million raised each year to financial assistance and project support.
Financial support provided to students would be in the form of partial scholarships based on need. It is hoped these funds will keep children in diocesan schools who might otherwise leave and encourage other children to attend. The foundation will administer “Angel” giving programs whereby the donor agrees to provide support for a student for a number of years.
For ticket information, contact Sister Lorraine McDonald, assistant superintendent of elementary schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800, ext. 545.
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About the Notre Dame Folk Choir
The Notre Dame Folk Choir began singing in the late 1970's. Since then, the choir moved far beyond the conventional definition of a "folk group." There are now more than four dozen men's and women's voices, flute, organ, violins, guitar, string bass, Celtic harp, cello, and bodhrán (Irish drum). On special occasions during the liturgical year, a brass contingent adds another dimension to their praise. The choir has successfully achieved a remarkable synthesis of organ and guitar technique, bridging the gap between contemporary and traditional choral repertoire.
While the choir is primarily an undergraduate organization, there is an increasing number of graduate students, faculty, and professional staff from the University who have joined in recent years. The camaraderie between students and professionals within the academic community is one of the things that make this group unique at Notre Dame.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org
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