|The Mater Ecclesiae Choir performing at the "Marathon of Praise."|
Providence, RI, March 17, 2011 -- The Mater Ecclesiae
Choir had a unique opportunity this month to praise God
in song with their Christian brothers and sisters at the
Gospel Tabernacle Outreach Ministries Inc.
The ecumenical experience resulted from
an invitation from the Baptist pastor, Ray Ferrara. Having become
acquainted with a consecrated member of the Regnum Christi movement
while traveling by plane in 2010, the pastor decided to
attend the Mater Ecclesiae Christmas program in January 2011. After
listening to the choir performing Christmas carols, he invited them
to perform at the upcoming “Marathon of Praise” at his
church in March.
Having no idea what to expect, the
choir members agreed to participate. The approximately 25 consecrated women
boarded vans and headed to downtown Providence. When they arrived
at the church, they witnessed a succession of “prayerful” performances.”
And when the ME choir performed, those listening gave the
group a standing ovation and a “Praise Jesus!” with lifted
hands after each song, and sometimes during the songs too.
During the event, the choir members noticed people were putting
money into a collection box for a fundraiser to get
a new boiler for the heating system of the church.
|Choir organist Yvonne Nuxoll.|
“We didn’t have money to donate to the cause, but
everyone around us, even the pastor, started giving us coins
and dollar bills to put in the box so we
could be part of the community effort,” said choir organist
What will the rest of the year bring?
In April the ME Choir will perform at a spring
concert at St. Joseph’s College in Connecticut. Then in May,
everyone from the Mater Ecclesiae formation center will participate in
the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at the National Shrine of
the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to provide music for
“How special that we get to be united
on the Feast of Divine Mercy—and also the day of
John Paul II’s beatification!” said Cathy Floro, vocalist and violinist
for the group. “God’s ways are amazing. He uses our
talents for things we never would have dreamed of. I
have no idea what the future will bring for Mater
Ecclesiae choir after this year, but I know for sure
that God will take us wherever He needs us to
Please note: If you would like to experience the consecrated
women of Regnum Christi praising God in song by obtaining
one of the groups’ CDs, more information is available at
the following link.