Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Wide-Ranging Concert Experience Follows Bishops’ Strategic Plan for the New Evangelization


I would love to see this act come to our Catholic Family Conference in Wichita next year! 



Array of Hope delivers an opportunity for Catholic families to encounter Jesus Christ through faith, worship and witness

ATLANTA, May 28, 2013 – In November of 2012, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released its strategic plan for 2013-2016 titled “The New Evangelization/Journey With Christ: Faith-Worship-Witness.”  In it, the Bishops are exhorting US Catholics to encounter Christ more fully through greater participation in a community that focuses on marriage, the family and the life and dignity of the human person.

One of the means to engage the family is an experience that invites and reaches the whole family regardless of age. Te Deum Ministries has created a singular solution to how a diocese or parish can engage the entire family to participate in the community life of the Catholic Church and “engage and motivate a broad cross-section of Catholics.”

Through ARRAY OF HOPE, a two-hour multi-media extravaganza that features multiple musical acts, motivational speakers and thought-provoking film presentations, Te Deum Ministries is joyfully answering the Bishops’ three-fold movement to focus on Faith, Worship and Witness.

The unique concert experience also features Sacred Road, a rising faith-infused rock band whose first single, “I Need an Angel,” has been played on over 200 stations worldwide and charted on the CRW Global CHR, AC and Internet charts, all at No. 1. ARRAY OF HOPE also includes Aaron Thompson, a 20-year Catholic ministry veteran and versatile musician with five albums to his credit, and the Costa Crew, a new and exciting family band that exemplifies what is to enjoy, share and witness their faith as a family.

The Diocese of Trenton urges other dioceses to consider ARRAY OF HOPE for opportunities. “Array of Hope is an event you should seriously consider bringing to your parish or school. Open to all, the concert was a great success. The music was top notch, the witness talks inspiring, and its Catholic message authentic,” said the Vicar General, Monsignor Thomas Gravasio from the Diocese of Trenton.

The revolving lineup of charismatic speakers has included Chris Padgett, an established Catholic performer, author, speaker and singer-songwriter who is known for his inspiring talks that engage people of all ages.

Using various forms of media, including film and music, ARRAY OF HOPE uses modern means of technology to “inspire, motivate and catechize.”  The mission of ARRAY OF HOPE is to help people “rediscover the joy and confidence of believing in the Triune God and to enthusiastically profess that faith as a true encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ.” (Instrumentum Laboris, #18).

ARRAY OF HOPE emphasizes the importance of marriage and family life, as well as the sanctity and dignity of all human life, via uplifting music, thought-provoking films with inspirational messages and enlightening talks focused on Christ’s message of faith, hope and love.

Said Father James Pagnotta, who attended an experience in Jersey City at the historic Lowe’s Theater: “The music was great, the singers better, and storyline of Catholicity the best. Humor, message and theology were combined in a superb way that young and old came away with a sense of awe and pride of faith.”

For more information on Te Deum Ministries and/or ARRAY OF HOPE, or to schedule an interview with Mario Costabile, one of the co-creators and producers of ARRAY OF HOPE, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

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