by James Rodgers
The young and the young at heart were captivated by US singer-songwriter, Steve Angrisano, with around 300 people turning out for the youth rally and concert at Aranmore Catholic College on the 24th of May.
Steve Angrisano engaged the entire audience with his interactive music. Songs such as “Every Move I Make”, “Amazed” and “Lean On Me” had the audience members beautifully singing in unison, joyously dancing and praising though the night. The enjoyment on the faces of all participants was visible.
The singer-songwriter also told poignant and inspirational stories which left many in tears and in fits of laughter. Whether he was talking about his date with 8 nuns at a restaurant or the victims of the Columbine High School Massacre, the stories conveyed encouraging messages of faith and hope through adversity.
He was also supported by various other acts earlier in the evening including DJ Raph, who opened the event with his entertaining mixes. The Youth Mission Team acted out a thought- provoking drama. Dylan Pearce shared his testimony from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro discussing the discernment of his vocation and the difficulty of living as a Christian in his occupation. The talented “Hope” House Band moved the crowd on to their feet in anticipation for the main act. Bishop Don Sproxton briefly spoke about his recent trip to a school in New Zealand where he experienced a 400-strong haka and their motto of “being Catholic all the time”.
As a part of his 3 day tour in Perth, Steve also conducted a music workshop as well as a workshop youth leaders and Religious Education teachers at John XXIII College.