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The Search for Hope
As we continue to watch the ongoing events in our communities, our country, and throughout the world, we search for Hope when we feel a
sense of hopelessness or even helplessness. Whether it's the uncertainty of separation from loved ones while living in detention centers; the breakdown and disintegration of family units as a result of poverty and abuse; or longing for safety and security as we recover from a pandemic; many of us feel a need to respond to what is happening before our very eyes.
Sharing Hope on the Journey; Together We Can Make a Difference
In 2018, music producer, composer, and musician Bobby Fisher, along with other musicians, looked for ways to make a difference; but what could a small group of individuals do? What do musicians do? They make music!
Through the joint efforts of Bobby Fisher, Bellarmine Chapel, and the music ministry of the Pierson-Young Project, Share the Journey, a Concert for Compassion was born. The partners created the event in 2018 as a benefit concert inviting local music artists and other entertainers to donate their talents and resources to raise money for organizations that work extensively to serve and assist migrants, immigrants, and refugee families. Thanks to the support from the performers, ticket sales, and event donors, the concert raised nearly $10,000 in 2018 and 2019.
The backdrop for the event was a 2- year global campaign called "Share the Journey" launched by Pope Francis in 2017. The purpose of the campaign was to heighten global awareness of the arduous journey facing migrants, immigrants, and refugees throughout the world, and to invite Christians to share the journey with them in a spirit of compassion and Hope. https:www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-.org
Adversity Spawns Creativity: Creativity Presents Opportunity Many events in 2020, especially performing events, had to be adjusted or canceled because of the Pandemic. Everyone's safety and well-being had to be a factor in how such an event can happen. Taking this factor into account, the Share the Journey team was determined to move the concert forward, by re-creating the event. Once again, the performing arts community came together to make a difference through the arts' power by re-creating the 2020 event and taking it to a whole new level.
The Share the Journey 2021concert, again will be a 2-night virtual concert but will also include in-person performances streamed from Bellarmine Chapel on the Xavier University Campus. The decision to make this a virtual show and an in-person event immediately expands opportunities to include more performers and create a larger audience locally, nationally, and internationally. The intention is to make this an entertaining event with a global outreach; during and after the event
Share the Journey 2021; a Concert for Compassion will take place on Friday, September 24, and Saturday, September 25, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
The Journey Continues
As Share the Journey, a Concert for Compassion goes into its 3rd year, the principles connected to the original Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis in 2017, are ever prevalent.
The need for awareness, compassion and Hope continues, indeed The Journey Continues; now more than ever.
It takes a great deal of work and resources to create, plan, and implement this type of event.
For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has served local families and changed local lives in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Our programs have changed over the years, but our commitment to serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger locally in Greater Cincinnati has not wavered. Our mission is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we serve and bring hope to more than 10,000 people each year.
Our mission is to extend a safe space to Latina women and their families, connecting, guiding and supporting them unconditionally, without judgment and with inclusion and confidentiality, in order to facilitate their transformation. We provide community support for Latina women recovering from trauma in Cincinnati.
Share the Journey" was a two-year campaign sponsored by Caritas Internationalis, the global network of national Catholic charities -- including the U.S. Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA -- to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in. The campaign was launched by Pope Francis in September of 2017.