Join us Sept 24 & Sept 25, 2021
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 se
nse of hopelessness or even helplessness. Whether it's the uncertainty of separation from loved ones and life in detention centers; the breakdown and disintegration of family units as a result of poverty and social injustice; or longing for safety and security amid 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, have had to be adjusted or canceled because of the Pandemic. Everyone's safety and well-being have 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 will come together to make a difference through the arts' power by re-creating this year's event and taking it to a whole new level. The Share the Journey 2020 concert will be a 2-night virtual concert streamed from Bellarmine Chapel on the Xavier University Campus. The decision to make this a virtual show immediately expanded 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 2020; a Concert for Compassion will take place on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, 7:00 pm-10:00 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.
An in-depth look at the original campaign
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
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.