Pierre F. Monette, Jr., sings lead vocal as founding director Meyer J. Chambers directs the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir at a Mass on June 30 celebrating 20 years together in ministry. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo
DORCHESTER -- The Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Mass and dinner gala at Boston College High School on June 30, using the theme "Yes Lord." It was part of a two-day celebration that began with a workshop on June 29 from a nationally recognized Catholic Gospel singer.
Lorna DesRoses, director of the Office of Black Catholics, said the theme demonstrated the idea of total commitment to ministry and to God.
"When you become part of the choir it is not simply, 'OK, we're a choir. We're going to sing these songs. We're going to sound pretty.' This is a ministry. This is a way of praying. This is a way of reaching out to others," she said.
Bishop John A. Dooher celebrated the Mass for more than 50 attendees before the dinner, with Father Gerald Osterman concelebrating.
"Jesus wants us up close and personal. He wants us to touch him, and he wants to touch us," Bishop Dooher said in his homily.
During the Mass, the choir performed musical arrangements composed by W. Clifford Petty, a gospel composer and recording artist from Alabama, who was a special guest at the Mass and ran the workshop for the choir the evening before.
At the dinner following the Mass, news anchor Latoyia Edwards from New England Cable News served as the evening's emcee.