The Soubirous make beautiful music at the Sainte-Bernadette festival

By | September 21, 2022

What do you name three clergymen, a seminarian and a highschool instructor who at some point discerned the priesthood, and who determined to type a gang?

Les Soubirous – as in Saint Bernadette Soubirous, the French teenager to whom the Holy Mom appeared in 1858 in Lourdes, France.

The band made their debut at a becoming place: St. Bernadette Parish in Westlake, the place the quintet wowed the crowds after they performed an hour-long set Sept. 16 on the primary evening of the annual Coronary heart & Parish Harvest.

Father Menkhaus, who was ordained in Could, is parochial vicar at Sainte-Bernadette. Father Zerucha, ordained in 2011, is pastor of St. Bernard and St. Mary parishes in Akron. Father Roth, ordained in 2014, has labored with the Tribunal and is learning in Rome to develop into a canon lawyer. He joined the group whereas at residence for a go to throughout the summer season and returned to Rome on September 18.

Garvin is in his fourth 12 months of examine at Saint Mary’s Seminary and hopes to be ordained a transitional deacon subsequent spring as he continues to discern the priesthood.

Stovicek taught at Lake Catholic Excessive College and at the moment teaches at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin College.

Father Menkhaus was lately featured within the Catholic journal Northeast Ohio for writing a track, “Lord I’m Not Worthy,” for the Eucharistic Revival.

“We had been speaking about FEST and a few parishioners knew I used to be a musician,” Fr. Menkhaus mentioned. One factor main to a different, he contacted his buddies to see if they might be concerned with forming a gaggle to play on the Sainte Bernadette competition.

They accepted and managed to sneak in a observe session earlier than the competition. “The clergymen are busy,” joked Father Zerucha.

Their wardrobe was apparent: black trousers, shirts and Roman collars for the clergymen, a cassock for Garvin and a shirt and tie for Stovicek.

Fives are not any strangers to music or efficiency. Father Zerucha performs drums and tambourine. He mentioned he was concerned within the up to date choir for Teenagers Encounter Christ at St. Adalbert Parish in Berea, his residence parish.

Garvin performs keyboards, bass guitar and organ. “I can perceive nearly any instrument,” he mentioned.

Stovicek performs mandolin and banjo whereas Father Roth performs guitar. Stovicek, Father Zerucha and Father Roth have performed collectively earlier than.

Information of their new band unfold and a big crowd gathered within the tent to benefit from the music. The scholars of the Sainte-Bernadette faculty, the household and the chums of the musicians inspired them throughout the present.

Roth having once more studied in Rome, the way forward for the group is unsure.

“We’ll go away that to God,” Father Menkhaus mentioned, concerning all future performances.