Notre Dame de Namur University Hosts Benefit Gospel Concert for Sisters of Notre Dame in Africa

Belmont, CA, January 20, 2007 — NDNU’s Black Student Union will sponsor a benefit concert featuring powerhouse gospel groups from around the Bay Area to support the educational work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Africa, January 20 at 6 p.m. at the NDNU Theatre.

Groups that are scheduled to perform include the dynamic Viva La Musica!, the St. Marks Community Mass Choir, Bethany Presbyterian Choir, and the Treble Makers. The groups will perform a variety of spirituals, contemporary Christian hymnals, and instrumental pieces to support the work of the Sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Nearly 1,800 Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur live and serve in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America working as advocates for social change, peace, and justice carrying on the legacy of their foundress St. Julie Billiart. St. Julie founded the Sisters of Notre Dame with the hope of responding to the poorest and most abandoned people in the world, especially women and children. For more than 200 years, the Sisters have sought to change structures that oppress others and enable the poor to obtain what is rightfully theirs. They strongly believe that education in varied forms is the best way to accomplish these goals.

The benefit’s student coordinator, Adia Griffith, hopes the gospel explosion will help further the Sisters’ goals and bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the Bay Area. “Living in the United States we take a lot of things for granted, such as electricity, food, and wardrobes that can clothe 50 people or more,” said the music major who intends to graduate this May. “When others are giving all they have through their time, energy, and most importantly their lives.

“I believe there is something positive we can do to show that we are here and aware of the work that they are doing for others,” Griffith added. “Hopefully we can raise enough funds that will show them that we are trying to support them, by the means we know how.”

Tickets for the “Gospel Explosion” Benefit Concert cost $10 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. Proceeds from this concert will also help start a Black Student Union Scholarship Fund for incoming freshman, 2007-2008. The NDNU Theatre is located on the University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. For more information, contact NDNU’s Center for Student Leadership at (650) 508-3725