Responding to Church Closings, 15-year Pen Pal of Mother Teresa and Award-Winning Catholic Musician, Bob Rowe, to Host Good Friday FACEBOOK LIVE Free Concert
The Holiest Day for Christians Everywhere is celebrated in a new way because of the Coronavirus
NEWS PROVIDED BYTeresa Tomeo Communications
April 3, 2020
DETROIT, April 3, 2020 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Christian recording artist, Robert "Bob" Rowe is reaching out to families during the COVID19 crisis with a live concert on the Bob Rowe Music Facebook page
on Good Friday, April 10th at 11 a.m. ET. The performance includes talk, meditation, and music on Christ's passion.
"Churches may be closed, but hearts are open," he said. "I hope this concert will be a break in the day to turn hearts and minds to God." He chose Good Friday for its significance in the Christian faith. He also wants to help relieve stress during this very difficult time and research supports that music can do that. Studies cited in the article "The Power of Music to Reduce Stress," PsychCentral reported: "The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool."
Time Magazine in 1997 said about Rowe: "He uses his music as an instrument of healing." Rowe began his music career playing in local clubs, coffee houses, and concert halls in West Michigan, Chicago, and New York. He recorded 21 albums and opened for country music legend, Ernest Tubb. In the late 1980's, Rowe became a personal pen pal to Mother Teresa until her death in 1994. It was at this time Rowe began to concentrate on performances for "special needs" groups and audiences such as the developmentally disabled, visually impaired, and the elderly.
In 1994, Mother Teresa said in a letter to Bob Rowe, "The fruit of service is peace. Works of love like yours bring one face to face with God. Continue to use music to make the presence of God—His love and compassion—better known to those in need—His little ones who have forgotten to smile. My prayer is with you in a special way."
In 2006 the St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art presented Rowe with the "Mother Teresa Award" for his work with the elderly.
Renaissance Enterprises, Rowe's non-profit ministry, annually provides over 150 free music and art programs to nursing homes, VA hospitals, and other institutions.
A 30-minute documentary about Rowe's ministry will air on Public Television in Spring 2020. He also recently recorded a set of PSA's about COVID19 and the benefit of music.
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