Sunday, December 14, 2008

3 Tenors - 3 Irish Parish Priests - "The Priests" Sing Heaven to Your Ears and Heart

Don’t miss The Priests performing on EWTN’s Christmas Special!
December 19th, 8pm
December 20th, 1pm
December 21st, 4pm
December 22nd, 10am & 11pm
December 26, 8pm
December 27th, 1pm
December 28th, 4pm
December 29th, 10am & 11pm


Meet The Priests

The Priests are:
Father Eugene O’Hagan of the Parish of Ballyclare and Ballygowan: Church of The Sacred Heart and Church of The Holy Family. Diocese of Down and Connor
Father Martin O’Hagan of the Parish of Cushendun: Church of St. Patrick (Craigagh), Church of St. Mary, The Star of the Sea (Culraney). Diocese of Down and Connor.
Father David Delargy of the Parish of Hannahstown: Church of St. Joseph and Church of St. Peter, the Rock , Diocese of Down and Connor.
It was at St. MacNissi’s College near Carnlough in Co Antrim, where Father Eugene O’Hagan, Father Martin O’Hagan and Father David Delargy met for the first time and realised their musical prowess as a singing trio. Nicknamed Holy Holy Holy by their peers due to their shared determination to enter the priesthood, it was a priest at their school who first noticed how talented they actually were.
After leaving St. MacNissi’s, they followed their vocation training at The Seminary in Belfast, where Fr. Eugene specialised in English and Scholastic Philosophy and Fr. Martin and Fr David specialised in Ancient History and Scholastic Philosophy. During that time they all studied under the Belfast based singing teacher Mr Frank Capper MBE.
The Priests concluded their training at the revered Irish College in Rome where Fr. Eugene studied there for 7 years, Fr. Martin 5 years and Fr David for 4 years.
Whilst in Rome Eugene took advantage of the fact that he was able to have signing lessons from Sergio Ballani. Almost immediately their combined and rare talent was recognised. They were invited in person by the Pope’s private secretary, Monsignor John Magee (the Papal Master of Ceremonies) to sing for the Pope in the sacred liturgy.
The Priests’ careers overlapped once again as they all eventually returned to Ireland, where they began their work in various special ministries. Each now lives the life of a full time Parish Priest, tending the spiritual needs of their parishioners and official duties at all church services including those to mark the christenings, marriages and funerals of members of their catholic community.

2 comments:

Shea said...

Thanks for posting this information, I can't wait to hear them again! I watched their interview on a network show and another one on CatholicTV.Com. What a great way to celebrate Advent and Christmas.

Peace! Shea

Clairvaux said...

Thank you, Shea, for your comment, and I am so happy you found them here! What an incredible gift they have for evangelization and to help the poor with their proceeds. Very warming of the soul ! God bless and have a joyous Christmas.