Spirit Joy Children's Music ministry was founded by Sister Marie Roccapriore, M.P.F with the purpose of allowing youth to reach out the the sick and elderly through music. Children of all ages gather twice a month to praise God in song and fellowship in preparation for their ministry involvement. Members come from various parishes, diverse backgrounds, and many cities in Connecticut to make their commitment to reach out to the sick and elderly. They perform in nursing homes, hospitals, parishes, and health-care facilities. With the wonderful cooperation and support of their parents, children travel to far and near places to bring the joy of the Holy Spirit to sick and aged people.
The name SPIRIT JOY was inspired during prayer and became a confirmation that God would use this children's group as a special ministry to bring the JOY of the HOLY SPIRIT to all who see or hear them share their musical gifts. These words, taken from their theme song, SPIRIT JOY, sum up the goal of their ministry:
The Joy of the Holy Spirit is a special Gift of God to you and me;
Through the blessings and giftedness of Susan and José Feliciano, internationally known musician, two CDs and a DVD of SPIRIT JOY's music were produced. Their untiring assistance and loving dedication to the work of this production have allowed Spirit Joy members another opportunity to reach out and inspire others through their prayerful singing in the Holy Spirit.
José Feliciano Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics throughout the world as "The greatest living guitarist." Referred to as "The Picasso of his Realm," Jose Feliciano's accolades are repeatedly celebrated. Guitar Player Magazine awarded him "Best Pop Guitarist," placing him in their "Gallery of the Greats." José as also been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; has won sixteen Grammy nominations, has won six Grammy Awards and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over.