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 from many cities throughout Connecticut, making a commitment to reach out to the sick and elderly. They perform in nursing homes, hospitals, parishes, and health-care facilities, as well as for televised Liturgies for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and for various events where their music becomes their gift to all those who hear it. With the wonderful cooperation and support of their parents, children travel near and far to bring the joy of the Holy Spirit to others.
Sister Marie Roccapriore M.A. ’96, D.Min. ’99 is a member of the Order of Religious Teachers Filippini, Villa Walsh, Morristown, New Jersey, and her diverse ministry vividly reflects both commitment to and effectiveness in educating and inspiring Christians to care for one another. In the 1950s and 1960s, Sister Marie was an elementary school teacher in New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and from 1966 to 1978, was principal of St. Nicholas of Tolentine School in Philadelphia.
Sister Marie then turned to parish ministry and direction of Christian education programs at parishes in Cheshire and North Haven, before coming to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Meriden in 1993. There she began two programs of pastoral care that would transform not only those in need within the parishes she served, but so many beyond them. ONE OF THEM WOULD BECOME SPIRIT JOY!
Susan & José Feliciano
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 has allowed Spirit Joy members another opportunity to reach out and inspire others through their prayerful singing in the Holy Spirit.
José 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 seventeen Grammy nominations, has won nine Grammy Awards including the LARAS Lifetime Achievement and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over.