New York Archdiocese Choir Will Perform During Archbishop Dolan’s Elevation Services

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the New York Archdiocese Festivale Chorale Monday night meant fine tuning for an experience unlike any other.

Choir member Charles Scalfani told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez that going to Rome to sing as part of a service for the elevation of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to cardinal is, “definitely a lifetime experience.”

“I just totally feel overwhelmed by the feeling that is coming over my body in anticipation of doing this,” he said.

The choir will travel to Rome on Tuesday. Marie Liberace said that she feels,”extremely honored.”

“This is for all of us, it’s a great honor to be asked to come and sing in Rome,” she said.

The choir has perfected more than 200 pages of music in just four rehearsals. It will perform in several different churches in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica.

As Choir Director Jennifer Pascual explained that the group consists of choirs from all over the New York Archdiocese.

“They’ve come together real well in four weeks,” she said.

Choir members said they eagerly anticipate the opportunity to sing in the services.

“It’s an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We all know. How often do you get to sing in St. Peter’s Basilica?” said Sarah Belair.

With voices like angels the cardinal-designates will be sure to sing their praises.

How do you feel about the New York choir being represented on an international stage? You may comment below…

  • Chuck Sclafani

    my dad is mentioned in this article and is interviewed in the video news report!! He is awesome!! Much luck and God bless him and my mom as they head to Rome today.

    • Rodin

      Oh, WOW!!! How exciting!!! Goodie for them! First time travelers?

      Get a life.

      • chuck

        honestly if you have nothing positive to say DONT SAY IT AT ALL

        • Rodin

          Hey, Chuckie, “if you have nothing positive to say DONT SAY IT AT ALL.” You know, “what’s good for the goose” and all that jazz….. Honestly.

          Safe return to Mommy and Daddy.

          Get REAL! And get a life.

  • Rodin

    How do you ‘elevate’ what’s designed to crawl? LOL

  • Vernon Hell

    The only elevation Dolan deserves is from a rope around his neck — a big fat rope!

    • Rodin

      They’ll need a crane to lift this baby.

    • AuntTootzToldMe

      Nahhhhhh… I prefer a STRONG, small one. They cut more and hurt more… AND, you can use them again and again!! I can hear him ‘singin” in that heavenly choir’ already!

      • Rodin

        Hey, Auntie, we’re here as well! And you said you hadn’t seen me….

  • AuntTootzToldMe

    Just keep those big boys away from the little boys and you will be fine…. busy, but fine!

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