The Upper Room: Art and Sacrament

The Upper Room: Art and Sacrament

Led by Grammy® Award winner and Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir Dr. J.J. Wright, this series will introduce The Passion, a new artistic production combining Scripture with original poetry and set to original music. Through Christ’s Passion, we learn to encounter suffering and incarnate love, to behold one another in our “not-enoughness.” As we enter the upcoming Lenten and Easter seasons, we invite you to journey with the Folk Choir and some of our closest collaborators through the development, rehearsal, and performance process of The Passion. Along the way, we will explore the Passion and Resurrection in light of the most pressing issues on the minds of our students, including the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the role of women in the Church, and climate change. In May, the choir will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where they’ll walk in Jesus’s steps through the Passion and record this new work at the Jerusalem Music Center.

Meet the Student Speaker: Julia Bellefeuille

Julia Bellefeuille is a second year Ph.D. student studying liturgy in the department of Theology at Notre Dame. Her academic interests include sacramental theology and popular piety, enculturation, and exploring how God is made present to the world. Julia is originally from a small Native American reservation in the Pacific Northwest and prior to coming to South Bend for her M.T.S., she worked as a Campus Minister in Salt Lake City, UT.

Meet the Student Speaker: Noelle Dorvault

Soprano Noelle Dorvault is a first-year at Notre Dame pursuing a major in biology and a minor in science and patient advocacy. She is originally from Pensacola, FL, and is very grateful to have been welcomed into this project through the ND Folk Choir this year.

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Featured Speakers: 

  • J.J. Wright, Director, Notre Dame Folk Choir, University of Notre Dame

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