Photo by Elena Mirus
Ike Ndolo, a Catholic singer-songwriter who leads music for the Steubenville Conferences, performed praise and worship music with his band Village Lights for students and families in Finnegan Fieldhouse Sunday.
Ndolo kicked off the concert with his song “Crooked Soul,” getting the crowd to yell and dance. Village Lights — lead Ndolo, singer Sarah Kroger and guitarist Ricky Vasquez — led praise and worship on the topics of the Holy Spirit and breaking chains.
After a few songs, guitarist Ricky Vazquez said a prayer: “It’s so beautiful tonight to be able to proclaim God’s goodness even in the midst of the tough times. To worship together as one community in times where we can’t really worship together as freely as we were before.”
Catholic speaker Dom Quaglia, Kroger’s husband, gave a talk mid-concert about his time visiting a Third World country for a mission trip. He referenced an encounter where he talked to a village mother on what it was like living in a village.
Quaglia said the woman told him that they didn’t have the phrase, “that’s your problem.” Even though times are hard for everyone, they ask each other, “How can I make your burdans lighter?”
Quaglia encouraged the listeners of his talk to repeat this question in their daily lives: “How can I love well?”
After the concert, students formed a long line to get pictures with Ndolo and his band members.
The concert was sponsored by Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Black Student Association — led by President Alanna Thibodeaux, senior — and the Office of Evangelization, and capped off the Racism and the Role of the Catholic Church Conference, which discussed the topic of race within the Catholic Church.