Angotti Mission to Epiphany

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Angotti Mission to Epiphany

John Angotti Mission to Epiphany
Time To Get Up!

On April 23 to 25, 2017, Epiphany Parish will host Catholic musician John Angotti for our three day Easter Mission. Times are 5 PM on Sunday, and 7 PM on Monday and Tuesday. In addition, he will sing at all of the Sunday Masses that weekend.  Under the title "Time to Get Up," John will share music and preaching, bringing Christ's word for a modern people in trouboled times.

John was raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia, a community nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Third in a family of 4 adopted children, John's first ability to speak without stuttering was at age 4 with the hymn "The Church is One Foundation". How appropriate for the mission God has planned for him thus far.

An accomplished pianist, John began studying piano at the age of seven. His mother, who has been a church musician for over 50 years, motivated him to become involved with the children’s choir at a very early age. "I believe it was there where I truly began to form my beliefs about God through the songs we were singing," Angotti says.

John has been writing Christian music since his teen years at St. Joseph Seminary, where Angotti was considering priesthood. "After I left the seminary it never dawned on me that God perhaps wanted me to do something else for the church, perhaps more suited for the gifts God gave me,” he says jokingly. As a parish music director, Angotti found himself composing songs for worship and meditation. He wanted the congregation to participate in song and prayer during worship services on Sunday. His wife, Tracy, suggested he record his songs, as people were asking for his music to listen to for inspiration.

"...I feel that no matter what I want to do with my life on a personal side, I've come to see that my vocation, not my occupation in life, is to help the people of this world come to know God, both on a personal and communal  level..."

John's collection of experiences as Director of Children's, Young Adults, Adults and Contemporary Music Choirs, as well as his experiences in the secular world, have prepared him for his full time music ministry; a ministry which sends him around the world as a speaker and presenter for conferences and events. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Degree in Marketing; a graduate of the Naval School of Music, where he majored in Voice and minored in piano; and a graduate of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies.

John spreads the Gospel message through word and song, taking a special interest in reaching today's youth and stressing the importance of finding God in the everyday lived experiences. He says – “...the awakening of God in every waking, breathing moment leads to better choice making and understanding worship is a response to this awakening…”

His witness and music has inspired and changed the lives of thousand’s. He has performed at the National Catholic Youth Conference, National Conference for Youth Ministers, National Pastoral Musicians Conference, Los Angeles Religious Education Conference, The East Coast Religious Education Conference, The NCCA Conference, The Hofinger Religious Education Conference in New Orleans, and World Youth Day in Poland, as well as many church's around the United States and abroad.

About this Mission to Epiphany Parish, John wrote in an email to our evangelization team –

"The theme goes with the song I wrote It's time to get up. No longer can we sit aside and just watch and make  comments on social media and go to church and go through motions as our world around us is being destroyed.  It's time to call things as they are: on a path for destruction. The current path of the world is on a collision course  because of hatred and greed and a lack of knowing Jesus. Even in our church settings sometimes we neglect who  we are called to be as disciples of Jesus to go out  evangelize to the world that there is a better way. Jesus is the  way the truth and the life. How well do we know Jesus in our daily lives and even in our worship. I hope to inspire  and catch the parish on fire for faith and evangelization that is exemplified through mercy and compassion to all people."

Find John online at w w w . j o h n a n g o t t i . c o m