Concert Themes Offered By Donna
The Way of the Cross
Make the Stations of the Cross like you never have before. Really "experience" them. Each meditation on the 14 stations is in song and video form. This devotion should not be limited to only Fridays during Lent but should be united to constantly. "A Christian soul never lets a day go by without meditating on the passion of Jesus Christ."- St. Padre Pio and Jesus says in Lk 9:23, "Take up your cross daily and follow me." This "concert" helps us really enter in and learn from the Master. Tissues are handed out with every program.
Our Catholic Faith
Donna draws from her collection of songs to share her love for the Bible, the Church, the importance of prayer, and God's love for us. She shares a little bit about why we believe what we believe as Catholics. She touches on prayer, the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the powerful intercession of Our Lady, what really goes on during Mass and how we can get the most out of it by participating fully in it. She also includes word-for-word prayers from scripture and the saints. Can be easily tailored to meet a specific interest.
Praying the "Our Father"
More than just a rush of familiar words, each line of the Lord's prayer has a deep meaning. How to pray them well, according to the teaching of St. Theresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, is shared interspersed with songs relating to each line.
Donna's sung version of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is regularly played on many radio stations around the country. She is often asked to share it live at concerts or conferences and to include other sung prayers from St. Faustina's diary. Whether it is on Divine Mercy Sunday, during Lent, on Friday, or at 3:00, Donna can share the five points of the Devotion and lead the assembly in the Chaplet, which is especially powerful during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Can also be combined with another topic.
The months of May and October are especially accomodating to a presentation on Our Blessed Mother (but let's not forget her feast days in July and August!). With many songs to share about Our Lady, Donna also relates stories of her from the Bible, Fatima and Carmel. Donna's sung rosary is very easy to sing. Everyone is singing together by the first decade and the spirit of prayer is so powerful you can feel it storming heaven. Can also be combined with another topic.
Teens & Young Adults
"The One Thing Necessary" - How to remain God's "beloved" and pursue the Kingdom of God first so that "...all these things will be added unto you.
Christmas - Advent to Epiphany
Journey with Donna through the Christmas story as she takes you on a meditative and moving experience of the birth of our Savior. The concert opens with suggestions and analogy on how to prepare to receive Jesus at Christmas, continues with Old Testament scripture, Advent music, scripture, songs on how Mary might have felt/experienced the incarnation and responsibility, more scripture, classic carols and sing-a-longs. After expounding on Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist and how it's hard for some to believe like it was hard for some to believe in the Incarnation, we close with more carols.
"Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day" has been Donna's most requested retreat theme and is overwhelmingly well-received by women and men alike. Donna covers all aspects of prayer and keeping a rule of life. Click to see Fr. Robert Fox's endorsement.
Also, Lenten Missions or Praise and Worship
For parishes, Donna can sing two songs at all the masses to inspire listeners to come to the concert that Sunday evening.
Donna Cori is a member of the Catholic Speakers Organization, CatholicSpeakers.com.
PLEASE email me (see below) for more info on booking a concert, retreat, event or conference appearance.
A Catholic singer and songwriter, Donna's Music is focused on prayer (all kinds) and explaining the truths of the Catholic Church with Scripture. Songs include word-for-word prayers from the Bible (as singing makes for easy memorization) and well-known prayers of the Church and Saints.
Her powerful voice, her range, her emotion, and the awe-inspiring way in which she compels us to pray with her in her songs will certainly move you. But don't take our word for it -- here's what others have said:
"I find Donna's Music to be prayerfully deep and inspiring. Simply and uncomplicatedly Catholic. Her message is soaked in Scripture. When I listen to her Music, I hear the same thing that I discovered and which I try to share in my teaching -- the beauty and power of the Catholic faith! God has really gifted Donna with a powerful voice and a pure heart!" - Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University at Steubenville, OH
"I never before believed one could actually compose a melody for our common prayers that does the prayers justice. And considering the value and holiness of those prayers, I think most people avoid the attempt. But, WOW, this person achieved it." - Daniel W. (via iTunes)
"What a gift you are to the Catholic community in the Pacific NW! ...We count our blessings twice when we find gifted people like you in our area to help form our parishioners'' faith and help spread the Good News in creative ways." - Cathy Pinick, DRE St. Columban's, Yelm, WA
"I don't know of one of (Donna's) songs that I don't like. Her Music really touches me, and to hear her sing just makes me want to worship the Lord." - Jeff Cavins, EWTN's "Life on the Rock."
"Anyone who listens to her inspiring Music can tell that it all comes from her loving heart for our Lord. Her Music is a great inspiration to me as I plan and contemplate my homilies. I find the Spirit of God present in her music ministry ." - Deacon Larry Jesmer - St. Hubert parish, Langley, WA
"I thought your work was wonderful before; it is fantastic now. But more than that, it sometimes brings me to tears to hear you and see the video work. All I can do is thank you and the Lord for giving you such incredible talent and devotion". Dr. J. C. Tausta, Oneonta, NY
"Now that it is Summer, we get our 8-year-old Granddaughter for overnight more with School out. So I have your C.D. playing every time we are in the car. She has learned so much from your prayers and Music. She sings along, and at bedtime, she sings her prayers cause it is two prayers instead of one. We have to say it is the most amazing gift to hear a Child sing prayers. And such a joy in our Hearts to hear her sing along with you. Thank you so much for sharing your gift and the good news of our Lord. Thank you." - K. Carl
"I was going to the auditorium to await the first speaker and subsequently discovered Donna on stage. I quickly found myself continuously encountering tears of joy with every song that she sang, a reaction which seems to be prompted whenever I'm in close proximity to a strong presence of the Holy Spirit. Needless to say, we bought our first Donna CD at that conference and have continued to buy them ever since." - B. Costa, NY
"Her music is a conductor that God uses to touch my soul." - C. Neisen
"Her voice, words, and background music are beautiful! So uplifting, her deep, sincere faith and love comes from the heart" - D. Peterson
" Her music is divinely inspired, and I'm in awe and so moved by her love for the Lord, there are no words to sufficiently tell you." - Donna M.H. via email
"I no longer have trouble remembering how (these prayers) go. You really added a gift of enthusiasm for prayer at the conference; and fortunately, it was contagious!" - Yvette, Lady's Island, SC
"Often, when I enter a room where people are praying, I sit down unmoved. When I entered a large room where Donna Cori Gibson was singing the Rosary, such was the reverence and faith that emanated that I dropped to my knees on the cement floor. Her reverence, faith, and humility were evident throughout the Rosary and had a profound effect on everyone. Since Shubert and Gounod, with the possible exception of "Gentle Woman," no one has succeeded better in setting the words of the "Hail Mary" to Music. Congregations will love it and learn it. May she be blessed continually that her graced humble Spirit may continue to preserve her as a servant of the Lord" - Father Heffernan, interview with Peter Borough, Ontario with "The Church Live" CKLY Radio
"Donna's voice is fantastic and haunting. Her Music can penetrate your Spirit, lift up your heart and heal your brokenness. She is truly inspired by Our Lady and the power of the Holy Spirit. Please listen to her!" - Father Michael B. Semana, Founder of the World of Hope Foundation
"Your music lifts the spirit to such heights, one has no choice but to contemplate God." - M. Williams, OR