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Diocesan Speaker Focuses on Importance of Music

Diocesan Speaker Focuses on Importance of Music

Michael Gourdin, Assistant Director in the Office of Black Catholics and Native American Ministries for the Diocese of Charleston, did a presentation for SJCS students during Flex time on Thursday, February 23.

Mr. Gourdin talked about African Americans who are on the path to sainthood and the role of music in the Black Catholic Church. He demonstrated on an instrument and played a mix he made of Sister Thea Bowman's speech to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mr. Gourdin works for the Diocese of Charleston, but he works out of Greenville and is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He is a native of Greenville, he attended Riverside High School and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities and he went on to study music at Loyola University in New Orleans.

The event was sponsored by the National Social Studies Honor Society and was open to all students to celebrate and recognize Black History Month.

We appreciate Mr. Gourdin taking the time to come to our school and speak to our students!

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