St. Louis-- Thursday night an international recording star, with deep ties to St. Louis, will headline a night of music and inspiration at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Javier Mendoza is a Saint Louis University graduate who has been very active in a Archdiocese of St. Louis global outreach program called "Pan y Amor".
"It means 'bread and love' in Spanish," Mendoza explains.
Mendoza, who is known to St. Louis music fans (his group was named "Best Pop Band" by the "Riverfront Times" in 2003 and 2004), is equally well known for his missionary work in Bolivia.
You can buy tickets to Thursday's concert at this link or by calling the Archdiocese at (314) 792-7655.
"So when you're asked to go there as a musician and support the project with music," Mendoza said. "It's just a no brainer."
"Pan y Amor" is a missionary outreach program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, primarily in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The Archdiocese began this effort in 1991. Every year, hundreds of infants and young children are completely abandoned by their parents. The children are left to fend for themselves in one of the poorest parts of the world. Through "Pan y Amor", the Archdiocese of St. Louis is able to feed and clothe the children of Bolivia in foster homes.
The Archdiocese has been doing mission work in Bolivia for more than 60 years.
Monsignor Francis Blood, director of the Archdiocesan Mission Office, is a veteran of several trips to Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Msgr. Blood lived in Bolivia for five years, from 1988 to 1993.
"Mother Teresa said, 'caring for those who are most vulnerable in our world is a way to do something beautiful for God," Msgr. Blood said.
Since becoming Director of the Mission Office ten years ago, Msgr. Blood travels to Bolivia once a year.
By going to this special show at the Sheldon Concert Hall, you can help the Archdiocese continue this noble effort.
Mendoza will debut a new song and a new documentary by Emmy Award winning producer Chuck Neff will make its premiere.
"It touches your heart and you know you're making a difference in the lives of these children who would have no support to fall back on without the support of us through Pan y Amor," Monsignor Blood said.
You can watch one of Neff's short videos on Pan y Amor at this link.
NewsChannel 5's Pat McGonigle will host the benefit concert.