Begun 26 years ago as an apostolic initiative to proclaim Christ to the people of the cities of New York and Boston through a lively program of Christmas caroling, the Daughters of St. Paul Choir has over time extended the Concert’s outreach from one coast to the other of the United States. When it became clear that 2020 would be a year like no other due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 3-week annual touring concert was transformed into a virtual event, involving all the Sisters of the Province who work in social media, who saw it as an opportunity to invite viewers to be not just an audience but cooperators in the Pauline apostolate.
In the light of this, the songs sung by the Choir were interspersed with brief and vivacious presentations of the Pauline mission and the history and charism of the Pauline Family, using quotes from Blessed James Alberione and Prima Maestra Thecla. Thus, the Founder’s words to the FSPs, “your limits are the whole world,” came true. In fact, people not just from the United States but from 36 countries around the globe watched Home for Christmas with the Daughters of St. Paul on Youtube, joining our sisters in celebrating the joy of Christ’s birth and leaving messages of appreciation on the Choir’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/DSPChoir) and through their own social media.
The #HomeforChristmas Virtual Concert remained available online through 10 January 2021 (Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord) and a total of 66,480 people watched the program.