Educating through a pro-life concert


   Take the undaunted nature of a teenager and couple it with an idea to help promote life causes and what do you get? A live concert with Indy/Christian singer David Thies on March 15 from 7:30-9 p.m., to benefit the Woman’s New Life Center. It will be held at the Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Nimms Center, 4301 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Admission is $2 at the door.

    Sacred Heart senior Nicole Rueb, a member of Sacred Heart’s Sacred Life Club for the past four years, said she joined the club in her freshman year without knowing much about pro-life issues, other than information her mother shared with her in eighth grade.

    Rueb’s knowledge of the issue dramatically changed after taking the annual trip with the club to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, her freshman and sophomore years, and learning about all aspects of life through the club’s many speakers and activities, including poster displays at school during 40 Days for Life and a hunger banquet focusing on poverty.

Raising consciousness
    “It really opened my eyes of the respect for life, and how sacred it is at every point,” she said. “It really taught me how to articulate how we are respecting the unborn.”

    When the club was considering in January ideas to garner money for one of its fund-raising beneficiaries – the Woman’s New Life Center – Rueb had just used one of Thies’ songs “One Beautiful Journey” as the premise for a talk she gave in January before the student body to fulfill for Sacred Heart’s Campus Ministry requirement.

    “I felt really inspired,” she said. “I wanted to see him in concert and went on his website to see when he was performing.”

    He wasn’t touring Louisiana, but she thought about the first time she saw Thies perform in her freshman year at Louisiana Right to Life’s Camp Joshua Retreat.

God’s love abounds
    “I really like the messages in his songs, including one about God’s love for everyone,” she said.

    She decided to contact him about a possible benefit concert at the Academy of Sacred Heart.

    “He replied really quickly, and I told him my idea and told him where the proceeds would go, and I talked to my campus minister and was given a date, and here we are.”

    She said Thies thought the concert would prove to be a great opportunity to raise money for the Woman’s New Life Center.

    ASH students, unfamiliar with Thies’ music, first heard his songs as they walked in the chapel for Rueb’s talk. Many have since downloaded his music, she said.

    “Everybody is really excited now that they are able to hear his songs, and he is coming.”

    Thies, who has a bachelor’s degree in music business and a master’s in theology, has his own record label, Saints and Heroes, and website, davidthiesmusic.com. He will perform songs from both of his albums, “Fighting Fear” recorded in 2010 and “Hymns of Hope” recorded in 2011 and 2012, and will probably offer a blessing as he does at the end of every concert.

    “He calls it (Hymns of Hope) his most joyful album,” Rueb said. “It’s about love and joy and happiness.”
Woman’s New Life Center

    Rueb said a history of the Woman’s New Life Center and why Sacred Heart’s Club is supporting it will be given during concert introductions.

    “My main goal is to educate people on what the Woman’s New Life Center does,” she said. “I think it is really important. A lot of people at my school are unaware of the Woman’s New Life Center and the services they provide, so in talking to my campus minister we thought it would be a great opportunity to promote what they do. It promotes the life that is with us today – the newborn babies and mothers.”

    For advance group tickets, contact campus minister Robert Farrell, rfarrell@ashrosary.org.

    Christine Bordelon can be reached at cbordelon@clarion herald.org.

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