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One of world's best-known Catholic recording artists at St. Henry's this fall

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Internationally known musician, author and humanitarian John Michael Talbot will perform in concert Thursday, September 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church--sharing the songs which have made him one of the most prominent and beloved performers of Christian music.

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This tour of the north central U.S. is a return to Talbot's trademark solo guitar and voice as he introduces his audiences to his 51st album, "The Troubadour Years," available as the tour begins in September.

Talbot enthusiasts from St. Henry's and other area Catholic parishes are getting the word out early, as Talbot is known to draw audiences from far and wide. Tickets are free, but will be in high demand--since St. Henry's capacity is 600 in the sanctuary, and another 200 in overflow. Those with tickets are seated first.

"We've been trying to book him in this area for a number of years, but we were never able to work into his schedule" said Sophie. She credits St. Henry's parishioner Deb Blickenstaff for her persistence in working on a Perham date. "We finally caught them just as they were organizing the fall tour."

Talbot's music transcends denominations, uniting his audiences on a prayerful journey of praise and worship, offering a unique combination of music, teaching and spiritual guidance which provides the participants with an unparalleled experience.

"Just being there to experience the meditation touched my heart and soul in a way that is truly indescribable... it took a few days to return to earth," a recent concert-goer commented, a sentiment strongly felt among Talbot's listeners, one which has driven recording sales to heights which place the Dove-award winner as Catholic music's premier artist.

"I've never encountered anything like it in my life," remarked a fellow professional musician drawn to the concert by Talbot's reputation as a guitarist.

The tour is specifically to raise funds for the rebuilding of Talbot's home, Little Portion Hermitage Monastery, which suffered a vicious fire on April 29, burning the chapel and the Common Center to the ground in less than an hour and a half. All survived, though members of the community, including Talbot, suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Various awards were destroyed, along with countless library books, archives, inventory and tour equipment. Talbot credits his life in monastic community as key to the creation of his music.

Previous tours have resulted in Talbot's raising over $4 million for international relief and development agency Mercy Corps, making Talbot their largest individual fund raiser. A recipient of their Humanitarian of the Year award, he has also been honored with the President's Merit award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences as well as with performing for Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II.

A former county-rock star with the legendary band Mason Proffit, Talbot gave up the riches accompanying fame and in time founded the integrated community of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage in the Ozark Mts. of Arkansas where he serves as Spiritual Father and General Minister as well as founder and president of the Catholic Association of Musicians.

Talbot's recordings and fans are global in distribution, inspiring letters of gratitude and appreciation which often recount life-altering moments, including reports of listening during the birth of children and even at the death of a loved one.

The admission to the concert is free, with a love offering to be received (suggested donation is $20). Tickets are required and can be ordered by calling 218-346-2467 or 218-346-3743.

They are also available at the following locations in Perham: Nadine's, The Wild Goose and the St. Henry's Parish office.

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