PORTLAND, Ore.— In partnership with Catholic Relief Services, seven OCP composers went on a goodwill tour of Ghana, praying and singing with people in their communities and listening to their stories of struggle and triumph.
This life-changing experience inspired the album “Akwaaba: Songs of Peace and Solidarity,” a collection of songs about Catholic Social Teaching.
Composers Ken Canedo, Robert Feduccia, Sarah Kroger, ValLimar Jansen, Pedro Rubalcava, Ben Walther and Greg Walton will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the CD and MP3 album to support the work of CRS in empowering people in developing nations and in nurturing peace.
Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said they are grateful to OCP and the artists who created this collection of music to assist their work.
“Their singing, lyrics, melodies, rhythm, and instrumentation are filled with heart, soul, spirit and love. I cannot think of a better way to proclaim God’s presence when we embrace those He sends to us for our care and friendship,” Woo said. “This project represents a shared commitment to a mission of serving Catholics in the United States. Music, worship and liturgy touch the minds and hearts of all of us and often kindle a deeper exploration of faith and discipleship. Through the songs of “Akwaaba: Songs of Peace and Solidarity,” we lift up in praise the Gospel values of peace and justice, values that are universal among all God’s people. Thank you for joining CRS to rebuild livelihoods, restore hope and make God’s love visible.”
This universal collection features songs and sounds of everything from contemporary Christian and lively gospel to Hispanic rhythms and vibrant African percussion. Its call-and-response style is reminiscent of the music that the composers heard in the streets and churches of Ghana.
“We are honored that we have been able to support these artists as they enter into solidarity and communion with our brothers and sisters in Ghana,” said John Limb, publisher of OCP. “We are also pleased to partner with Catholic Relief Service in promoting our common mission to live the Gospel throughout the world.”
OCP, a not-for-profit publisher of liturgical music and worship resources based in Portland, Oregon, has been in operation for more than 80 years. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide.
About Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. Learn more at www.crs.org