Chicago church choir heading to Rome

March 8, 2013

By Diana Buendia

(Photo courtesy of Ellen Peirce)
Patrick Goden, director of Saint Gregory The Great Parish Choir

A Chicago church choir is heading to Rome this Saturday, hoping they’ll get to sing for a new pope.

Saint Gregory the Great Parish Choir will perform Sunday, March 17, at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

It’s possible the cardinals could select the new Roman Catholic pope by then. They're planning to enter their conclave to start voting on Tuesday.

 “We are excited beyond belief,” said Ellen Peirce,  one of the members of the choir. “You think when you’re done being a teenager you’re finished with this kind of excitement. But I am beyond excited right now; I can’t wait to experience everything that’s waiting for us in Italy.”

The timing with the pope selection process is pure chance: choir director Patrick Godon said the choir received the invitation to perform in Rome two years ago.

They’ve been rehearsing for the performance every Sunday evening since October. This is the choir’s second trip to Italy in the last six years. They will also be heading to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento.