Wilmington Diocesan Gospel Choir Celebrates 25 Years on Oct. 22nd

WDGC AnniversaryWilmington’s Diocesan Gospel Choir (WDGC) celebrates 25 years on October 22, 2017. As mentioned in the September 17, 1992 edition of the Dialog, The choir, “fueled by momentum from the National Black Catholic Congress and a grant from the Raskob Foundation,” sang its first Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, French Street on September 20, 1992.

WDGC has been going strong ever since. In the 1992 Dialog article Marie Cousar said, “Our mission is evangelization. We want to revitalize our parishes.”

Charter member August F. X. Haeur said he was “ready and willing” when Cousar called. Hazeur has a background in liturgical music which began in the 1940s. He said, “I spent a lot of time at a seminary on the Gulf Coast where I grew up.”

Another charter member, Geraldine Purnell – Cochran speaks to the choir’s evangelism, “It has been a wonderful experience of singing at St. Joseph and traveling to other parishes through-out Delaware and also Maryland and New Jersey,” she says.

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will celebrate the choir’s 25th Anniversary Mass on Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, (Reverend Paul M. Williams, OFM, Pastor) 1012 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

A reception will follow mass. A concert featuring the Wilmington Diocesan Gospel Choir and guest choirs will take place at 1:00pm.

Charter members still active with the choir include:
Brenda Burns – Director
Gwendolyn Cavin – Tenor
Geraldine Purnell-Cochran – Soprano
Deacon Robert “Bob” Cousar – Tenor
Anthony “Tony” Dash – Tenor
August F. X. Hazeur – Baritone
Deborah Robinson – Alto