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Forrest performs Irish traditional music concert

Apr 24, 2014
Photo by: Submitted Mark Forrest, pictured, will perform an Irish traditional music concert on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church.

Mark Forrest, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, was awarded full scholarships to study music. He and his wife, Muriel, are Irish immigrants and are naturalized United States citizens.
Forrest will appear in concert at the St. Alphonsus Church on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m.
He passed up the opportunity of a professional career to commit himself to his own family and to his life’s work through the “faith and family foundation.”
The “faith and family foundation” was created after the death of their newborn son, “Francesco,” who lived for five days. Forrest says that “he touched more people than I ever will in a lifetime.”
Another son of the Forrest family was born with a handicap and is confined to a wheelchair. They also have four other boys who have been born to this union.
Forrest uses his music to inspire people everywhere to appreciate the importance of their faith and their family life in today’s changing society. The Forrests have turned their tragedies into triumphs. They have embraced their personal despair and are now conveying hope to many around the world through their foundation.
Forrest has traveled around the world, singing his songs in cathedrals and concert halls. He has sung for Pope John Paul and Mother Teresa.
The message of his music is not to beckon others to follow him, but to listen to the words and find the deeper call within themselves and to listen to that heartfelt message.
According to Forrest, the message was shaped by what many would call the tragedies of his life.
For the concert, there is a cost to attend. For more information, contact the St. Alphonsus Parish office at 319-385-8410 or email

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