An "Evening of Prayer through Song" will be presented Jan. 20 at 7:15 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 3450 Sycamore Drive, Stow.

The program will feature David Parkes, international recording artist from Dublin, Ireland. Parke will tell his pro-life story, including his rise to fame as a professional soccer player and musician ... to his "incurable" illness ... to his miraculous healing in Medjugorje. Parkes' life is now devoted to traveling the world spreading his pro-life message and sharing his amazing vocal talent.

All are welcome to attend this event and bring someone who might also be in need of hiss inspirational message. Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

This event will follow a Mass at 6:30 p.m. and a short presentation from "Students For Life" at The University of Akron. An all-night pro-life vigil will follow the presentation.

This event is free to all attendees. Any free will offering will be accepted.

A reception will follow the presentation, at which Parkes will sell and sign his CDs.

Years ago, Parkes stared death in the face. The victim of severe Crohn's Disease, he had undergone 10 major operations and the medical team working on his case had made it clear there was nothing more they could do for him.

Out of work for months, he faced not only a hopeless future, but severe financial problems as well. An invitation was issued to him to visit Medjugorje. Reportedly, the Blessed Mother had been appearing daily to a group of young people there since 1981. While there, Parkes received a miraculous healing, both spiritual and physical. Shortly afterwards, he decided to dedicate his life to witnessing to the great healing power of God.

In November of 1992, he released his first album in the United States, titled "Let Me Live." The recording of this pro-life song was the fulfillment of a promise that he had made while in Medjugorje in gratitude to God for the great healings that had taken place in his life.

This new anthem for the preborn was sung, at the request of Mother Theresa, live on national television and to an audience of over 30,000 during Mother's historic visit to Knock, Ireland's Marian shrine.

Today, Parkes is an internationally known singer whose ministry has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. He has released several albums which can be previewed at irishrecords.com.

For further information, contact Betty Schnitzler at eschnitz@msn.com or call 330-958-3903.