Basilica benefit concert with Father Ray Kelly, the ‘Hallelujah Priest,’ Sept. 29
SAN ANTONIO— Father Ray Kelly will give a concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower to benefit the Basilica Restoration Project on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
A 64-year-old parish priest at St. Brigid Church in Old Castle, Ireland, Father Ray became an overnight internet sensation in 2014. While presiding at a wedding, Father Ray sang Leonard Cohen’s iconic song “Hallelujah” with the lyrics personalized for the couple. An amateur video posted on Youtube has since reached over 62 million views.
Following his online fame, Father Ray went on to record a couple of CDs, including the No. 1 Christian album in the United States. He has performed on TV shows all over the world from the United States to Europe and Australia.
This spring he reached the semi-finals on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Simon Cowell told Father Ray that his was one of his “favorite ever auditions,” adding that “It was everything we’ve been waiting for, genuinely.”
Premium seating tickets will include admission to a post-concert wine-and-cheese reception with Father Ray, who will greet guests and sign CDs. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and in the church office at 824 Kentucky Ave. or by calling (210) 735-9126.