Denver Newsroom, Dec 15, 2021 / 14:51 pm
A new performing and visual arts center dedicated to Catholic evangelization opened in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 13.
The grand opening of The Emmaus Center, which sits above Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in the city’s Williamsburg neighborhood, featured performances from Grammy-nominated Christian artist Matt Maher, New York singing policeman Danny Rodriguez, and a host of other celebrities and guests.
“It’s new life,” said Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, vicar for development at the Diocese of Brooklyn and chairman of the board for The Emmaus Center. “This is a new way of reaching people, a new way of evangelization, and it's a new venue.”
The celebration included a street fair with carolers dressed in Dickens-era costumes, as well as two horse-drawn carriages. Popular Christian radio station K-Love was also present to give away prizes during the outdoor festival. Inside, additional carolers welcomed guests and led them to the 700-seat renovated opera house for a Christmas music performance.