The person in question is Jesse Manibusan from California in the United States. He has been invited to return to Villanova while on another visit to Australia; he will be at Villanova for the first three days of Catholic Education Week on 27 - 29 July 2015.
This Jesse Manibusan is a composer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, humourist, catechist, evangelizer and encourager. He has the gift of being able to reach out to any audience, and has been engaged at World Youth Day for over a decade, including 500,000 participants at an open-air gathering at the Toronto WYD in 2002. He says, “Our song is prayer. So let’s pray our words and our deeds to point to Christ… anything else is just entertainment.”
Working with any and every age group, Jesse has that knack of building instant rapport with his audience, and creates life-giving memories that help deepen faith and cultivate the joy that inspires service, sacrifice and the celebration of life.
Jesse earned an MA degree in Multicultural Ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology at Berkeley, CA, and gives concerts, workshops, parish missions, and retreats. Jesse’s music is published by Oregon Catholic Press and Spirit & Song (a division of OCP). In 2014, Jesse received the U.S. National Catholic Youth Award, for Presenter/Artist Category by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministries, INC.
The theme at Villanova for Catholic Education Week 2015 will be “Keepers of the Flame” during which the students will be led to reflect on what it means to learn in a Catholic College in the 21st century. A recent Villanova newsletter promised, “Jesse will once again sow some seeds, in the form of his hopeful, funny stories and his engaging music. It is our hope that each student will be able to spend two lessons with him during that week.”