Queens Priest Uses Hidden Musical Talent to Reach His Parishioners During the Pandemic

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By Emily Drooby

Parishioners of Saint Robert Bellarmine in Bayside, Queens know Father Pil-Koo John Hwang as their beloved parochial vicar, but soon they will learn his hidden talent.

“I assume most people don’t know,” he said, “so this is going to be an opportunity to let them know that your priest can do something.”

He’s a singer and composer. While sitting in his home studio, Fr. Hwang told Currents News he’s composed almost 20 songs.

Music has always been a big part of his life. Before the seminary, he attended music school. Eventually, he taught himself the art of composition.

Now he’s using his talents to give back to his parishioners, throwing a solo concert that will stream on the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Throughout the pandemic, the clergy at Saint Robert Bellarmine have been doing their best to be there for their parishioners. They have livestreamed mass and other services. They’ve also taken to the streets to bless upwards of 90 homes.

This concert is another way for them to stay connected to their people.

“I just wanted to let them know that they’re not alone, I’m here for them. Just enjoy,” said Fr. Hwang.

The concert will mostly feature songs by Father Hwang. It will go live at 7:30 p.m. on May 5.