The popular classical music group and Sony recording artists, The Priests, will perform at the Canton Palace Theater March 23. Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools are hosting the 7 p.m. concert.

The popular classical music group and Sony recording artists, The Priests, will perform at the Canton Palace Theater March 23. Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools are hosting the 7 p.m. concert.

The group is made up of three Catholic priests from northern Ireland. They are Rev. Eugene O'Hagan, his brother Rev. Martin O'Hagan and Rev. David Delargy.

The Priests have been a huge success, breaking records on the sales charts. They are among some of the most recognized acts in secular and religious music. Their first album sold so quickly it earned them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling classical debut.

The Priests have been seen in magazines and newspapers around the world and they have been on the stage of many talk shows worldwide. They have sung to the Irish President, the British Royal Family and have shared the stage with Pope Benedict XIV in front of a crowd of 80,000 in London's Hyde Park.

“Raising the Roof,” a motion picture about The Priests and their musical life will be released later this year.

The trio has been singing together since the 1970s when they first met at St. MacNissi's College. At first, peers dubbed the group Holy, Holy, Holy. A priest at the school noticed the talent of the trio.

After school, the three continued their vocational training at The Seminary in Belfast and studied at Queen's University. Rev. David specialized in Ancient History and Scholastic Philosophy, while Rev. Eugene's specialty is in English and scholastic philosophy. Rev. Martin also specializes in ancient history and scholastic philosophy. During their time at Seminary, they all studied under the same vocal teacher.

Raymond Arroyo from WETN will be the evenings Master of Ceremony and a pre-show will be given by the Walsh University Choral.  World-renowned organist, award-winning jounalist, bestselling author and host of “The World Over” on WETN Mark Pacoe, will perform on the historic Kilgen Organ beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Pacoe serves as Director of Music for St. Malachy's Church – The Actors' Chapel located in the heart of New York's theater district in Times Square and is Artistic Director of the acclaimed concerts at St. Malachy's series. In 2013, Cardinal Dolan appointed Pacoe to a six-member music commission for the Archdiocese of New York.

The concert is a benefit fundraiser for the 10 Holy Cross Catholic Schools. The funds earned will be used to implement cultural arts programs in the schools, for the Be A Student's Friend Scholarship Fund. Some will go into the general fund of Holy Cross.

Sponsorships, patrons and friends opportunities are still available at a variety of  levels that include program ads, tickets and some sponsorships have the opportunity to attend a VIP meet and greet of the performers before the performance. Contact Suzanne Herdlicka at the Holy Cross Advancement office 330-526-8366.