Master of Ceremonies and guest singer and speaker, Al Barbarino is a professional religious singer who has recorded many albums of spiritual and inspirational songs over the last 20+ years. His repertoire combines original compositions with traditional hymns and modern inspirational songs. He is a Lay Franciscan of the St. Padre Pio Shelter with the Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx, an active member of the Knights of Columbus and works part time as counselor in a high-security youth prison in New York city.
He made the goal of his ministry clear, “I am not here just to sell tapes or entertain you, but I come to evangelize and raise money for the poor.” All proceeds from his recordings support the Friars’ ministry for the poor, the international outreach of Croatian Relief Services, as well as needy families of the parish where he sings. The late Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, said of Al, “He is a tireless witness for Jesus…[who has] inspired countless people to practice their faith…Our Church needs more people like him.”