September 23rd, 2015
Susie Shaddy’s life has been one marked by a series of callings: to honor her Catholic faith, help patients as an operating room nurse and Johnson & Johnson employee, and sing for Pope Francis during his first visit to United States.
That last goal seemed the hardest to fulfill. That is, until Susie read in June that Pope Francis would be visiting Philadelphia this month.
“This week is my anniversary, so I said to my husband: You know what? It would be fun if we got in the choir for the Pope as something to do for our anniversary. Some couples play tennis, some play golf. We sing.”
After a rigorous tryout process that rivaled a reality show audition, Susie, her husband and two other church members got the news that they ‘d been selected to be part of a 250-person choir that will perform for Pope Francis this Sunday with the Philadelphia orchestra at the Ben Franklin Parkway.
When not making command performances like these, Shaddy and her husband John are active parishioners at Saint Gregory the Great in Hamilton, NJ, where Susie is a cantor and John is the director of the church choir.