Bernie Choiniere – Bernie has been a presence in the Catholic Contemporary Christian music scene for over 16 years. His mission is to spread the Gospel message and the hope that lies there in. By helping to convey the love of God, and stressing a need for a personal relationship with Christ, his heartfelt songs present a call to action and a challenge to service.
Bernie’s ministry reaches all ages but especially youth and families. Bernie speaks to the doubting Thomas in everyone. Although brought up Catholic, he eventually turned away from God and toward more worldly pursuits. Bernie tells his story on how he found Christ through the power of the rosary and how a series of super natural phenomenon and miracles satisfied his need for faith. The impact of his story has helped many Catholics rekindle their zeal for Christ and a recommitment to prayer on their own faith journeys.
Bernie’s ministry has taken him across New England and the US. He has provided the music for retreats, liturgies, praise and worship concerts, Adoration and healing services for youth rallies, and family conferences all over New England and different parts of the country. Some of his performances include the North East Catholic Family Conference, Youth Rallies for the Archdiocese of New York, Portland- Maine, Boston- MA, Fall River- MA, Providence- RI, and most recently- Discernment Vocations Retreat for the Archdiocese of the Military in Tampa. Bernie is a home schooling Dad of 4 daughters. Recently, Bernie and his daughters, who sing in 3 part harmony, performed at the Indiana Catholic Family Conference where they were featured throughout the event.
Some of Bernie’s other credits include World Youth Days (Rome, Philippines, and Toronto) the National Catholic Youth Convention on the main stage at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and main stage with his band at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Fenway Park and Foxboro Stadium. In past summers Bernie has ministered and performed with Catholic Heart Work Camp, a service ministry based in Florida. Bernie is an artist for World Library Publications where his music is being published and distributed. He is very proud of his second CD, “With You” from which the song, “Emmanuel” was nominated for 2003 Unity Awards Best Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year and was the winner.
"I highly reccomended by past sponsors for your next Diocesan Rally. His ability to lead our youth in prayer and song was perfect for our Rally in the Diocese of Burlington, VT. Our youth were dancing and singing, praising God. Bernie was also able to slow down his music to lead our youth deep in prayer. After his concert, the youth were ready to hear him proclaim the gospel in his keynote on the sacrament of confession. Our youth were deeply moved and hundreds lined up to receive the sacrament. Bernie is a top notch professional and handled even our most difficult situations by modeling Jesus. Bernie continued without reservation, I recommend Bernie Choiniere!"
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Diocese of Burlington, VT