Editor’s note: Nineteen year old Matt Di Filipo embarked on his first tour over the spring and summer with Dan Duet. He shares his experiences sharing his music with congregations and during retreats. It is hoped this blog will inspire other artists and they seek to share the Good News through their music.
My tour experiences
Before I began I would like to thank Dan Duet for the opportunity to travel on tour with him. He has been working with me and mentoring me in music and it was an honor to minister with him. Thank you Dan.
My experiences of the road and being on tour will be with me for the rest of my life.
Getting the privilege to minister through music to Gods people was life changing. I have done a lot of music ministry in my home town of San Antonio, but actually getting out to other parts of the country was an incredible ministering experience.
I got to meet people from all walks of life and from all corners of the country. Everybody had their own stories to tell and struggles they faced. Being able to bring healing to some of them with music was so humbling to me. It was a confirmation that God was using me through the music he inspired me to write.
There were many challenges that we faced, such as churches canceling on us at the last minute. With every challenge or obstacle that we encountered we learned how to get around it and make it better for the future. This tour was a great experience to build off of and each tour that I go on I will be able to keep improving musically and spiritually.
What I really enjoyed was the unity among Catholics. I have lived my entire life in San Antonio and have only experienced the churches there. I knew that the Catholic faith was connected and unified, but by actually going out on the road traveling from church to church I could actually see the unity.
Volunteering at John Michael Talbot’s monastery was an experience of its own. Dan and I worked during the day and then in the evenings we would perform our concerts or enjoy the beauty of the Little Portion Retreat Center. While we worked at the monastery I gained a better understanding of how much faith it takes to live a life in a monastic way. I got to witness the challenges of living off the land. The way they sustain themselves and how they devote their lives to God ministered to me in ways that I can’t even describe.
We arranged the tour to where we were able to do some site seeing. Mt. Rushmore and the St. Louis Arch were some of the highlights. Also, while we were in St. Louis we got to meet fellow CAM (Catholic Association of Music) members Matthew Baute (WLP recording artist) and Sally Bolderson. They came out and supported us at one of our concerts. Another CAM member, Fr. Kent O’Connor, hosted us in Sabetha, Kansas. He also accompanied us during the concert on some of the songs. A special highlight for me on the trip was when Fr. Kent played his mandolin with me on my song, “Jubilee”.
I am only 19 and I have gotten to tour all over the Midwest playing music for God, sharing experiences and seeing the country. I learned so much on how much it takes to put on a concert and to run a ministry. It really is hard, but more importantly it is fulfilling. I can hardly wait until next year.
Here is a video of Matt performing: