Jesse Manibusan and Fr. Ricky Manalo in Concert – Feb. 12, 2020 – 7:30pm

Mystical Rose Oratory on Chaminade/Saint Louis Campus

Prayer, Music, Laughter and Tears


Jesse Manibusan

Jesse Manibusan is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer. Well recognized throughout the country as a dynamic speaker and musician, Jesse shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. He holds a master’s in multicultural ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

The beloved anthem “Open My Eyes,” from his third album, Power of Peace, appears in Catholic and Protestant hymnals around the world and has been translated into many languages. His latest collection, Sing of Mary, is prayerful homage to the Mother of Jesus. In 2012, he collaborated with Santiago Fernández on a bilingual collection entitled Unidos. In 2003 he collaborated with Ken Canedo on the very successful Love Never Fails collection, featuring “Bless the Lord,” “Love Never Fails,” and “Fish with Me.”

Jesse is a familiar presence at national and diocesan conferences throughout the US, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) and internationally at World Youth Day (Panama 2019, his latest WYD). A true road warrior, he does ministry full-time now, traveling the globe to present parish missions, concerts, retreats, keynotes and youth conferences.

Jesse currently resides in Daly City, California, and is a volunteer at Good Shepherd Catholic School and Church.


Paulist Father Ricky Manalo, CSP studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, liturgy and culture at the Graduate Theological Union and sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his doctorate in Liturgy and the Sociology of Religion. He has written numerous articles and books on liturgical ministry, music and intercultural competence.

Ricky’s music can be found in Catholic and Protestant hymnals alike. His best-known works include “Worthy Is the Lamb,” “Many and Great,” “Ang Katawan Ni Kristo” and “With One Voice,” as well as his Mass of Spirit and Grace. His compositions have been used in papal Masses celebrated by Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He has published two books: Chanting on Our Behalf, Revised Edition (OCP) and The Liturgy of Life (Liturgical Press). He recently collaborated with fellow composers on Our Common Home, a collection inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical, offering timely music, touching on themes of care for creation, poverty and solidarity.

His most recent release, Be Still and Know I’m Here, is a collection of liturgical music that is more quiet, reflective and meditative. Alongside these compositions is the new setting, Mass of Christ the Inner Light, which highlights Ricky’s skill of integrating traditional and contemporary music with both Western and Eastern cultural sensibilities.

He is recognized as a leading authority on intercultural liturgical issues and music. A frequent lecturer, keynote presenter and workshop leader in cross-cultural settings, he specializes in offering highly practical applications and strategies. He also serves as an official consultor for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Fr. Ricky was named 2018’s Pastoral Musician of the Year by the NPM.

Ricky Manalo, CSP is currently teaching at Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA). When not traveling, he resides at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco.