Ronan Tynan credits his faith as a huge factor in his success.
As such, lending his talents to a church setting comes naturally to the renowned Irish-born tenor, whether the setting is St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican or St. Peter’s Cathedral in downtown Scranton.
The latter will serve as the of site of Mr. Tynan’s next visit to Scranton on Friday at 8 p.m.
Tickets to his concert are $35 and are available by phone at 1- 570-344-7231, online at www.stpeterscathedral.org or at the door the night of the show. All proceeds from the show will benefit the cathedral.
A native of County Kilkenny, Ireland, Mr. Tynan became known for his work with the Irish Tenors and his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” at New York Yankees games. A double below-the-knee amputee, Mr. Tynan also is a trained physician and an in-demand motivational speaker.
Over the years, Mr. Tynan has performed in dozens of churches throughout the world, including St. Peter’s Basilica.
“I really enjoy it,” Mr. Tynan said during a recent phone interview. “Some of these churches are just out of this world. I’m no stranger to the big cathedrals.”
He said it’s extremely gratifying to be able to raise funds for St. Peter’s Cathedral.
“The church gives people a great moral compass and does great work,” he said. “In many ways, the church is valuable in keeping people together.”
Mr. Tynan has performed in Northeast Pennsylvania many times in recent years, and he said he always enjoys the experience.
Despite the spiritual setting, he said, those who attend the concert can expect all the usual favorites, from traditional Irish songs to Broadway show tunes and standards from the Great American Songbook. His longtime pianist, Bill Lewis, will accompany him.
Mr. Tynan has lent his talents to a number of other charitable causes of late.
He sang at the funeral services for two Boston firefighters who died in March. In April, he took part in ceremonies observing the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. And he was instrumental in raising the funds to purchase a new handicap-accessible van for a longtime fan of his who suffers from cerebral palsy.
In addition to his singing dates, Dr. Tynan does about 30 motivational speeches a year. At those events, he mixes songs with anecdotes about his inspirational life’s story.
He does a lot of work for the military, too, which provides him with a great venue for giving thanks to his adopted country.
“This country is great. People just rise up, even in the most difficult events,” he said. “It’s a very giving country.”
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