As a Catholic singer-songwriter and inspirational speaker, Annie Karto hopes to stir the flame in the Catholic Church through the power of God’s great gift of music. The healing mercy of God is the heart of her music ministry, along with singing of the beautiful sacraments of the Church, and honoring the Blessed Mother Mary. She has a desire to encourage priests in their vocations and has been blessed to share the song she received, “You Are A Priest Forever”, to many priests across the country.
Being firmly rooted in the Catholic faith, and in complete obedience to the Magisterium of the Church and the Holy Father, Annie belongs to a lay apostolate, the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, an outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Together they strive to promote Eucharistic Adoration, bring the Divine Mercy message to a hurting world, form small faith groups called cenacles, which meet to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, pray for an end to abortion, and study Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the diary of St. María Faustina. They also encourage praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and the dying.
The title song of Annie’s hit CD, “Overshadow Me” won liturgical song of the year in 2002. The song, “I Am Yours” a song of consecration to the Blessed Mother won an international award in Guatemala in November of 2002. “I love my Catholic faith so very much and I feel it can be felt in the songs our Lord gives me.” “What a joy and blessing to sing of His great Mercy!”
Annie has traveled extensively and appeared on EWTN’s Backstage program. Her song, “You are a Priest Forever” has touched the hearts of many priests throughout the country. Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR writes, “From the first time I heard Annie Karto’s song a few years ago, I felt it had a special anointing from the Lord. Even the unfortunate negative publicity against priests that emerged in early 2002 has only made the song that much more a message of hope and consolation for all loyal Catholics who love their Church and their priests! Every priest, in turn, also needs to hear those reassuring words that Annie sings with such joyful enthusiasm and conviction. “You are a Priest Forever!” as the great Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney, patron saint of diocesan priests, reminds us so well, “The priesthood is the joy of the Heart of Jesus!” You will find this song a joy as well!” Annie acknowledges that all that is given is pure grace from God. Annie is available for travel to sing and speak at parishes and conferences.