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Peruvian Nuns' Rock Band Headlines California Festival

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Members of Siervas rehearse before Garden Grove performance. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 08:25 AM

A Peruvian nun rock band just headlined of a two-day California musical festival as the 11-sister group grows its fan base in the flesh and online while waiting for a Latin Grammy invite.

Siervas, or The Servants in English, was the main act at ChristFest, held at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove Sept. 8-9. The nuns, dressed in traditional black-and-white habits, grabbed guitars and drum sticks to perform their brand of spiritual rock, the Orange County Register said.

Millions have watched video songs by the Siervas on YouTube, leading to the release of two CDs by the group, The Associated Press said, and now they are hoping to receive a nomination from the Latin Grammy on Wednesday.

The band of sisters was formed three years ago at their convent in Lima, Peru, with the support of their superiors, the Register said.

"When people think of nuns, they forget we live in the 21st century," said Sister Monica Nobl, 40, a vocalist and percussionist for the band, per the Register. "We are normal people who live in the modern world. We are examples of how the church is modern and can change with the times."

The nuns traveled to Chicago in March for a series of concerts, Public Radio International said, noting their album "Hoy Despierto" or "Today, I Wake Up," carries themes that are universal in nature.

"We have a message of hope. A message of faith," Nobl told PRI. "We have a message of loving each other."

Siervas attracted some 4,000 people when they performed at the Spanish-language Catholic music festival in Garden Grove, the AP said.

"Everyone was calling our office saying we want to see these nuns, when are they singing?" Ryan Lilyengren, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which organized the event, told the AP. "They're sharing their message in a way people are willing to hear it."

The Register said Siervas has performed all over Peru, and in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador, and the money from their concerts funds various charities, especially to their ministries in Peru's prisons, to disabled children, and missions in Africa.

"We want everyone to hear about our faith — believers, non-believers and everyone in between," Nobl told the Register. "Even people without faith tell us they feel a sense of love, hope and solidarity when they hear our music. And that's really our message."

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