Bono’s Childhood Friend Derek Rowen Recounts How the U2 Rocker Came to Faith in Jesus Christ

Guggi and Bono

Irish artist Derek Rowen, best known as Guggi, recently recounted his childhood with best friend, U2 frontman Bono, sharing how the popular rockstar came to his faith in Jesus Christ.  

Guggi and Bono have been friends since the 1970s because they grew up in the same neighborhood in Finglas, North Dublin. Fifty years later, the professional art creator and Bono are still best friends and now he’s sharing about the inception of Bono’s Christian faith.

“Myself and Bono, we weren’t like the other kids in the street and we knew we weren’t,” Guggi told Religion News Service recently during the “My Cup Overflows” exhibit of his new works in Los Angeles.

“We didn’t know what to say when they would want us to name our favorite football players because we didn’t know any names. We could get beaten up for supporting the wrong team or not supporting anybody.”

The two creatives did, however, find a common interest in developing their Christian faith — something Guggi’s devout father, Robbie Rowen, helped encourage the boys toward. Bono’s parents were Catholic and Protestant but Bono was raised in the Church of Ireland, an Episcopal Church.

“Bono came to his faith through my dad. And I came to faith through my dad,” Guggi told RNS.

The “Beautiful Day” singer lost his mother at age 14 and following that he spent a lot of time at his friend Guggi’s house. The two would eventually attend a Bible camp together every year.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law