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Redemptorists Begin New Ministry in Metuchen, NJ

This fall, two Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province have embarked on a new ministry in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ.

Fathers James Gilmour and Ronald Bonneau are the new co-directors of the Hispanic Ministry Office. They will be building on and expanding the diocese’s existing ministries to Spanish-speaking immigrants.

“The first couple of months we’ll be getting to know the reality of the ministry that’s already here,” Father Gilmour said. “We’ll also determine areas where people have no pastoral attention. The diocese covers four counties, and the western counties don’t have as much access to Spanish-speaking priests because most of them are in the eastern counties.”

After years spent serving the spiritual needs of people in Paraguay and in parishes with large Hispanic populations like Immaculate Conception in the Bronx and St. Cecilia’s in East Harlem, both Redemptorist priests wanted to branch out a bit.

“We both wanted to work in places where there are no or very few Spanish-speaking priests, religious and lay ministers to care for the Hispanic people pastorally,” Father Gilmour said. “We felt that it was our Redemptorist charism searching for a new expression, in this case, among the most abandoned Hispanic people here in the Northeast.”