In 2002, the first group of Secular Oratorians was enrolled. The care of the Secular Oratory, which today has nearly fifty members, is central to the mission of the Congregation to foster the laity in their vocation to holiness.
Four years later, Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski entrusted the care of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, New Brunswick, to the Oratory, with Fr. Tom Odorizzi serving as administrator and, since early 2007, pastor. After seven years residing in Somerset, the community moved to its current home at St. Peter’s in January 2006.
In 2010, Fr. Jeff Calia was ordained and joined Fr. Tom as Parochial Vicar at St. Peter’s. Later that year, the Oratory broadened its presence in New Brunswick when Fr. Kevin Kelly (ordained in 2006) became Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, New Brunswick, working in conjunction with the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry to serve the large Spanish-speaking community there.
Currently, the Congregation has four members serving three apostolates in the Diocese of Metuchen.
Mission Statement of the New Brunswick Congregation of the Oratory
Enlivened by the spirit of St. Philip Neri, pursuing the Lord’s invitation to personal holiness and daily conversion of heart through a common life rooted in prayer, charity, humility and joy, and inspired by a steadfast conviction in the dignity and value of the vocation of the laity in the church and in the world, the mission of the Metuchen Congregation of the Oratory is to foster the sound spiritual formation of the Catholic faithful, in particular the Secular Oratory, and to nurture their call to embrace a loving relationship with Christ in service to the Kingdom of God.