History of the New Brunswick Oratory, Part 3
In the summer of 1998, the community took up residence on the property of the Consolata Missionaries in Somerset. Shortly thereafter, on September 8, 1998, the Holy See established the Metuchen Congregation of the Oratory as a Congregation of Pontifical Right. With Bishop Vincent de Paul Breen’s decision in 2001 to entrust to the Oratory the campus ministry at Rutgers, the foundation period reached its conclusion.
Undertaking the common apostolate in campus ministry ushered in a new era for the Oratorian community. One opportunity that arose was that of attracting young vocations to the Congregation. After several years in campus ministry the Congregation was entrusted with the care of St. Peter the Apostle Parish. The Oratorians began parish ministry at St. Peter the Apostle in Advent, 2005 while continuing their involvement with campus ministry at Rutgers University. In January 2006 the community moved from the old farmhouse in Somerset into St. Peter’s Rectory. It was at this time that our name was canonically changed to the Congregation of the Oratory of New Brunswick.
Currently the Congregation consists of four priests: Very Rev. Peter Cebulka, CO, who serves as Provost (Superior) and continues to work in the campus ministry apostolate; Rev. Thomas Odorizzi, CO, Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish; Rev. Jeffrey Calia, CO, Parochial Vicar of the parish and an alumnus of the campus ministry apostolate; and Rev. Kevin Patrick Kelly, CO, Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish, New Brunswick. Br. John Fredy Triana Beltran, CO, originally from Colombia, is a novice in the Congregation and currently studying at Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, to prepare for ordination to the priesthood. There is also a recent Rutgers graduate who is living with as an Aspirant, discerning the possibility of a vocation to the Oratory.
The New Brunswick Congregation of the Oratory continues to develop and grow, anticipating a bright and exciting future serving the Church’s mission.
Note: This article is part of our ongoing series on St. Philip Neri and the Oratory, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Philip.
Please direct any questions or comments to Fr. Jeff.