By Fr. Gary Lauenstein, C.Ss.R.
Fr. Red’s Mission
Fr. Red O’Reilly was preaching a Mission at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Oshawa, ON, on Monday evening, March 31st. In the congregation were the eight Redemptorist novices, their two novice directors and Br. Raymond Pierce. Red said it was the first time anyone in Redemptorist formation had attended any of his Missions. It was also the first time that some of the novices had ever seen a Redemptorist Mission. And it was the first time that Fr. Red did an Irish jig (as requested by the musician-master of ceremonies) as he processed to the altar to begin the evening service!
Fr. Ronnie Bonneau
Another first was the presence over the period of March 24th through April 5th of Fr. Ronnie Bonneau, C.Ss.R., in the Redemptorist Novitiate in Toronto. Fr. Ronnie has been to Toronto and to the Novitiate before, but this was the first time that he came in the capacity of Assistant Novice Director designate. He will become Assistant Novice Director toward the end of July as Fr. Raymond Douziech becomes Novice Director.
Fr. Ronnie Bonneau is a member of the Baltimore Province. He was professed in 1965 and ordained in 1971. He was in the mission in Paraguay for 24 years, then returned to the Baltimore Province, where he has done Hispanic Ministry since 1996. Currently he is Director of Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey (U.S.). While in Paraguay, he was engaged in formation ministry for 12 years, including three years as Novice Director.