Groups of the Faithful

The following groups are recognized in the Diocese of Metuchen:

Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)

The mission of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is to awaken and "stir into flame" the baptismal gifts of the Holy Spirit through an ever-deepening conversion to Jesus Christ as we journey to the Father. Their main outreach is a Life in the Spirit Seminar or Born in the Spirit Seminar, a retreat experience that invites participants to a fuller release of the gifts of the Holy Spirit through what is called Baptism in the Holy Spirit or release of the Holy Spirit. For more information on CCR, visit or send an email to

Contact: Bob Walker | (908) 754-2219 |
Spiritual Director: Brother Jude Lasota | 18 Lafayette Street, New Brunswick | (732) 628-0444

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. Its members are everyday Catholics who spread devotion to Mary and increase their holiness by imitating her virtues of faith, hope, humility and charity through a balanced program of prayer and service. The work members perform weekly encompasses a wide array of activities that varies among parishes from evangelizing and catechesis, to prayer and the works of mercy, including visiting the sick, homebound and imprisoned. For more information on the worldwide association, visit To join the Metuchen group, please contact Michael White.

Contact: Michael W. White | 732-910-2070 |
Spiritual Director: Fr. John J. Barbella | St. Philip & St. James Church, Phillipsburg | (908) 454-0112

Metuchen Cursillo Movement

The Cursillo Movement is an evangelical movement of the Catholic Church. The name Cursillo is Spanish, meaning short course - a short course in Christianity. The purpose is to nourish Catholic individuals with the knowledge of God's love and grace, and to help them discover their personal mission in the world so they may enjoy the fullness of Christian life. During the Cursillo three-day Weekend (Thursday evening through Sunday), participants learn how to approach evangelization as a natural act of being Christ-like in their daily activities and environments.

Cursillo was founded by layman Eduardo Bonnin in 1944 and has spread across the world. The first step in the process for Eduardo’s Beatification and Canonization began in February 2015.

The next Men’s Weekend will be held Sept. 22-25, 2016 and the Women’s Weekend will be held Nov. 3-6, 2016. For more information, visit

Contact: Mary Ann Faillace |
Spiritual Director: Very Rev. Ronald L. Jandernoa | St. Jude Church, Blairstown | (908) 362-6444