NEW BRUNSWICK – A Perth Amboy pastor will be honored at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 28th Annual Flame of Charity Dinner to be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Rev. Msgr. John B. Gordon, pastor of the newly formed Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Perth Amboy, will receive the Community Servant Award.
Proceeds from the Flame of Charity Dinner support the work of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, which is the largest provider of social services in New Jersey.
In 2011, the funds raised helped Catholic Charities provide 114 programs at 22 sites where more than 50,000 people within the four counties of the diocese were served regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
“Through our baptism, we are called to see the face of Christ in the sick, the poor, the homeless, the migrant and the disenfranchised,” said Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski. “The Flame of Charity Dinner allows individuals to honor two outstanding leaders while also supporting our brothers and sisters who are in most need through Catholic Charities’ programs and services.”
Msgr. Gordon was appointed in July 2012 as pastor of the newly-established Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Perth Amboy, formed by the merger of Holy Trinity, La Asuncion and Our Lady of Hungary parishes as part of the diocese’s Renewing the Church process.
He has ministered to the faithful in the Diocese of Metuchen since he was ordained to the priesthood in May 1985 by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick and over the years has become a leader in Hispanic ministry.
Msgr. Gordon began his Hispanic ministry as associate pastor in St. Mary Parish, and continued this ministry at Holy Trinity Parish where, from 1994 to 1996, he established a Hispanic celebration of Mass and the formation of a bilingual community.
From 1996 to 1999, Msgr. Gordon worked as a missionary in Ecuador with the Society of St. James the Apostle. When he returned in 2000 he was appointed administrator and then pastor of La Asuncion Parish in Perth Amboy. In 2006 he also became pastor of the neighboring parish, Our Lady of Hungary. He remained pastor of both parishes until his recent appointment as pastor of Most Holy Name of Jesus.
From 2004 to 2009, Msgr. Gordon was multicultural director and eventually became director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Metuchen.
He was installed with the honor of Chaplain to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with the title of Monsignor on Jan. 29.
The ‘Flame of Charity’ dinner is chaired by John P. Dowd, Vice President of Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Other committee members include: John G. Nolan, Jr., Eleanor Bates; Marc Bognar; William R. Chess; Michael R Cioffi; Kimberley Coombs; Joseph V. Costello, III; Rev. Msgr. Sylvester J. Cronin; Deacon Samuel J. Damiano; Susan A. Feeney, Esq.; Deacon Anthony J. Gostkowski; Luis A. Hernandez; John A. Hoffman, Esq.; John J. Hogan; Alphonse Rispoli; Ivis Rosa; Paul J. St. Onge, Esq.; Barry J. Wiegmann, CCR; and Ana Maria Zevallos/Skrocki.
Tickets are $200 per person. A variety of opportunities exist for sponsors, underwriters and advertisers. For more information on attending and supporting this event, contact the diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development at (732) 562-2438, e-mail email@example.com or visit diometuchen.org/flameofcharity.