Meet Father Charles Coury; Our Advent Mission Priest!
Greetings in the Lord!
My name is Father Charles Gerard Coury, CSSR, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, better known as the “Redemptorist Missionaries”.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I began Redemptorist seminary training at age 16. That took me to various venues in the USA for High School, Novitiate, Philosophy and Theology. In 1976, I was ordained with a class of over 20 Redemptorists from different countries and territories, including Thailand, Vietnam and Puerto Rico.
In 1978, my superiors sent me to Brazil to join with other Redemptorist Missionaries already engaged in that beautiful “Land of the Holy Cross”. During my 26 years in Brazil, I served in various Parishes of immense territory in the States of Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná as well as formatter and director of Brazilian and Paraguayan seminarians who were studying philosophy and theology.
With a view to contribute further to our Brazilian formation system, I was sent to Rome, Italy, for higher studies in Spiritual Theology and spent four years in the “Eternal City”. This afforded me an additional opportunity to visit and work in other European countries, including a whole summer living with a wonderful family in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. On returning to Brazil, I continued in missionary activity serving in Parish and Shrine ministry, as well as giving retreats and courses to seminarians, priests, sisters and laity.
In 2004, the General Superior of my Congregation asked me to go to Beirut, Lebanon. As a preparation, I was sent once again to Rome and spent another four years studying the religion of Islam at a Pontifical University established specifically to promote dialogue between Christianity and Islam. Subsequently, I lived almost 5 years in Beirut next to Mother Theresa’s Nuns who minister to the abandoned elderly and unwanted children with birth defects. Besides serving as chaplain for the good Sisters, I was also spiritual director to youth and came to know both Christians and Muslims.
In 2013, I came back to the USA to reside in the Bronx, NY, but soon was sent to Guadalajara, Mexico, to learn Spanish. Now residing at our Redemptorist Parish of Most Holy Redeemer in Manhattan, NY, I am on call as an itinerant, missionary preacher available for Parish Missions, retreats, Novenas, 40 Hour devotions, conferences, etc. It is a pleasure to be at the service of the Gospel for all of you, the beloved People of God!