Rev. Matthew Bonk, C.Ss.R.
Father Matthew was born in 1968 in Milan, Michigan. He is the younger of 2 sons. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a BA in Communications. After several years of ministry at StraightLine Homeless Shelter, he began his seminary studies for the Diocese of Lansing at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. In 1997, he joined the Redemptorists. Professed in 2000, he was sent to Nigeria in 2001 where he worked in Lagos and Ibadan for two and half years. In the fall of 2003, he was ordained a transitional deacon and assigned to Saint Alphonsus “Rock” Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was ordained a Redemptorist priest in April of 2004. In 2005 he was sent to Chicago, Illinois to join the parish mission team. From 2005 to 2007 he preached over 50 missions and retreats. In 2007 he was sent back to the “Rock” Church in Saint Louis to serve as pastor. He served the parish after the major fire of 2007 and remained pastor until the end of 2010. In 2011 he was sent to Rome to work in the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, in the Vatican. After one year of work in Rome, he returned to the US in January of 2012 to work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Saint Gerard’s Parish and doing some help-out work for the priests of the Baton Rouge diocese and preaching missions and retreats. He was also the host of a local Catholic TV show called, “Called to Serve”, which promoted religious vocations. In 2015 he was assigned to serve on the Evangelization Team in Brooklyn Center, MN, where he currently resides.