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Pope names Msgr. James Checchio Bishop of Metuchen, accepts resignation of Bishop Bootkoski

Pope Francis has named Msgr. James Checchio,49, as bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, 75, from the pastoral governance of that diocese. Msgr. Checchio is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 8, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
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Metuchen bishop retires; pope appoints Camden priest as successor

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski of Metuchen, New Jersey, and named as his successor Msgr. James F. Checchio, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Bishop Bootkoski is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. He has headed the Metuchen Diocese since 2002. 
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New bishop in NJ was long-time rector of Rome's US seminary
Monsignor James Checchio, who recently stepped down as rector of the North American College, on Tuesday was appointed Bishop of Metuchen, a diocese in north-central New Jersey. “Touched by a bit of holy fear, I am certainly humbled to become the shepherd of this wonderful diocese and I look forward to striving to fulfill the demanding task of ensuring that the pastoral charity of Jesus Christ continues to be abundant here in Metuchen,” Msgr. Checchio said at a March 8 press conference announcing his appointment.
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Bishop-elect James Francis Checchio to lead Diocese of Metuchen

The bells of St. Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church and School in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick rang out with "great joy" Tuesday morning. Celebrating the appointment of Msgr. James Francis Checchio as the new bishop for the Diocese of Metuchen and the years of service by Bishop Paul Bootkoski, the bells ring for 15 minutes.
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New bishop to be installed in Metuchen Diocese in May

A new bishop will be installed in the Diocese of Metuchen in May, replacing Paul Bootkoski who has served as bishop there for 14 years. The Rev. Monsignor James Checchio, 49, was introduced Tuesday morning at a press conference in the auditorium of the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center in Piscataway, which was filled with priests, and other members of the diocese he will soon lead. 
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Pope Appoints New Bishop of NJ's Metuchen Diocese

Pope Francis has named a new bishop for New Jersey's Metuchen Diocese. Monsignor James Checchio will succeed Bishop Paul Bootkoski, who submitted his resignation last year when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Checchio is rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The bishop-elect was born in 1966 in Camden and was ordained a priest in 1992.
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Pope appoints new bishop of Metuchen Diocese

Monsignor James Checchio will succeed Bishop Paul Bootkoski, who submitted his resignation last year when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. "Touched by a bit of holy fear, I am certainly humbled to become the shepherd of this wonderful diocese and I look forward to striving to fulfill the demanding task of ensuring that the pastoral charity of Jesus Christ continues to be abundant here in Metuchen," Checchio said. 
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Msgr. Jim Checchio Appointed Bishop of Central NJ Diocese

Monsignor Jim Checchio, who spent more than a decade as rector of Rome’s Pontifical North American College until five weeks ago, has been named new bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey. The 49-year-old Camden native succeeds Bishop Paul Bootkoski, who led the diocese for 14 years. Formed in 1981 after having split off from the Diocese of Trenton, Metuchen is a relatively new diocese, which serves nearly 650,000 faithful.                 
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After The "Decade," The Checchio Diocese – Pope Names NAC Chief to Metuchen

All of five weeks since Msgr Jim Checchio departed The Hill after a transformative decade as Rector of the Pontifical North American College, the long-expected final part of the sendoff has come to pass: at Roman Noon, the Pope named the son of South Jersey up the Turnpike as fifth bishop of Metuchen, just shy of his 50th birthday next month.                       
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