Bishop Checchio named to Seton Hall University Board of Regents

The Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop-emeritus of the Diocese of Metuchen and Chaplain of Malta, will celebrate a Mass of the Anointing of the Sick, sponsored by the New Jersey Area Order of Malta, at 11 a.m. June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St., Metuchen.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered during the celebration of this Mass to those baptized Catholics needing to be anointed. In particular, we invite those faithful whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or the challenges of advancing age including those who are bearing the burden of physical, mental or emotional illness or who may be facing surgery.
All are welcome. The cathedral is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow in the Cathedral Community Room after Mass. Pre-registration is requested by June 13. For more information or to register, please contact the Cathedral Parish Office at (732) 548-0100 ext. 10 or email

August 5, 2016

METUCHEN – The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, MBA, JCD, bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, has been named to the Seton Hall University Board of Regents, one of the university’s key governing bodies.

Selected by the University Board of Trustees, Bishop Checchio is among four new members chosen to serve on the 43-member board. Each new member of the Board of Regents will serve a three-year term, which will expire on June 30, 2019.

“I am honored to serve on the Board of Regents at Seton Hall University where so many of our youth from Central New Jersey attend to continue their education and to grow in our faith,” Bishop Checchio said.

Bishop Checchio was named the Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen by Pope Francis on March 8, 2016. He was ordained and installed as the fifth bishop of Metuchen on May 3, 2016. 

Before being named bishop, he served for 10 years as rector of the Pontifical North American College, Rome, after serving as vice rector there for two and a half years. 

Prior to that, he held various roles in the Diocese of Camden, serving as secretary to the bishop, vice chancellor, director of communications, moderator of the curia, and episcopal vicar for administration of the diocese. He also served in the Tribunal and as a member of the College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Investment Committee and Diocesan Finance Council. 

In 2000, he was appointed a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II, granting him the title of monsignor; and, was appointed a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, a papal honor bestowed on diocesan priests.

Bishop Checchio received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of Scranton, Pa. He studied at North American College, Rome, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Camden, N.J. 

He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from LaSalle University, Philadelphia; and Doctorate of Canon Law and Bachelor of Sacred Theology degrees from University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome.

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