Three men to be ordained priests for service in Diocese of Metuchen

METUCHEN – The Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, bishop of Metuchen, will celebrate a White Mass at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 32 Elm Ave., Metuchen. All are welcome.
The Mass, named for the white coats often worn by those in healing professions, will honor health care professionals from Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren, the four counties served by the diocese, for their ministry of healing and compassion. Rev. Peter G. Suhaka, Catholic chaplain at Saint Peter's University Hospital, will serve as the homilist for the Mass.
In the Diocese of Metuchen, the Mass will be celebrated just days before World Day of the Sick, observed annually on Feb. 11.
Light refreshments and fellowship will follow Mass in the Cathedral Community Room. For more information, call (732) 562-1990 ext. 1629 or email

May 27, 2016

METUCHEN – On Saturday, May 28 three men will be ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Metuchen. The Ordination will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 32 Elm Avenue. The Most Rev. James F. Checchio of Metuchen will be the celebrant. All are welcome to attend. 

Deacon Mhonchan Ezung, a native of Nagaland, India, 28, studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. His parish assignments have included St. Philip and St. James, Phillipsburg; St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge; Immaculate Conception, Annandale; and Our Lady of Peace, Fords.  He will celebrate his first Mass at noon on May 29 at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge. 

Deacon Roy Quesea, a native of the Philippines, 36, also studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary. His parish assignments have included Our Lady of Peace, Fords; St. Philip and St. James, Phillipsburg; and Immaculate Conception, Spotswood. He will celebrate his first Mass at 5:15 p.m. on May 28 at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Fords.

Deacon Mauricio Tabera, a native of Columbia, 31, studied at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. His parish assignments have included St. Magdalene de Pazzi, Flemington; Our Lady of Peace, Fords; St. Philip and St. James, Philipsburg; and Immaculate Conception, Annandale. He will celebrate his first Mass at 2 p.m. on May 29 at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Parish, Flemington.

On May 27 at 7 p.m., there will be a Holy Hour with Evening Prayer for Vocations at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway. During Evening Prayer, Bishop Checchio will bless the chalices of those to be ordained. All are welcome to attend.

“With much gratitude to God, we support in prayer the three new priests who will be ordained in our Cathedral on May 28,” said Bishop Checchio in a letter to parishioners published in May 26 edition of the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. 

“We also need to pray that many more of our young adults will respond to God’s call to give their lives in service of this local Church as her priests,” the bishop added. “No doubt, God is calling more of them to be with and follow Him as His priests, and we need to do all we can to ensure that they can hear the quiet call of the Lord and encourage them to respond ‘yes’ to His invitation.”

For more information on the priesthood or discerning your call to serve, please contact the diocesan Office of Vocations at (732) 562-2457 email or visit

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