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We invite you to view/download our 2018 Annual Report (PDF) to the People of the Diocese of Metuchen for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
A letter from The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen:
Dear Friends in Christ,
This is a heart-wrenching time for our Church. The recent reports of the failure of some Church leaders to protect the most vulnerable among us has filled us with anger and sorrow. As Christian stewards, this is not the time to stand idly by, helpless or disengaged. Rather, we are called to participate in the healing and guiding work of the Holy Spirit.
We begin by praying for the victims and their families and act with new resolve to reform the structures that have abetted any wrongdoing. We must embrace a greater awareness of our stewardship of the Church. Our Church is found in the Eucharistic celebrations in our parishes around the diocese. It is found in the religious education of our young people, in our care for the elderly and those less fortunate, and in the many ways we give witness to the loving presence of Christ and offer hope to a suffering world.
For my part, I continue to seek the best counsel possible from many good sources to, in the words of Pope Francis, “create a culture to prevent the possibility of this ever repeating, or the possibility of being covered up and perpetuated.” As your bishop, I am committed to being fully transparent and accountable regarding all personnel and financial issues.
The condensed financial information presented here is taken from the annual audit performed by an independent, certified public accounting firm. Let me assure you that all Bishop’s Annual Appeal funds are used, without exception, to support the vital ministries and services offered by the Diocese of Metuchen. These contributions are never used to pay legal fees or settlements from sexual abuse cases. In fact money contributed to the Appeal helps to fund programs to prevent sexual misconduct in any form through the Office of Child & Youth Protection.
Please continue to pray that healing, truth and hope may be found throughout our universal Catholic Church. As we persevere throughout the current crisis, may we be active instruments of God’s mercy and faithful stewards of the Gospel through prayer, word and deed.
With renewed best wishes, I remain
Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen
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Piscataway, NJ 08854
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