Annual Report

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 Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Pope Francis humbly proclaims the Gospel message through his audiences, addresses and homilies. In April 2013, he was quoted as saying:
“...it is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us; but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others...Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.”
With these inspiring words, our Holy Father captured the essence of Christian stewardship. As disciples, we regard all that we are and all that we possess as gifts and blessings, and realize the need to share these blessings with others for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
By opening your heart in generous support of the Diocese of Metuchen, you share in the ministries of prayer and worship,
education and service, social concerns and works of charity that would not be possible without your financial commitment.
As the recipient of your generosity, the Diocese of Metuchen is responsible for careful management of the gifts you have entrusted to us. It is a responsibility we take very seriously and we are committed to the highest standards of good stewardship and accountability.
The Department of Temporal Affairs is charged with handling the day-to-day financial matters of the diocese as a whole, as well as providing support and services to parishes and diocesan agencies relating to the business aspects of their operations. All diocesan program and office budgets are carefully reviewed to ensure that they reflect the mission of the Church and are making the most prudent use of our financial resources. Our Diocesan Finance Council, whose members include regional business leaders, oversees major financial and budgetary decisions. And each year, the financial statement of the diocese undergoes an audit by an independent public accounting firm.
In addition to providing an overview of our revenue sources and how they were spent, this annual financial report offers a snapshot of how your gift made a difference in advancing the mission of the Church. To learn more about how our local Church brings Christ’s healing and hope to the people in the Diocese of Metuchen, visit our website at www.diometuchen.org.
Finally, I am keenly aware of the sacrifices you make in order to provide generously for the many works which God has placed in the care of the Diocese of Metuchen. You are living witnesses of Christian stewardship and I welcome this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your ongoing support.
Gratefully in the Lord,
Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, DD 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