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Diocese of Metuchen to begin year of awakening Dec. 12

12/5/2018 - METUCHEN – Bishop James F. Checchio will preside over evening prayer Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St. All are welcome. The liturgy will... Read more »

New Jersey Dioceses to Establish Victim Compensation and Counseling Program

11/19/2018 - NEWARK, N.J. – Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, announced today that the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Trenton, Paterson and Metuchen are committed to the establishment of... Read more »

Diocese announces parish audit underway in wake of pastor resignation, emphasizes ongoing commitment to strengthen parish finance accountability

11/2/2018 - *Diocese announces parish audit underway in wake of pastor resignation, emphasizes ongoing commitment to strengthen parish finance accountability* View/download PDF Somerset, NJ ▪ Nov. 2, 2018 – The resignation this week of Rev. Douglas J.... Read more »

Statement of the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey in response to the hateful acts of violence against the Jewish Faith Communities

10/28/2018 - Bishop James F. Checchio is among those who have endorsed the following statement issued by the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey in response to the hateful acts of violence against the... Read more »

Faithful called to pray for law enforcement personnel at 17th Annual Blue Mass

10/26/2018 - METUCHEN – Hundreds of local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel of all faiths will be recognized for their commitment and self-sacrifice at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 17th Annual Blue Mass on... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

10/26/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new responsibilities in your prayers: Diocesan Appointments *MIDDLESEX... Read more »

Statements related to ex-cardinal McCarrick

10/6/2018 - Find a list of statements related to ex-cardinal McCarrick here: https://diometuchen.org/offices-and-ministries/evangelization-and-communication/communications-and-public-relations/statements-related-to-ex-cardinal-mccarrick/ Read more »

Social Justice Champions to be honored at charity dinner

9/28/2018 - SOMERSET – Three Central Jersey community leaders – a married couple and a member of clergy – will be honored at the Diocese of Metuchen’s annual Champions for Catholic Charities Dinner to be held... Read more »

Bishop Checchio appoints new Episcopal Vicars and Deans

9/8/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA, has announced the appointments of new Episcopal Vicars and Deans of the Diocese of Metuchen, effective September 8.  The role of Episcopal Vicar is to... Read more »

Bishop's Letter to Parishioners of St. Joseph, Bound Brook

9/7/2018 - The following is a letter from Bishop Checchio to parishioners of St. Joseph, Bound Brook, regarding the leave of absence of their pastor, Fr. Alphonso Condorson, also available as a PDF: September 7, 2018 My dear... Read more »

Diocese of Metuchen ministry to offer hope, healing for those suffering from separation or divorce

8/29/2018 - PISCATAWAY – Men and women seeking healing from marital separation or divorce are invited to attend “Divorce Affects Everyone…It happens and it hurts.” The 12-week program, sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen’s Office... Read more »

Metuchen Bishop Emeritus Paul G. Bootkoski responds to testimony of Archbishop Viganò

8/28/2018 - The following is a letter from Bishop Emeritus Paul G. Bootkoski in response to the testimony of Archbishop Viganò, also available as a PDF | en español: METUCHEN, NJ, August 28, 2018 – Bishop Emeritus Paul... Read more »

Statement of the Diocese Of Metuchen on Rev. A. Gregory Uhrig

8/15/2018 - Diocese outlines details related to priest named in PA Grand Jury Report, confirms Reverend A. Gregory Uhrig is a priest in good standing August 15, 2018, Metuchen, NJ – Reverend A. Gregory Uhrig, 71, a... Read more »

Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of New Jersey

8/14/2018 - *Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of New Jersey * *Newark Trenton Paterson Camden Metuchen August 14, 2018* New Jersey’s Roman Catholic Bishops acknowledge that media accounts of the details contained in Pennsylvania’s grand jury report... Read more »

Metuchen Diocese to hold Mass for victims and families of opioid epidemic

6/22/2018 - The Diocese of Metuchen’s Office of Family Life will sponsor a Mass for the Mercy of God: For Healing from the Effects of the Opioid Epidemic at 7 p.m. June 28 at... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

6/15/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments, effective July 2 unless otherwise noted, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their... Read more »

Two men answer God’s call to serve as priests in Diocese of Metuchen

6/7/2018 - METUCHEN – After years of discernment and formation, two men with different journeys to the priesthood – one a former New York City police officer and funeral director and the other a native... Read more »

Catholic high school graduates in Central Jersey receive more than $114 million in scholarships and awards

6/5/2018 - Class of 2018 realizes a $21.5 million increase from 2017 Class of 2018 graduate Emma Friedlander is conferred her diploma by Bishop James F. Checchio during the June 2 commencement exercises at Bishop... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

6/5/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments, effective July 2, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new responsibilities in... Read more »

Statement of the Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA, Bishop of Metuchen

6/20/2018 - I was very saddened to be advised by the Archbishop of New York that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – who served as the Bishop of Metuchen from 1982 to 1986 – is alleged... Read more »

Memorial Day Masses to be held at two Middlesex County cemeteries

5/25/2018 - Rev. Msgr. Joseph G. Celano, Episcopal Vicar of Administration, will preside at an outdoor Memorial Day Mass at 10 a.m. May 28, rain or shine, on the grounds of Resurrection Cemetery, Hoes Lane... Read more »

Three deacons to be ordained in home Diocese of Metuchen May 19

5/15/2018 - METUCHEN – Bishop James F. Checchio will ordain three men, all natives of the Diocese of Metuchen whom are preparing for eventual service in the priesthood, as deacons during a Mass of the... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

5/8/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new responsibilities in your prayers: Diocesan Appointments *Rev.... Read more »

Interfaith panel of clergy to discuss political, religious climate of Israel

4/20/2018 - PISCATAWAY – After traveling on a mission to the Holy Land, Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders from throughout New Jersey will lead a discussion on the modern State of Israel. Fr. Guy Selvester,... Read more »

Diocese of Metuchen to mark Good Shepherd Sunday with Holy Hour of Prayer, seminarian visits

4/20/2018 - PISCATAWAY – In celebration of Good Shepherd Sunday, also the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Diocese of Metuchen’s Offices of Religious and Vocations will co-sponsor a Holy... Read more »

Saint Pio relics to visit Metuchen cathedral

4/11/2018 - METUCHEN – Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will visit the Diocese of Metuchen on Tuesday, April 17 as part of a tour to commemorate... Read more »

Bishop Checchio to preside at Holy Week and Easter Services throughout Diocese of Metuchen

3/20/2018 - The Most Reverend James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, will preside at Holy Week and Easter liturgies and services at the following locations. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. *Palm Sunday Vigil Mass... Read more »

Student leaders at Central Jersey Catholic high schools meet with Bishop Checchio to discuss school safety

3/7/2018 - *Four Catholic high schools in Diocese of Metuchen to hold 17-minute prayer service March 14 in solidarity with students across the U.S. * PISCATAWAY - Student leaders from the four Catholic high schools in... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

3/1/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments, effective immediately unless otherwise noted, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new... Read more »

Bishop's Letter to Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Virgin

2/25/2018 - The following is a letter from Bishop Checchio to parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Virgin regarding the leave of absence of their pastor, Fr. Patrick J. Kuffner, also available as a PDF[../../../../../../assets/Uploads/Documents/Bishop/FINAL-Letter-Fr-Kuffner-OLMV-Middlesex-1.pdf]: February 25, 2018     ... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointment

1/16/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced that Rev. Joemar Garboso will minister as Chaplain at Saint Peter's University Hospital. The appointment took effect Jan. 2. Please keep Rev. Garboso and his... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointment

1/8/2018 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced that Rev. John Stec will serve as administrator of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish. Please keep Rev. Stec and his new responsibilities in your prayers. *Bound Brook* *Rev.... Read more »

Diocese unites with Pope Francis on first World Day of the Poor

11/22/2017 - METUCHEN – In union with Pope Francis, more than 600 faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen gathered at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi to celebrate “Evening Prayer: In Solidarity with the... Read more »

Diocese of Metuchen to mark World Day of the Poor with Evening Prayer

11/15/2017 - METUCHEN – The Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, invites all to attend Evening Prayer: In Solidarity with the Poor on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

11/14/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments, effective Nov. 27, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new responsibilities in... Read more »

Bishop of Metuchen Joins 2017 Blue Ribbon Celebration at Saint Francis Cathedral School

11/10/2017 - Bishop James F. Checchio joined students, faculty, and staff today at a pep rally to celebrate the achievement of Saint Francis Cathedral School, which recently was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School... Read more »

Diocese of Metuchen to host Autumn Tricky Tray

10/18/2017 -   SOMERSET – The Diocese of Metuchen’s Foundation for Catholic Education will sponsor an Autumn Tricky Tray on Friday, Nov. 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset. Doors will open at... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointment

10/17/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced that Rev. Antony Arockiadoss will serve as administrator of Assumption of Mary Parish. Please keep Rev. Arockiadoss and his new responsibilities in your prayers. *Hackettstown* *Rev. Antony... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointment

10/12/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced that Rev. Anthony Dukru will minister as parochial vicar at St. Helena Parish. Please keep Rev. Dukru and his new responsibilities in your prayers. *Edison* *Rev. Anthony... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointment

9/22/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced that Rev. Benjamin Romero-Arrieta, CMF, will serve as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, effective October 1. Please keep Rev. Romero-Arrieta and his... Read more »

Law enforcement personnel to be honored at 16th Annual Blue Mass

9/19/2017 - METUCHEN – Hundreds of local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel of all faiths will be recognized for their faithful commitment and self-sacrifice at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 16th Annual Blue Mass... Read more »

Bishop Checchio blesses new Mausoleum of the Holy Spirit at Piscataway cemetery

9/13/2017 - PISCATAWAY, NJ – More than 300 people joined Bishop James F. Checchio as he celebrated a Mass Sept. 9 with a blessing of the Diocese of Metuchen’s new Mausoleum of the Holy Spirit,... Read more »

American Standard to be honored at Charity Dinner

9/7/2017 - Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen will host the 2017 Champions for Catholic Charities Dinner on Monday, October 16 at the Palace in Somerset Park, Somerset. The event this year will highlight the partnership... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

9/7/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments, effective September 5 unless otherwise noted, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

8/7/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments, effective August 7 unless otherwise noted, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their... Read more »

FY18 budget increases are ‘a major win’ for N.J. Catholic schools

7/31/2017 - METUCHEN – For Catholic schools in New Jersey, one of the highlights of the summer came on July 4 when Governor Chris Christie approved and signed the FY18 state budget, which now includes... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: FY18 budget increases are ‘a major win’ for N.J. Catholic schools

7/31/2017 - *LETTER TO THE EDITOR * While the unfortunate delay in passing the FY18 state budget certainly held our collective attention for several days this summer and caused concern for many, the final budget approved and... Read more »

Bishop Checchio appoints pastor of Immaculate Conception, Annandale

7/12/2017 - METUCHEN – The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced that, after prayer and studying the parish consultations from Immaculate Conception Parish, Annandale, he is appointing Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, JCL, as pastor. Msgr.... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces clergy appointments

7/7/2017 - The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments [PDF], effective August 1, and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new responsibilities... Read more »

Bishop Checchio celebrates 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood

6/29/2017 - METUCHEN – With a spirit of joy and gratitude for his priestly vocation, Bishop James F. Checchio celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving June 23 to mark the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of... Read more »

Bishop Checchio announces pastor, administrator appointments

6/14/2017 - METUCHEN – The Most Rev. James F. Checchio today announced the following clergy appointments [PDF] and has asked all to keep these priests of the Diocese of Metuchen and their new responsibilities in your prayers: *HUNTERDON... Read more »

Catholic high school graduates in Central Jersey receive $92.5 million in scholarships, awards

6/13/2017 - CENTRAL JERSEY – Crowds gathered, clapped and cheered during recent commencement ceremonies where Bishop James F. Checchio awarded diplomas to 569 graduating seniors of the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of... Read more »

Memorial Day Masses to be held at two Middlesex County cemeteries

5/24/2017 - Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, vicar general of the Diocese of Metuchen, will celebrate an outdoor Memorial Day Mass at 10 a.m. May 29, rain or shine, on the grounds of Resurrection Cemetery, Hoes... Read more »

Bishop Checchio ordains fifteen men to diaconate

5/20/2017 - METUCHEN – Fifteen men will be ordained as deacons for service in the Diocese of Metuchen on Saturday, May 20. Two of the men are preparing for eventual service in the priesthood. The... Read more »

Bishop Checchio to preside at Holy Week and Easter Services throughout Diocese of Metuchen

4/7/2017 - Most Reverend James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, will preside at Holy Week and Easter liturgies and services at the following locations. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. *Palm Sunday Vigil Mass Saturday, April... Read more »

Statement on the arrest of Luis Felipe Batista

2/8/2017 - *Diocese of Metuchen Statement on the arrest of Luis Felipe Batista February 8, 2017* The Diocese of Metuchen was informed today of the arrest of Luis Felipe Batista, 21, who served as volunteer at... Read more »

Two Catholic high schools in Central Jersey receive $700,000 donation to bolster STEM programs

2/3/2017 - The Diocese of Metuchen announced today that it has received a $700,000 private donation, which will be used to expand the existing STEM programs at Bishop George Ahr High School, Edison, and Immaculata... Read more »

Statement of the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen on the Jan. 27 executive order issuing a temporary ban on immigrants to the U.S.

1/30/2017 - Statement of the Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen on the Jan. 27 executive order issuing a temporary ban on immigrants to the U.S. When it comes to the treatment of... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen committed to serving, fighting exploitation of immigrants

1/10/2017 - *LETTER TO THE EDITOR **January 10, 2017* *En español[offices-and-ministries/canonical-and-legal-services/communications-and-public-relations/pressroom/2017/catholic-charities-diocese-of-metuchen-committed-to-serving-fighting-exploitation-of-immigrants/#Spanish]* Recent local media reports detailed human trafficking charges brought against two men after six unauthorized migrants were... Read more »