World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen

Article Id: WHEBN0004548917
Reproduction Date:

Title: Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Metuchen, New Jersey, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Vincent DePaul Breen, Edward Hughes (bishop), Greater Middlesex Conference
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen

Diocese of Metuchen
Dioecesis Metuchenis
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Metuchen
Country United States
Territory Counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren, New Jersey
Ecclesiastical province Metropolitan Province of Newark
- Catholics

631,946 (40.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established November 19, 1981
Cathedral Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Paul Gregory Bootkoski
Bishop of Metuchen
Metropolitan Archbishop John Joseph Myers
Archbishop of Newark
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen (Latin: Dioecesis Metuchenis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in New Jersey, centered in the borough of Metuchen. It was erected on November 19, 1981, from the territory of the Diocese of Trenton.

The Bishop of Metuchen presides from the Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen.

The diocese encompasses the New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren.

Its coat of arms is blazoned Quarterly, Or and Argent, in dexter chief a tongue of fire Gules; in sinister base the letter "M" Azure, crowned Argent; overall a cross Moline Azure. The cross is taken from the arms of the See of Trenton from which the diocese was formed; the tongue of fire refers both to "metachen," Lenni Lenape for firewood, and the descent of the Holy Spirit; the crowned M refers to the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the diocesan patron, founding bishop Theodore McCarrick's arms, and Pope John Paul II's arms. Its four quarters represent the four counties comprising the diocese.

The diocese counts more than 600,000 Catholics within its purview, distributed across more than one hundred parishes, serviced by 160 priests residing in the diocese, with 100 non-resident priests and 150 deacons assisting. Six hundred religious serve the schools and various organizations throughout the diocese.

In 2006, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the diocese's founding, it began preparations for a synod, the First Synod of the Diocese of Metuchen.


  • Bishops of the Diocese of Metuchen (terms of service) 1
  • High schools 2
  • Sponsored hospital 3
  • Ecclesiastical province 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Bishops of the Diocese of Metuchen (terms of service)

  1. Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1981–1986) (appointed auxiliary bishop of New York on May 24, 1977; ordained a bishop on June 29, 1977; appointed founding bishop of Metuchen on November 19, 1981; installed on January 31, 1982; appointed Archbishop of Newark on May 30, 1986; appointed Archbishop of Washington on November 21, 2000; created Cardinal on February 21, 2001; retired on May 16, 2006)
  2. Edward Thomas Hughes (1986–1997) (appointed auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia on June 14, 1976; ordained a bishop on July 21, 1976; appointed bishop of Metuchen on December 11, 1986; installed on February 5, 1987; retired on July 7, 1997; died on December 25, 2012)
  3. Vincent DePaul Breen (1997–2002) (appointed bishop in July 1997; ordained a bishop in 1997; resigned in 2002; died on March 30, 2003)
  4. Paul Gregory Bootkoski (2002– ) (appointed auxiliary bishop of Newark on July 8, 1997; ordained a bishop on September 5, 1997; appointed bishop of Metuchen in 2002)

† = deceased

High schools

A member of the Saint Peter's Healthcare System

Ecclesiastical province

See also


  1. ^ "Saint Peter's Healthcare System | Saint Peter's University Hospital". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen official website
  • Synodal home page
  • New Jersey Provincial Directory website

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.