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Vincent DePaul Breen

The Most Reverend
Vincent DePaul Breen
Bishop of Metuchen
Diocese Metuchen
Installed July 8, 1997
Term ended January 4, 2002
Predecessor Edward Thomas Hughes
Successor Paul Gregory Bootkoski
Ordination July 15, 1962
Consecration September 8, 1997
Personal details
Born (1936-12-24)December 24, 1936
Brooklyn, New York
Died March 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 66)
Long Island, New York

Vincent DePaul Breen (December 24, 1936 – March 30, 2003) was the third bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen in central New Jersey from 1997 until his resignation in 2002. Bishop Breen was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York.[1] He died of pneumonia in 2003, aged 66, following a long illness consistent with Alzheimer's disease.[2]

Breen was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Edward and Irene (née Conway) Breen, and attended St. Francis Preparatory School. He continued his studies at Cathedral College in Douglaston, Queens. After 2 years of studies he was sent to Rome where he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University and resided at the Pontifical North American College. On July 15, 1962, he was ordained a priest in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, Rome. A year later, he graduated from North American College, Gregorian University, Rome, with a licentiate in sacred theology.

Breen worked as a parish priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn for a short period of time and then was quickly appointed to be assistant superintendent of education for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Breen became an honorary prelate (Monsignor) in 1977. In 1978 he was appointed as the Superintendent of Education for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He we subsequently elevated to the position of Vicar for Education of the Brooklyn Diocese.

In July 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed Breen to be the Bishop of Metuchen and he was consecrated a bishop by then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.


  1. ^ 2002 Catholic Almanac p. 417
  2. ^ "History of the Diocese of Metuchen". Diocese of Metuchen. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
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