Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen NJ

The Most Reverend James F. Checchio was ordained and installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey on May 3, 2016.

Over the first few months, Bishop James went around to all the deaneries and several churches in the diocese in order to meet parishioners and celebrate Mass with them.

On June 9, 2016, he came to Immaculate Conception Parish in Somerville. Before Mass began, he walked up and down the aisles and greeted every single person individually, and again a second time at a social gathering after Mass.  I had the honor of meeting Bishop James.  We are very blessed to have such a cordial, warm and devoted servant of God to lead our diocese.  

Bishop James has chosen a passage from the writings of Saint Paul as his motto and episcopal ministry, 2 Corinthians 5:20:

"Be reconciled to God" will be my motto and guide my episcopal ministry amongst you. This motto is inspired by the writings of St. Paul, who urges us always to be reconciled to God, and then to become ambassadors for Him in reconciling others to God our Father. The whole reason God sent His Son to us was to lead us back to the Father; and this reconciling is the one true route to grace-filled and peaceful hearts and lives, resting in God now and hopefully forever in heaven.
(Originally published in The Catholic Spirit on May 26, 2016)

Bishop James, we welcome you to the Diocese of Metuchen!