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Encyclopedia > Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen

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 founded on November 19, 1981. Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... A borough is a local government administrative subdivision used in the Canadian province of Quebec, in some states of the United States, and formerly in New Zealand. ... Metuchen is a Borough located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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


The diocese encompasses the New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren. Middlesex County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ... Somerset County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ... Hunterdon County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ... Warren County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. ...


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. A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... This is an article about Heraldry. ... The Lenape or Lenni-Lenape (later named Delaware Indians by Europeans) were, in the 1600s, loosely organized bands of Native American people practicing small-scale agriculture to augment a largely mobile hunter-gatherer society in the region around the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, and western Long Island Sound. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Blessed Virgin Mary A traditional Catholic picture sometimes displayed in homes. ... Pope John Paul II (Latin: ), born Karol Józef Wojtyła [1] (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) reigned as pope of the Roman Catholic Church for almost 27 years, from October 16, 1978 until his death, making his the second-longest pontificate. ...


The diocese counts 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.


It is currently in its twenty-fifth anniversary year and is preparing for a synod, the First Synod of the Diocese of Metuchen. A synod (also known as a council) is a council of a church, usually a Christian church, convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application. ...


Bishops of the Diocese of Metuchen (terms of service)

  • Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1981–1986)
  • Edward Thomas Hughes (1986–1997)
  • Vincent DePaul Breen (1997–2002)
  • Paul Gregory Bootkoski (2002–present)

Theodore Edgar McCarrick (b. ...

External links

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen Home Page
  • Synodal home page

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Diocese deemed in compliance with charter BY MATT AUERBACH Staff Writer (389 words)
METUCHEN — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen was declared in compliance with the Dallas charter — a document that lays out national policies to prevent and deal with the abuse of minors in the church.
Nearly 90 percent of the dioceses in the United States were deemed to be in compliance, including five in New Jersey, according to the audit.
"I am pleased that the Diocese of Metuchen was found to be in compliance with the charter and was commended for our outreach to victims, our cooperation with law enforcement and our consistently open communications policy on the issue," he said in a prepared statement.
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