The Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen
() is a Roman Catholic diocese
in New Jersey
, centered in the borough
. 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
The diocese encompasses the New Jersey counties of Middlesex
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 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......