Appeal Message from Bishop Bootkoski
To the Faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen, grace, mercy and peace.
This past July, I was blessed to have celebrated 75 years of life. Like most significant milestones, this one was an occasion for reflection, particularly on the last 12 years serving as your bishop.
The past decade has been a time of grace for the Diocese of Metuchen. During those years, we experienced God’s favor with the ordination of 28 new priests and 100 permanent deacons. A steady stream of men and women, 300 per year on average, chose to join us through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and our Campus Ministry saw a dramatic increase in participation. A record number of adults have rediscovered Bible study and our people have been exceedingly generous of their time, talent and financial resources.
This has also been a time of mercy. In gratitude for the never-ending compassion shown to us by our Heavenly Father, and with a sense of responsibility to pass along the same to our brothers and sisters, our local Church continues to be a font of mercy. We’ve opened our hearts to those living on the fringes of society and attended to their physical, spiritual and emotional needs through the services of Catholic Charities and more than 25 diocesan pastoral programs. Thousands of children have been educated and formed in the Catholic faith while the increasing diversity within our diocesan family has been welcomed and celebrated. Furthermore, we have remained steadfast in advocating for the dignity of the human person at every stage of life.
All of these spiritual and corporal works of mercy would not have been possible without your generosity to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. I have seen firsthand the impact that your gifts have made on the lives of so many and pray that you will continue to support this important fundraising effort so the Diocese of Metuchen may always be a visible sign of Christ’s love in the world.
As you know, Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that will open on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. One way you can observe the upcoming Holy Year is by making a sacrificial gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. By your support, you will be one of our missionaries of mercy helping to meet the ever-increasing needs of our people.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration. May our Merciful Father grant you and your loved ones joy, serenity and peace.
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, DD
Bishop of Metuchen