Paul Gregory Bootkoski

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Paul Gregory Bootkoski
Bishop Emeritus of Metuchen
Bishop Paul Bootkoski, 2014.jpg
Bootkoski in December 2014
AppointedJanuary 4, 2002
InstalledMarch 19, 2002
Term endedMarch 8, 2016
PredecessorVincent DePaul Breen
SuccessorJames Checchio
OrdinationMay 28, 1966
ConsecrationSeptember 5, 1997
by Theodore Edgar McCarrick, John Smith, and Michael Angelo Saltarelli
Personal details
Born (1940-07-04) July 4, 1940 (age 78)
Newark, New Jersey
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Newark
MottoGod’s grace suffices
Styles of
Paul Gregory Bootkoski
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Paul Gregory Bootkoski (born July 4, 1940) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who formerly served as the bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey from 2002 until March 8, 2016; he was replaced by Msgr. James Checchio, as Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen.


Bootkoski was ordained on May 28, 1966 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark. He was assistant vice president for student affairs at Seton Hall University, his alma mater, for three years beginning in 1980. In 1983 he became pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Elizabeth and became an honorary prelate (Monsignor) in 1991.

He was named auxiliary bishop of Newark on July 8, 1997, and consecrated bishop on September 5 of that year.[1] He was vicar general of the diocese and later diocesan administrator when Theodore Edgar McCarrick became Archbishop of Washington.

In 2002 he was appointed bishop of Metuchen.[2][3]

In 2005 and 2007, the Diocese of Metuchen and the Archdiocese of Newark paid financial settlements to two priests who had accused McCarrick of abuse.[4] According to Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, nobody from the Diocese of Metuchen informed him of these settlements, even after the retired McCarrick began living on the grounds of a seminary in the Archdiocese of Washington.[4]

Having passed the normal retirement age of 75, Bishop Bootkoski's resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on March 8, 2016.[2]

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  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2006-07-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-12-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Flynn, JD (July 31, 2018). "What might happen for McCarrick, and for the Church in the US". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved July 31, 2018.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Vincent DePaul Breen
Bishop of Metuchen
Succeeded by
James Checchio
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
Succeeded by