Vincent DePaul Breen

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The Most Reverend

Vincent DePaul Breen
Bishop of Metuchen
InstalledJuly 8, 1997
Term endedJanuary 4, 2002
PredecessorEdward Thomas Hughes
SuccessorPaul Gregory Bootkoski
OrdinationJuly 15, 1962
ConsecrationSeptember 8, 1997
Personal details
Born(1936-12-24)December 24, 1936
Brooklyn, New York
DiedMarch 30, 2003(2003-03-30) (aged 66)
Long Island, New York

Vincent DePaul Breen (December 24, 1936 – March 30, 2003) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the third bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen in central New Jersey from 1997 until his resignation in 2002.


Breen was born in 1936 at Brooklyn, New York, to Edward and Irene (née Conway) Breen, and attended St. Francis Preparatory School.[1] He continued his studies at Cathedral College in Douglaston, Queens. After 2 years of studies he was sent to Rome where he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University and resided at the Pontifical North American College.

On July 15, 1962, he was ordained a priest in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, Rome. A year later, he graduated from North American College, Gregorian University, Rome, with a licentiate in sacred theology.[citation needed]

Breen worked as a parish priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn for a short period of time and then was quickly appointed to be assistant superintendent of education for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He became an honorary prelate (Monsignor) in 1977 and in 1978 he was appointed as the Superintendent of Education for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He was subsequently elevated to the position of Vicar for Education of the Brooklyn Diocese.[citation needed]

In July 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed Breen to be the Bishop of Metuchen and he was consecrated a bishop by then-Archbishop (of Newark) Theodore McCarrick.

He died of pneumonia in 2003, aged 66, following a long illness consistent with Alzheimer's disease.[2]


  1. ^ 2002 Catholic Almanac p. 417
  2. ^ "History of the Diocese of Metuchen". Diocese of Metuchen. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward Thomas Hughes
Bishop of Metuchen
Succeeded by
Paul Gregory Bootkoski