|Installed March 19, 2002|
Consecration September 5, 1997
Predecessor Vincent DePaul Breen
|Education Seton Hall University|
Name Paul Bootkoski
Ordination May 28, 1966
|Born July 4, 1940
Newark, New Jersey (1940-07-04) |
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen
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. 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; his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on March 8, 2016.