About Cursillo
Vision and Mission

Intro to Cursillo

National View

James Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen

Paul Bootkoski, Bishop Emeritus

Papal Addresses to Cursillistas

Pope Francis on Cursillo

St Paul-Patron of Cursillo

Our Lady of Guadalupe-Patroness


The Most Rev.
James F. Checchio
was named the
Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen

Pope Francis
March 8, 2016

He was installed as the
Fifth Bishop of Metuchen
on Ma
y 3, 2016.

For his episcopal motto, Bishop Checchio was inspired by the writings of Saint Paul, the Patron Saint of Cursillo (2 Corinthians 5:20). In a letter published in The Catholic Spirit on May 26, 2016, he wrote, 

"Be reconciled to God" will be my motto and guide my episcopal ministry amongst you. This motto is inspired by the writings of St. Paul, who urges us always to be reconciled to God, and then to become ambassadors for Him in reconciling others to God our Father. The whole reason God sent His Son to us was to lead us back to the Father; and this reconciling is the one true route to grace-filled and peaceful hearts and lives, resting in God now and hopefully forever in heaven.

Bishop Checchio inspires and encourages the Cursillistas in the Diocese of Metuchen through his prayers and support. In October 2017, he wrote the following Palanca letter for participants of the Cursillo weekend:

I extend my prayerful best wishes to you as you embark on your Cursillo encounter weekend. This is a special year for you – the sixtieth anniversary of the Cursillo movement in the United States and the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of your founder, Eduardo Bonnin Aguilo! What a blessing to have all of you so committed to bringing our communities in the Diocese of Metuchen to experience the grace and love of God. Your witness to growing in your own faith and leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ inspires me in my own faith life and ministry…  

On behalf of the entire church in Metuchen, know of my prayers and support as you encounter Our Risen Lord in the varied opportunities this weekend will offer you. Thank you for all your prayers for me and all the good you continue to do. May Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Paul the Apostle continue to intercede for the Cursillo Movement throughout our country and especially in the vineyard of the Lord in northern New Jersey . De Colores!