FLEMINGTON, NJ – The mass wasn't to begin until 5 p.m. Saturday, but worshippers at St. Magdalen’s on Mine Street here were arriving by 4.

That’s because Bishop James F. Checchio – who is the Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen – was on hand to install the Rev. Kenneth Brighenti.

Brighenti arrives from Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., where he served on assignment from the Diocese of Metuchen as Director of Pastoral Field Education and Vice Rector.

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According to the St. Magdalen de Pazzi website, Brighenti was ordained in 1988 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen. Since his ordination, he has served as Parochial Vicar in four parishes in the diocese between 1988  and 2000. He became Pastor of St. Ann in Raritan (Somerset County) in 2000 where he remained for nine years.

Brighenti holds a Ph.D. from LaSalle University in Theocentric Studies. He has written several books, including Catholicism for Dummies, John Paul II for Dummies and Catholic Mass for Dummies. He has also co-hosted many shows on EWTN, including Web of Faith.