SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Immaculate Conception School marked the 43rd annual Catholic Schools Week with a bevy of events that began with Community Day. On Sunday, January 29, the student council at the school hosted a breakfast with local community leaders. Community leaders from Spotswood, Monroe, Jamesburg and Old Bridge attended the breakfast. A highlight of the week for the school was a visit by Bishop James Checchio on Monday, January 30.
Checchio was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen by Pope Francis in March of 2016. He was officially installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese on May 3, 2016. Checchio replaced Bishop Paul Bootkoski. Prior to returning to the Garden State, the New Jersey native served as rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome for a decade. Checchio was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1966.
During his visit to the Immaculate Conception School. Checchio took a guided tour of the school's facilities. His tour was led by Monsignor Joseph Curry and Principal Mary Erath. Checchio paid a visit to each of the classrooms to have a small meet and greet with the students at every grade level. The Immaculate Conception School houses programs for grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
National Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 as a way to celebrate Catholic education in America. Events typically include open houses as well as activities that involve students, families as well community members.