SOMERSET, NJ - Former Immaculate Conception Church pastor Monsignor Joseph M. Curry will be honorer along with Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Esq. on October 17 at the 2019 Champions for Catholic Charities Dinner for their charity work. The dinner will be held at the Palace in Somerset Park. The announcement was made via a press release from the Diocese of Metuchen this week.

“The generosity and charity exemplified by these individuals, in their work and in their service, is a tangible way that Christ’s love is made known and present to us,” said Bishop James F. Checchio. “We are each called to follow Christ and to reach out to all in need of His mercy, and so I am grateful for our Champions, for their leadership and their efforts to make Christ’s love known to all those in need.”

Curry served as a pastor for Spotswood's Immaculate Conception Church for almost 14 years. Currenly, he is the parochial vicar at St. Matthias Parish in Somerset. In the past, Curry served on the Catholic Charities Solidarity Team that works to help the poor and vulnerable within the Diocese of Metuchen as well as other places in need. Curry has helped to establish support groups for individuals and their families impacted by the opioid crisis. He's also worked extensively for international missions and the Catholic Relief Services.  

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Chiesa is a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in Raritan. He is a former United States Senator and New Jersey Attorney General. Currently, Chiesa is a member of the law firm of Chiesa, Shahinian, Giantomasi, PC. Throughout his personal and professional life, Chiese has worked to support people in need as well as advocating for social injustices. He worked for public safety in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, created safeguards to address the problem of prescription drug overuse and prosecuted a multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud case while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

At the October 17 dinner, the Diocese of Metuchen will also announce the recipients of the Spirit of Saint Francis Award.

“Through their charity, the recipients of the Spirit of Saint Francis Award are witnesses to Christ the Servant, just as we know Saint Francis of Assisi to be, and their work inspires us and continues to give us hope,” said Bishop Checchio.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $250 per person. Tickets include a cocktail hour, full-course dinner and an open bar. Reservation can be made online.