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St. Matthias priest “borrowed” $500,000 from church, an internal audit revealed

November 6, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ: Rev. Douglas J. Haefner “borrowed” around $500,000 – an amount substantiated by an unreleased internal audit – from church coffers to fund “compulsive behaviors,” according to Bishop James F. Checchio of the Metuchen Diocese.

After the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner last week, Checchio visited St. Matthias Church on Monday night to ...

Franklin Township: St. Matthias' Father Douglas J. Haefner Resigns as Questions of Parish Finances Arise

SOMERSET, NJ - Questions surrounding church finances at Saint Matthias led to the resignation of Rev. Douglas J. Haefner according to a letter sent to parishioners and school families on Nov. 2. 

"It is with sadness that I must inform you that Father's resignation coincides with serious questions and concerns that recently have been raised regarding the handling of parish ...

Unity Walk Brings a Community Together

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  About 150 East Brunswick residents and friends joined hearts together on Monday night to pledge their commitment to unity, love and kindness in the second Annual Unity Walk.  The event was sponsored by by the East Brunswick Human Relations Council as part of the group's outreach on behalf of growing positivity and a sense of belonging to all members of the ...

Somerville: CROP Walkers Step Up, Step Out on a Brisk Sunday to Feed the Hungry

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Bundled up against the brisk wind and 47 degree temperature, members of several Central New Jersey congregations joined together Sunday afternoon to participate in the 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk hosted by the First Reformed Church on Main Street.

Carry multi-colored balloons, members of First United Methodist Church of Somerville, North Branch Reformed Church, Congregational ...

Somerville: Father Ron Bestows Blessings on the Animals

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rev. Ron Pollock presided at the 20th annual Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 7,with several dozen dogs, cats and their owners receiving a special blessing at the 3 p.m. service.

The blessing of the animals is an annual Episcopal tradition in honor of St. Francis Day, which recognizes the importance of pets and ...


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