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Audit Reveals Priest “Borrowed” $500,000 from Parish for "Compulsive Behaviors"

November 7, 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.

Checchio visited St. Matthias Church on Monday night to address the concerns of parishioners and offer insight into ...

St. Matthias' Priest Resigns Amidst Questions of Parish Finances

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 ...

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 United Reformed Church on Main Street.

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

Somerville Church Sponsors 44th annual CROP Hunger Walk Oct. 21

SOMERVILLE, NJ - United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street” will sponsor the 44 th Annual CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct.  21st beginning 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of the church.

CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events sponsored by Church World Services and take place in 1,500 communities across the United States and in more than 30 countries worldwide.

At Chabad Groundbreaking, a Special Hardhat

CLINTON TWP., N.J. – Ground was broken yesterday for Hunterdon’s newest synagogue, Chabad of Hunterdon’s Yakov and Hava Telyas Jewish Center, on Payne Road just off Route 31 here.

“We are standing in Clinton Township,” Rabbi Eli Kornfeld said at the event where hundreds were in attendance. Referring to how differences between mailing addresses and actual locations ...

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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