Rev. Msgr. John N. Fell was born in Trenton to the late Audrey McLean and John N. Fell. He attended St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School, Bordentown, and St. Anthony Catholic High School, Trenton. He then earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Duquesne University, Pittsburh, PA.
Rev. Fell completed his seminary education at the Pontifical North American College while studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He continued his post-graducate studies at the Alphonsian Academy, the Superior Institute of Moral Theology attached to the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, leading to a doctorate in sacred theology.
Rev. Fell was ordained to the priesthood in 1988 by Bishop-Emeritus Edward T. Hughes at Mary, Mother of God Church in Hillsborough. He has served as parochial vicar at Mary, Mother of God parish; St. Ambrose Parish, Old Bridge; and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Whitehouse Station.
Rev. Msgr. John N. Fell was one of nine priests within the Metuchen diocese to receive honors from the pope at an evening prayer service held January 29, 2012 in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen.
As pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish; member of the ethics committee with Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, New Brunswick; member of the diocesan Theological Commission; regular columnist for “The Catholic Spirit”;
was named pastor for Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 2003. He also teaches at the School of St. Elizabeth in Bernardsville.