Meet Our Staff

Rev. Msgr. John Fell, S.T.D.

Pastor
E-mail Rev. Msgr. John Fell, S.T.D.

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.

Rev. Martin Espinoza, Parochial Vicar

Rev. Benet Caffrey, O.S.B.

Weekend Assistant

Father Benet Caffrey was born in Newark and baptized William Edward Caffrey, Jr. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School in North Newark and graduated from St. Benedict’s Prep conducted by the Benedictines of St. Mary’s Abbey. Upon graduation, while a postulant for the community of St. Mary’s Abbey, he attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He entered the novitiate at St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas, and took first monastic vows in 1952. After earning a B.A. at St. Vincent, he completed theological studies at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown and was ordained at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Paterson in 1958. The following year, Fr. Benet attended the School of Library Service at Columbia University, earning an M.S. He was then named Librarian at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, and was assigned to the same position at Delbarton School in Morristown from 1961 to 1983. Following a sabbatical year in Spain, he has been teaching Spanish at Delbarton, retiring from the classroom, however, in the spring of 2008. For many years Fr. Benet also coached Delbarton tennis teams at various levels and maintains a keen interest in the sport at Delbarton. In 2007, he became the Abbey and School Archivist. Over the years, Fr. Benet has been a weekend assistant at the following parishes: St. Benedict’s in Hazlet, St. Mary’s in Wharton, OLPH, St. Bernard in Bridgewater, St. Elizabeth in Far Hills, then returning to OLPH.

Benigno Ruiz-Diaz

Deacon