John N. Fell

Rev. Msgr. John N. Fell was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen in 1988. He has served in parishes in Hillsborough, Old Bridge, and Whitehouse Station. Since 2002 he has served as Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Bernardsville.

Msgr. Fell serves as the Episcopal Vicar for the Healthcare Apostolate for the Metuchen Diocese. He serves on the Board of Governors, Ethics Committees, and various other committees of the St. Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick. He is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Assumption College for Sisters, serves on the Metuchen Diocesan Education Commission, and is a weekly columnist for The Catholic Spirit newspaper. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station.

Msgr. Fell did his doctoral studies in Moral Theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome, writing his dissertation on “The Contributions of Christian Faith to Biomedical Ethics in the Writings of Stanley Hauerwas, Edmund Pellegrino, and Kevin O’Rourke.”

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named him Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor.


  • S.T.D., Accademia Alfonsiana (Pontifical Lateran University), Rome
  • S.T.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
  • S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rom
  • M.A., Duquesne University, Pittsburgh