Welcome to the Catholic Community of St. John Neumann (CCSJN). From our founding by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in October 1982 and our first Mass on Pentecost weekend May 21-22, 1983 we were the suitcase parish, traveling to celebrate our Masses for many years at the Lower Valley Presbyterian Church and the United Methodist Church in Califon. Our rootedness in the hospitality of the Christian Communities of Califon has given us an ecumenical perspective. The parish was one of the first established in the newly formed Diocese of Metuchen. The Rev. J. William Mickiewicz was appointed our first pastor and remained our vibrant leader until his retirement.
The parish grew out of the dreams of a handful of local families into an active Christian Community. During its formative years, the parish, nestled in the northwestern countryside of Hunterdon County bristled with enthusiasm, and drew upon the support of the entire local Christian Community. Under the leadership of Fr. Bill, the Community grew and attracted members far beyond its traditional Parish boundaries. Families interested in St. John’s spiritual experience and its heavy emphasis on Social Ministry were drawn to the Community. The parish developed a long term building plan and successfully completed our spiritual home, the Church Center in1991.
By the end of its first 20 years, the parish was maturing. Membership stabilized at approximately 300 families. With the completion of the Parish Office Building and The Neumann Residence, which includes a Chapel and the Pastor's residence, the physical facilities were substantially in place by the spring of 2003.
After Fr. Bill retired in 2012, Rev. Abraham Orapankal took over the stewardship of the parish. Fr. Abraham has continued leading the parish under the direction of Vatican II, with a strong emphasis on lay leadership of parishioners.