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Jerome A. Pechillo papers

Identifier: ADN 0003-009

Scope and Contents

The Jerome A. Pechillo papers primarily consist of photographs and certificates from his work as prelate of Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark. The numerous awards thank and recognize Pechillo for his service in Paraguay while photographs document the establishment of the Diocese of Coronel Oviedo as well as his work in New Jersey. The collection also includes board of director meeting minutes from his role as treasurer for Northeast Catholic Pastoral Center of Hispanics. Early reports discuss the center’s founding and mission while the minutes provide Pechillo’s budget proposals to support the Hispanic community.

The collection was arranged by topic and format.


  • 1927-1991 (bulk 1951-1990)
  • Majority of material found within 1951 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

Temporarily closed to research.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Biographical / Historical

Jerome Arthur (Gerolamo) Pechillo, T.O.R. was born on 16 May 1919 in Brooklyn, NY to parents Arthur Pechillo and Catherine Murphy. He graduated Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1944 and completed his studies for priesthood at St. Bernardine’s Monastery in Hollidaysburg, PA. Pechillo became an ordained priest of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance on 10 June 1947. Appointed Prelate of Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay on 10 September 1961 by Pope John XXIII, he served as the first of Franciscans to respond to the pope’s appeals for assistance to Latin American churches. Pechillo organized the missionary territory in preparation for its establishment as a regular Diocese to be overseen by native born clergy. While serving as prelate, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Nova Sparsa on 20 October 1965 and ordained on 25 January 1966 by Pope Paul VI. The Paraguayan territory was promoted as Diocese of Coronel Oviedo on 6 March 1976 and Pechillo returned to the United States where he continued to serve the Hispanic community. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, NJ and regional bishop of Hudson County where he lived and worked at St. Aloysius Parish in Jersey City, NJ. He also served as the Treasurer of Northeast Catholic Pastoral Center of Hispanics. On 1 January 1991 at the home of his brother Rudolph DiCarlo in San Francisco, CA, Pechillo passed away of a heart attack at the age of 71.


2.83 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Jerome A. Pechillo (1919-1991) served as Prelate of Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay and Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, NJ. This collection includes photographs, certificates, and memorabilia depicting his service to the church; particularly the Hispanic community.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were given to the Archives and Special Collections Center from Monsignor Bonelli. Accession number 2007.01.24.MSB.

Related Materials

Martin W. Stanton papers, 1957-1977, bulk 1957-1961, ADN 0003.005, in the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Joseph A. Francis papers, ADN 0003.011, in the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center, Seton Hall University.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and finding aid created by Luciana Cardona in 2014.

Jerome A. Pechillo papers, 1927-1991 (bulk 1951-1990)
Luciana Cardona
March 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US