Rev. Msgr. James M. Cafone, S.T.D. died suddenly Wednesday Feb. 25. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1965.
Msgr. Cafone was known to the Seton Hall community for many generations. For a time, he taught more students than any other teacher at the University. He served as a member of the University’s Board of Regents and Trustees since 2005, as a faculty member and administrator for 43 years and as Minister to the Priest Community for 15 years.
In a message to the University community, President Gabriel Esteban said that what struck the school most was his love not just for Seton Hall but his love for life and everything God created.
President Esteban said Msgr. Cafone was a Servant Leader in every sense of the word. Msgr. Cafone was awarded the McQuaid Medal for Administrative Service in 2012. He also received the Administrative Merit Award for Extraordinary Service to Seton Hall University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Immaculate Conception Seminary.
He frequently preached Lenten series and served as weekend assistant to many local parishes including Our Lady of Sorrows parish in South Orange and St. Anne’s parish in Raritan.