SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
Office of the President
“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love….” 1 John 3:14
It is my very sad duty to inform the Seton Hall Community of the sudden passing of Reverend Monsignor James M. Cafone, S.T.D.
Over the past several years, my family and I have gotten to know Monsignor Cafone very well. His infectious smile, warmth, and great sense of humor endeared him to us and many others. However, what struck us most was his love not just for the Seton Hall community but his love for life and everything God created. I am reminded of Saint John of the Cross who wrote, “In the evening of our life, we shall be judged on love.”
Monsignor Cafone has served as a member of the University’s Board of Regents and Trustees since 2005 and a faculty member and administrator for 43 years. He served as Minister to the Priest Community for 15 years.
Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1965, Monsignor Cafone was known to generations of Seton Hall students. For many years he taught more students than any other teacher at the University. His courses continue to be over-subscribed. Monsignor Cafone was awarded the McQuaid Medal for Administrative Service in 2012. In addition, Monsignor Cafone received the Administrative Merit Award for Extraordinary Service to Seton Hall University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Seminary.
In his ministry as a priest, Monsignor Cafone relished the faith-filled life demanded by his vocation, and as a friend, teacher, counselor and colleague of many in our community he displayed the commitment and compassion of a true son of Seton Hall. 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. Serving as a sacramental minister for the Office of Campus Ministry he assisted students with advice and counsel. Monsignor Cafone was a Servant Leader in every sense of the word.
Monsignor Cafone earned a M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University and the doctorate (S.T.D.) in Moral and Spiritual Theology from the Catholic University of America.
We raise our prayers to heaven for his surviving family members, brother priests, Seton Hall alumni and faithful friends whom he has left with hearts full of gratitude for his time among us.
Visitation and Mass information is as follows:
Sunday, March 1st
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall
2:00 – 8:00 PM – Viewing
8:00 PM – Evening Prayer
Monday, March 2nd
Our Lady of Sorrows
217 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ
8:45 – 9:45 AM – viewing
10 AM – Funeral
Burial – Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, 200 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, NJ
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University.