WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski of Metuchen, New Jersey, and named as his successor Msgr. James Checchio, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey.

Bishop Bootkoski is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. In January, Bishop-designate Checchio, 49, completed a 10-year tenure as rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

The changes were announced in Washington March 8 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.