Jose Feliciano, 64, allegedly stabbed the Rev. Edward Hinds, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said at a news conference. Investigators said the priest had been stabbed 32 times and had defensive wounds on his hands, suggesting a struggle, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported.
Hinds's body was discovered Friday morning after he failed to appear at 8 a.m. mass at St. Patrick's Church in Chatham, a well-to-do suburb of about 10,000 people 25 miles west of New York.
A mass honoring Hinds was held Saturday morning in the gymnasium of the church parochial school. While Bianchi talked to reporters in Morristown, parishioners were at the 5 p.m. mass in the church.
Hinds, who grew up in Chatham, was ordained as a young man after study in Rome. He spent his life as a priest in the diocese of Paterson, which includes all of northwestern New Jersey, and had been at St. Patrick's since 2003.