'I can'voices must ask whether we celebrate time or eternity?

NEWARK—“I can.”

These were the two simple words used by Rev. Msgr. Anselm I. Nwaorgu, Ph.D., in his passionate homily during a Mass celebrated Nov. 6 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, to succinctly define the spirit, faith, vision, courage and leadership of Bishop Joseph A. Francis.  

The Office of African American, African and Caribbean Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Newark hosted the third annual Bishop Joseph A. Francis Mass and Awards Luncheon. Archbishop John J. Myers presided at the 11 a.m. Mass.

Pilgrims Lace Boots, Grab Hats and Prepare to 'March for Life'

AREA-Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Newark will join with thousands of people from all corners of the United States to participate in the 37th annual March for Life rally, which will be held in Washington D.C. Jan. 21 and 22. The two-day rally, a national grass-roots effort that involves people of many faiths, is staged each year to protest the  Jan.

22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States. Jim Sondey, chairman of the archdiocesan Pro-Life commission, who first became involved in the event 20 years ago, said he draws inspiration from the growing number of teenagers and young adults who have joined the ranks.

Faithful at Newark Expo Consider and Celebrate the Question; 'Why?'

NEWARK - Hundreds of faithful from around the archdiocese gathered last month to recognize the work of small Christian communities and local evangelization programs that enrich the spiritual lives of Catholics.
Most Rev. Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, celebrated Mass Dec. 5 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and acknowledged parishes that have participated in evangelization missions such as RENEW International's "Why Catholic?" program.

Retreat Attendees Gain a 'Listening Ear'

NEWARK-As he prepared for last weekend's three-day discernment retreat, Father John D. Gabriel, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Newark, was guided by his vision of the experience as a time for men considering the priesthood "to discern, to listen, to speak and to enjoy the presence of Christ."

Reflecting on the essence of a retreat, Fr. Gabriel said "often in life, it seems to us that we are the ones making the decisions, that we guide our lives according to our own wishes and desires. Yet sometimes, even without knowing it, we are in fact being led by forces outside of ourselves." That, the former pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish, Fairfield, stressed, is what the retreat was all about.



Papal Honors Energize Archdiocese in 2009
Ward Miele, Managing Editor

The inevitable change and transition of another year were abundant in 2009 as were challenges that will affect the Archdiocese of Newark in 2010. Among the many highlights, Pope Benedict XVI named 18 priests reverend monsignors, elevated two monsignors and awarded the Benemerenti Medal for Religious Men and Women to eight priests, Brothers and Sisters.

Once again the archdiocese led the nation in priestly ordinations when 13 men entered into the service of God and His people. Stunning success marked the first archdiocesan Men's Conference held in March. Caldwell College welcomed the first lay president in the college's 70-year history and Archbishop Emeritus Peter L. Gerety celebrated the 70th year of his ordination to the priesthood.

In 2009 the Church of Newark joined the states' bishops and Catholics on the national level in fighting to preserve marriage as the faithful union of one man and one woman. It was also a time for celebrating the "Year for Priests."


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