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Mission Statement 

We, The Church in the Archdiocese of Newark,

are Catholic Christians who recognize and acknowledge in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, the expression of the Father’s gift of love for all people. Empowered by the Spirit of the risen Christ, we are called, as individuals and as a community, to be living witnesses of Christ’s presence and His ongoing mission in our society.
(1 John 4:9:11)

As a Community, 

obedient to the Spirit of God and under the leadership of the Pope and our Archbishop, we are called in co-responsibility to be listening, worshiping, serving and loving people. We see our lives personally and collectively as a perpetual thanksgiving and celebration of God’s great love for humanity.

As Church, 

we confess to be preeminently an Eucharistic community and a sacrament, a living sign of Jesus Christ’s presence. The Eucharist which we celebrate together is both the sign and the means of our present unity, as well as of the still greater unity to be achieved in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
(Constitution of the Liturgy #2 Lumen Gentium #1)

Jesus 

... has been sent by God the Father to redeem the human family through the power of the Holy Spirit. We, as a Church, are called by God to give living testimony and actualize the saving mission of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

... proclaimed the Kingdom by His words and deeds. He commanded us to love one another as He loved us. He confirmed what he said by what he did. We are called to do the same.

...came to offer His Father’s merciful and loving providence to all. We are called to search out the needs, not only of the Catholic community, but of the total community; and then to respond accordingly with open mind and generous heart, conscious of the Gospel demands of Jesus Christ. We are further called to help all people recognize the Kingdom of God, as the Spirit brings it to reality in the whole of creation, more particularly within the hearts of those who dare to call themselves followers of Jesus Christ.
(Romans 8:18-27)

We, The Church in the Archdiocese of Newark,

find our unity, meaning and purpose through sharing in the saving mission of Jesus Christ. Faithfulness to His total mission calls us to sacrifice and risk. Our response to this call within the Archdiocese of Newark takes on a threefold character:

- to teach and to witness the Word of God;
- to build community;
- to serve.

* For more information about this page or any aspect of Archdiocese of Newark History please feel free to contact Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University/New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission via e-mail at: Alan.Delozier@shu.edu or by phone: (973) 275-2378.