The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist.
The Mass remembers with reverence the men and women who serve in the often-dangerous profession of protecting society, and honors in particular those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year. Attendance by men and women in law enforcement statewide at this Mass has grown every year since its inception 21 years ago. This year, some 1,500 representatives from federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement departments and agencies, as well as many public officials, are expected to attend.
This year, the Mass will honor, in order of their End of Watch dates:
Detective Melvin Santiago, Jersey City Police Department, (July 13, 2014)
Officer Christopher Goodell, Waldwick Police Department, (July 17, 2014)
Officer Reinaldo Arocha, Jr., Newark Police Department (September 16, 2014)
In addition, the Mass will remember in a special way the passing of prominent attorney and law enforcement advocate Thomas E. Durkin, Jr., Esq. (January 1, 2014), and Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich (July 21, 2014).
“It is important to gather together each year to thank God for the courage and honor that He has given the many men and women who answer the call to serve and protect us all,” said Archbishop Myers. “We continue to ask God for His blessings for those who persevere in keeping our communities safe.”
Law enforcement officers from throughout the state and region, and their families and friends, are invited to attend the Mass and offer their support. The liturgy will also include a ceremonial presentation of the National Colors.
The liturgy will be followed by a hot and cold luncheon buffet at the Rink in Branch Brook Park. Tickets to the luncheon are $20.
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