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January 21, 2019

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark (“RCAN”) and St. Joseph’s Regional High School (“SJR”) are greatly disturbed by the lawsuit recently filed in federal court by former teacher Jacob Rabinowitz. Just months after joining SJR in September 2017, Mr. Rabinowitz became the subject of numerous student and parent complaints, and two negative performance evaluations.  In February 2018, recognizing his job may be in jeopardy, Mr. Rabinowitz asked SJR administration if he should make...

January 19, 2019

Due to the expected inclement weather, the "Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God," originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, is postponed to: February 3, 2019, 4:00 PM at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, in Roseland, NJ.

January 9, 2019

I listened with deep disappointment to the dehumanizing words used to describe our immigrant sisters and brothers. These men, women and children are neither numbers, nor criminal statistics, but flesh and blood people with their own stories and histories. Most are fleeing human misery and brutal violence that threatens their lives. False and fear-filled caricatures seek to provoke a sort of amnesia that would have this great nation deny our roots in immigrants and refugees.

January 3, 2019

Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation designating the week of January 27 – February 2, 2019, as Catholic Schools' Week in New Jersey and acknowledging the contributions of Catholic schools to the public welfare of all New Jerseyans. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools’ Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

December 28, 2018

Reverend Monsignor Francis R. Seymour entered eternal life on Thursday, December 27, 2018, following complications of a cardiac event and trauma from an auto collision on December 22. He was 81, and earlier this year had celebrated the 55th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Upon hearing the news of Monsignor’s passing, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, said, “Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable, respected and...

December 20, 2018

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. has appointed Maria Margiotta as Acting Director of the Office of Communications and Public Relations of the Archdiocese of Newark, effective January 1, 2019. Margiotta will succeed Jim Goodness, who will retire as of December 31, 2018. Margiotta is an accomplished marketing communications professional and brings more than 25 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sector to her new role.

December 14, 2018

The Roman Catholic Bishops of New Jersey announced today their decision to retain Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros to design, implement and administer a statewide Victims Compensation Program for the submission, evaluation, and settlement of individual claims of sexual abuse of a minor. The Program would operate independently from any of the participating dioceses.

December 11, 2018

Some 22 months after a devastating and fatal fire in Union City on March 4, 2017, the Catholic community of Ss. Joseph and Michael Parish in Union City will celebrate its first Mass in a completely rebuilt church building. Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will consecrate the altar and rededicate the church at an inaugural Mass set to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. 

December 10, 2018

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, has announced that representatives of the New Jersey Catholic Conference will meet with Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros on Tuesday, December 11 to plan the implementation of the Victim Compensation Program to be funded by the five Catholic dioceses of New Jersey.

November 30, 2018

On Friday, November 30, the people of the Archdiocese of Newark will continue their journey to acknowledge publicly the sins of sexual abuse, and to rebuild trust in the leadership of the Church. Beginning at 7:30 PM in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin again will lead the faithful of this Archdiocese in a second prayer service, titled "Longing for Light...We Wait in Darkness." To view the live stream, visit at 7:30 PM.


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