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March 15, 2020

I think it is safe to say that, for most of us, this is the strangest Lent we have ever experienced. Last week, we heard the command of God to Abram and Sara to leave their home and their family – that is, all that was familiar and a source of identity and strength for them – to travel to an unknown destination. “To a land that I will show you,” I believe, were God’s words to the couple. Abram and Sara had no...

March 13, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark announced today it will live-stream Mass this Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Noon (EST). All faithful are invited to join virtually. The bilingual (English and Spanish) Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, to provide the faithful with spiritual nourishment during this time of need. To watch the livestream, visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/nwkarchdiocese. Following the livestream, the...

UPDATED SEPT. 1, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark continues to monitor the questions that are arising about the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states that the Diocesan Bishop “must promote, regulate, and be vigilant over the liturgical life of his diocese.” In light of the coronavirus, the uncertainty of how widespread and impactful it is and/or could be and as a precaution, Cardinal Tobin has directed the following:

March 12, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, announced today that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Additionally, he has suspended the public celebration of Mass for Saturday evening, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2020, after evaluating recommendations of state and health officials. This decision will be reviewed daily, and any new determination will be announced next week. The celebration of...

March 12, 2020

A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. It was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally. While the immediate health risk in the United States is low, it is important to plan for any possible outbreaks if the risk level increases in the future. Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States...

February 27, 2020

Pope Francis has named three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Newark, appointing Abbot Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B., Reverend Michael A. Saporito, and Reverend Monsignor Gregory J. Studerus, E.V. The appointments were posted on the Vatican website this morning, followed by a communication from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, today in Washington, DC. Upon introducing the newly named prelates this morning at the Archdiocesan...

February 16, 2020

During my years of service to my religious community, the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), I had the privilege of visiting with missionaries in more than 70 different countries throughout the world. What I learned in the process was that every missionary is called to 1) love the people he or she serves...

February 15, 2020

Through your support of the Annual Appeal, the Archdiocese of Newark is able to form the next generation of leaders, to welcome those on the margins, and finally to provide the resources so that our parishes can flourish. Your gift to the Annual Appeal is and always will be used for the reasons intended, to serve the mission of the church and nothing more. There are many ways to make a gift to the annual appeal including our website www.rcan.org/sharing. There you can also see the areas your gift will support and learn more about our programs and ministries.

February 14, 2020

Today’s story on NorthJersey.com written by reporter Abbott Koloff at The Bergen Record, is disingenuous, unbalanced, and inaccurate. We communicated the following to the reporter: "A paramount goal for the Archdiocese of Newark is the protection of the faithful. Towards that end: 1. No bishop, priest, or deacon who has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor is ministering in the Archdiocese of Newark; 2. The Archdiocese of Newark has faithfully reported...

February 13, 2020

The Most Reverend Charles James McDonnell, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Newark, entered eternal life on February 13, 2020. He was 91 years old. Upon hearing the news of Bishop McDonnell’s passing, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, said, “Today this local Church of Newark mourns a truly remarkable individual—someone who not only answered God’s call to serve His Church—but also answered the call to serve his country.” Bishop McDonnell was ordained to...

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