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February 11, 2019

Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims’ compensation experts, have been named Administrators of a New Jersey state-wide Compensation Program – approved and supported by all five Roman Catholic Dioceses located in the state. Today they announced the creation of the Independent Victim Compensation Program (“IVCP”) to pay eligible victims who were sexually abused by clergy of the Roman Catholic Church while minors.

January 23, 2019

The Most Rev. John Mortimer Smith entered eternal life on January 22, 2019, following complications of a long illness. He was 83, and in 2018 celebrated his 57th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Prior to being named Bishop Emeritus (2010-2019) and Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton (1997-2010), Bishop Smith was the former Coadjutor Bishop of Trenton (1995-1997), former Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida (1991-1995), and former...

January 22, 2019

Holy Name Medical Center officials announced today that the medical center and its primary care physicians and specialists will be waiving deductibles and co-pays for furloughed federal employees during the government shutdown who need emergency or urgent medical care. The policy will be implemented at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and all Holy Name Medical Partners offices throughout...

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.


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