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June 14, 2019

Beginning June 15, 2019, the New Jersey Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) will begin accepting claims related to the sexual abuse of minors by diocesan priests or deacons of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Newark, Paterson, Metuchen, Camden, and Trenton. The IVCP is administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims’ compensation experts who have designed and administered similar compensation programs for the Catholic Dioceses in...

June 3, 2019

It’s the end of an era for Catholics in New Jersey. The longest serving priest in the archdiocese of Newark is set to retire. Pastor James Pagnotta has spent 47 of his 50 years as a priest at St. Joseph’s Church in the Hilltop section of Jersey City. The 75-year-old Hudson County native came to the parish from Hoboken in 1972 and never left. “Here so long it becomes your life and your parishioners become your friends,” Pagnotta said. He’s embraced the changing community, welcoming new Filipino...

May 24, 2019

On Saturday, May 25, six men will be ordained to the priesthood for service to the Archdiocese of Newark. The Ordination will take place beginning at 10 AM in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and will be live-streamed to the Archdiocesan Facebook page: facebook.com/NwkArchdiocese. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the main celebrant.

May 20, 2019

On Saturday, May 25, six men will be ordained to the priesthood for service to the Archdiocese of Newark. The Ordination will take place beginning at 10 AM in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street in Newark. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the main celebrant. The six Ordinandi, who range in age from 25 to 50, will join more than 700 priests who currently serve the 1.5 million Catholics of the Archdiocese—as well as Catholics...

May 17, 2019

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the annual Memorial Day Program, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes," and will celebrate Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 27, at 11:00 A.M. at local cemeteries and parishes. The program honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces and recognizes both military veterans and active duty military personnel serving...

May 13, 2019

While we disagreed on specific elements of this legislation, the Catholic community, the legislature, and the Governor sincerely agree on one key position - the need to restore justice for the victims of sexual abuse in New Jersey. The Catholic community is confident that the Independent Victims Compensation Program established by the five dioceses in New Jersey is a significant step towards restoring justice for those who, as minors, were abused by ministers of the Church. Further...

May 11, 2019

The Most Reverend David Arias, O.A.R., D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Newark, entered eternal life on Thursday, May 9, 2019. He was 89 years old. Upon hearing the news of Bishop Arias’ passing, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, said, “Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable and trusted shepherd who guided the faithful wisely, well and with great pastoral care. When he was ordained a bishop in 1983, he chose a motto that reflected his love for and...

May 9, 2019

RENEW International, a recognized leader for Catholic small-group resources, is partnering with its home Archdiocese of Newark, NJ to implement RENEW’S most recent process, Healing Our Church/Sanando Nuestra Iglesia. This process helps Catholic laity address the twin crises of clergy sexual abuse and the coverup by church leaders. Healing Our Church/Sanando Nuestra Iglesia is part of a larger...

May 9, 2019

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio earlier today. The Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), is a worldwide order to the Church from the Pope, in response to the evil of sexual abuse. The new law...

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