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Delegate for Religious

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2023.  Click and download this document with prayers, a short bulletin announcement and intercessions for your parish. 
All are invited to a special archdiocesan Mass, which will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph Tobin on Saturday, February 4, at 11:00 A.M., at Saint Helen Church in Westfield. Click and download the invitation for more information. Major superiors have been asked to send any names of jubilarians to Sr. Patricia by January 19, 2023
Please pray for all those who have made commitments to consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
To learn more about Consecrated Life, visit our website at or contact Sr. Patricia Wormann, O.P., Delegate for Religious, at
To learn more about The World Day for Consecrated Life, click here

The Office of Delegate for Religious is primarily an office of service: of service to the Local Ordinary when the Delegate acts as his representative; of service to the Religous themselves in areas which are essential to their spiritual and psychological growth; of service to the Archdiocese by supporting, in whatever ways possible, the apostolic and prayerful ministries in which the Religious are engaged.

The Office for the Delegate for Religious serves as Cardinal Joseph Tobin's representative in most ordinary matters dealing with the religious communities within the Archdiocese of Newark. Religious Orders (Institutes of Consecrated Life), and Secular Institutes all contribute to the spiritual life and ministry of the Archdiocese, through the presence, prayer, and labor of many Sisters, Brothers, and Priests.

As the liaison person of the Cardinal with the Religious of Newark, the Delegate will strive to carry out her pastoral concern for the Religious and to work together with them to help achieve the goals set forth in the Mission Statement of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of a religious vocation should contact the Archdiocesan Director of Vocations for Religious Life (please follow the link in the menu on the right side of this page). 

Congratulations to our Jubilarians! (Click here for the full list.)

(Click image below to download the Mass worship aid)

(Click image below to read or print the Prayer for Vocations)

Catholic Sisters Week

Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope…But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events that invite all who follow Jesus to:

  • expand and support their gospel witness
  • grow the service networks they have seeded
  • share their spirituality, charisms, and community
  • encourage young women to consider a vocation to religious life
  • support their pastoral, teaching and prophetic works
  • and focus on the new world they call into being

Learn more at

Could God be calling you to Religious Life?

If you are interested in knowing more about the Office of Vocations for Religious Life, contact Sr. Patricia M. Wormann, O.P., Delegate for Religious (