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Delegate for Religious

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.

Sr. Patricia Wormann, O.P. is the Delegate for Religious. 

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).


The Archdiocese of Newark will honor women and men who are committed to consecrated or religious life during its 25th annual Consecrated Life Mass on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. in Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred HeartCardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, who is a religious with the congregation known as the Redemptorists, will preside over the Mass.

All are welcome to attend, including priests and lay faithful eager to show gratitude for those in consecrated life. Attendees must enter through the Cathedral’s Ridge Street door and are strongly encouraged to wear face masks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mass will also be livestreamed on the Archdiocese’s YouTube and Facebook pages for those who prefer to participate virtually. 

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 https://catholicsistersweek.org/.