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Deacon Anthony ScalzoDeacon Anthony Corrado Scalzo Has Entered Eternal Life

Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Deacon Anthony Scalzo who died on Monday, June 10, 2019. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark on June 1, 2002, by Most Reverend John J. Myers and prayerfully and enthusiastically served the parish of St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills. Deacon Anthony's main ministry was bereavement, and presided at more than 600 funerals over 10 years. He also taught Religious Education for 15 years and was in charge of the altar server program with his wife June.

Anthony was born in Hoboken to the late Angelo Scalzo and Madeline Muller. After marrying June in 1991, they lived in the town of Millburn for 25 years. He had a 40-year career on Wall Street, including 20 years with Swiss Bank as a Vice-President.

In 2016, he moved to Red Bank, NJ, and joined Nativity Church in Fair Haven where he found a second home as a deacon, assisting at daily Mass as well as other services. Serving the Lord as a deacon was a labor of love for Anthony.

He is predeceased by his parents and a sister-in-law, Rose. He leaves behind June, his loving wife of 28 years; sons Anthony and Joseph; four brothers—Frank (Sandra), Joseph (Jackie), Angelo and Michael (Terri)—a sister Maria (James) and many loving nieces and nephews.

The Class of 2002 is encouraged to pray for Deacon Anthony, June and their children.

United in the sure hope of the Resurrection of all who are faithful, we thank God for the gift of Deacon Anthony Scalzo, his life and faithful ministry and we pray:

Most Merciful Father,
Who has received unto Thyself the soul of this, Thy servant Anthony,
Grant, we beseech Thee, to bless, hallow and consecrate his grave as a resting place for his body.
Let Thy holy angels watch over it and preserve it until the day of Resurrection,
And grant unto us, who are still on our pilgrimage and who walk as yet by faith,
That having served Thee faithfully on earth
We may be joined hereafter with Anthony and the blessed saints in glory everlasting.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Online Liturgy of the Hours

A website has the apprioved English version (ICEL 1976) of the Liturgy of the Hours available online. It is quite comprehesive with: Invitatiory Psalm, Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer, as well as hymns! It gives page numbers for both the four-volume and single volume versions. A podcast is also available so you can listen if reading is inconvenient. An excellent resource anytime, but especially when traveling with your smartphone or laptop. The URL is

REVISED Procedure for Ministering Outside of the Archdiocese

Click HERE for the latest guidelines.

The memorandum dated May 8, 2013 from Deacon McKenna has been incorporated into the Deacon Manual at the end of the last Appendix. See "Handbook for Permanent Deacons" in "Archives" at the right for details.

The Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark

Some general information about the Permanent Diaconate can be found HERE.

It has been more than fifty years since the ordination of the first class of permanent deacons in 1975. At that time 77 men were ordained by Archbishop Gerety, considerably reduced from 200 who had applied and the 144 who began the probationary period. Since that time, the permanent diaconate program in Newark has seen many changes as both the theology and the praxis of the diaconate has developed and evolved under the influence of experience and guidance of the Holy Spirit. As in almost all areas of the world where the permanent diaconate has taken root, it has grown and generally has exceeded expectations, not only in the numbers of men called to this ordained ministry, but in the quality of its witness "as icons of Christ the servant." A listing of significant events in the history of the permanent diaconate in Newark is given in Appendix A from the booklet "A History of 25 Years of Service" presented at the Annual Assembly of Deacons in the Jubilee Year 2000.

Pax et Bonum

Intercessory Prayer for Religious Freedom

The prayer below was composed by Deacon Jim Tobin and posted here with approval of Deaon John McKenna. It is a suggestion for use at Masses in our Archdiocese:

That American Catholics will listen to the teachings of the US Catholic Bishops; become aware of the intrinsic evil being forced on Catholic institutions by the HHS Mandate and pray that the leaders of this country will have a change of heart and allow religious liberty, "Our first and most Cherished Freedom"

Let us pray to the Lord. 

Madonna Murillo

From the Directory for Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons, Congregation for the Clergy, n. 57, we are given this exhortation: "Love for Christ and for His Church is profoundly linked to love of the Blessed Virgin Mary, handmaid of the Lord. With her unique title of Mother, she was the selfless helper of her divine Son's diaconia (cf. John 19:25-27). Love of the Mother of God, based on faith and expressed in daily recitation of the rosary, imitation of her virtues and trust in her, are indeed signs of authentic filial devotion. With deep veneration and affection Mary looks on every deacon....This love of the Virgin Mary, handmaid of the Lord, which is born and rooted in the word, will cause deacons to imitate her life. In this way a Marian dimension is introduced into the Church which is very close to the vocation of the deacon.


                          Director of Selection and Formation
Rev. James Teti

                               Director of Deacon Personnel

                                   Deacon John J. McKenna

                                      Associate Directors
                           Joseph Yandoli                    No Photo Available

                  Deacon Joseph Yandoli      Deacon James Tobin

                                      Continuing Education
                                     Deacon Andrew Saunders

                                Council of Permanent Deacons
                                      Executive Committee

         President                 Vice President                Secretary
Deacon Michael York    Deacon Walter Wiggins   Deacon Steve Lipski


                                County Representatives

            Deacon Andrew Golden      Deacon Andrew Zucaro


       Deacon Emeruwa Anyanwu        Deacon Walter Wiggins

               Deaon Steve Lipski         Deacon Michael Missaggia

              Deacon David Farrell           Deacon Michael York


             Deacon Jorg Montalvo       Deacon Pedro Herrera

                                  Deacon Ed Campanella

For information about the diaconate program in the Archdiocese of Newark, or questions about the diaconate in general, email us at john.mckenna@rcan.orgi.

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