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James "Jim" Peter Stumbar Enters Eternal Life

James Peter Stumbar, Ph.D., endearingly known as Deacon Jim, of Berkeley Heights, NJ passed away at Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains, NJ on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the age of 75.  The visitation will take place in Church of the Little Flower 310 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 3 to 7 pm followed by a Prayer Service at 7 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Church of the Little Flower at 10:30AM. For more information, please go to

Willy J. Malarcher Enters Eternal Life

Willy J. Malarcher of Englewood, NJ, 90, died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 25, 2019. Born in New Orleans, LA, to James W. and Lilian Hart Malarcher, he was the fifth child of six. Surviving are Patricia, his wife of 60 years, his son Paul Malarcher (Sammi Sherwin) and daughter Maura Malarcher.

Willy was an artist with an independent business as a liturgical design consultant. Influenced by early exposure to the festive character of sacred and secular rituals in New Orleans, Willy had a lifelong interest in the integration of art and religion. His observation that much of what is seen in museums was originally meant for houses of worship prompted him to wonder why so few contemporary churches include the art of our time. After the Second Vatican Council introduced changes that updated Roman Catholic liturgies, Willy primarily devoted his professional life to designing environments reflecting those changes.

Willy was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1975, and ministered at the Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, NJ until 2017.

A Memorial Service will take place Saturday, April 27, at 11 AM in one of Willy’s award winning projects, Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, 175 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976.

Read the complete obituary at

Donations may be sent to the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation—Pastoral Care.

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 forty 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: Deacon Joseph Yandoli, Deacon James Tobin
Continuing Education: Deacon Andrew Saunders

Council of Permanent Deacons
Executive Committee
President: Deacon Michael York
Executive Committee Vice President: Deacon Walter Wiggins
Executive Committee Secretary: Deacon Steve Lipski


County Representatives
 Deacon Andrew Golden, Deacon Andrew Zucaro
Deacon Emeruwa Anyanwu, Deacon Walter Wiggins
Hudson: Deaon Steve Lipski, Deacon Michael Missaggia
Union: Deacon David Farrell, Deacon Michael York

Hispanic: Deacon Jorg Montalvo, Deacon Pedro Herrera

Publicity: 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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For information about the diaconate program in the Archdiocese of Newark, or questions about the diaconate in general, email us at