In November 2018, we bishops of the United States issued a pastoral letter against racism entitled, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. Although our conference has spoken out against racism many times in the past, we believed that the increasing incidents of violence and injustice in our nation warranted a renewed commitment on our part to call attention to the evils of racist thought, speech and actions...
For nearly half a year now, it seems like we have all been living in the Twilight Zone. Things just don’t appear to be the way they should be, and it’s kind of eerie. I certainly don’t want to joke about this deadly serious pandemic. Too many people have lost family members, friends and close colleagues. Many others have lost their jobs or are experiencing severe economic hardships...
In response to the urgent need to address enrollment loss and growing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark has announced that five elementary schools will not reopen this fall and three elementary schools will consolidate with nearby school communities...
The devastating consequences of the current pandemic have gravely impacted our Church as well as every aspect of our society. The financial insecurity that has been generated by COVID-19 affects in a particular way the schools of the Archdiocese, their students, parents, faculty and administration...
The Holy Father’s request that the entire Church pray for, and reflect on, the importance of families was addressed in significant ways during the initial years of his pontificate. In his letter, Pope Francis said: “Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.”...
Despite a global pandemic, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark continues to serve the poor and spread God’s message of hope and mercy. “We never stopped working,” said John Westervelt, the Chief Executive Officer of CCAN. “A lot is still going on in Catholic Charities even though today is 128 days since the pandemic started. We’re still servicing the poor..."
The Archdiocese of Newark won 13 awards from the Catholic Press Association during its virtual 2020 Catholic Media Conference. The awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in Catholic media, including newspapers, journals, books, multimedia and wire services across the United States and Canada.
Thanks be to God, effective June 20/21, our churches have entered Phase III of the reopening process, and we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. We shouldn’t kid ourselves, however. The pandemic remains a serious—deadly— problem especially for those who are most vulnerable...
In response to the publication of a national news story on Catholic churches receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, the Archdiocese of Newark has issued the following statement: "Although the Archdiocese of Newark did not accept the entirety of funding assistance for which it was eligible under the law, many of our archdiocesan parishes and schools did apply for and receive vital financial assistance via SBA Paycheck Protection Program funding..."
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will ordain 22 permanent deacons for service in the Archdiocese of Newark on Saturday, July 11, 2020. The ordinations will be celebrated during two separate Masses, which will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on the archdiocesan YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/NwkArchdiocese.