Archives and Records

The Archives document the history of the archdiocese by collecting, preserving, and making available the permanent and official records of the Archdiocese of Newark, its people, parishes, offices, and institutions.


The Diocese of Newark was first established in 1853 through a Papal Brief of Pope Pius IX to include all of New Jersey.

Until this time, northern New Jersey had been a part of the Archdiocese of New York and southern New Jersey was a part of the Diocese of Philadelphia. The first parish in Newark, St. John’s on Mulberry Street, was established in 1828. The first Ordinary of the Diocese of Newark was Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, a nephew of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. He established both Immaculate Conception Seminary and Seton Hall College in 1856, naming the college in honor of his aunt.

The first division of the Diocese was in 1881 when the Diocese of Trenton was created to serve the 14 counties of South and Central New Jersey. A second division came in 1937 with the creation of the Diocese of Paterson incorporating Passic, Morris, and Sussex. This established the current territory of the Archdiocese of Newark, which includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.

On Dec. 10, 1937 the Diocese of Newark was elevated to the rank of Archdiocese. Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh, who had become Bishop of Newark in 1928, was installed in his new rank on April 27, 1938.

When the Diocese was founded in 1853, its seat was established at St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral in Newark. The site of the Sacred Heart Cathedral was acquired in Bishop Bayley’s time, but construction did not begin until 1899 under the third Bishop of Newark Winand M. Wigger. The Cathedral was completed in 1954 as the Archdiocese was celebrating its centennial year, and was elevated to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II when he visited there in 1995.

Chronology of Parishes

Select the time period to see the history of our parishes




2002 Holy Trinity-Epiphany NEWARK (Merger)  
2003 Immaculate Heart of Mary/St. Patrick ELIZABETH (Merger)
2005 Good Shepherd IRVINGTON (Immaculate Heart of Mary, Maplewood merged with St. Paul the Apostle, Irvington to form Good Shepherd Parish July 2005)
2005 Holy Redeemer WEST NEW YORK (Merger of St. John Nepomucene, Guttenberg and Our Lady Help of Christians, West New York July 2005)
2005 St. Andrew Kim MAPLEWOOD (St. Andrew Kim relocated from Orange to former site of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Maplewood)
2005 St. Patrick and Assumption/All Saints JERSEY CITY (Merger)
2005 St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Stanislaus Kostka PLAINFIELD (Merger)
2005 Parish of the Transfiguration NEWARK (St. Rocco and St. Ann, Newark merged to form Parish of the Transfiguration)
2006 Saint Rocco/Saint Brigid Parish UNION CITY (Merger of St. Rocco, Union City and St. Brigid, North Bergen Feb. 2006)
2008 Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph HOBOKEN (Merger)
2009 St. Michael/St. Joseph BAYONNE (Merger)
2009 St. Adalbert/SS. Peter and Paul ELIZABETH (Merger)
2010 Divine Mercy RAHWAY (Merger of St. Mark and St. Mary, Rahway July 2010)
2014 St. Mary JERSEY CITY (Created from the suppression of Resurrection Parish, Jersey City)
2014 St. Michael JERSEY CITY (Created from the suppression of Resurrection Parish, Jersey City)
2016 Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich BAYONNE (Created from the merger of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Andrew, Bayonne)
2016 St. John Paul II BAYONNE (Created from the merger of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of the Assumption, and St. Michael/St. Joseph, Bayonne)
1900 Saint Ann’s Church HOBOKEN
1900 Saint Bridgid’s Church NORTH BERGEN
1901 Holy Trinity Church NEWARK (Merged with Epiphany October 2002) 
1901 Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church GARFIELD
1901 Saint Anthony’s Church BELLEVILLE
1901 Saint Anthony’s Church EAST NEWARK
1902 Our Lady of the Assumption Church BAYONNE
1902 Our Lady of Good Counsel Church NEWARK
1902 Our Lady of Libera Church WEST NEW YORK
1902 Our Lady of Mercy Church PARK RIDGE
1902 Saint Elizabeth’s Church WYCKOFF
1902 Saint Stephen’s Church NEWARK (Closed)
1903 Saint Joseph’s Church ORADELL
1903 Saint Anne’s Church JERSEY CITY
1904 Saint Stephen’s Church KEARNY
1905 Sacred Heart Church JERSEY CITY
1905 Sacred Heart Church LYNDHURST
1905 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church JERSEY CITY
1905 Saint Adalbert’s Church ELIZABETH
1905 Saint John the Evangelist Church BERGENFIELD
1906 Blessed Sacrament Church NEWARK
1906 Holy Rosary Church EDGEWATER
1906 Holy Trinity Church FORT LEE
1907 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Hungarian) IRVINGTON (Founded in Newark, moved to Irvington in 1969, subsequently closed)
1907 Church of the Assumption ROSELLE PARK
1907 Immaculate Conception Church ELIZABETH
1907 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church MONTCLAIR
1907 Saint Michael’s Church BAYONNE
1908 Immaculate Conception Church SECAUCUS
1908 Our Lady of Czestochowa Church HARRISON
1908 Saint Anastasia’s Church TEANECK
1908 Saint Casimir’s Church NEWARK
1908 Saint Mary’s Church RUTHERFORD
1909 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary JERSEY CITY (Merged with All Saints)
1909 Holy Family Church NUTLEY
1909 Saint Anne’s Church FAIR LAWN
1909 Saint Elizabeth’s Church LINDEN
1909 Saint Joseph’s Church HACKENSACK
1910 Saint Charles Borromeo Church NEWARK (Merged with Blessed Sacrament in 1999)
1910 Saint John Nepomucene Church GUTTENBERG
1910 Our Lady of Victories Church HARRINGTON PARK
1910 Saint Ann’s (Lithuanian) Church JERSEY (Closed Dec. 3, 1974)
1910 Holy Name of Jesus Church EAST ORANGE
1911 Most Holy Name Church GARFIELD
1911 Our Lady of Czestochowa Church JERSEY CITY
1911 Saint Ann’s (Polish) Church JERSEY CITY
1911 Saint Joseph’s Church ELIZABETH (Closed 1986)
1912 Saint Aedan’s Church JERSEY CITY
1912 Saint Catherine’s Church HILLSIDE
1912 Saint John the Evangelist Church LEONIA
1912 Saint Mary’s Church CLOSTER
1912 Saint Michael’s Church LYNDHURST
1912 Saint Michael’s Church PALISADES PARK
1912 Saint Rocco’s Church UNION CITY
1913 Our Lady of Grace Church FAIRVIEW
1914 Our Lady of All Souls Church EAST ORANGE (Closed 1993)
1914 Our Lady of Lourdes Church WEST ORANGE
1914 Our Lady of Sorrows Church JERSEY CITY
1914 Sacred Heart Church HAWORTH
1914 Saint Andrew’s Church BAYONNE
1914 Saint Francis Xavier Church NEWARK
1914 Saint Joseph’s Church MAPLEWOOD
1914 Saint Mary’s Church DUMONT
1915 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church MAHWAH
1915 Our Lady of Sorrows Church KEARNY
1916 Church of the Epiphany CLIFFSIDE PARK
1916 Our Lady of the Most Bl. Sacrament EAST ORANGE (Closed 1993) 
1916 Saint Joseph’s Church EAST ORANGE
1917 Our Lady of Sorrows Church GARFIELD
1917 Our Lady of Victories Church JERSEY CITY
1917 Sacred Heart Church NORTH BERGEN
1917 Sacred Heart Church ROCHELLE PARK
1917 Saint Francis Church HACKENSACK
1917 Saint Joseph’s Church LODI
1917 Saint Stanislaus Kostka GARFIELD
1918 Our Lady of the Rosary Church NEWARK (Closed 1992)
1919 Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church PLAINFIELD
1920 Saint Genevieve’s Church ELIZABETH
1921 Immaculate Conception Church NORWOOD
1921 Saint Bernard’s Church PLAINFIELD
1922 Blessed Sacrament Church ELIZABETH
1922 Queen of Peace Church NORTH ARLINGTON
1923 Our Lady of the Lake Church VERONA
1923 Saint James’ Church SPRINGFIELD
1923 Saint Nicholas Church PALISADES PARK
1925 Immaculate Conception Church NEWARK
1925 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church NUTLEY
1925 Sacred Heart of Jesus Church IRVINGTON
1925 Saint Anne’s Church GARWOOD
1925 Saint Hedwig’s Church ELIZABETH
1925 Saint John the Baptist Church HILLSDALE
1925 Saint Theresaís Church LINDEN
1926 Church of the Assumption WOOD-RIDGE
1926 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church NEWARK (Founded as St. Joseph Spanish/Portuguese Church in 1926, name changed in 1965.)
1927 Saint Philomena’s Church LIVINGSTON
1928 Saint Michael’s Church UNION
1929 Saint Joseph’s Church BOGOTA
1930 Christ the King Church JERSEY CITY
1930 Immaculate Conception Church MAHWAH
1930 Queen of Angels Church NEWARK
1931 Holy Spirit Church ORANGE (Merged with Our Lady Help of Christians, East Orange, in 1983)
1931 Saint Anthony’s Church MOONACHIE (Closed 1955)
1931 Saint Joseph’s Church DEMAREST
1931 Saint Leo’s Church ELMWOOD PARK
1931 Saint Paul’s Church RAMSEY
1931 Saint Therese of Lisieux Church CRESSKILL
1932 Saint Peter Claver Church MONTCLAIR
1934 Saint Joseph’s Church WEST ORANGE
1939 Saint Thomas the Apostle Church BLOOMFIELD
1940 Saint Margaret’s Church LITTLE FERRY
1942 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church WALLINGTON
1942 Our Lady of Peace Church NEW PROVIDENCE
1947 Church of the Assumption EMERSON
1947 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church ELIZABETH
1948 Christ the King Church HILLSIDE
1948 Saint Bartholomew’s Church SCOTCH PLAINS
1948 Saint John the Apostle Church LINDEN
1948 Saint Paul the Apostle Church IRVINGTON
1948 Saint Peter the Apostle Church RIVER EDGE
1949 Saint Catherine of Siena Church CEDAR GROVE
1949 Saint Theresa’s Church KENILWORTH
1950 Our Lady Queen of Peace Church MAYWOOD
1952 Church of the Annunciation PARAMUS
1952 Our Lady of the Visitation PARAMUS
1952 Saint Gabriel’s Church SADDLE RIVER
1953 Church of the Ascension NEW MILFORD
1953 Saint Catharine’s Church GLEN ROCK
1953 Saint Philip’s Church SADDLE BROOK
1954 Guardian Angel Church ALLENDALE
1954 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church MAPLEWOOD
1954 Saint Pius X Church OLD TAPPAN
1955 Blessed Sacrament Church ROSELAND
1955 Church of the Little Flower BERKELEY HEIGHTS
1955 Church of the Nativity MIDLAND PARK
1955 Holy Family Church LINDEN
1956 Our Lady of Fatima Church NEWARK
1957 Saint Thomas Aquinas Church NEWARK
1958 Our Lady of Lourdes Church MOUNTAINSIDE
1959 Our Lady of Good Counsel Church WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
1960 Our Lady of Perpetual Help OAKLAND
1961 Most Blessed Sacrament Church FRANKLIN LAKES
1961 Our Lady of Presentation Church UPPER SADDLE RIVER
1961 Saint Agnes Church CLARK
1961 Saint Raphael’s Church LIVINGSTON
1962 Saint Thomas More Church FAIRFIELD
1963 Holy Spirit Church UNION
1963 Notre Dame Church NORTH CALDWELL
1963 Our Lady of Fatima Church NORTH BERGEN
1963 Our Lady of Mercy Church JERSEY CITY
1964 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church SCOTCH PLAINS
1964 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church NEWARK (Closed 1979)
1966 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church LYNDHURST
1967 Our Lady Mother of the Church WOODCLIFF LAKE
1968 Saint Helen’s Church WESTFIELD
1972 Saint Andrew Kim (Korean) ORANGE (Merged with St. Venantius Parish in 1983)
1973 Our Lady of Fatima Church ELIZABETH
1992 Epiphany Parish (Portuguese) NEWARK (Merged with Holy Trinity October 2002)
1997 Resurrection Church JERSEY CITY (St. Boniface, St. Bridget, St. Mary. St. Michael, St. Peter merged in 1997 to form Resurrection Parish)
1998 Saint Joseph Korean Catholic Church DEMAREST
1998 Church of the Korean Martyrs SADDLE BROOK
1999 Blessed Sacrament/St. Charles NEWARK (Merger)
1826 Saint John’s Church NEWARK
1831 Saint Peter’s Church JERSEY CITY (Merged as part of Resurrection in 1997)
1837 Saint Peter’s Church BELLEVILLE
1842 Saint Mary’s Church (Newark Abbey) NEWARK
1844 Saint Mary of the Assumption Church ELIZABETH
1848 Saint Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral NEWARK
1850 Saint Joseph’s Church NEWARK (Closed 1980)
1851 Our Lady of Grace Church HOBOKEN
1851 Saint John’s Church ORANGE
1851 Saint Mary’s Church PLAINFIELD
1851 Saint Michael’s Church UNION CITY (Merged with Saint Joseph in 1983)
1852 Saint Michael’s Church ELIZABETH (Merged with Holy Rosary in 1985)
1852 Saint Rose of Lima Church SHORT HILLS
1854 Saint Benedict’s Church NEWARK
1854 Saint Francis de Sales Church LODI
1854 Saint James’ Church NEWARK
1854 Saint Mary’s Church JERSEY CITY (Merged as part of Resurrection in 1997)
1854 Saint Mary’s Church RAHWAY
1856 Saint Joseph’s Church JERSEY CITY
1857 Holy Family Church UNION CITY
1858 Church of the Madonna FORT LEE
1858 Saint Patrick’s Church ELIZABETH
1861 Holy Trinity Church HACKENSACK
1861 Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church BAYONNE
1861 Saint Paul’s Church (Greenville) JERSEY CITY
1863 Saint Boniface’s Church JERSEY CITY (Merged as part of Resurrection in 1997)
1863 Saint Joseph of the Palisades WEST NEW YORK
1863 Saint Teresa’s Church SUMMIT
1864 Immaculate Conception Church MONTCLAIR
1864 Saint Luke’s Church HO-HO-KUS
1864 Saint Peter’s Church NEWARK (Closed 1974)
1865 Holy Cross Church HARRISON
1866 Saint Cecilia’s Church ENGLEWOOD
1867 Saint Michael’s Church JERSEY CITY (Merged as part of Resurrection in 1997)
1868 Saint Paul of the Cross Church JERSEY CITY
1869 Saint Bridget’s Church JERSEY CITY (Merged as part of Resurrection in 1997)
1869 Saint Columba’s Church NEWARK
1869 Saint Patrick’s Church JERSEY CITY
1871 Sacred Heart Church ELIZABETH (Closed 1983)
1871 Saint Joseph’s Church HOBOKEN
1871 Saint Mark’s Church RAHWAY
1872 Holy Trinity Church WESTFIELD
1872 Saint Joseph’s Church EAST RUTHERFORD
1872 Saint Michael’s Church CRANFORD
1873 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church TENAFLY
1873 Our Lady of the Valley Church ORANGE
1873 Saint John the Baptist Church FAIRVIEW
1874 Saint Augustine’s Church NEWARK
1875 Saint Antoninus Church NEWARK
1876 Saint Mary’s Church NUTLEY
1877 Saint Aloysius Church NEWARK
1878 Sacred Heart Church BLOOMFIELD
1878 Saint Leo’s Church IRVINGTON
1878 Saint Michael’s Church NEWARK
1882 Our Lady Help of Christians Church EAST ORANGE (Merged with Holy Spirit, Orange, in 1983, to become Holy Spirit/O.L.Help of Christians)
1884 Saint Anthony’s Church JERSEY CITY
1884 Saint John the Baptist Church JERSEY CITY
1884 Saint Lucy’s Church JERSEY CITY (Closed 1986)
1885 Holy Rosary Church JERSEY CITY
1886 Holy Rosary Church ELIZABETH (Closed 1985)
1886 Saint Ann’s Church NEWARK
1886 Saint Augustine’s Church UNION CITY
1886 Saint Nicholas Church JERSEY CITY
1886 Saint Venantius ORANGE (Merged with Saint Andrew Kim in 1983)
1887 Our Lady of Sorrows Church SOUTH ORANGE
1887 Saint Bridget’s Church (closed 1985) NEWARK
1887 Saint Joseph’s Church UNION CITY (Merged with Saint Michael in 1983)
1887 Saint Lawrence’s Church WEEHAWKEN
1887 Saint Philip Neri Church NEWARK (Closed 1968)
1888 Saint Francis Church HOBOKEN
1888 Saint Joseph’s Church BAYONNE
1888 Saint Rose of Lima Church NEWARK
1889 Cathedral of the Sacred Heart NEWARK
1889 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church NEWARK
1889 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church RIDGEWOOD
1889 Saint Andrew’s Church WESTWOOD
1889 Saint Henry’s Church BAYONNE
1889 Saint Peter and Paul Church HOBOKEN
1889 Saint Stanislaus Church NEWARK
1890 Saint Anthony’s Church NORTHVALE
1890 Saint Francis Church RIDGEFIELD PARK
1891 Immaculate Conception Church HACKENSACK
1891 Saint Lucy’s Church NEWARK
1892 Sacred Heart Church (Vailsburg) NEWARK
1892 Saint Aloysius Church CALDWELL
1893 Saint Cecilia’s Church KEARNY
1893 Saint Mary Magdalene Church NEWARK (Closed 1927)
1894 Saint Vincent de Paul Church BAYONNE
1895 Saint Anthony’s Church ELIZABETH
1895 Saint Cassian’s Church UPPER MONTCLAIR
1895 Saint Joseph’s Church ROSELLE
1895 Saint Mary’s Church WEST NEW YORK
1895 Saint Peter and Paul Church ELIZABETH
1896 All Saints Church JERSEY CITY (Merged with Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
1896 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church ORANGE
1897 Corpus Christi Church HASBROUCH HEIGHTS
1897 Saint Aloysius Church JERSEY CITY
1898 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church BAYONNE
1899 Saint Anthony of Padua Church UNION CITY
1899 Saint Matthew’s Church RIDGEFIELD
1899 Saint Rocco’s Church NEWARK
1899 Saint Valentine’s Church BLOOMFIELD

Suggestions to Help with Your Search for Sacramental Records

Adapted from information posted on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles website

Location of completed sacraments

Assuming you are looking for your baptismal certificate, did you ever receive First Communion, Confirmation, or Matrimony in the Catholic Church? Parishes celebrating these other sacraments are supposed to send that information (a notation only, not the certificate) back to the parish of baptism, so if you contact the parishes of these other sacraments that may point you back to the parish of baptism. Please note that the parish of baptism cannot give you your certificate for First Communion, Confirmation, etc.; it would just have a notation that you received that sacrament (elsewhere). Sacramental certificates are only available from the parish where you celebrated that sacrament.

County’s Vital Statistics Office or Hall of Records

For birth or marriage records, you can also contact the County’s Vital Statistics Office or Hall of Records.


Where were your sisters and brothers baptized? Sometimes siblings were baptized together, or at least at the same parish.

Location of parish

What address did you live at when you were baptized? Knowing this may be helpful in locating the parish that address geographically belongs.

Parish leadership

Is there any remembrance of the parish (examples: it was named after Mary; it was in Newark, Elizabeth or Jersey City; it was run by the Franciscan or Carmelite priests, or another religious order)?

City or suburbs

Was it in the a city or one of in the suburbs? The cities in the Archdiocese have many parishes, while each suburb usually has only one or two.

Baptized on a U.S. military base

Were you baptized on a U.S. military base, either in the U.S. or abroad? If so, your records are probably at the Military Archdiocese:

Archdiocese of the Military Services, U.S.A.
415 Michigan Ave., N.E., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20017-1518

Please send a written request to the Military Archdiocese, either by postal mail or e-mail.
It takes two to three weeks to receive the certificate.

Contact Us

Brianna LoSardo

Archdiocesan Archivist


Athena Frade

Archdiocesan Records Assistant