Clergy Personnel

The Vicar for Clergy works closely with the Archbishop in the assignment of priests and the appointment of pastors. The Priest Personnel Policy Board also assists the Archbishop by interviewing and evaluating prospective pastors, making recommendations when pastorates become available and developing policies concerning pastoral assignments. Members of this Board are elected by the priests of the Archdiocese and serve for a term of two or three years. The Vicar for Clergy serves as the Archbishop’s liaison to the Board.

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Continuing Education and Formation of Priests

Adjunct Clergy Personnel

Ministry to Retired Priests

The Delegate for the Religious

The Office of Delegate for Religious is structured to maintain a bond between Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, and members of Religious Institutes and other forms of Consecrated Life. Click here to visit her page.

The Archdiocese of Newark currently has almost 200 retired priests. Many of these priests continue to be involved on a regular basis in pastoral ministry. In 1982, the Saint John Vianney Residence in Rutherford opened as a facility for retired priests who choose the communal style of living. In 1998, the Msgr. James F. Kelley Residence opened in Caldwell as a second facility for retired priests. A quarterly Newsletter is prepared and published by retired priests. They also offer Days of Recollection for retired priests from the entire State of New Jersey. The Director of the Ministry to Retired Priests also makes regular visits to those retired priests who are hospitalized or reside in nursing homes.

The Office of Adjunct Clergy Personnel has the responsibility for the approximately 75 extern priests who minister in the Archdiocese. These priests, in most cases, minister to the diverse and growing number of immigrants who have come to the Archdiocese. While the large majority of these immigrants come from Central and South America, there are also significant numbers from Portugal, the Philippines and Poland, as well as some from Korea, India and Vietnam. The availability of priests who can minister to these communities in their native language and are aware of their culture has had a positive impact on the spiritual life of the many immigrant Catholics who come to the Archdiocese.

This Office arranges Study Days for the clergy to enrich and update their theological studies, Annual Retreats, Pastor Preparation Programs, Mentor Programs for newly ordained priests, as well as programs to enhance the pastoral skills of the clergy.

Contact Us

Very Rev. Charles Pinyan

Vicar for Clergy


Robyn Barrington-Padia

Office Manager
Vicar for Clergy


Donna LaBadie

Administrative Assistant to the Vicar for Clergy and Clergy Personnel


Tina Frey

Administrative Assistant
Priest Sabbaticals and Continuing
Formation for Priests


Rev. Stanley Gomes

Director, Ministry to Retired Priests and Ministry to Adjunct Clergy


Karin Walters

Administrative Assistant
Ministry for Retired Priests & Delegate for Religious


Sr. Patricia Wormann, OP

Delegate for Religious