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July 14, 2021

On July 6, 2021, I issued a statement expressing my deep concern that the federal budget being considered by members of Congress would eliminate the Hyde Amendment. For the past 45 years, this important legislation has saved the lives of millions of unborn children by prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion...

July 6, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I am deeply concerned that the proposed federal budget would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, which, for 45 years, has prohibited the use of federal funds for abortion. The Hyde Amendment is credited with saving the lives of millions of children. 

July 1, 2021

Celebrating the eucharistic mystery - Let us fall in love with this most precious sacrament. Let us allow ourselves to be fed by divine grace, so that we will have the strength to become what we receive in the Holy Eucharist and, then, to transform the world...

June 28, 2021

Parish liturgical ministries may return to full service, and masks are no longer required for all vaccinated ministers beginning July 3, according to updated Covid-19 directives issued by the Archdiocese of Newark. 

These directives will help to ensure that we celebrate the liturgy joyfully and safely as we move to a new phase in welcoming all back to our parishes.

June 28, 2021

Since the conclusion of the Spring Plenary Assembly of the U.S. bishops last week, there has been much attention on the vote taken to draft a document on the Eucharist. The focus of the secular media and some Catholic media on the vote may have created confusion as to the purpose of the vote and its intended goal. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify some misinformation...

June 23, 2021

The Archdiocese of Newark has entered into an agreement to sell the Pittstown, N.J. residence previously inhabited by former Archbishop John J. Myers. The residence was originally purchased by the Archdiocese of Newark in 2002 for $678,000. The residence sold in June 2021 for $910,000. A real estate transaction commission will be deducted from the sale price, and proceeds will return to the Archdiocese...

June 18, 2021

On April 21 of this year, I offered reflections on the topic “Synodality: the long game of Pope Francis” during a webinar offering of the annual Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause lecture sponsored by Loyola University Chicago’s Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. I summarize it below...

June 4, 2021

Two weeks ago, the bishops of New Jersey announced that effective this weekend (The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 5-6), we have reinstated the general obligation to attend Sunday Mass. As members of the Body of Christ, we welcome the Christian faithful to return to the regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith...

May 27, 2021

Join us via livestream on Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m. as Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, ordains five men to the Roman Catholic Priesthood for service as priests in the Archdiocese of Newark. 

May 25, 2021

Changes in Mask and Capacity Requirements for Liturgical Gatherings

Please read the latest Archdiocese of Newark COVID-19 directives (linked here) and note the changes in mask requirements as of May 28, 2021 and indoor capacity as of June 4, 2021. With these directives, we want to ensure that we celebrate the liturgy joyfully and safely and move to a new phase in welcoming all back to our parishes. Thank you for all that you are and have been doing during this extraordinary time.


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