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Delegate for Religious

The Office of Delegate for Religious is primarily an office of service: of service to the Local Ordinary when the Delegate acts as his representative; of service to the Religous themselves in areas which are essential to their spiritual and psychological growth; of service to the Archdiocese by supporting, in whatever ways possible, the apostolic and prayerful ministries in which the Religious are engaged.

The Office for the Delegate for Religious serves as Cardinal Joseph Tobin's representative in most ordinary matters dealing with the religious communities within the Archdiocese of Newark. Religious Orders (Institutes of Consecrated Life), and Secular Institutes all contribute to the spiritual life and ministry of the Archdiocese, through the presence, prayer, and labor of many Sisters, Brothers, and Priests.

As the liaison person of the Cardinal with the Religious of Newark, the Delegate will strive to carry out her pastoral concern for the Religious and to work together with them to help achieve the goals set forth in the Mission Statement of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Could God be calling you to Religious Life?

If you are interested in knowing more about the Office of Vocations for Religious Life, contact Sr. Patricia M. Wormann, O.P., Delegate for Religious (

2023 Jubilarians

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Pope Francis's Prayer for the Religous

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Thank you all who came to celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life with Cardinal Joseph Tobin on Sunday, February 4, 2023, at Saint Helen Church in Westfield. 

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Catholic Sisters Week

Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope…But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events that invite all who follow Jesus to:

  • expand and support their gospel witness
  • grow the service networks they have seeded
  • share their spirituality, charisms, and community
  • encourage young women to consider a vocation to religious life
  • support their pastoral, teaching and prophetic works
  • and focus on the new world they call into being

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