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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark

The Archdiocese of Newark is an archdiocese of the Catholic Church in northeastern New Jersey, United States. Its ecclesiastic territory includes all of the Catholic parishes and schools in the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Union, Hudson and Essex (where the city of Newark is located).


Originally established as the Diocese of Newark in 1853 by Pope Pius IX, it was elevated to archdiocese in 1937 by Pope Pius XI.

Newark's Saint Mary's Abbey was instrumental in the 1889 founding of Saint Anselm College, a Catholic, Benedictine college in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

The Archbishop of Newark presides from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. He is metropolitan for all the New Jersey dioceses, with the suffragan sees being the Diocese of Camden, the Diocese of Metuchen, the Diocese of Paterson and the Diocese of Trenton.

On September 24, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop of Gaylord, Michigan, as Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark, positioning him to succeed Archbishop John J. Myers when the latter retired, resigned, or died. However, after Pope Francis appointed Hebda Apostolic Administrator of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in June 2015, concurrent with Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark, he then named Hebda Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on March 24, 2016, ending any possibility that Hebda would succeed Myers.

In February 2014, the New York Times reported Archbishop Myers planned to retire to a 7,500-foot "palace" expanded at his direction in Pittstown, New Jersey.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Myers on November 7, 2016 and named Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, then Archbishop of Indianapolis, to be the Archbishop of Newark. Newark, like Indianapolis, had never before been headed by a cardinal. His installation took place on January 6, 2017.


The lists of the bishops and archbishops and their years of service:


  1. James Roosevelt Bayley (1853–1872), appointed Archbishop of Baltimore
  2. Michael Corrigan (1873–1880), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop and later Archbishop of New York
  3. Winand Wigger (1881–1901)
  4. John J. O'Connor (1901–1927)
  5. Thomas J. Walsh (1928–1937)

Archbishops of Newark

  1. Thomas J. Walsh (1937–1952)
  2. Thomas Aloysius Boland (1953–1974)
  3. Peter Leo Gerety (1974–1986)
  4. Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1986–2000), appointed Archbishop of Washington
  5. John J. Myers (2001–2016)
  6. Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. (2017–present)

Coadjutor Archbishop

  • Bernard Hebda (2013–2016), did not succeed to see; appointed Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis (In 2015, he had received the concurrent appointment as Apostolic Administrator of that Minnesota see, despite the distance. When he was installed as Archbishop there, he ceased as Coadjutor here.)

Auxiliary Bishops

  • Thomas H. McLaughlin (1935-1937), appointed Bishop of Paterson
  • William A. Griffin (1938-1940), appointed Bishop of Trenton
  • Thomas Aloysius Boland (1940-1947), appointed Bishop of Paterson and later Archbishop of Newark
  • Justin J. McCarthy (1954-1957), appointed Bishop of Camden
  • Martin Walter Stanton (1957-1972)
  • Joseph Arthur Costello (1963-1978)
  • John Joseph Dougherty (1963-1982)
  • Jerome Arthur Pechillo, T.O.R. (1976-1991)
  • Joseph Abel Francis, S.V.D. (1976-1995)
  • Robert Francis Garner (1976-1995)
  • Dominic Anthony Marconi (1976-2002)
  • David Arias Pérez, O.A.R. (1983-2004)
  • James T. McHugh (1987-1989), appointed Bishop of Camden and later Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Rockville Centre
  • John Mortimer Smith (1988-1991), appointed Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee and later Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Trenton
  • Michael Saltarelli (1990-1995), appointed Bishop of Wilmington
  • Charles James McDonnell (1994-2004)
  • Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio (1996-1999), appointed Bishop of Camden and later Bishop of Brooklyn
  • Paul Gregory Bootkoski (1997-2002), appointed Bishop of Metuchen
  • Arthur Serratelli (2000-2004), appointed Bishop of Paterson
  • Edgar Moreira da Cunha (2003-2014), appointed Bishop of Fall River
  • Gaetano Aldo Donato (2004-2015)
  • John Walter Flesey (2004-2017)
  • Manuel Aurelio Cruz (2008-present)

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

  • Robert Seton, appointed Titular Archbishop
  • Peter Baldacchino, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Miami

Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark


  • Immaculate Conception (Archdiocesan Major Seminary) at Seton Hall University in South Orange
  • Saint Andrew's Hall College Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange
  • Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Kearny, New Jersey

Higher education

  • Seton Hall University
  • Caldwell College
  • Felician College
  • Saint Peter's University

Secondary schools

Bergen County
  • Academy of the Holy Angels (Demarest)
  • Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell)
  • Don Bosco Preparatory High School (Ramsey)
  • Immaculate Conception High School (Lodi)
  • Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township)
  • Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus)
  • Queen of Peace High School (North Arlington)
  • St. Joseph Regional High School (Montvale)
  • St. Mary High School (Rutherford)
Essex County
  • Christ the King Preparatory School (Newark)
  • Immaculate Conception High School (Montclair)
  • Lacordaire Academy (Upper Montclair)
  • Mount Saint Dominic Academy (Caldwell)
  • St. Benedict's Preparatory School (Newark)
  • St. Vincent Academy (Newark)
  • Seton Hall Preparatory School (West Orange)
Hudson County
  • Holy Family Academy (Bayonne) (CLOSED)
  • Hudson Catholic Regional High School (Jersey City)
  • Marist High School (Bayonne)
  • St. Anthony High School (Jersey City) -- closed 2017
  • St. Dominic Academy (Jersey City)
  • St. Peter's Preparatory School (Jersey City)
  • Kenmare High School* (Jersey City)
* Alternative school financially independent of archdiocese.
Union County
  • Benedictine Academy (Elizabeth)
  • Mother Seton Regional High School (Clark)
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child (Summit)
  • Oratory Preparatory School (Summit)
  • Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption High School (Elizabeth)
  • Union Catholic Regional High School (Scotch Plains)

Elementary Schools

Bergen County

Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Franklin Lakes)

  • Academy of Our Lady (Glen Rock)
  • Academy of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Tenafly)
  • Academy of St. Paul (Ramsey)
  • Academy of St. Therese (Cresskill)
  • Christ the Teacher Interparochial School (Fort Lee)
  • Corpus Christi School (Hasbrouck Heights)
  • Notre Dame Interparochial School (Palisades Park)
  • Our Lady of Grace School (Fairview)
  • Our Lady of Mercy Academy (Park Ridge)
  • St. Anne School (Fair Lawn)
  • St. Elizabeth School (Wyckoff)
  • St. John's Academy (Hillsdale)
  • St. Joseph's School (Oradell)
  • St. Joseph's Academy (Bogota)
  • St. Leo's School (Elmwood Park)
  • Transfiguration Academy (Bergenfield)
Essex County
  • Aquinas Academy (Livingston)
  • Blessed Pope John XXIII School (closed) (West Orange)
  • Good Shepard Academy (Irvington)
  • Good Shepard Academy (Nutley)
  • Ironbound Catholic Academy (Newark)
  • Lacordaire Academy (Lower Division) (Upper Montclair)
  • Our Lady Help of Christians School (East Orange)
  • Our Lady of the Lake School (Verona)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows School (South Orange)
  • St. Cassian School (Upper Montclair)
  • St. Catherines of Siena School (Cedar Grove)
  • St. Francis Xavier School (Newark)
  • St. Joseph School (East Orange)
  • St. Mary School(Newark)
  • St. Michael School(Newark)
  • St. Peters School (Belleville)
  • St. Rose of Lima Academy (Short Hills)
  • St. Thomas the Apostle School (Bloomfield)
  • Trinity Academy (Caldwell)
Hudson County
  • All Saints Catholic Academy (Bayonne)
  • Hoboken Catholic Academy (Hoboken)
Union County
  • Holy Trinity Interparochial School (Westfield)


  • Christ The King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes
  • Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington
  • Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange
  • Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee
  • Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah
  • Saint Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia
  • Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Lyndhurst

Parishes of the Archdiocese of Newark

See parishes by location and county here: List of parishes at the Archdiocese of Newark website

Province of Newark

Sexual abuse of priests and seminarians

In July 2018, it was reported that Catholic dioceses in New Jersey paid two former priests a total of $180,000 after they said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had sexually abused them.

A subsequent news report by Catholic News Agency, based on interviews with six unnamed priests of the Archdiocese of Newark, gave more details on McCarrick's actions while Archbishop of Newark. According to this report, when McCarrick would visit the seminary in the Newark diocese, he "would often place his hand on seminarians while talking with them, or on their thighs while seated near them." One of the priests stated that McCarrick "had a type: tall, slim, intelligent - but no smokers." He stated that McCarrick would invite young men to stay at his house on the shore, or to spend the night in the cathedral rectory in central Newark. In response to the story, the Archdiocese of Newark stated that neither the six anonymous priests interviewed for the story, nor anyone else, "has ever spoken to Cardinal Tobin about a 'gay sub-culture' in the Archdiocese of Newark."

The news story also stated that in 2014, a priest was removed from his job as rector of St. Andrew's Hall, the archdiocesan college seminary, after it was alleged that he had hidden a camera in a young priest's bedroom. In response to the story, the Archdiocese of Newark stated that this priest had been "going through a personal crisis and received therapy after the incident at the seminary. Although he is not serving as a pastor, he has been deemed fit for priestly ministry and hopes to serve as a hospital chaplain."

On 17 August 2018 the Catholic News Agency reported that six Newark priests alleged experience of sexual misconduct by two priests in seminary and ministry in the archdiocese. Archbishop Tobin responded with a letter to the priests of Newark on the same day, saying that he had been unaware of the issue. He concluded the letter by encouraging priests to refer media inquiries to the archdiocesan director of communications, rather than speak to journalists. This drew criticism, following the many cases of Church cover-ups rather than transparency, such as "The Catholic church’s habit of secrecy and denial continues".

On September 26, 2018, it was announced that Archdiocese of Newark was now one of four American Dioceses facing an investigation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. McCarrick served in each Diocese under investigation. On February 13, 2019, all of the Catholic Dioceses based in New Jersey released the names of clergy who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing children since 1940. Of the 188 listed, 63 were based in the Archdiocese of Newark. Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin also acknowledged that the alleged acts of abuse committed by the clergy listed were reported to law enforcement agencies. One of the priests also served in not only the Archdiocese of Newark, but also in the Diocese of Paterson.

In December 2019, a new law went into effect throughout the state of New Jersey which resulted in some of McCarrick's victims filing lawsuits against the former Cardinal and Archdiocese of Newark. As of December 9, 2019, a total of eight lawsuits were filed against the Archdiocese, with one also being the first filed against the Vatican.

On December 27, 2019, the Washington Post revealed that McCarrick gave $600,000 to high-ranking church officials, including two popes, multiple priests, cardinals and archbishops, when he was Archbishop of Washington between 2001 and 2006 amid a sexual abuse probe. The Post article stated that "Several of the more than 100 recipients were directly involved in assessing misconduct claims against McCarrick, documents and interviews show." However, some of these recipients, including both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, had little oversight over these transactions. Robert Hoatson, a Archdiocese of Newark cleric who was involved in the transactions, described these payments as "hush money."

See also

  • LT John P. Washington, Chaplain, USA – one of the Four Chaplains killed during World War II
  • Major Charles J. Watters, Chaplain, USA – killed in Vietnam War; awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously
  • Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic
  • Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark
  • List of the Catholic cathedrals of the United States
  • List of the Catholic dioceses of the United States
  • Plenary Councils of Baltimore
  • Catholic Church in the United States
  • Catholic Church and politics in the United States
  • History of Roman Catholicism in the United States


External links

  • Search for burials in the Archdiocese of Newark database
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark Official Site
  • New Jersey Provincial Directory

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark

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