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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
Archdiocese of Newark

Archidioecesis Novarcensis
Facade of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newark.jpg
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Newark
Coat of arms
CountryUnited States
TerritoryCounties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union, New Jersey
Ecclesiastical provinceNewark
- Catholics

1,319,558 (56.7%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJuly 29, 1853; 166 years ago (July 29, 1853) (became archdiocese, December 10, 1937)
CathedralCathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Patron saintSt. Patrick
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Current leadership
ArchbishopJoseph W. Tobin
Auxiliary Bishops
Vicar General
  • Thomas P. Nydegger
  • Michael A. Andreano[1]
Bishops emeritus
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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).[2]


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.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8][9][10][11][9]


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[12]
  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

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark


Higher education

Secondary schools

Bergen County
Essex County
Hudson County
* Alternative school financially independent of archdiocese.
Union County

Elementary Schools

Bergen County

Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Franklin Lakes)

Essex County
Hudson County
Union County


Parishes of the Archdiocese of Newark

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bayonne
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.[14]

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.[15] 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."[15]

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.[15] 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."[15]

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,[16] 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".[17][18]

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.[19] McCarrick served in each Diocese under investigation.[19] 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.[20] Of the 188 listed, 63 were based in the Archdiocese of Newark.[20] Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin also acknowledged that the alleged acts of abuse committed by the clergy listed were reported to law enforcement agencies.[20] One of the priests also served in not only the Archdiocese of Newark, but also in the Diocese of Paterson.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "Nydegger, Andreano Named Vicars General of Archdiocese". Archdiocese of Newark Press Office. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Newark Archdiocese is diverse and densely populated, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. Accessed July 24, 2007. " Archbishop John J. Myers is moving from the plains of Illinois to the geographically smallest diocese in the United States; but its 513 square miles (1,330 km2) encompass about 1.3 million Catholics. It is one of the busiest, largest and most diverse dioceses in the nation. The Archdiocese of Newark encompasses the northeastern New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Union, and Hudson and the population totals 2.8 million people."
  3. ^ "About Us: College History". St. Anselm College. Archived from the original on June 17, 2008. Retrieved 2010.
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  7. ^ Powell, Michael (February 19, 2014). "A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Goodstein, Laurie (November 7, 2016). "Pope Francis Names Joseph Tobin to Lead Archdiocese of Newark". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b McElwee, Joshua J. (November 7, 2016). "Francis appoints Indianapolis' Tobin as archbishop of Newark, first cardinal in archdiocese's history". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Mueller, Mark (November 7, 2016). "Who is Newark's new cardinal? An introduction to Joe Tobin". Retrieved 2016.
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  12. ^ "Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal McCarrick". Dicasterium pro Communicatione. Vatican News. 28 July 2018. Retrieved 2018. Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop emeritus of Washington (USA), from the cardinalate.
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  14. ^ Heyboer, Kelly; Sherman, Ted (July 17, 2018). "Here's how much N.J. Catholic dioceses paid to alleged McCarrick sex abuse victims, report says". Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d Condon, Ed (August 17, 2018). "New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Cardinal Tobin denies knowledge of 'gay subculture' in Newark". Catholic News Agency. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Emma Brockes (25 August 2018). "Why the Catholic church keeps hitting the wrong note". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Cardinal Tobin tells priests not to speak to press after 'gay sub-culture' claims". Catholic Herald. Catholic News Agency. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 2018.
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