Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson
|Diocese of Paterson
|Territory||Northern New Jersey: Passaic, Morris, and Sussex Counties|
|Ecclesiastical province||Metropolitan Province of Newark|
|(as of 2004)
|Established||December 9, 1937|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist|
|Patron saint||SS. Patrick and John the Baptist|
|Bishop||Arthur J. Serratelli|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||John Joseph Myers|
|Emeritus Bishops||Frank J. Rodimer|
The Diocese of Paterson is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, which includes three counties in northern New Jersey: Passaic, Morris, and Sussex. The city of Paterson, third-largest in the state of New Jersey, was chosen as the episcopal see, even though the vast majority of diocesan territory lies west of the city. The diocese is a ceremonial suffragan of the Archdiocese of Newark, and is part of Region III of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The diocese was established by Pope Pius XI on December 9, 1937, the same day that the Dioceses of Camden, New Jersey and Owensboro, Kentucky were established. The new Diocese of Paterson was created by taking territory formerly part of the (then) Diocese of Newark. Bishop Thomas J. Walsh, the bishop of Newark, was made the Archbishop of a newly elevated Archdiocese of Newark the next day, December 10, 1937.
One week later, Walsh's auxiliary bishop Thomas H. McLaughlin was appointed as the first bishop of Paterson, and the former parish church of St. John the Baptist in Paterson was established as the Diocesan Cathedral.
Patrons of the Diocese of Paterson are St. Patrick and St. John the Baptist. The Proper Feasts for the Diocese of Paterson are March 17 (Feast of St. Patrick), June 24 (The Birthday of St. John the Baptist) and June 30 (The Dedication of the Cathedral Church).
As of 2004, there were 211 diocesan priests, 161 religious priests, 192 permanent deacons, 199 male religious and 816 female religious ministering in the diocese, which had a Catholic population of 420,172 out of a total (Catholic and non-Catholic) population of 1,124,058 people. At that time, the Diocese of Paterson was the 44th largest U.S. diocese in terms of population.
- 1 Bishops
- 2 Leadership and Deaneries
- 2.1 Leadership
- 2.2 Deaneries
- 2.2.1 The City of Paterson
- 2.2.2 The City of Passaic
- 2.2.3 The City of Clifton
- 2.2.4 Mid-Passaic County
- 2.2.5 Northern Passaic County
- 2.2.6 Eastern Morris County
- 2.2.7 Northeastern Morris County
- 2.2.8 Northern Morris County
- 2.2.9 Southeastern Morris County
- 2.2.10 Southwestern Morris County
- 2.2.11 Western Morris County
- 2.2.12 Sussex County
- 2.2.13 Sussex County (continued)
- 3 Institutions in the Diocese
- 4 Geography
- 5 Books on the Diocese of Paterson
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
† denotes a bishop who died in office
|#||Diocesan Bishop||Took office||Left office||Career|
|1||Thomas Henry McLaughlin, S.T.D.
|December 16, 1937||March 17, 1947†||
|2||Thomas Aloysius Boland, S.T.D.
|June 21, 1947||November 15, 1952||
|3||James A. McNulty, D.D.
|April 5, 1953||February 12, 1963||
|4||James Johnston Navagh, LL.D., D.D.
|February 12, 1963||October 2, 1965†||
|5||Lawrence B. Casey, D.D.
|March 9, 1966||June 13, 1977†||
|6||Frank J. Rodimer, J.C.D., D.D.
|February 28, 1978||June 1, 2004|
|7||Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D.
|June 1, 2004||incumbent||
Before the establishment of the Diocese of Paterson, governance over the territory that is now the Diocese of Paterson was exercised by the Ordinaries of Newark from 1853-1937, the Ordinaries of New York from 1808-1853 and the Ordinaries of Baltimore from 1789-1808.
Leadership and Deaneries
- Ordinary: Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D.
- Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia: Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Ph.D.
- Chancellor and Delegate for Religious: Sr. Mary Edward Spohrer, S.C.C.
- Vice Chancellor and Priest-Secretary to the Bishop: Rev. T. Kevin Corcoran
- Vice Chancellor: Rev. Marc A. Mancini, J.C.L.
The 111 parishes of the Diocese are split organizationally into twelve deaneries spanning the three counties:
Northern Passaic County
Eastern Morris County
Northeastern Morris County
N.B. Our Lady of Fatima Traditional Latin Mass Chapel, located in Pequannock, is not considered a parish of the Diocese of Paterson. Instead, it is a chapel of ease administered by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
Northern Morris County
Southeastern Morris County
Southwestern Morris County
Western Morris County
Sussex County (continued)
** St. James the Greater Parish is sometimes considered part of a stand-alone Western Sussex Deanery, of which St. James the Greater is the only member parish. The pastor of this parish is traditionally also the pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Sandyston.
Institutions in the Diocese
- Assumption College for Sisters, Mendham (operated by the Sisters of Christian Charity)
- College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station (operated by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth)
Diocesan High Schools
- DePaul Catholic High School, Wayne
- Morris Catholic High School, Denville
- Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Sparta
Other Catholic High Schools
- Academy of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station (operated by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth)
- Delbarton School, Morristown (operated by the Benedictine monks of Saint Mary's Abbey)
- Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon (operated by the Salesian Sisters)
- Villa Walsh Academy, Morristown (operated by the Religious Teachers Filippini)
Former Diocesan High Schools
- Pope Pius XII High School, Passaic (closed at the end of the 1982-1983 academic year)
- Neumann Prep High School, Wayne (closed at the end of the 1989-1990 academic year)
- Paul VI Regional High School, Clifton (closed at the end of the 1989-1990 academic year)
- Paterson Catholic High School, Paterson (closed at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year)
- Saint Clare's Health System (part of Catholic Health Initiatives)
- St. Joseph's Healthcare System (operated by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth):
- St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson
- St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Paterson
- St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital (formerly Wayne General Hospital)
- St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic (operated by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth)
Because of its location in Passaic, Morris and Sussex Counties, the Diocese of Paterson contains a wide spectrum of natural landmarks. The Diocese contains the highest portion of the state of New Jersey in the Skylands Region of Sussex County, as well as the largest lake in the state (Lake Hopatcong), the Great Falls of Paterson and the Great Swamp in Morris County. As for man-made landmarks, the Diocese of Paterson contains one of the parishes claiming to be the oldest Catholic parish in the state, namely Saint Joseph Parish in West Milford.
Geographically, the Diocese of Paterson is bordered by four other dioceses: The Archdiocese of Newark (east), the Diocese of Metuchen (south), the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania (west) and the Archdiocese of New York (north).
||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York|
|Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark|
|Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen|
Books on the Diocese of Paterson
- Kupke, Raymond J. "Living Stones: A History of the Church in the Diocese of Paterson." Clifton. 1987
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