Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark

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Archdiocese of Newark
Archidioecesis Novarcensis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.svg
Country United States
Territory Counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union, New Jersey
Ecclesiastical province Metropolitan Province of Newark
- Catholics

1,319,558 (56.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 10, 1937
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
also St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral
Patron saint St. Patrick
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop John Joseph Myers
Auxiliary Bishops John Walter Flesey
Manuel Aurelio Cruz
Vicar General Rev. Msgr. Thomas P. Nydegger & Rev. Msgr. Michael A. Andreano, KCHS[1]
Emeritus Bishops David Arias Pérez, O.A.R.
Dominic Anthony Marconi
Charles James McDonnell
Archdiocese of Newark map 1.png
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart; Newark, New Jersey

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.

The Archdiocese is led by Archbishop John J. Myers. Myers is metropolitan for all the New Jersey dioceses: 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 Myers when he retires, resigns, or dies.[4][5] However, Pope Francis appointed Hebda Apostolic Administrator of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis in June 2015, while still Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark. Hebda was then named Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis by Pope Francis on March 24, 2016, ending any possibility that he 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]

Ordinaries (and Coadjutor)[edit]

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

  1. † Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley (1853–1872), installed Archbishop of Baltimore
  2. † Bishop Michael Augustine Corrigan (1873–1880), appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of New York
  3. † Bishop Winand Wigger (1881–1901)
  4. † Bishop John Joseph O'Connor (1901–1927)

Newark became an archdiocese in 1937.

  1. † Archbishop Thomas J. Walsh (1928–1952)
  2. † Archbishop Thomas Aloysius Boland (1953–1974)
  3. † Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety (1974–1986)
  4. Archbishop Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1986–2000), installed Archbishop of Washington
  5. Archbishop John J. Myers (2001–present)
  1. Archbishop Bernard Hebda (2013–2016), Coadjutor cum jure successionis, but was subsequently named Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis instead, before his succession as Archbishop

† = deceased

Other bishops[edit]

The lists of the auxiliary bishops and their years of service, followed by list of other priests of this diocese who became bishops:

Active auxiliary bishops

As of September 24, 2015, there are two auxiliary bishops:

Retired (auxiliary bishop emeritus)
Former auxiliary bishops
Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

† = deceased

Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

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

Elementary Schools[edit]

Bergen County
Essex County
Hudson County
Union County


Parishes of the Archdiocese of Newark[edit]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bayonne
See: List of parishes at the Archdiocese of Newark website

Province of Newark[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nydegger, Andreano Named Vicars General of Archdiocese". Archdiocese of Newark Press Office. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 28 September 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 January 5, 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". New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Bishop David Arias Pérez, O.A.R.". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. [self-published source]
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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°45′20″N 74°10′39″W / 40.75556°N 74.17750°W / 40.75556; -74.17750