Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson

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Diocese of Paterson

Dioecesis Patersonensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson.svg
CountryUnited States
TerritoryNorthern New Jersey: Passaic, Morris, and Sussex Counties
Ecclesiastical provinceMetropolitan Province of Newark
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
420,172 (36.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 9, 1937
CathedralCathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Patron saintSS. Patrick and John the Baptist
Current leadership
BishopArthur J. Serratelli
Metropolitan ArchbishopJoseph Tobin
Emeritus BishopsFrank J. Rodimer
Diocese of Paterson map 1.png

The Diocese of Paterson is a diocese of the Roman Rite of the Latin 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 suffragan of the Archdiocese of Newark, and is part of Region III of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.[1]


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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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 (Nativity of John the Baptist) and June 30 (The Dedication of the Cathedral Church).

As of 2013, there were 166 diocesan priests, 96 retired priests, 124 religious priests, 136 permanent deacons, 19 retired permanent deacons, 178 male religious and 677 female religious ministering in the diocese, which had a Catholic population of 426,000 out of a total (Catholic and non-Catholic) population of 1,143,500 people.[6][7] At that time, the Diocese of Paterson was the 44th largest U.S. diocese in terms of population.[8]


Coat of Arms of the Most. Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli

The following is a list of the Bishops of the Diocese of Paterson and their years of service:

  1. Thomas Henry McLaughlin (1937-1947)
  2. Thomas Aloysius Boland (1947-1952), appointed Archbishop of Newark
  3. James A. McNulty (1953-1963), appointed Bishop of Buffalo
  4. James Johnston Navagh (1963-1965)
  5. Lawrence B. Casey (1966-1977)
  6. Frank Joseph Rodimer (1978-2004)
  7. Arthur J. Serratelli (2004–present)

Leadership and Deaneries[edit]

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist



The 109 parishes of the diocese are split organizationally into twelve deaneries spanning the three counties:

The City of Paterson[edit]

St. Michael the Archangel Church on Cianci Street, Paterson

The City of Passaic[edit]

The City of Clifton[edit]

Mid-Passaic County[edit]

Northern Passaic County[edit]

Eastern Morris County[edit]

Northeastern Morris County[edit]

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[edit]

Southeastern Morris County[edit]

Southwestern Morris County[edit]

Western Morris County[edit]

Sussex County[edit]

Institutions in the Diocese[edit]


Diocesan High Schools[edit]

Other Catholic High Schools[edit]

Former Diocesan High Schools[edit]

  • Pope Pius XII High School, Passaic (closed at the end of the 1982-1983 academic year)
  • Neumann Preparatory 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)

Catholic Hospitals[edit]


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).

Books on the Diocese of Paterson[edit]

  • Kupke, Raymond J. "Living Stones: A History of the Church in the Diocese of Paterson." Clifton. 1987

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°54′53.09″N 74°09′46.18″W / 40.9147472°N 74.1628278°W / 40.9147472; -74.1628278