Honoring Departed Clergy and Loved Ones

Memorial Mass in Newark’s Basilica on All Souls Day

Honors Departed Clergy and Loved Ones

Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, celebrated a special Mass for its departed clergy on All Souls Day.

“Sadly, we lost retired Archbishop Peter Gerety, the world’s oldest Catholic bishop, and many of our beloved priests in the past year, and so we felt it was appropriate to celebrate a special Mass to honor them, as well as all our departed loved ones,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of the office of Catholic Cemeteries. “Our dearly departed clergy were more than ministers of our faith. They were our family members and our friends, and we are thankful for their sacrifices, their ministry, and their love.”

The memorial Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and was attended by Bishops, clergy, seminarians, bereavement facilitators, the Knights of Columbus, parishioners and family members of the deceased clergy.

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