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Diocesan Chancellor Diane Sammons, Esq. gave this sermon at her home parish, St. George's in Maplewood, on March 22, 2015.

Good Morning. It is a privilege and an honor to be invited by the Absalom Jones Committee for Black History and Culture to speak to you today and offer some thoughts about the Voting Rights Act.

Senior Ministries

July 2010 marked the second anniversary of my retirement from a forty year career in social services. It also marked the beginning of the most challenging and difficult chapter of my life.

141st Annual Diocesan Convention

The Hispanic population of the U.S. is projected to grow to more than 130 million by 2050, said the Rev. Rosa Brown, chair of the Diocese of Newark's Commission on Hispanic/Latino Ministry, in the Commission's report to the 141st Annual Diocesan Convention. And the Commission is "active and working in the diocese," she said as she outlined the group's activities over the past year and its plans for the future.

Senior Ministries

Imagine that you are living alone, active, and fiercely independent. Imagine further that one fine winter day you take a bad fall on the ice, and end up with a painful injury. The long-range prognosis is good, but for the next several months you cannot drive, stoop or lift anything over ten pounds. You can’t drive yourself to a medical appointment. You can’t hop over to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. You can’t even pick up a grocery bag. Literally overnight you have been deprived of the social interaction that comes with your job or your charitable work. You may feel lonely or vulnerable. And, just when you most need the spiritual lift of church, you can’t even get to services on your own.

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For the fourth year in a row, congregations in the Diocese of Newark took to the streets on Ash Wednesday, February 18, to mark the beginning of Lent by giving “Ashes to Go.”

Church News

On February 23, 2015, the New Jersey General Assembly recognized the Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye A. Wilson of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, along with the Rev. Dr. Terry Richardson of the First Baptist Church of South Orange, for their work in their community.

In the News

At least one third of our congregations braved record cold to join Bishop Beckwith and Canon Jacobs in giving Ashes to Go at train stations, bus stops, coffee shops and other public locations across northern New Jersey on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Here is a round-up of the online media coverage.

Senior Ministries

Our friend, let’s call her Irene, passed away just about this time last year. I remember there was snow on the ground on that raw winter evening when we got “The Call.”


For the sixth year running, people worldwide are gearing up for Lent Madness, the “saintly smackdown” in which 32 saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo. This online Lenten devotion, which has been featured in media outlets all over the country including NBC, The Washington Post, FOXNews, NPR, USAToday, and even Sports Illustrated, brings together cut-throat competition, the lives of the saints, humor, and the chance to see how God works in the lives of women and men across all walks of life.

This year, Bishop Mark Beckwith and members of diocesan staff will participate in Lent Madness as both a Lenten discipline and a friendly competition with one another.

In the News

[] St. Paul's Church in Englewood celebrated their 150th anniversary with a Mardi Gras concert and supper this past weekend, featuring members of the St. Paul's Choirs along with local musicians.