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The media is reporting the sad news that an early-morning fire has destroyed the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange.

St. Mark's closed in 2004, and the diocesan Trustees sold the building to another religious organization in early 2015. Any media reports that it is still an Episcopal church, or that the property belongs to the Diocese of Newark, are incorrect.

"The Communion of Saints that formed, nurtured and sustained St. Mark's are mourning the loss of this much-loved church building," said the Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Newark.

We pray for all who have been affected by this tragic incident.

In the News; Video

FiOS1 News' Nick Delgado meets parishioners at Grace Church in Newark.

In the News; Photo Gallery

[NJ.com] The shirts hung on crosses outside the cathedral bearing witness to gun violence.

In the News

[NewJerseyHills.com] The Church of the Redeemer hosts an exhibit of “Memorials to the Lost,” a display of t-shirts bearing the names of those in New Jersey who have died as a result of gun violence.

Star-Ledger Op-Ed

This piece was published as an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on December 12, 2015.

This weekend marks the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. It is the second anniversary of the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, organized by Faiths United Against Gun Violence, which invites religious communities across the country to engage in prayer, advocacy and witness against the epidemic of gun violence, which claims 30,000 lives a year in America.

In the News

[Clifton Journal] St. Peter's Episcopal Church remembers 14 local victims of gun violence, including two of Clifton, with a Memorial to the Lost.

Senior Ministries

The loss of someone or something that we mourn over or grieve about carries with it a heaviness. Yet, if such heaviness comes with loss, it makes no sense; because when you think about it, loss should lighten one’s burden. It does not. It can drag one down, even when we are surrounded by caring people who try to hold us tight, hold us up, hold the burden for us. But when grieving, few of us allow such intrusion. We are attached to our world the way it was before the loss. We are blinded from seeing a new and different future, a future that could not possibly be acceptable to us.

In the News

[The Jersey Journal] Enough.

That was the message a group of nearly three dozen religious and community leaders sent today about the violence that has plagued Jersey City's southern neighborhoods in the last two months.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

The word “Advent” is from the Latin adventus which means coming. As we enter this season of anticipation and reflection, our ministry partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark are busy. Busy providing shelter to the homeless; busy serving 500 meals a day in just one town alone; busy providing a safe, loving environment for our seniors; busy teaching U.S. Citizenship and English language classes; busy fighting disease, promoting health, and responding to disasters – especially here in our seven counties in northern New Jersey but also internationally.

In the News

[The Ridgewood News] During the holiday season, we sometimes need a reminder of the basic gifts we are lucky to have – food, water, family and a safe home with a warm bed in which to sleep.