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Cardinal Installed as Archbishop of Newark

Ang Santos

The Archdiocese of Newark welcomes Cardinal Joseph Tobin as its new archbishop.   His installation ends the fifteen-year tenure of John Myers, who father Brian Gonzalez of St. Aloysius Parish in Newark’s Ironbound is grateful for.

“Sad in a sense for the loss of Archbishop Meyers.  He was very dear; I knew him since I came here.  He was the one who ordained me.  I love him very much, but happy to see also that God has given us a new shepherd,” said Gonzalez.

Hundreds of people of faith were there to support both archbishops, even if they weren’t able to get in and view the ceremony.

“Very excited, it’s a new life, a change, a new breath coming in, but also to be honored with a cardinal,” said Mary McCarthy of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Ridgewood.

Tobin is the first cardinal named to the Archdiocese of Newark in its 164-year history.

“Through the decision of Pope Francis, the church has called me to serve the Archdiocese of Newark.  It is a daunting proposition.  Not because of the size, rich history, or wonderful diversity of this portion of the vineyard, rather this appointment reminds me that the stakes are incredibly high,” Tobin said.