New summer program engages young people in service around the Archdiocese


Newark, NJ – The Archdiocese of Newark’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry recently launched its new “Days in the Diocese” program, which offers one-day immersion of service experiences to adolescents from across the country. the Archdiocese of the Counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union. .

High school students enrolled in a church youth group or confirmation program will volunteer for service projects at one of four locations. Each site represents a different county served by the archdiocese. Projects will include cleaning windows, moving furniture, washing floors and a variety of other maintenance and landscaping work in churches and the location of soon-to-be-opened Mercy House in Hackensack, the archdiocese’s resource and reference center.

For their efforts, the teens will receive a blessing from the Archdiocesan Auxiliary Bishops – who will be present at their county site – in addition to the reward of knowing they have made an impact in their own backyards.

“You don’t have to go on a missionary trip to a foreign country for a week to do service,” said Rich Donovan, associate director for events and training for the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “Through this experience, teens will learn that there is always something that can be done in their own ward or community. And they’re going to see that they can do a lot of good locally just by volunteering for a few hours.

The program for the next Diocese Days is as follows:

Saturday July 24 – Essex County
Church of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield
with Bishop Manuel A. Cruz, DD

Saturday July 31 – Union County
Church of the Immaculate Conception in Elizabeth
with Bishop Elias R. Lorenzo, OSB

Saturday August 7 – Bergen County
House of Mercy in Hackensack
with Bishop Michael A. Saporito

“I hope teens realize they can make a difference,” Donovan said. “A lot of people say that teens are the Church of tomorrow, but they really are the Church of today. They are very important. But if we don’t involve them through programs like “Days in the Diocese” and show them how important they are, they might not be there tomorrow.

‘Days in the Diocese’ kicked off with a Saturday service at Our Lady of Sorrows / Christ the King Church in Jersey City on July 17. A group of young parishioners gathered there to help with various maintenance projects. Bishop Gregory J. Studerus was also on hand to welcome the teenagers and guide them in prayer.

“Catholics of all ages are called to serve the children of God, so it warmed my heart to see the young people of the Archdiocese giving up their free time to help a parish in need,” said Bishop Studerus. “This shows that young people today are still attached to their faith despite the increasing secularization of society. And this commitment is due, in large part, to the crucial work of the Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry in teaching children and adolescents the love of Jesus.

To learn more about “Days in the Diocese” and other initiatives within the youth and young adult ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, visit

About the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry
The Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry trains, equips and supports parishes for the formidable challenge of serving, with, through and for our Catholics. The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office reaches hundreds of young Catholics every year in the 212 parishes of the Archdiocese with the love and truth of Jesus and his Church. Consequently, the parishes are animated with enthusiasm, becoming communities of faith; and above all, young people hear Jesus’ call to change this world for God.

About the Archdiocese of Newark
The Archdiocese of Newark serves approximately 1.3 million Catholics who reside within the 511 square miles of the four counties it serves: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. Comprised of 212 Catholic parishes and 74 Catholic elementary and secondary schools, the Archdiocese is headed by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. He was appointed Archbishop of Newark on November 7, 2016 and elevated to the rank of cardinal by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on November 19, 2016. Cardinal Tobin was installed Archbishop of Newark on January 6, 2017. Read more , visit www.

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