The Diocese of Newark is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion represented in the United States (as well as other parts of the world) by The Episcopal Church. It was established in 1874 as the Diocese of Northern New Jersey by the third bishop of New Jersey, William Henry Odenheimer, who then became its first Bishop. In 1886, the diocese changed its name to the Diocese of Newark.
The diocese comprises the northern third of New Jersey, with congregations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren, and Union counties. There are 98 congregations and 4 affiliated worshipping communities located in the Diocese of Newark. Our worship and liturgical expression is vibrant and varies, ranging from Anglo-Catholic to liberation to conservative to liberal Protestant to Evangelical.
At the heart of Episcopal worship is the Book of Common Prayer (BCP), and within it, the principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist - also known as Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, or Mass. It is called "common prayer" because Episcopalians/Anglicans around the world pray it together. Since its introduction in the 16th century, the purpose of the BCP has been to provide, in one place, a core of instructions and rites for people to worship together. Within its pages, you will find the main beliefs of our church as well as the order of service for various forms of sacramental worship, such as Holy Communion, Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Burial, and Confession/Reconciliation.
We believe we are called by Jesus Christ, whose power transforms us into a new community. Together, we strive to express that transformation in the world around us. The Diocese of Newark collaborates with God in the mission of Jesus in the 21st century, providing opportunities to grow spiritually, to serve and advocate for those who are marginalized, and to receive expressions of healing and care. See our Vison Statement.
We are proud to have been among the first dioceses to ordain women to the priesthood and to ordain openly gay clergy. Our passion for diversity and inclusion has called us to be among the leading advocates for equality and justice for people of all races, cultures, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. We are also proud to have the Right Reverend Carlye J. Hughes serving as the 11th Bishop of Newark and the first woman and African American to serve as bishop of this diocese.
For more information about any of our congregations, visit our Church Directory. A map of our diocese is available here.
The Bishop's Office and other diocesan staff offices are in Episcopal House located at 31 Mulberry Street in Newark. To reach a member of the staff at Episcopal House, see our Staff Directory.
To learn about the governance of the Diocese of Newark, see Diocesan Governance.