The Catholic Advocate Vol. 67, No. 4 April 11, 2018

www.rcan.org Vol. 67 No. 4 April 11, 2018 The community newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark Cardinal Tobin joins Good Friday walk By Jonathan Azzara Public Relations Specialist A longside dozens of faithful Catholics, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., par- ticipated in a three- hour “living” Stations of the Cross in downtown Newark March 30. The “Good Friday Walk: For Justice, For Immigrants and For All” was organized by St. James Parish in Newark. The procession began in front of the Federal Immigration Building on Broad Street. From there, approxi- mately 60 Catholics and Christians walked to several other locations, each symbolizing one station from the Stations of the Cross. Notable places included City Hall, St. Bene- dict’s Academy and Rutgers Campus Center, among others. The final stop was the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. During each stop, Father Karl Esker, C.Ss.R., parochial vicar at St. James, recited prayers and dis- cussed several important topics, including equality for all and justice for immigrants. “It is a call to the society. Why we are walking on the streets is to tell the people we need to come together for more justice as we follow the steps of Christ,” said Father Esker. Since 2013, the goal of the Good Friday Walk has been to raise social justice awareness. “When we started this walk six years ago, we want- ed to bring attention to issues that affected the poor and the disadvan- taged. Equality for all and justice By Jim Goodness Director of Communications WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS Pages 9-11 ARCHDIOCESE FINANCIAL REPORT Pages 13-16 SPRING OPEN HOUSE Pages 17-22 CLASSIFIEDS Pages 24-25 APPOINTMENTS & AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE Page 26 Continued on page 8 Advocate photo-Jonathan Azzara Photo courtesy of Stefanie Campolo, New Jersey Reentry Corporation “Medical Best Practices,” “Alterna- tives to Incarceration” and “Policy and Legislative Issues.” Several hundred attendees and a lineup of speakers that included NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, NJ Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Rev. Al Sharpton and NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy, advocated for the necessity for treatment rather than imprisonment for persons facing criminal sentences for actions ris- ing from addiction. The program provided a platform to discuss im- proved efforts to combat this crisis and establish “best practices” to im- prove the lives of these individuals as they return home to New Jersey. As he began his remarks, Car- dinal Tobin drew a coin from his pocket and raised it for all to see. “I am one that has known the darkness of addition,” he said. “I have in my pocket a coin, which I keep right be- side my rosary. It has 30 years on it.” The cardinal also noted: “We are entering the Triduum, the holiest of times in the Catholic Church—a time when Christians celebrate the fulfillment of the promise of re- demption. A time of new life in and with the Lord.” He added the timing of the conference, during Holy Week, was significant. “Our brothers and sisters who have experienced the pain of prison, who have paid their debt to society, are worthy of redemption and new life, because we all are children of God.” NJ Reentry Corporation has helped more than 4,000 former in- mates make successful transitions into society following their time in prison. Prisoner reentry conference C ardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., was a keynote speaker at the third annual NJ Reentry Conference sponsored by New Jersey Reentry orporation at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City March 29. The theme of the conference—“Facing the Devil: the Opioid/Fentanyl Crisis and Reentry”—focused on the chal- lenges the current drug crisis places on individuals returning to society following incarceration. Organized by former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, president of NJ Reentry, the day- long event dealt with issues such as

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