The Catholic Advocate October 11, 2017 Vol. 66 No. 12 October 11, 2017 The community newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark In thanksgiving: 50 years of permanent deacons By Al Frank PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY Pages 7-10 APPOINTMENTS Page 10 AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE Pages 11-12 FALL OPEN HOUSE Pages 16-23 CLASSIFIEDS Page 26 Continued on page 2 Continued on page 3 T o mark 50 years of ser- vant ministry, the Arch- diocese of Newark this month is launching a yearlong celebration of its permanent deacons. After 1,000 years of dorman- cy in the Roman Rite, the bish- ops of Vatican Council II in 1965 called for restoring the diaconate as a “proper and permanent rank” distinct from the ministerial priest- hood. In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued guidelines for bishops to follow. Newark’s first two permanent deacons were ordained in 1974 by Archbishop Thomas A. Boland. Archbishop Peter L. Gerety or- dained 77 men in 1975. There are now 210 active and retired deacons in the archdiocese and 19,000 nationwide, compared to about 27,000 diocesan priests. At the same time, the church continues the practice of ordaining men on track for the priesthood as “transi- tional deacons.” Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin C.Ss.R. asked pastors to launch the year with “Deacon Sunday” at all masses last weekend. Next October, the cardinal will conclude the observance with a Mass with deacons at the Cathedral Basili- ca of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Educational seminars for deacons and other events will take place in between. “The whole idea is not only to celebrate the ministry but also to provide catechesis so the faithful are Five years after Sandy Advocate archive photo Deacons in procession last year during Archbishop Gerety’s funeral. S ome 220 church structures throughout the Archdio- cese of Newark have re- covered from the $15 mil- lion in damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. Although two churches had to temporarily close and school children had to relocate for a year, the rebuilding effort has left few signs of the October 2012 super storm that wreaked havoc across New Jersey. “Essentially, all buildings and structures that were damaged during the storm have been repaired,” said Steve Belloise, executive director of the archdiocesan office of property management. “There are still a few outstanding claims that need to be addressed, but other than that, the rebuilding process has been a great success.” Sites that incurred the most dam- age were Hoboken Catholic Acad- emy at $2 million, Saint Lawrence Parish in Weehawken and Saint Margaret of Cortona in Little Ferry at more than $1 million each. The two churches and their par- ish centers were inundated, while Hoboken Catholic had its damages compounded after an underground oil tank ruptured, spilling 4,000 gal- Advocate archive photo Saint Lawrence Parish in Weehawken incurred more than $1 million in damage following Hurricane Sandy. The parish sits just three blocks from Weehawken Cove on the Hudson River. By Jonathan Azzara