Memorial Mass honored deceased bishops, priests

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Some of the priests assembled for the memorial Mass.

Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, recently celebrated a special Mass for its deceased archbishops, bishops and priests, especially those who died during the past year. 

“Sadly, we have lost so many of our beloved clergy in recent months that we wanted to set aside a special day to honor them,” said Andrew Schafer, executive director of the Ministry of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark. “Our dearly departed clergy were more than ministers of our faith. They were our family members and our friends, and we are thankful for their sacrifices, their ministry, and their love.”

The memorial Mass was celebrated by the Most Rev. John J. Myers, archbishop of Newark, in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart and was attended by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, clergy, parishioners, bereavement facilitators, archdiocesan staff, the Knights of Columbus and family members of the deceased clergy.

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