Thursday, November 13, 2008


This coming Sunday, Most Reverend Manuel Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark will preside at a Spanish language Mass in our Cluster. Bishop Cruz was appointed in June and his ordination as Bishop took place in early September.

Mass begins at 1:15 PM at St. Aloysius Church, 219 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.

Bishop Cruz is 54 years old and was born in Cuba. Although Bishop Cruz's ministerial background includes experience in parish work, he is best known for his work in hospital chaplaincy and in helping to educate health care providers on spirituality, healing and end of life issues. His own story is fascinating; see how Rocco Palmo frames it on Whispers in the Loggia.

Bishop Cruz, who will be Episcopal Vicar of Union County, indicates he does not have any special projects -- just to get out and know the people of Union County and to serve them.

In our Church, Bishops are the leading catechists; we hope that Bishop Cruz will have much to teach us about the gift of freedom, the gift of healing and, the gift of welcome.

Come by on Sunday. Bring a friend. Pass this on to others -- especially those who will enjoy the experience of celebrating Mass in Spanish.

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