The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, which covers the geographic area from the city of Newark northward to the border with New York, will move its diocesan headquarters to a closed church in Livingston in 2024.
Once part of the Diocese of New Jersey, the Diocese of Newark (then called the Diocese of Northern New Jersey) was formed in 1874 as a result of population growth in the state.
Last year, the diocese accepted an offer to sell the current diocesan headquarters on Mulberry Street in Newark, just down the street from the Prudential Center arena. A Relocation Committee was unable to find a suitable new space within the city of Newark. The relocation to the former St. Peter’s Church in Livingston (which held its last service in 2021) also moves the headquarters closer to the geographic center of the diocese.
The move is expected to be completed in September 2024.
In a statement released on the diocese website, Bishop Carlye Hughes said,
“During Holy Week we followed Jesus to the cross, through death, and into resurrection. So, it comes as no surprise to us, that even as the doors to St. Peter’s closed, God was already raising up a new life for parishioners as they joined other churches—and for the parish building itself. Though it will be a while before plans are complete and renovation can start, I am one of many involved in this project grateful for the opportunity to begin anew with a building already in our midst.”
The Diocese of Newark includes 96 congregations and 4 affiliated worshipping communities. There are approximately 26,000 worshipping Episcopalians and more than 200 active ordained clergy.