Former Newark Archbishop Peter Gerety dead at 104

Archbishop Peter L. Gerety. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Peter L. Gerety. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Emeritus Peter L. Gerety, who headed the Archdiocese of Newark from 1974 to 1986 died on Sept. 20 at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, NJ. He was104 and was the world’s oldest Catholic bishop.

In a statement dated Sept. 21, Archbishop John J. Myers said Archbishop Gerety was “a remarkable churchman whose love for the people of God was always strong and ever-growing.”

“He served as shepherd of this great archdiocese during a time of spiritual reawakening in the years after the Second Vatican Council, and a time of deep financial difficulties,” he added. “He very carefully led the church, her people and institutions through those challenges.”

Before being appointed to Newark in 1974, he was bishop of Portland, Maine.

A strong proponent of Catholic Social teaching, Archbishop Gerety marched for civil civil rights in Selma, Ala., protested the Vietnam War, brought Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity to Newark and launched RENEW, an adult small-group spiritual revival movement that has spread worldwide.

Renew also has created several other parish renewal programs, including one that has been used in more than two dozen countries outside the United States.

On Sept. 26, a 3 p.m. funeral Mass will follow a four-hour period for viewing at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Archbishop John J. Myers will be the main celebrant of the Mass, to be followed immediately by internment in the crypt of the cathedral basilica.

For the Catholic News Service (Sept. 21, 2016) report, click here.

For the Religion News Service (Sept. 22, 2016) report, click here.

For the (Sept. 21, 2016) summary, click here.