The Bishop (continued)
The State of New Jersey stretches from New York City to Philadelphia. It is a strip of land of about 150 miles long by some 50 miles wide along the Atlantic shore. New Jersey is one of the most prosperous states of the nation; it is well known for its higher learning institutions, including Princeton, Rutgers, Seton Hall Universities and Stevens Institute, as well as for its technological industries and pharmaceutical products. It enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the United States. The Archdiocese of Newark covers the northeastern part of New Jersey and is next to New York City, being separated only by the Hudson River. It has about 500 square miles, with a population of about 3,000,000 people, 50% of whom are Catholic. It is composed of four counties: Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union. It has 240 parishes, 4 Catholic universities with 16,416 students, 37 high schools with 15,622 students, 144 elementary schools with 44,743 students and a large network of social services that operates under the name of Catholic Community Services. A great variety of services are provided in many different areas, including marriage counseling, behavioral healthcare, addiction treatment, mental health, food pantries, shelter homes, AIDS support, children day care, elderly care, a school for the blind, refugee resettlements, immigration offices, employment services, apostolates for the deaf and many others.
 
Coat of Arms of Newark Archdiocese
 
Map of New Jersey
Archbishop Peter Gerety consecrates Bishop Arias
at the Cathedral of Newark (4/7/1983)
The headquarters of the Archdiocese is located in the City of Newark, where the Cathedral is also located. Newark’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Archdiocese has an Archbishop and 4 Auxiliary Bishops (one for each region), as well as one retired Archbishop. There are roughly 1,080 priests, and the nuns number some 1,505. The City of Newark has a modern and busy International Airport that serves New Jersey and New York.
Bishop Arias was consecrated a bishop by the former Archbishop of Newark, Peter L. Gerety, on April 7, 1983 at the Cathedral in Newark in the presence of Terence Cardinal Cooke of New York and 51 other bishops, as well as a large number of people that filled the Cathedral. A good contingent of 30 people came from Spain, among whom were his brothers and sisters, relatives and friends. The coat of arms of Bishop Arias can be seen here together with an explanation of the elements that form parts of it.
Cardinal Cooke of New York greets Bishop Arias after Consecration
Relatives of Bishop Arias from Spain who attended the consecration ceremony in Newark
 
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