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On Giving Tuesday, an Advent appeal from Bishop Beckwith

A volunteer serving meals.

The word “Advent” is from the Latin adventus which means coming. As we enter this season of anticipation and reflection, our ministry partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark are busy. Busy providing shelter to the homeless; busy serving 500 meals a day in just one town alone; busy providing a safe, loving environment for our seniors; busy teaching U.S. Citizenship and English language classes; busy fighting disease, promoting health, and responding to disasters – especially here in our seven counties in northern New Jersey but also internationally.

(Please visit for the names of all 27 worthy programs that were assisted last year.)

Since its inception in 2010 the Fund has raised over $700,000, with 100% going to support our mission and outreach partners and no allocation for administrative or overhead costs. Your generous support of the Alleluia Fund for Outreach makes these critically needed ministries possible.

This year, requests for Alleluia Fund grants total nearly $400,000. Your Advent gift will have a direct and immediate impact on the life of an adult or child in need, here at home and internationally. Whether it’s assisting a local food pantry in the Oranges or the 2700 orphaned children who receive assistance in far off Malawi, your generous donation will make a real difference in the lives of our sisters and brothers this Advent.

There are numerous ways to donate – please click here to donate electronically or send a check payable to “Diocese of Newark” with “Alleluia Fund” in the memo line to Diocese of Newark, 31 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

Together our generosity can accomplish much, much more than we could do as individuals. The ministries supported by the Alleluia Fund are evidence of how God is at work today in our neighborhoods and communities. As we await the coming Christ Jesus this Advent, I invite you to join me in supporting the work of the Alleluia Fund.


The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
Bishop of Newark