State and National Recognition
State and national recognition has
also been accorded Newark's majestic Cathedral Church, which was
designated an historic landmark by the New Jersey Historical Society
in December, 1974. Two years later, on December 22, 1976, national
recognition was given the Cathedral through its designation as a
National Historic Site.
In 1979, the Cathedral of the Sacred
Heart celebrated its Silver Jubilee. A sad, double irony touched
the Cathedral in the deaths of Archbishop Boland and Monsignor Doyle.
Twenty-five years after dedicating the Cathedral the remains of
Archbishop Boland came to rest permanently in the crypt chapel In
1989, the remains of Bishop Wigger were taken from Holy Sepulchre
Cemetery and placed in the crypt chapel.
Still, the Jubilee was a cause for
joy and pride. The Cathedral was able to review a quarter century
of religious witness and cultural enrichment to the people of the
Newark area and to all the men and women of goodwill who entered
its doors and were part of its programs and inspiration.
On July 25, 1986, Most Rev. Theodore
E. McCarrick was installed as the fourth Archbishop of Newark at
the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Before coming to Newark, he had been
the founding Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen and an Auxillary
Bishop in the Archdiocese of New York. A record 3,100 people attended
the installation ceremonies. Since that time the Cathedral has had
restorative maintenance work done to the exterior and exterior lights
have been installed to highlight nighttime viewing of the Cathedral
from all points of the city. Four Archdiocesan priests have been
ordained Bishops at the Cathedral since Archbishop McCarrick began
leading the Church of Newark.