Celebrating 150 years of proclaiming Christ’s Gospel, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark maintains dozens of ministries and offices, including the Woman’s Commission, the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, and the New Energies Parish Transition Project. After the state government, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark stands as New Jersey’s largest social service agency, offering assistance to area residents regardless of their religious beliefs. One of the vital initiatives contributing to ongoing ministries and outreach is the annual Nourishing Your Faith Dinner. Bringing together community and business leaders throughout northern New Jersey, the dinner supports charitable programs such as evangelization efforts and Catholic education. With attendance projected at more than 500, the November 2012 dinner features Renewal Ministries’ President Ralph Martin as keynote speaker. Serving Essex, Union, Bergen, and Hudson Counties, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark oversees 113 Catholic schools, including seven elementary schools that were recognized among the state’s 14 total 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. With the motto “Faith. Academics. Service.”, Catholic school students are given tools to excel in their studies and in life. The all-female college preparatory school Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey, recently achieved the Gold Medal Banner in the Jefferson Award Northern New Jersey Regional Competition. This prestigious award reflects the school’s commitment to public service that benefits local and global communities, and has allowed the school to represent New Jersey at the 2012 Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. This was Benedictine Academy’s second year as the top school in the region; in 2013, it will have the opportunity to compete at the Ambassador level.