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Mrs. June O'Connell, mother of Bishop O'Connell, dies after long illness
Mrs. June Eleanor O'Connell
Mrs. June Eleanor O'Connell
Mrs. June Eleanor O'Connell, mother of Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and Mr. Daniel T. O'Connell, associate director of curriculum in the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools, passed away in Morris Hall, Lawrenceville, July 22, 2015, after a lengthy illness. She was 89 years old.

Mrs. O'Connell was born in Philadelphia June, 21, 1926, the second daughter of five children of the late James Patrick and Ella Donnelly.  A lifelong resident of Langhorne, Pa., she attended Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Penndel, Pa. and graduated from Maple Point High School in Langhorne. 

On July 26, 1946, she married Arthur John O'Connell, Sr., who predeceased her in 2005. Together the couple raised four sons: Arthur John, Jr.; Dennis Raymond; David Michael, and Daniel Timothy.  She has one surviving sister, Lorraine Hammond of Bensalem, Pa.; two daughters-in-law, Kathleen and Barbara, and six grandchildren: Sean Michael, Ryan Christopher, Jamie, Kelly, Shannon and Heather.  One granddaughter, Tricia, predeceased her in 2004.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Our Diocese Today
Seminarians' Summer Retreat underway
Mercy is the main focus of this year’s summer retreat for seminarians, which is taking place this week at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Elberon.  The retreat, held about this time each year, provides seminarians of the Diocese with an opportunity for prayer, spiritual growth and fellowship with their fellow seminarians and some of the priests of the Diocese. More ...

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Recent Galleries, Videos

7/24/2-15 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2015 Seminarian Retreat
7/21/2015 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Great Festival of Mother of Mercy Parish

7/20/2015 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2015 Senior Spirituality Day

7/15/2015 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Youth group from St. Ann, Browns Mills, participates in work camp

7/14/2015 - PHOTO GALLERY -- CYO Talent Show 2015
6/26/2015 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Holy Hour for Families in St. John Neumann Church, Mount Laurel


Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
'Walk with Francis' service pledge drive launched in honor of visit
WASHINGTON -- In anticipation of Pope Francis' September visit to Washington, the Archdiocese of Washington and its Catholic Charities arm have launched an effort that challenges members of the local community to reach out to those in need. More ...

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Annual seminarian retreat highlights the foundation of hope and mercy

Preparation for the priesthood can at times be overwhelming, but “more is expected of the one to whom more is given.”

So said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to seminarians of the Diocese during a Mass he celebrated July 23 in Stella Maris Retreat Center.

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Paper Towns

NEW YORK -- The disillusionment and ennui of high school seniors, always fertile ground for literature, was perfected in films by John Hughes decades ago.

In the case of "Paper Towns" (Fox), a faithful adaptation of John Green's young-adult novel, the kids discuss their anxieties -- and talk, and talk some more -- for nearly two hours. Seldom does enlightenment dawn, but they gamely plug away.

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Thought-provoking, inspiring almanac will delight Catholic gardeners

Any Catholic who enjoys gardening will find much inspiration, both spiritual and practical, in this original compendium written by Margaret Rose Realy, a master gardener, retreat leader and Catholic blogger.

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Aug. 2 - It is only by faith that we recognize Jesus in the bread
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” More ...

Sunday, July 26, 2015
FAITH ALIVE: Modern shepherds in the world
Few citizens of 21st-century megacities know much about caring for sheep. When they look for work, they don't scan the help-wanted ads for jobs herding sheep. More ...

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Community Roundup
Alive in Christ
St.  Mary, Mother of God Life Teen was blessed this weekend to attend the Youth Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.  More ...

Monday, July 20, 2015
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. -- NEW LIFE: THE PROMISE OF CHANGE
Every year, I meet with all the pastors and priests in each of the Diocese's four county vicariates.  These visits afford me, as Diocesan Bishop, the opportunity to share some thoughts with the priests and to invite any questions from or discussion with them. More ...

Monday, July 6, 2015
Pope Francis
Good pastors always look, have compassion, teach, pope says at Angelus
VATICAN CITY -- A good pastor always sees what people are going through, feels compassion and then nourishes them with God's Word, Pope Francis said. More ...

Monday, July 20, 2015
View stories related to Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Statue of Archbishop Sheen meant to inspire new generation of devotees
DUBLIN -- An Irish artist commissioned to craft a bigger-than-life monument of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen for New York's famous St. Malachy Church -- The Actors' Chapel hopes the work will inspire a new generation of devotees to the archbishop. More ...

Sunday, July 26, 2015
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Overtime, overhauls and the ordinary: 2013 goes down in Vatican history
VATICAN CITY -- When the Vatican publishes its annual report detailing its activities and operations, the 1,400-page volume is filled with references to the every day and the exceptional. More ...

Friday, July 24, 2015
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Letting worry out the door while trusting in God
The kingdom of God is within you. We've all heard this truth, but few of us fully understand it or make an effort to put it into practice when we need it. In signing off my letters to friends and others, I often write, "May the Lord be your strength and your joy." More ...

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Live well and times will be good
It has been a rough few months for the Church. We are told that disagreeing with the dominant culture by affirming age-old truths is discriminatory and bigoted. Are this summer’s legal decisions harbingers of dark days ahead for those committed to expressing their religious convictions in their daily lives? More ...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
What's Happening
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7/31/2015  - Spiritual Reading Group
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Summer Series
8/2/2015   - 
Fall Formation Day
8/4/2015  - 
Life in the Spirit Seminar
8/4/2015  - 
Bereavement Support Group
8/5/2015  - 
The Life of St. Teresa of Avila
8/6/2015  - 
Bible Study


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