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A statement from Bishop O'Connell on the NJ dioceses' plan to establish a victims' program, publish names of credibly accused clergy
Since the establishment of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2002 (revised in 2005, 2011 and 2018) and its accompanying Essential Norms, dioceses across the country — including the Diocese of Trenton — have committed themselves to the eradication of the sexual abuse of minors in the Church and its institutions and agencies. 

In addition, the dioceses of New Jersey entered into an agreement with the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey and the prosecutors of every county — known as the Memorandum of Understanding — to report every single instance of the alleged sexual abuse of minors in the Church to their offices. 

Following the review and response of prosecutors, Diocesan Review Boards, composed predominantly of lay professionals, make determinations of credibility to present to the bishop who, in turn, takes immediate, appropriate actions in accord with the Charter and Essential Norms and Canon Law.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Bishop’s 2018 Anniversary Blessings
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Bishop’s 2018 Anniversary Blessings

Recent Galleries, Videos

11/19/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Cross Country Meet of Champions - RBC & CBA

11/14/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedra hosts Padre Pio Relics

11/12/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose girls' soccer - NJSIAA Non-Public B championship

11/12/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Veterans Day Service in Whiting

11/9/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose boys’ soccer – NJSIAA Non-Public South Jersey B championship

11/4/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- CYO Opening Day Mass

11/3/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Memorial Mass for Deceased Deacons of the Diocese

11/2/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY – Notre Dame High School Pink Out

11/2/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Mass for Feast of All Souls in St. Mary Mausoleum, Hamilton

11/1/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop celebrates All Saints Day Feast in Notre Dame High

10/30/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Champions for Life Awards Dinner

10/28/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY – RBC vs Toms River North Girls Soccer

10/28/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY – CBA vs Ocean Township Boys Soccer

10/28/2018 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
After 30 years, former Catholic school teacher and graduate reunited on 'Today' show
The library in St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, was recently transformed into a mini television studio as Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist on the “Today” show, returned to her alma mater to film the “Thank a Teacher” segment for the daily news program. More ...

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Humility, practice key to sports and faith, young people hear at annual CYO Mass
Drawing comparisons between athletics and Christianity by using humility as a bond, Father Michael Wallack inspired young student-athletes during the annual CYO Opening Day Mass.

“The virtue of humility goes well in sports,” Father Wallack, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, told the sizable crowd.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
'Beautiful Boy': Aspects will resonate with those in addiction crisis
NEW YORK – What “Beautiful Boy” (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it. Addiction is not only a moral failing, it happens in what used to be called “the best of families.” Unfortunately, this very legitimate insight translates here into a tone of smugness. More ...

Friday, November 16, 2018
Interfaith meeting helps Freehold teen learn more about own religion

Throughout history, society has been quick to judge Catholics due to the negative portrayal of the religion.

Nowadays with media being more popular than ever, religion seems to have lost its credibility. With everyone being given a platform, it has become more difficult to filter out false news from among what is true. However, media has the ability to make more of an impression than it ever did in the past.

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Friday, November 16, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
Nov. 25 - The Kingdom can never be of this world
It might seem strange that on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, our Gospel passage comes from the exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate on the morning of Jesus’ Crucifixion. More ...

Monday, November 19, 2018
FAITH ALIVE: Part 2: The Body of Christ at work
The promulgation of the Decree on Ecumenism, "Unitatis Redintegratio," at the Second Vatican Council made it acceptable for Catholics to engage with Christians from different denominational backgrounds in order to share a common witness to the world. More ...

Friday, November 16, 2018
Community Roundup
Holy Cross School excels at CBA Model UN Conference
The Holy Cross School Model United Nations team was named Best Small Delegation at the middle school invitational Model UN Conference held Nov. 2 at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. More ...

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Pope Francis
World looks the other way at Christian persecution, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Love for neighbor means being close to people, especially those facing oppression and violence for being Christian, and engaging in charitable work that that reflects Christian values and promotes interreligious dialogue, Pope Francis said. More ...

Friday, November 16, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Blessed Chiara 'Luce' Badano: A light shines from within Generation X
There are all kinds of “movements” in the Church that people join: the Catholic Charismatic Movement, the Legion of Mary, Catholic Action, Cursillo, Catholic Athletes for Christ and so on. More ...

Thursday, October 25, 2018
My Monitor
Log-In | E-Edition | Subscriber Exclusives
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: In Vietnam, nuns' wheelchair ministry frees people to make a living
HUE, Vietnam – Nguyen Thi Rot, a 16-year-old woman paralyzed from birth, tries to smile sweetly at those who stop by her wheelchair on a Hue City sidewalk to buy lottery tickets. More ...

Saturday, November 17, 2018
View the Monitor E-Edition (subscribers only)
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Child Protection
Our Promise to Protect
The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.

If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.

To read more about Child Protection efforts in the Trenton Diocese, click here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Seeing the best at the worst of times

Roxanne Loper was almost home. Her journey had begun 15 months ago when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Giving thanks for Thanksgiving
I was in the middle of a root canal when I began to think about gratitude. More ...

Saturday, November 17, 2018
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

11/24/2018  - St. Francis Medical Center Annual Blanket & Coat Drive
11/25/2018  - Advent Wreath Gathering
11/25/2018  - Family Advent Wreath-making
11/27/2018  - Bereavement Support Group
11/27/2018  - Walking With Purpose Catholic Faith Study
11/27/2018  - Discussion Series: Finding Joy!
11/28/2018  - Personal Retreat Days
11/28/2018  - Appreciating Differences
11/28/2018  - Blood Drive
11/28/2018  - Co-ed recreation basketball
11/28/2018  - Prayer Reflection
11/28/2018  - Scripture Study
11/29/2018  - Presentation on "Last Things"
11/30/2018  - Advent Silent Weekend

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Friday, November 9, 2018
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