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Bishop, priests join other faith and civic leaders in leading campaign to end hate, bigotry
A traffic accident between two men of different races and religions ends in a hateful confrontation with racial slurs and epithets buffeted be tween them; a racially motivated assault on a local freelance photographer leaves him in critical condition; white supremacist fliers targeting Jews are left on car windshields in a parking lot and distributed on school campuses; swastikas are painted on Jewish homes, businesses and places of worship.

These events are but a small portion of episodes, many of them violent, stemming from hatred, racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism – events that are growing in number across the state.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Nonpublic school funding restored in 2018-19 state budget

Bringing good news for Catholic schools across New Jersey, the approved state budget will restore funding for nonpublic school transportation, technology and nursing and retain funding for security.

“With the combined efforts of all of our school communities contacting both their legislators and Gov. [Phil] Murphy, we made our voices heard and have had funding restored,” said Frances Koukotas, diocesan director of the New Jersey Network of Catholic Families.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Last Generation: Holocaust survivor implores St. Paul students to 'make this a better world'
Daniel Goldsmith looked out at his young audience of sixth- through eighth-graders and told them, “You are the last generation who will hear the witness of a Holocaust survivor. I’m 86, and I’m one of the young ones.” More ...
Friday, May 11, 2018
A Message from Bishop O'Connell: the need to restore funding for Catholic schools in the State FY2019 Budget
In his proclamation for this year’s Catholic Schools’ Week (January 28-February 3, 2018), Governor Murphy gratefully acknowledged that “Catholic schools in the State of New Jersey have educated millions of New Jerseyans throughout the years in preparation for their responsibilities as residents of this State and as members of society.”   More ...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Nonpublic school security funding frozen in proposed budget
The New Jersey Catholic Conference, the New Jersey Network of Catholic Families and a Catholic school fifth-grader are among the voices fighting to keep nonpublic school students safe across New Jersey. More ...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Diocese's students organize, take part in 'March for Our Lives'

From coast to coast, students-turned-activists descended on cities large and small March 24 to support policies that would bring an end to school violence – and many in the Diocese were no exception.

Whether it was by attending demonstrations in Red Bank and New York City or hearing gun violence survivors speak in Washington, D.C., young people in the Diocese of Trenton made their voices heard among the tens of thousands taking part in the nationwide “March for Our Lives.”

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

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