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Game between priests, TCA students teaches about sportsmanship, vocations
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., back row center, stands with the TCA students and coaches who played in a basketball game April 11 against priests from the Diocese. The participating priests are shown in the front row from left, Fathers Christopher Picollo, Michael Wallack, Jon Michael Patilla, Augusto Gamalo, Jean Felicien, Gregg Abadilla and Daniel Kirk.  John Blaine photos

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., back row center, stands with the TCA students and coaches who played in a basketball game April 11 against priests from the Diocese. The participating priests are shown in the front row from left, Fathers Christopher Picollo, Michael Wallack, Jon Michael Patilla, Augusto Gamalo, Jean Felicien, Gregg Abadilla and Daniel Kirk.  John Blaine photos

The basketball season may be officially over, but the Iron Palace in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, was far from quiet as priests from the Diocese took to the hardwood in a friendly but competitive game against TCA’s Iron Mikes.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was on hand to watch the game – which was also a motivator to teach students about vocations – and support his brother priests.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

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National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11
The U.S. Catholic Church will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11.  This weeklong celebration, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, is a special time for parishes to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew prayers and support for those who are considering one of these vocations. More ...
Friday, November 3, 2017
When it comes to priesthood, parishioners, family have role to play, too

Good people of the Diocese of Trenton,

As director of Vocations for our Diocese, I would like to invite you to pray that more young people might hear and answer the Lord’s call to priesthood and religious life in our Diocese. 

This week (Nov. 5-11), the Church in our country is celebrating “Vocation Awareness Week,” and I would like to take this opportunity to invite you not only to pray for vocations but also to join in the work of encouraging vocations to priesthood and religious life. 

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Bishop, priests of the Diocese share vocation journeys with Christian Brothers Academy students
“Here I am Lord! Is it I, Lord?” more than 900 students of Christian Brothers Academy,  sang as they welcomed Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., with a gathering hymn before the start of Mass dedicated to vocations. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Point Pleasant pastor makes positive impact in Alaska
When Father Dave Swantek, pastor of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, heard about the “frontier priests” of Alaska as a child, he could only dream that he would one day have the same mission. Now, every August, he flies to “The Last Frontier” to bring the Gospel and Sacraments to Catholics in the small tourist town of Skagway. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017



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