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Clergy take seven high-schoolers on vocation trip to New York City
Prayerful Day – Gathered for the July 5 outing in St. Patrick’s Cathedral are, from left: Father Christopher Colavito, chaplain, Holy Cross Preparatory Academy, Delran and parochial vicar of, St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton, and St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel; Father Roy Ballacillo, parochial vicar of , St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford; Rocco Giegerich and Luke Denn of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Father Daniel Swift, assistant vocation director and pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Zachary Roe of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Bill Clingerman, seminarian; Kyle Holler, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington; Andrei Allanigue, St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown; Jack Pangaro, St. Dominic Parish, Brick; Marco Niro, St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel. Courtesy photo

Prayerful Day – Gathered for the July 5 outing in St. Patrick’s Cathedral are, from left: Father Christopher Colavito, chaplain, Holy Cross Preparatory Academy, Delran and parochial vicar of, St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton, and St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel; Father Roy Ballacillo, parochial vicar of , St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford; Rocco Giegerich and Luke Denn of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Father Daniel Swift, assistant vocation director and pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Zachary Roe of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish; Bill Clingerman, seminarian; Kyle Holler, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington; Andrei Allanigue, St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown; Jack Pangaro, St. Dominic Parish, Brick; Marco Niro, St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel. Courtesy photo

A Mass and tour in New York City's St. Patrick Cathedral and a prayerful visit to One World Trade Center to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, were highlights of a July 5 trip taken by several priests, a seminarian and seven high school students from the Diocese who might be described as “priest hopefuls.” More ...
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rest and Retreat
As part of their seminary formation and preparation for the priesthood, the Diocese’s seminarians gathered for an annual retreat, held the week of July 23 in Loyola Retreat House, Morristown. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Annual picnic fosters camaraderie among Diocese's seminarians
Great food and beautiful weather set the backdrop for a special summer gathering of the Diocese of Trenton’s 17 seminarians the evening of July 19.

Hosted by the Diocese on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, the picnic afforded the men, who are pursuing studies in three different seminaries, an opportunity to socialize and share their seminary experiences as they journey toward their goal of one day serving as priests for the Diocese.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Videos introduce four newest priests to diocesan family

Want an introduction to the four newest priests in our Diocese?

It’ll only take about a minute!

Four new videos, featuring short interviews with the young men ordained in June by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., are premiering this month on a variety of Diocese of Trenton social media platforms.

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Pray for Vocations program expands into schools
Lori Bonfrisco admits that she rarely thought about the importance of supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life through prayer. More ...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Knights project brings children, seminarians together in prayer

Walt Whitman once wrote, “The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”

The 19th century poet and essayist might well enjoy the simplicity and glorious expressions emanating from the pens, pencils and even crayons of youth in the Diocese of Trenton as they engage in the annual Seminarian Letter Project.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Game between priests, TCA students teaches about sportsmanship, vocations

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
Resurrection sisters in Howell celebrate foundress, renew vows
For most people, photographs of Blessed Celine Borzecka, who founded the Sisters of the Resurrection, may not be as familiar as those of some holy women who have earned that heavenly title. But in Howell, where Blessed Celine’s contemporary religious daughters arrived in 1965 to open St. Veronica School, that is not the case. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017



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