ORLANDO, Fla. – United by the words of the prophet of social justice, Catholic Church leaders urged black Catholics to become active, just disciples of Christ.
More than 2,000 people – including Diocese of Trenton residents Angela Dodson and her husband, Michael Days, of Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd Parish, Trenton – converged on Orlando July 6-9 for the 12th National Black Catholic Congress, where clergy, lay and religious speakers addressed a variety of topics and concerns facing black communities and families, while urging those present to take an active, enthusiastic role in living out the Gospel as just disciples of Christ.
With 15 years of diocesan leadership and several different titles on her curriculum vitae, one might say that Terry Ginther knows her way around Church ministry.
Her service in the Diocese has been largely focused on religious education and pastoral planning, and as executive director of the Office of Parish Life and Mission, she has shepherded the Diocese’s ministerial work on behalf of family life and marriage, youth and young adults, pastoral care, multicultural outreach and campus ministry.
But as of July 1, Ginther will take on a new and very different role – diocesan chancellor.
Whether it was in his numerous roles in corporate finance or his former position as mayor in the town in which he lives, the Diocese’s new chief fiscal officer says helping others has always been a main goal. That is one reason why Cimei is looking forward to taking on the Diocese’s financial reins effective July 1.
When he first came to work for the Diocese of Trenton nearly two decades ago in the area of administrative services, Joseph Bianchi was able to draw on extensive experience he had gained in the corporate world.
But looking back, nothing could have fully prepared him for the many ways that his work would change over these past 20 years, a time in which he advanced in his professional training, adapted to take on new roles and responsibilities, and developed important programs where they were needed. More ... Thursday, June 29, 2017
This summer's Convocation of Catholic Leaders comes at a time when the U.S. Catholic Church is seeking how best to respond to a changing social landscape while bringing Pope Francis' vision for a Church that offers mercy and joy to the world.
Called by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the historic convocation will find more than 3,000 Catholic leaders – bishops, clergy, religious and laypeople – meeting July 1-4 in Orlando, Fla., to focus on how the Pope's 2013 apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel), applies in the United States. The invitation-only convocation aims to equip attendees with strategies and best practices for preaching the Gospel in a way that reaches today's culture. More ... Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Practical and insightful suggestions on how persons who serve in parish ministry can effectively evangelize the faith communities they serve was the focus of a daylong, bilingual evangelization conference held June 24 in St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction. More ... Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Monitor, newspaper of the Diocese of Trenton, was honored with eight awards June 23 during the Catholic Press Association’s annual three-day Catholic Media Conference, including first-place awards for Best Sports Photo and Best Reporting on Interfaith Issues and a second-place nod for Newspaper of the Year. More ... Monday, June 26, 2017
As of June 30, Daryl Rowe will bid farewell to her position as the Diocese’s financial director, a position she has held for nearly 26 years, to direct attention on a new chapter in her life: retirement. More ... Monday, June 26, 2017
Those were just some of the words used as those involved in the diocesan Implementation Commission working retreat prayerfully reflected on their part in the Faith in Our Future process during their two-day gathering held June 20-21 in the Chancery, Lawrenceville.
Twenty-one commissioners came together to review, evaluate and respond to the implementation plans offered by each of the Diocese’s 25 Cohorts. They were joined by six individuals who have been assisting the Cohorts in this process as project managers, as well as diocesan officials and outside consultants.
Responding to a call from the Holy See, nearly three dozen people who work with youth and young adults gathered June 13 to discuss “young people, faith and vocational discernment,” the theme of the 2018 Synod of Bishops.
On behalf of Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., youth ministers and organizations that work with young people, clergy, diocesan staff, and Catholic school chaplains, counselors, teachers and personnel from around the Diocese were invited to the Chancery, Lawrenceville, to help form the Diocese’s response to a Vatican questionnaire on how to better retain, attract and better meet the needs of young people in the Church. More ... Friday, June 16, 2017
Sixteen parishes, organizations and agencies that serve the people of the Diocese of Trenton were awarded a total of $10,000 in grants from the 2017 Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund.
The fund, which bears the name of the seventh bishop of the Diocese, was established to present annual grants for special projects. Any entity, apostolate, individual, special ministry or organization that attempts to provide services for the vulnerable and/or poor population within their community is eligible to apply for this grant support.
Awards are determined by the Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund Committee, which selects from the pool of applicants who describe their amount needed with a detailed rationale for their requests. This year, 16 recipients were chosen, and the $10,000 total grant is the endowment fund interest that is accumulated in a year’s time.
On May 23, Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia, announced the recipients for 2017, which include Precious Blood Parish in Monmouth Beach. The faith community was awarded a grant for $750 earmarked for hosting Family Promise of Monmouth County, which provides temporary assistance for homeless families four to five times a year. Precious Blood parishioner volunteers house, feed, transport and give supportive services to three to five families in need of such assistance.
A day of spiritual enrichment, entertainment, food and fellowship will be held July 12 in the Arts and Athletic Center of St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, for all maturing adults 55 and older. More ... Thursday, June 15, 2017