Reaching Others -- Conference speaker Andres Arango shares insights on effective evangelization tools. Rose O'Connor photo
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 has been honored with eight awards in the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Journalism Competition. Award winners were announced June 23, during the closing event of the three-day Catholic Media Conference, held this year in Quebec City.
The awards recognized the work of The Monitor staff and freelance partners, as well as the contribution of the Department of Multimedia Production for its video journalism. The list of awards and judges’ feedback follows:
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
Almost three weeks after their May 20 diaconate ordination by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Rev. Messrs. Christopher Dayton, Michael DeSaye, James Smith and Rev. Brother Nicholas Dolan reached another milestone in their priestly formation.
“I have never used Twitter,” Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., said to laughter as he began his Homily June 3 during the Mass he celebrated ordaining four men into the priesthood in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.
"I don’t even know how to tweet," he said, explaining that he didn't need the social networking site to keep his message concise. "In my message to these four, good men today. I would write, ‘Be men of God and men of prayer. Never stop talking to or listening to Christ.'"
Four men who have been called by the Lord to follow in his footsteps will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., during a 10 a.m. Mass on June 3 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.
The priest candidates – Deacon Roy Aris B. Ballacillo, Deacon Thomas John Barry Jr., Deacon Michael A. Gentile Jr. and Deacon Kennedy – each has his own story of discernment and formation:
Earlier this year, Anthony J. Mingarino, the Diocese’s Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer, announced that he would be retiring at the end of June, bringing to an end a nearly 14-year tenure of leadership in the Chancery.
“A wise man and colleague told me that I should continue to contribute whatever skills I have to benefit others. That is what I’ll do,” he said.
Mingarino recently sat down with The Monitor for a rare interview and reflection on his life and service to the Church.
As Marie Gladney anticipates entering a new chapter in her life at the end of the year – retirement – she recalls with fondness on what the past eight years has meant for her as the executive director of Mount Carmel Guild.