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Det. Steven McDonald's saving grace remembered throughout Diocese
COURAGEOUS EXAMPLE • Det. Steven McDonald addresses students in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel. Courtesy photo
COURAGEOUS EXAMPLE • Det. Steven McDonald addresses students in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel. Courtesy photo

It’s been decades since NYPD Detective Steven McDonald first brought his message of love, compassion and forgiveness to the Catholic schools, religious education programs, service organizations and worthy causes in the Diocese of Trenton.

But when Det. McDonald passed from this life Jan. 10 to the heavenly realm that was undoubtedly his eternal destiny, folks remembered their first encounters with the hero cop like it was yesterday. Unfailingly they spoke of Det. McDonald’s courage as he nobly carried the cross that rendered him paralyzed by a teenager’s gunshot while on routine patrol.

They spoke of his love for his family, and most of all, they spoke of his faith, his “unshakable love of Christ, his message of forgiveness and peace and his focus on doing  good, standing up for what was right.” That was how Dominica Vullo, coordinator of religious education in Holmdel’s St. Catharine Parish, put it the day after he died.

St. Catharine is the spiritual home of Det. McDonald’s sister, Clare, a catechist there, and her family: husband Timothy and sons, Matthew and Timmy. It was also, Vullo recalled, a place McDonald came every spring for 10 years to “speak to the Confirmation class. To give his witness.”

 
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Paralyzed NYPD officer who spoke of forgiveness dies at 59
NEW YORK -- Detective Steven McDonald, the New York City police officer who was paralyzed after being shot in the line of duty 30 years ago and famously forgave his teenage assailant and went on to became a prophetic voice for forgiveness and reconciliation, died Jan. 10. He was 59. More ...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sister Theresina Flannery remembered as woman of many gifts
There are many beautiful and touching quotes to be found about the impact a teacher has on the life of a student, not simply while the student is in his or her class, but certainly in the years beyond. More ...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Funeral set for retired CBA brother struck, killed in front of school

The community of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, is mourning the loss of one of its brothers after he was struck and killed outside the school.

Funeral services for Christian Brother James Leahy will be held Oct. 30 in Alumni Hall of Christian Brothers Academy, 850 Newman Springs Road. Brother James died Oct. 26. He was 88.

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Sarah M. Sartiano, served in local Catholic high school
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Oct. 8 in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, for Sarah M. Sartiano, who served for more than 41 years in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel. Mrs. Sartiano passed away Oct. 4, at the age of 86. More ...
Friday, October 7, 2016
Mary Ann Liptak, longtime Notre Dame High faculty member
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 6 in St. Ann Church, Lawrenceville, for Mary Ann Liptak, a longtime teacher in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, who died Aug. 1. More ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel remembered for role as world's conscience
NEW YORK -- Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and prolific author who died July 2 at age 87 in his New York home, has been remembered in tributes from around the world for standing up for human dignity and for being a witness to the world of the atrocities of the Holocaust. More ...
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Sister Theresa Mary Mich, served Diocese as educator
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 14 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Theresa Mary Mich, who died June 8. She was 90. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Margaret Pierro, former Villa Victoria Academy educator
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 11 in St. Lucy Chapel of Villa Walsh, Morristown, for Filippini Sister Margaret Pierro who died April 7 in Morristown Medical Center. She was 90. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Anita Canale, taught in Trenton and Neptune schools
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 23 by Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson for Filippini Sister Anita Canale who died March 21 in St. Joseph Hall at Villa Walsh, Morristown. She was 83. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Mary Lorraine Beckes, served in Trenton, Toms River schools
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 12 in the chapel of St. Catherine of Siena Convent, Caldwell, for Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Lorraine Beckes who died April 8. She was 97. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Jeanne Voelker Punderson, mother of priest
Jeanne Voelker Punderson, a long-time resident of Island Heights and mother of Msgr. Joseph R. Punderson, who has served in the Trenton Diocese, died April 7. She was 96. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Msgr. Armando Perini, served Trenton, Metuchen dioceses
Msgr. Armando Perini, a priest of the Metuchen Diocese, who had previously served in the Trenton Diocese, died April 1 in Florida at age 86. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Brother Charles Kitson, associate provincial for the Christian Brothers District of Eastern North America
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 19 in Henderson Theater of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, for Christian Brother Charles F. Kitson, Jr., who died suddenly March 11 while attending meetings at the Mont La Salle Retreat and Conference Center, Napa, Calif. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Mary William O'Brien, served in Trenton and Rumson schools
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 2 in McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, for Mercy Sister Mary William O’Brien who died Feb. 26. She was 99. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Evelyn Cahill, worked in St. Francis Medical Center
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 9 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Evelyn Cahill who died March 2. She was 85. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Roberta Mozdziak, former St. Veronica School teacher
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 4 in St. Veronica Church, Howell, for Resurrection Sister Roberta Mozdziak who died March 1. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sister Mary Clement Schubert, former principal in Atlantic Highlands school
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Sisters’ Chapel in Stella Niagara, N.Y., Feb. 29 for Sister Mary Clement Schubert, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. She died Feb. 25 in the Stella Niagara Health Center at age 84. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Deacon White, formerly served in Marlton parish
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 17 in St. Michael Church, Snohomish, Wash., for Deacon Edward F. White who died May 13. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Deacon Klimaszewski served in two Burlington County parishes
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 14 in St. Mary of the Lakes Church, Medford, for Deacon Norbert J. “Klem” Klimaszewski who died suddenly May 10. He was 81. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Deacon William J. Murray, formerly served in three Monmouth County parishes
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Mary, Mother of the Light Marionite Church, Tequesta, Fla., for Deacon William J. Murray who died May 10 in his home in Lake Worth, Fla. More ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Funeral services scheduled for Susan McManus Dowiak, youth minister in Moorestown parish
Susan McManus Dowiak, the long-time youth minister in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, died May 19 following a lengthy illness. More ...
Monday, May 23, 2016
Deacon John J. Fitzsimmons, ordained in Diocese's first class of deacons
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 17 in St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold for Deacon John J. Fitzsimmons, who died Feb. 12 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune. He was 85. More ...
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Sister Mary Ancilla Lucas, teacher, minister in Diocese
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 8 in McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, for Mercy Sister Mary Ancilla Lucas who died Feb. 4. She was 93.  More ...
Monday, February 15, 2016
Ursula 'RC' Brinkerhoff, sister of Msgr. Gervasio
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 5 in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Mercerville, for Ursula “RC” Gervasio Brinkerhoff of Hamilton who died Feb. 1 in York, Pa., at age 73. More ...
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sister Margaret Donohoe, worked at Mount Carmel Guild
Funeral services will be held in St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pa., Feb. 12 for Sister of St. Joseph Margaret M. Donohoe, who died Feb. 5 at age 82. More ...
Sunday, February 14, 2016



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