Go, Father Al! -- Though a St. John Vianney High student puts up a valiant defense, Father Augusto Gamalo sails by and gets ready to aim for the basket. John Blaine photos
Students in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, know that when it comes to pep rallies, there will always be an unknown, added surprise that goes beyond the usual slate of activities – athletic teams touting their latest achievements, the band playing contemporary music and the dramatic and stunning routines performed by the cheerleaders. More ... Saturday, December 16, 2017
Women in hats of pale pinks and yellows, men in light-colored suits and Catholic school students wearing pastel dresses or button-down shirts filled the pews of St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake, Nov. 30 three days before Advent – for Easter Mass. More ... Thursday, December 14, 2017
Five years ago, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., established a School Sustainability Commission, charging a group of 24 men and women with the task of investigating, among other things, the viability and vibrancy of Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. More ... Thursday, December 14, 2017
In order to allow our staff an opportunity to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s Day with their loved ones, the customary bi-weekly schedule of The Monitor will be changed. More ... Thursday, December 14, 2017
Priests from around the Diocese gathered with Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., for the Annual Advent Spirituality Day and Christmas Luncheon Dec. 14 in St. Joseph Parish, Millstone. More ... Thursday, December 14, 2017
For 60 years, Holy Cross High School/Academy in Delran has been both a blessing and an important resource in the Diocese of Trenton, providing a quality Catholic education to families in Burlington County and beyond.
During that time, this diocesan high school has seen significant growth, at one point even requiring the construction of a larger facility. More recently, however, the school, like many others across the nation, has experienced serious decline in both its enrollment and its ability to sustain itself financially. More ... Wednesday, December 13, 2017
In these days leading up to Christmas, it is not unusual to hear the question “What would you like for Christmas?”
I have a pretty big list – four counties worth! – but, if asked, I would be quick to respond, “more seminarians for the Diocese of Trenton!” That wish was evident on Saturday evening, Dec. 9, when 13 local young men braved the season’s first snowstorm and came to my residence in Princeton for dinner and conversation about the priesthood. More ... Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Diocese of Trenton will join faithful throughout the country in supporting retired sisters, brothers and religious order priests with a collection to be held in all parishes the weekend of Dec. 9-10. The 30th annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office and benefits some 32,000 aging Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders across the country.
The U.S. Catholic bishops initiated the collection in 1988 to help address the deficit in retirement savings among the nation’s religious congregations. Proceeds are distributed to eligible congregations to help underwrite retirement and health-care expenses. Roughly 94 percent of donations aid elderly religious.
According to data made available by the NRRO, faithful of the Diocese of Trenton last year gave $328,710.80 to the collection, which was the second highest amount collected among the five New Jersey arch/dioceses. Of that donation, $10,254 was allocated for direct support to the Monastery of St. Clare in Chesterfield.
An organization of Catholic men and women who have made a solemn promise to “always be loyal to Christ” and conduct their lives “in accordance with Christian moral and religious principles” welcomed new members to its ranks during an Investiture Mass Oct. 21 in St. Patrick Cathedral, New York. More ... Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Villa Vianney, the retirement home for priests of the Diocese in Lawrenceville, was filled with tidings of good cheer the evening of Dec. 5 as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joined his brother priests for a special Christmas visit. More ... Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Timothy E. Ryan was born in Orange and is a graduate of Howell High School. He attended St. Joseph Seminary for Franciscan Friars in Pulaski, Wisc., and graduated from The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, New York. More ... Monday, December 4, 2017
Thomas J. Viggiano, III, looks upon his investiture as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre not as an end goal for a life of faithful service, but rather as another step closer to Christ. More ... Monday, December 4, 2017