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January installment of 'The Shepherd's Voice' available
A busy January Church calendar is the main focus in the January installment of “The Shepherd’s Voice,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.’s hour-long, monthly radio program and video produced by Domestic Church Media. More ...
Monday, January 15, 2018

Chancery Closed Jan. 15
The Diocesan Chancery and Monitor offices in Lawrenceville will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day.  More ...
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Audits confirm Diocese's compliance in child protection, financial stewardship
Two recently completed audits confirm the Diocese’s compliance in its work to keep children safe and to exert vigilant stewardship over financial resources.

Joseph Bianchi, executive director of the Diocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, explained, “The Diocese of Trenton successfully completed an on-site audit in November and was found to be in full compliance with every article of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Youth and Young People.”

Audits such as this have been undertaken in the Diocese for 15 years, since the adoption of the Charter, said Margaret Dziminski, the office’s associate director.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Formation Day planned for catechists Feb. 3
The diocesan Department of Catechesis will sponsor a Formation Day program Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. More ...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Year In Review highlights milestones in Diocese in 2017
The last year brought a range of highs and lows around the world and in the Diocese of Trenton. 

Epic disasters devastated vast areas in the southern and western  United States, Central America and the Caribbean, yet the generosity of the Catholic community has been unyielding. Even as hatred, racism and violence erupted, the Catholic community gave witness to their belief in Jesus Christ and the Gospel values that he taught. 

Milestones were prayerfully commemorated including the Fatima Centennial, and new endeavors brought fresh causes for celebration, such as the elevation of a Co-Cathedral for the Diocese.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Utility, food, housing a concern around Diocese as cold weather settles in
Just four days into 2018, winter storm Grayson dug in its heels and walloped the eastern seaboard with frigid temperatures, fierce winds and snow ranging from 6 to 18 inches throughout New Jersey, forcing schools, offices, stores and churches to close. More ...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Chancery offices remain closed Friday

Due to concerns about road conditions and travel safety after the snowstorm Jan. 4 that dumped nearly 20 inches across parts of the state, the Chancery offices will remain closed Friday, Jan. 5. 

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Friday, January 5, 2018
Chancery office closed, WYD meeting postponed due to predicted snowstorm
Due to the impending Winter Storm, the Diocesan Chancery offices in Lawrenceville will be closed Thursday, Jan. 4. More ...
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
On New Year's Day, Haitian community celebrates faith, culture with Bishop
Hundreds of Haitian Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Trenton filled Holy Spirit Church, part of Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, for a Mass Jan. 1 for the annual New Year’s celebration and this year's marking of the 214th Haitian National Independence Day – Jan. 1, 1804.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the Mass in French for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, along with concelebrants: Divine Word Father Miguel Virella, pastor of Mother of Mercy Parish; Father Paul Janvier and Divine Word Father Messan Kodjo Tettekpoe, parochial vicars of Mother of Mercy; Father Jean Felicien, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton; Divine Word Father Pierre Claver Fleury Lunimbu, parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd Parish, Trenton; and Father Albert Gardy Villarson, OMI, a Haitian priest who lives in residence in St. Helena Parish, Philadelphia.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Video highlights good-natured basketball game between priests, students
The God Squad II, a basketball team made up of priests from across the Diocese, recently took on students from Saint John Vianney High School, Holmdel, for a friendly game of hoops to help foster vocations. More ...
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Bishop, seminarians, parish faithful share Advent joy

Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 16, found the faithful of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, attending Mass with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., accompanied by the Diocese’s 19 seminarians.

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Monday, December 18, 2017
Priests take to the basketball court to teach about vocations
Students in St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel expected their recent pep rally to be fun, colorful and filled with good-natured competition. More ...
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Diocese tapes Easter Mass with Bishop O'Connell to be broadcast nationwide in April
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
School Sustainability Review to assess progress on study recommendations
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
Holiday publishing schedule
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
A statement from the Diocese of Trenton on Holy Cross Academy, Delran
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. 
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Bishop O'Connell reflects on vocations dinner spent with priests, young men of Diocese
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.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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