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Bishop O'Connell reflects on vocations dinner spent with priests, young men of Diocese
Sharing Experiences – Young men from around the Diocese gather in the home of Bishop David O’Connell, C.M., for an evening of fellowship and learning, during which time the Bishop and priests of the Diocese – Father Michael Wallack, Father Michael Hall and Father Jason Parzynski – shared stories of their own priestly vocations. The intent of the Dec. 9 gathering was to encourage vocation awareness. Photo courtesy of Bishop O’Connell
Sharing Experiences – Young men from around the Diocese gather in the home of Bishop David O’Connell, C.M., for an evening of fellowship and learning, during which time the Bishop and priests of the Diocese – Father Michael Wallack, Father Michael Hall and Father Jason Parzynski – shared stories of their own priestly vocations. The intent of the Dec. 9 gathering was to encourage vocation awareness. Photo courtesy of Bishop O’Connell
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

Faithful asked to remember retired religious in annual collection
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. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Diocese men among those honored as Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
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
Bishop, retired priests of Diocese celebrate coming of Christmas with Mass, fellowship
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
Mary Inkrot appointed new Mount Carmel Guild executive director
More than 10 years ago, Mary Inkrot came across a parish bulletin announcement that caught her eye. More ...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
1,000 on hand for second annual Guadalupe torch pilgrimage

After hours of being carried through the streets of Trenton with much fanfare Dec. 2, the seven torches that had been touring the Diocese for a month in honor Our Lady of Guadalupe were brought one by one to the front of the nearly full St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

It was there that the Diocese’s second annual “Las Antorchas Guadalupanas,” or Guadalupe torches pilgrimage, came to a crescendo, as an estimated 1,000 of faithful – many donning traditional Hispanic dress or carrying musical instruments – came together for a Mass celebrated in Spanish and English by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and concelebrated by 14 of the Diocese’s priests.

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Father Garry Koch
Father Koch takes to heart the Order’s mission to promote and support Christians in the Holy Land and the Middle East. More ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Dr. Edward DeFabio
Dr. DeFabio credits Father Juan Daniel Peirano, former pastor of Nativity Parish, for introducing him to the Order. More ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Frank C. Muzzi
Frank C. Muzzi regards his elevation to the rank of Commander in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre as “very significant. It gives you a deep and abiding faith.” More ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Timothy E. Ryan
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
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
Acclaimed evangelist Jeff Cavins leads faithful of Diocese on great adventure through the Bible

It may be hard to imagine how anyone might cover thousands of years of Salvation History during a single Saturday seminar. 

But with internationally acclaimed evangelist and biblical scholar Jeff Cavins presenting the timeline of the Bible, more than 400 seminar participants – many from out of state and more than 100 being catechists – were kept engaged as they were led on a spiritual journey that moved seamlessly from the Old Testament to the New.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Knights honor Bishop O'Connell during dinner

Knights of Columbus members from throughout the Diocese of Trenton gathered Nov. 17 to express their admiration and appreciation for their spiritual shepherd at the biennial Bishop’s Appreciation Dinner. Held in St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, the event was hosted by the fraternal organization’s Trenton Federation and attended by more than 230 Knights, clergy and guests.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Bishop O'Connell calls upon deacon candidates, lectors to embrace and share their ministries
With family, faithful and members of the brotherhood they hope to join looking on as witnesses, the five-year journey of 15 men to ordination in the ancient order of the diaconate came closer to reality Nov. 19 in St. Joseph Church, Toms River. More ...
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection slated for Nov. 18-19
The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be held at all Masses the weekend of Nov. 18-19, which coincides with the Church’s celebration of the first World Day of the Poor. More ...
Friday, November 17, 2017
Bishop lights Guadalupe torches at national shrine in Washington
Nestled into the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the curved walls creating a cloak of comfort for all who enter to pray.

In the center, an image of the Marian apparition that appeared to the young Mexican peasant Juan Diego in 1531 shines like a beacon, and on either side, the walls are adorned with paintings of pilgrims bearing torches as they approach the Virgin Mary.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Guadalupe torch procession: what you need to know
Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton will be able to follow the journey of “Las Antorchas Guadalupanas” as they travel from one worship site to the next Dec. 2 through Trenton, culminating with Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, which will be celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017



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