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Annual picnic fosters camaraderie among seminarians
Seminarian Kevin Hrycenko joins in a game of volleyball during the picnic. John Blaine photos
Seminarian Kevin Hrycenko joins in a game of volleyball during the picnic. John Blaine photos
Great food and beautiful weather set the backdrop for a special summer gathering of the Diocese of Trenton’s 17 seminarians the evening of July 19. More ...
Friday, July 20, 2018

Natural Family Planning, encyclical workshops slated for July
There is no dichotomy between new, natural fertility practices and an encyclical from 50 years ago, maintains Peg Hensler, associate director for the diocesan Department of Marriage Ministry and NFP. More ...
Thursday, July 19, 2018
At annual Spirituality Day, seniors urged to be ambassadors of faith during Year of Youth

Memories of the past and hopes for the future came together July 18 as 450 older adults gathered for the annual Senior Spirituality Day that focused on “Passing the Faith to the Next Generation.”

“The younger generation needs to be reminded of God’s unconditional love,” said Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Videos introduce four newest priests to diocesan family

Want an introduction to the four newest priests in our Diocese?

It’ll only take about a minute!

Four new videos, featuring short interviews with the young men ordained in June by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., are premiering this month on a variety of Diocese of Trenton social media platforms.

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Priests join young men on vocations trip to New York City
When it comes to encouraging vocations, Father Daniel Swift, a diocesan assistant director of vocations and pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, regularly finds creative ways to get the point across. More ...
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Trenton Diocese hosts meeting to prepare for Spanish translation of the Roman Missal
The first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, will mark a significant milestone in the way Spanish speaking Catholics participate in the celebration of the Mass. More ...
Thursday, July 5, 2018
St. Vincent de Paul ministries see expansion in new, existing outreaches across Diocese
In parishes across the Diocese of Trenton, St. Vincent de Paul societies have long served those most in need throughout Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties – and in recent months, as need and generosity have grown, conferences have been organized in additional communities. More ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Spring Lake pastor becomes a monsignor

Father Harry F. Cullen, pastor of St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, is now a monsignor.

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Episcopal Appointment

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointment:

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Order of Malta urged by Bishop to fulfill destiny
“For a thousand years, our order, the Order of Malta has lived and labored and loved the destiny of John the Baptist in its ministry of pointing to the Lamb of God,” said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to the dozens of Knights and Dames of Malta seated before him June 24 in St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake. More ...
Monday, June 25, 2018
Bishop offers support to new St. Francis Medical Center president
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., traveled to St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, June 18 during which he had an opportunity to officially meet the hospital’s new president, Daniel C. Moen, and offer his support for Moen and the continued Catholic mission of the Trenton-based hospital. More ...
Saturday, June 23, 2018
New pastors gain insight into workings of parish life
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and other diocesan leaders recently shared words of wisdom, inspiration and practical guidance with five priests who have been named first-time pastors in the Diocese of Trenton. More ...
Friday, June 22, 2018
Young adults flock to Princeton for Theology on Tap with Bishop O'Connell
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., returned to Theology on Tap in Princeton June 20 for fellowship with young adults of the Diocese, and a discussion that laid bare the realities of the Church by the numbers and what role young adults have to play. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Monitor earns five awards from Catholic Press Association
The Monitor, newspaper of the Diocese of Trenton, was honored with five awards and an honorable mention during the Catholic Press Association’s annual three-day Catholic Media Conference, including a first-place award for Best Reporting on Vocations and third-place recognition for Newspaper of the Year. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Missionaries to share experiences with faithful during summer months

Ever hear of the Diocese of Gikongoro? How about the Diocese of Ijebu-Ode or the Diocese of Morogoro?

Perhaps not, but there are plentiful opportunities now and during the summer months for faithful to broaden their knowledge about the people and works of the Church in these places and many other parts of the world.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tee Time
Cloudy skies cleared as 80 golfers gathered June 10 to participate in the annual Bishop Reiss Golf Outing to benefit retired priests of the Diocese of Trenton. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Peter's Pence Collection end of June
The Diocese of Trenton will join with sister dioceses around the nation to take up the annual Peter’s Pence Collection at all Masses during the weekend of June 30-July 1. More ...
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Bishop O'Connell calls for prayers after 22 injured in Trenton shooting at all-night arts festival

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is asking for prayers in the wake of a mass shooting June 17 during an all-night art fair in Trenton.

“The epidemic of gun violence has struck once again, this time close to home,” Bishop O’Connell said.

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Monday, June 18, 2018
Bishop Ahr Grant recipients named
Ten parishes, organizations and agencies that serve the people of the Diocese of Trenton were awarded a total of $10,000 in grants from the 2018 Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund. More ...
Friday, June 15, 2018
Prayerful Gathering
Two of the Diocese of Trenton’s newly ordained priests Father Christopher Dayton, center, and Father Michael DeSaye, right celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with Trenton priest Father Kevin Kimtis who is studying at Ecclesiastical Academy. More ...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Clergy Appointments
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following clergy appointments: More ...
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Four men ordained to sacred priesthood by Bishop O'Connell

“It’s an interesting coincidence that directly behind the Bishop’s chair is a depiction of the bishop ordaining,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said June 2, gesturing to the stained-glass window behind him in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

“Between this window, and that window,” he said, pointing to the one above the Diocese’s four newly ordained priests on the opposite side of the Cathedral, “which pictures a priest doing his work and preaching, what do we have? We have these four men –  Father Smith, Father Dolan, Father DeSaye and Father Dayton – and we all say congratulations to you.”

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Bishop returning to Theology on Tap June 19 in Princeton
Princeton Area Young Adults, a ministry of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, is once again looking forward to hosting Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the June 19 session of Theology on Tap, 7 p.m. at Triumph Brewery, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Senior Spirituality Day slated for July 18
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be principal celebrant of a Mass to be held at the annual “Senior Spirituality and So Much More” Day, slated for July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. Sponsored by the diocesan Department of Pastoral Care, the event is intended for adults ages 55 and over and features speakers and musical entertainment designed with seniors in mind. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
A note to our subscribers: Changes in The Monitor
We’d like to make you aware of a few changes you can expect to see in The Monitor beginning in the coming months. More ...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Diocese of Trenton responded generously
Part of the $59 million donated by U.S. Catholics to disaster relief in 2017 was more than $800,000 that parishioners in the Diocese of Trenton gave in support of relief effort following Hurricane Harvey. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018



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