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Catholic education to benefit from #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is known as a global day of giving, but it’s also one of the best ways to get involved in the community in one’s own back yard.

Such is the hope of this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign in the Diocese of Trenton, which aims to support Catholic education in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Diocese to observe Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with Solemn High Mass
The Diocese will commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. More ...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Guadalupe torches inspire parishes to combine community efforts, devotions

As the 15 torches honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe make their way across the Diocese of Trenton, their journey is marked by celebration, excitement and devotion. And their impact has been one of unity for Catholics of all backgrounds and their common love for the Blessed Mother.

Whether fusing the two-church families of a recently merged parish, or joining Spanish-speaking and English-speaking faithful, the torches have provided opportunities for drawing together as community.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Principals from Diocese's Blue Ribbon schools honored at national ceremony
Representatives from the five Diocese of Trenton schools named as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in October gathered with their peers from across the country Nov. 7-8 in Washington to receive their awards and share best practices. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
St. Padre Pio relics draw upward of 1,000 faithful to Freehold Co-Cathedral

The relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina drew a steady progress of more than 1,000 pilgrims from across the Diocese and beyond to Freehold’s Co-Cathedral Nov. 13, all seeking a chance to see and venerate artifacts of one of the Church’s most beloved saints.

Faithful of all ages quietly drew near to St. Pio’s mortal remains and items used or touched by the 20th century Italian priest, known throughout his life as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, and as one who bore the Stigmata – the wounds Christ suffered during his Crucifixion.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Diocese welcomes guest speaker to addresses 'heart of discipleship'
St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, was filled Nov. 3-4 with people eager to learn during the Conferencia de Evangelización y Formación 2018, a two-day Spanish-language evangelization conference. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Alumni asked to invest in Catholic schools' future
More than 75,000 fundraising letters were mailed out to alumni the week of Nov. 12 in an ongoing effort to engage former students in the future of the Diocese’s Catholic schools. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Annual appeal supports elderly religious in retirement years
Earlier this year, 100-year-old Sister Natalie Hayes lay in her hospital-style bed at the Monastery of St. Clare in Chesterfield – wearing a large smile. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Chancery offices closed Nov. 12
The Chancery offices in Lawrenceville are closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.  Regular business hours will resume Nov. 13. More ...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Holy Innocents School to close in June
The pastor of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, and principal of the parish school issued a joint letter the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11 announcing that the Catholic elementary school will close its doors in June due to declining enrollment and financial shortfalls. More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Diaconate community urged to keep the faith, have hope in times of grief
Carol Glogoza of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, appreciates gathering with other deacons, their wives and family members, but she was especially heartened to be surrounded by their warmth and presence Nov. 3.

Glogoza was among those who attended the annual Memorial Mass for Deceased Deacons of the Diocese in St. Thomas More Church, Manalapan. Her husband, Deacon Richard Glogoza, who was ordained in May, 2009, died Aug. 18.

“I want to do whatever I can to remember who he was and the ministry that he loved,” said Glogoza, who attended the memorial Mass in past years with her husband.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Relics of St. Pio to visit Diocese of Trenton

After an historic 2017 U.S. tour, relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – also known as Padre Pio – will resume a series of 2018 visits, making a Nov. 13 stop at St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold.

Public veneration of St. Pio’s relics will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. including a glove, cotton gauze with St. Pio’s blood, a lock of hair, his mantle and handkerchief. Following veneration, Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, diocesan vicar general, will celebrate a 7 p.m. Mass.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Sister Agnes Marie Gunn, former secretary for community relations, delegate for religious
Sister of St. Joseph Agnes Marie Gunn, who formerly served in several positions in the Diocese of Trenton including as secretary of community relations and delegate for religious, died Oct. 19 in St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pa. She was 90. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Leading children to Christ is priority for Dominica Vullo
As a parish catechetical leader Dominica Vullo maintains there is a top priority when it comes to helping to form children and their families in the Catholic faith. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
CCHD is reminder to faithful to serve the poor, priest says
Father John C. Garrett offers a compelling reason on why faithful from throughout the Diocese should consider helping those less fortunate by contributing to the annual 2018 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Catholic agencies appreciate support from 2017 CCHD funds
Six Catholic social service agencies located within the Diocese of Trenton providing a range of assistance to people in need have been awarded monetary grants through the 2017 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
A bicycle, a dog attack and a life of poverty
I bought the bicycle in March and started the cross country bicycle tour from San Francisco, Calif., to Washington, D.C., in June 2003 – 15 years ago. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Guild honorees serve as living examples of Christ
Madalyn Tusay was filled with gratitude as she welcomed all to the 23rd annual Mount Carmel Guild Gala. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Bishop O'Connell to join in Feast of Miraculous Medal observances
The Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia will once again be a graced place of welcome, warmth and prayer to the thousands of people who are expected to participate in the various services surrounding the Feast of the Miraculous Medal. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Father Joseph Tedesco named Mepkin Abbey superior
Father Joseph A. Tedesco, who formerly served as a priest for the Diocese of Trenton for 28 years, has been named superior of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery located on the Cooper River outside of Moncks Corner, S.C., effective Nov. 3. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Pastoral Care Week marked with lunch to recognize, affirm chaplains
The gift of presence and hospitality shown daily by pastoral care workers to those they serve was reciprocated in a special way Oct. 25 when the Diocese hosted a Chaplains’ Appreciation Luncheon in the Chancery. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Annual gathering offers hope, healing for separated, divorced
For individuals dealing with separation or divorce, “healing doesn’t follow a specific timeline.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Love focus of Holy Innocents Society Mass, luncheon
For the students in Holy Innocents Society programs, Sacramental preparation is merely the first step. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Guadalupe torches double as interest grows
Celebrating its third year in the Diocese of Trenton, the pilgrimage of Las Antorchas Guadalupanas – the torches of Guadalupe – has already begun in all four counties, with a few noteworthy changes. More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Monitor readers help solve mystery photo
This photo of Bishop George W. Ahr (1950-1979) and an unidentified woman at a commencement ceremony was wrapped in mystery until readers of The Monitor were able to lend their knowledge. More ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
A reflection from Bishop O'Connell on All Saints, All Souls Days
Many times during the course of the year, I visit the graves of my parents.  I bring flowers or small plants to place there in loving memory as I pray for them.  Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays bring me there, as well as other days with no particular significance. 

As memories flood my mind, I sometimes smile, and other times, shed a few tears.  Their graves remind me how much I miss them and love them still.  In faith, I know they are not “there” but their remains rest in that sacred place.  I always feel a real “communion” with them.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018



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