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Polish archbishop visits Bishop O'Connell
Special Gathering -- Archbishop Weclaw Depo, center, enjoys an Aug. 9 visit with Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and several Polish priests from the Diocese. Pictured from left are Msgr. Casimir Ladzinski; Father Jacek Labinski; Father Mariuz, Archbishop Depo's priest-secretary; Bishop O'Connell; Archbishop Depo; Father Adam Midor; Father Marcin Kania; Father Marian Kokorzycki, and Msgr. Edward Arnister. Joe Moore photo
Special Gathering -- Archbishop Weclaw Depo, center, enjoys an Aug. 9 visit with Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and several Polish priests from the Diocese. Pictured from left are Msgr. Casimir Ladzinski; Father Jacek Labinski; Father Mariuz, Archbishop Depo's priest-secretary; Bishop O'Connell; Archbishop Depo; Father Adam Midor; Father Marcin Kania; Father Marian Kokorzycki, and Msgr. Edward Arnister. Joe Moore photo
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., reflects on his visit with Archbishop Waclaw Depo:

“It was an honor and privilege to welcome Archbishop Waclaw Depo of the Polish Metropolitan Archdiocese of Czestochowa  to my home for lunch on Thursday, August 9.  What a delightful man and what a wonderful, historic post to have.  It is by sheer coincidence that this weekend our Polish Catholics from the Diocese of Trenton  will embark upon their annual pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown. PA. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Registration open for annual CWOZ Rally in September
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will be the principal celebrant at a 10 a.m. Mass Sept. 15 during the annual Catholic Women of Zion Women’s Rally. More ...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Diocesan-sponsored addiction symposium to address parish role in supporting recovery

A spiritual disease. A crisis of the soul. Those are some ways Father John Stabeno describes how addiction is an epidemic requiring a swift, holistic and comprehensive response.

“Pope Francis has said the Church needs to be a field hospital, and if addiction is a spiritual disease then the Church must be the triage unit,” he said. “Those with addictions need to know God as the solution.”

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Bishop O'Connell to lead historic pilgrimage to Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City

A dream come true.

That was one way the upcoming pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City, with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is being described by those who have been working to make the journey possible.

“I was thinking there was no possibility, or that maybe in five years we would get to go,” said Josué Arriola, director of the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life, who entertained the idea of the pilgrimage.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Register now for permanent diaconate information night
Diaconate information sessions for those discerning the vocation of permanent deacon will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 9, both at the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. More ...
Monday, August 6, 2018
Evangelization key message of National Diaconate Congress, local deacons say

Calling the event “powerful and reflective,” deacons from the Diocese of Trenton and their wives were among the more than 1,300 brethren and their families at the 2018 National Diaconate Congress, held July 22-26 in New Orleans.

Exploring the theme “Christ the Servant: Yesterday, Today and Forever,” the five-day conference of Masses, general assemblies and workshops was sponsored by the National Association of Diaconate Directors and marked the 50th anniversary of “Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem,” the document issued by Blessed Paul VI restoring the permanent diaconate.

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Friday, August 3, 2018
Diocese takes part in workshop to prepare for revised Spanish Roman Missal

It’s been nearly seven years since the English translation of the Missale Romanum (Roman Missal) – the ritual text of prayers and instruction for the celebration of Mass – was implemented in the United States.

Now a revised ritual, Misal Roman, tercera edicion, has been prepared for the country’s Spanish-speaking Catholics; it takes mandatory affect Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Rest and Retreat
As part of their seminary formation and preparation for the priesthood, the Diocese’s seminarians gathered for an annual retreat, held the week of July 23 in Loyola Retreat House, Morristown. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
RCIA workshop on Period of Inquiry set for Sept. 29
A workshop for those involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, including coordinators and team members, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 in St. Benedict Parish, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Dayton graduation caps 18 months of prayer, study in groundbreaking program
Five students who completed the University of Dayton’s intense, 18-month virtual learning program in adult faith formation came away with much more than a piece of paper when they graduated July 15 before fellow parishioners in Jackson’s St. Monica Church. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
CCDOT sets Guardian Angel Dinner Dance for Sept. 22
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton will hold its 29th annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance Sept. 22 in the Hyatt Regency, Princeton. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Episcopal Appointments
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointments: More ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Annual picnic fosters camaraderie among Diocese's seminarians
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.

Hosted by the Diocese on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, the picnic afforded the men, who are pursuing studies in three different seminaries, an opportunity to socialize and share their seminary experiences as they journey toward their goal of one day serving as priests for the Diocese.
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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
Clergy take seven high-schoolers on vocation trip to New York City
A Mass and tour in New York City's St. Patrick Cathedral and a prayerful visit to One World Trade Center to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, were highlights of a July 5 trip taken by several priests, a seminarian and seven high school students from the Diocese who might be described as “priest hopefuls.” 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



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