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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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. More ... Friday, July 20, 2018
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
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
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
“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 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
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
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, 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