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2017 Lives of Faith
In a widely known instruction, Christians are urged to “Preach the Gospel at all times. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017

From India to Trenton, Father Gnarackatt continues to learn how to best serve Christ

Father Joseph Gnarackatt approaches his 50th anniversary to the priesthood with a sense of happiness.

“We all have one priest – Jesus Christ. I am very happy to be able to do his work,” said Father Gnarackatt, parochial vicar in St. Dominic Parish, Brick, who will celebrate a half-century of his vocation this fall. “I am not a priest on my own. It is he who brings success to our work.”

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Bringing God's Word to others center of Father Mathias' vocation

Sitting behind his desk at the rectory of St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, Father Edwin J. Mathias unrolls a large scroll of paper. On it are lines indicating his family tree, tracing his Catholic heritage back to the 16th century – no small feat for a boy born in India and raised in Pakistan or the man who would serve both predominantly non-Christian countries as a priest.

“I try to be a priest who serves the people spiritually in one way and in other ways, brings the parishioners together as a community,” the pastor said.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Father Chacko makes it his mission to put life, ministry in hands of God
For Father Joy T. Chacko, parochial vicar in St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, every day he wakes up is a miraculous gift from God. “If I wake up, I am happy,” Father Chacko said with a chuckle. “There is nothing to be worried [about]. Why should I worry?” More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
Father Lankford-Stokes dedicates ministry to Church, military

Throughout 25 years of priestly ministry, the heart of Father Michael G. Lankford-Stokes’ mission has remained the same: sharing the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist with as many faithful as possible.

Serving three communities over the decades as a parochial vicar and pastor enabled him to do that in a parish setting, but the time came when he felt called to add a new dimension to this mission – serving the members of the United States Armed Forces as a chaplain.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Following God's Plan -- Newly retired Father Venza has 45 years of pleasant memories of priesthood

Father Felix Venza was a youngster when he discovered his vocation to the priesthood.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Father John Wake transitions to retirement
Father John Wake, a priest of the Diocese for 43 years, recently entered a new chapter in his life: retirement. More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
Faith in Action -- Retired Father Burns reflects on his inspiration, successes of priesthood

“My ministry has been great joy,” Father Michael J. Burns said as he reflected on his retirement after serving the faithful in the Diocese of Trenton during his 44 years of priesthood.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
'The Answer Was Always Yes' -- Father Keigher exchanges warm farewell, memories with grateful flock
If years of priestly devotion can be measured by the number of tears parishioners shed at his retirement, then Father Bernard J. Keigher’s ministry has been one for the books. More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
A Passion for Teaching -- Father Griswold grateful for multiple ministries in pastorate, vocations, teaching

As he contemplates retirement, Father Edward J. Griswold looks back with gratitude upon 44 years of priesthood, during which he served as pastor and leader of a number of diocesan offices and as a professor of homiletics at St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Community Minded -- Father Lee brings vision, passion to 25 years of priesthood
For Father Jeffrey E. Lee, pursuing a religious vocation means getting up every day and wanting to be a member of the clergy, a religious or a married person. It is about being in touch with what God wants for our lives, and accepting that call. More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
Journey of Surprises -- Father Lang finds inner peace in serving God¡¦s people
For Father Michael P. Lang, the best part of his 25 years of priesthood is sharing in the lives of the families that have made up the parish communities where he has served. More ...
Friday, July 28, 2017
Building the Kingdom: Msgr. Bacovin brings message of God's unconditional love to all he encounters

The word “fear” typically conjures up thoughts of being afraid, scared.

For Msgr. Ronald J. Bacovin, however, “fear” triggers a memory from his high school days when he learned a different meaning – about what it means to have “fear in the Lord.”

“It’s not about being afraid of the Lord,” he said. Fear of the Lord means to stand in awe of the Lord – to be amazed by his unconditional love for us.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
In God's Time: A calling to prayer, service key theme in Keyport priest's life
Long before Kenneth W. Ekdahl became Father Ekdahl, pastor of Jesus the Lord Parish, Keyport, he was just a small boy asking God for a big prayer. More ...
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Blessed With a Mission: Social justice was priority of priesthood

To hear his flock tell it June 26, Father Ronald J. Cioffi’s final Mass in Keyport’s St. Joseph Church was much the same as those he celebrated throughout his 35 years of service there.

 
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Part of the Family: Msgr. Ralph W. Stansley was ordained for the people
“Each time I go to a new church, I go into town and get lost on purpose,” admitted Msgr. Ralph W. Stansley, newly retired from Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Trenton. “You learn your way around more easily that way.” More ...
Thursday, July 28, 2016



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