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St. Francis Center says goodbye to longtime staff member
LONGTIME SERVICE • Franciscan Father James P. Scullion addresses Connie Becraft during the prayer service honoring Becraft’s commitment to St. Francis Community Center. Becraft has retired from the Long Beach Island center after 33 years of service.
 

LONGTIME SERVICE • Franciscan Father James P. Scullion addresses Connie Becraft during the prayer service honoring Becraft’s commitment to St. Francis Community Center. Becraft has retired from the Long Beach Island center after 33 years of service.

 

By EmmaLee Italia

Ask Connie Becraft what she’ll miss most about her work at St. Francis Community Center, and she promptly replies, “Every part of it.”

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hidden Figures
NEW YORK -- The struggles of the civil rights era provide the backdrop for the appealing fact-based drama "Hidden Figures" (Fox 2000). Along with a personalized insight into the injustices that still prevailed in American society in the early 1960s, director Theodore Melfi's adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's book -- which centers on three extraordinarily gifted mathematicians working for NASA -- successfully re-creates the tension of the Cold War space race. More ...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Bounce Back
NEW YORK -- "The Bounce Back" (Viva) is a pleasantly compact and diverting romance in which everyone goes out of their way to be both polite and well-attired. More ...
Friday, December 16, 2016
St. William the Abbot children celebrate global Christmas
St. William the Abbot Parish’s School of Religion, Howell, hosted a Christmas celebration at the global level, with its annual Christmas Pageant and Christmas Around the World program Dec. 10. More ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Belmar parish priest makes it his mission to visit Guadalupe shrine
Our Lady of Guadalupe did a great favor for Father Walter Quiceno and his family this year, and now the parochial vicar in St. Rose Parish, Belmar, wants everyone to know the blessings of having a devotion to the Mother of the Americas.

“I did not know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Father Quiceno, who came from Colombia to serve the Diocese of Trenton in 2008.  “In Colombia, we are devoted to the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and never hear of Guadalupe.” 
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Cooking for brothers is ministry for Sister Christine

When it comes to education, Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pa., Christine Joseph Iacobacci is widely recognized and respected for her gifts, not only in teaching reading, but creating programs that help students master the vital skill.

 
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Monday, December 5, 2016
From Tepeyac to Malvern -- Retreat house invites local parish to join celebration of the Patroness of the Americas

Relationships… it all comes down to fostering relationships with our God, with our faith community, with one another. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, has long served as a bridge and relationship builder among cultures and ethnicities throughout the Americas and the world, and as intercessor between God and God’s people.

 
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Friday, December 2, 2016
Near-death experience inspires retiree to pen book

Michael R. Albert, 83, retells a dream he had when he was 12 years old in a children’s book he has authored entitled “Mekhail’s Dream.”

 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
For seniors, spirituality in the Golden Years takes many forms
In 1996, when Franciscan Sister Robert Marie Green retired as principal of Corpus Christi School, Willingboro, after 36 years in education, she was determined to try something new. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Monitor subscriber enjoys 50 years of Catholic diocesan news
Thanks to a long-ago recommendation from a Trenton shepherd, Walter Leo Sikorski has kept abreast of faith-based local, diocesan, state, national and international news through the pages of The Monitor for more than 50 years. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
For late actress Florence Henderson, Catholic faith was her foundation
CINCINNATI  -- In what came to be her final interview, actress Florence Henderson told St. Anthony Messenger magazine that throughout her life, through good times and bad, her Catholic faith was her foundation. More ...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016



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