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Summer Academy part of year-round family catechesis
Summer Academy students in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, proudly display some of their handiwork from their weeklong religious education program. Photo courtesy of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel

Summer Academy students in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, proudly display some of their handiwork from their weeklong religious education program. Photo courtesy of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel

When it comes to religious education, the “lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer” in the Diocese of Trenton are instead transformed into the opportunity for faith enrichment for many parishes.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Priest pilots find inspiration, friends in the heavens
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Father Allen Corrigan likes to say that he first started flying an airplane in elementary school. More ...
Monday, August 7, 2017
Community Outreach: Toms River, Forked River faithful team up to bring youngsters together on basketball court

Hands clapping, with sweat dripping down his face, Nick Werkman stands in the middle of an asphalt basketball court and cheers on young athletes.

With a big floppy hat atop his head, he’s dressed in a dark green shirt with a white dog on the front and the word, “Huskies” scrawled across the top. On the back, the words, “Coach Nick” race across his shoulders. He stands in the middle of roughly 20 kids of all ages, races and genders as they battle in separate basketball games around him.

This is the scene at the Skyview Park public park in Toms River every Friday evening.

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Genocide survivor tells tale of forgiveness in face of adversity
St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, inaugurated the first weekend of its 75th anniversary celebration with an evening of lessons in faith, hope and forgiveness borne from the first-hand experience of Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
St. Rose parishioner to receive state award for SVDP furniture ministry
No one was more surprised to learn she had won the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award than Margaret More herself.

“I thought we were being notified of a grant we had submitted,” More recalled after getting a phone call from Joseph T. Williams, diocesan president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Spring Lake Knights of Columbus joined by state assemblyman

The Knights of Columbus Council 5611 in St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, has gained a state representative in its newest member.

Assemblyman Sean T. Kean of District 30 recently joined the K of C council that recorder Paul Leddy referred to as “short on members but long on charity.”

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Saturday, May 6, 2017
Former Georgian Court president a leader of hope for sisters in Africa
As president of Georgian Court University, Mercy Sister Rosemary Jeffries devoted a lion’s share of her time to opening doors in ways that expanded the educational and cultural horizons of the students there. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
St. Patrick's Day parades launch a frigid March
Showcasing one of the Catholic Church’s most well-known and celebrated saints, parades in honor of St. Patrick kicked off the first March weekend in the Diocese of Trenton, in spite of near-freezing temperatures, drawing participants and parade-goers from neighboring towns to take in the festivities. Catholic community members, some marching for the first time, joined others  in upholding a time-honored tradition. More ...
Friday, March 10, 2017
St. Francis Center says goodbye to longtime staff member

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
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

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