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An Essay by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.: It's that time again
Three words dominate the thoughts of most families this time of year: “Back to School.”  As hard as it is to believe, summer is over!  Where did it go?  For kids, time sometimes seems to move slowly.  For parents and teachers, it flies by.  Once again, we trade in the bathing suits and barbecues for backpacks and buses.  The good news for kids is that they get to see their friends again.  The good news for parents is “that they get to see their friends again!”  Back to School! More ...
Thursday, August 18, 2016
At opening Mass for the Year of Mercy, Bishop reminds faithful that 'Nothing is impossible with God'
Never had our world heard better news than that spoken by the Angel Gabriel to an innocent Jewish maiden, barely a teenager, in today's Gospel from St. Luke. More ...
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Being open to peace in the face of change -- A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
The Apostles were devastated at the crucifixion and death of Jesus. They had lived and traveled everywhere with him for the three years of his public ministry and had placed all their hope in him. And then, suddenly, he was gone. He had warned them, but they paid little attention.  Now what? The change was beyond their comprehension. They huddled together in fear and disappointment, worried about their own future. More ...
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
A Message from Bishop O'Connell: HOLD ON TO HOPE
Watching all of the political craziness that surrounds the 2016 presidential campaign as it currently unfolds, commentators seem to be focused on a common theme: people are angry. Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike are angry with Washington, D.C., and the direction our government and our country have taken in the last decade.  So many candidates make promises that none of them keep.  And they are not helping calm people’s fears.

What does the future hold for our nation?  Only God knows.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A message from Bishop O'Connell: 'Behold, I Make All Things New'
I don't like change.  There, I said it.  And the older I get, the less I like it. More ...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A message from Bishop O'Connell: 'Behold, I Make All Things New'
I don't like change.  There, I said it.  And the older I get, the less I like it.  That having been said, I have to admit that "change" seems to be the only constant in our world.  Look in the mirror sometime.  When I do, I often say to myself "where did you come from?"  When did I start losing the hair on the back of my head?  Where did those jowls come from?  I never had that belly before! More ...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A message from Bishop David M. O' Connell, C.M. -- The Catholic Church and the 21st Century
Most Catholics religiously identify with their parish rather than the diocese to which it belongs. That is certainly understandable since most Catholics live their religious life, receive their Sacraments and worship in their own territorial parish. The "parish" is a more concrete reality than the "diocese," which is more abstract. For most Catholics, the parish is “the Church.” More ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
A Christmas message from Bishop O'Connell

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord...
Glory to God in the highest and peace to all who enjoy his favor.
(Luke 2: 11-14)

Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., shares a message for Christmas with the people of the Diocese of Trenton.


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