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Draft Protocol details policies, procedures for victim compensation program
Preparations are moving forward for the special program commissioned by the five Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey that will compensate eligible victims who were sexually abused as minors by clergy.

In the months since the Independent Victim Compensation Program was announced by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the other New Jersey bishops, the program’s Administrators have set up a dedicated website (, posted a Draft Protocol delineating how the program will operate and opened a month-long Comment Period, which is currently in progress.  Comments and questions can be submitted through the website, as well as through a public phone conference scheduled for March 29, 3–4:30 p.m. eastern time. An earlier conference took place March 15.

According to Camille S. Biros, who, together with Kenneth R. Feinberg is administering the IVCP, the purpose of the Comment Period is to elicit feedback from victims or their attorneys, state legislators, activists and other interested parties in regard to the Draft Protocol and to provide victims and their attorneys with an opportunity to submit questions.  Biros stated, “At the end of the Comment Period, we will determine, with input from the Dioceses, if any significant changes to the Protocol are warranted.”

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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Recent Galleries, Videos

3/20/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Feast of St. Joseph celebration in St. Ann, Lawrenceville

3/14/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Knights hold dinner for seminarians

3/11/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Rite of Election 2019

3/11/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Rite of Sending, Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly

3/7/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Lenten Spirituality Day for Priests

3/7/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Rose girls basketball win NJSIAA sectional crown

3/6/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop Celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass

3/5/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3/4/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Cohort 9 Mardi Gras

3/4/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Respect Life Mass – Burlington County  

3/4/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Respect Life Mass – Ocean County  

3/4/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Respect Life Mass – Monmouth County  

3/4/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Respect Life Mass -- Mercer County

3/3/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Boy Scouts Court of Honor -- Epiphany Parish, Brick

3/3/2019 -- PHOTO GALLERY -- Festa Italiana in Pennington


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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Mercer County CYO aids special-needs preschooler
Since its founding in 1952 in the Diocese of Trenton, the Mercer County CYO has aimed to provide affordable, quality, educational and recreational services, a mission of love and concern for young people of every culture and faith. More ...

Saturday, March 23, 2019
St. Peter School wins contest with faith-based CSW door design

When the kindergarten class and teachers of St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, designed their door decoration for Catholic Schools Week, they had no idea it would ultimately win a national contest.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
'Unplanned' film on abortion is story of 'hope, forgiveness and love'
INDIANAPOLIS – Abby Johnson's life had already become an open book. Soon it also will become a national box office show. More ...

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Modern version of 'La Boheme' to be staged in Manasquan
The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will perform “La Boheme” April 27-28 in the Algonquin Arts Theater, Manasquan. The beloved Puccini opera will be costumed and staged in a local, contemporary setting and backed by the 45-member orchestra conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson. More ...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE: Lent should not be attempted alone
Have you ever felt alone? Desperately alone? More ...

Friday, March 22, 2019
March 24 - Lent is our time of transformation
Our Lenten journey has taken us from the wilderness with Jesus after his Baptism and then to the top of the mountain of the Transfiguration and the encounter with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.  More ...

Monday, March 18, 2019
Community Roundup
Conveying The Message
As a way to spread the word about 24 Hours For the Lord, St. Mary Parish, Middletown, had large, colorful banners and billboards made and strategically placed in locations that would catch people's attention.  More ...

Monday, March 18, 2019
Pope Francis
God's will is clear: to seek out, save humanity from evil, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Christians have faith in a God who wants to and is able to transform the world, conquering evil with good, Pope Francis said. More ...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
View stories related to Pope Francis
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
Bishop O'Connell: 'Consider the consequences' of Aid in Dying bill
Never before in the history of our country has the life of innocent and vulnerable human beings faced such jeopardy. 

Never before in the history of our country have the “inalienable rights” to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of our citizenry, affirmed by our Founding Fathers in the “Declaration of Independence,” been subject to such denial by those responsible for their legal protection.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
My Monitor
Log-In | E-Edition | Subscriber Exclusives
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: N.Y. high school students help prepare taxes through volunteer program
ALBANY, N.Y. – High school junior Paul Barber shuffles through tax forms in the basement of the diocesan Pastoral Center in Albany. More ...

Friday, March 22, 2019
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Child Protection
Our Promise to Protect
The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.

If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.

To read more about Child Protection efforts in the Trenton Diocese, click here.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Columns | Op/Ed | Readers' Letters
Our struggle for proper celebration
We don’t know how to celebrate things as they’re meant to be celebrated. We want to, but mostly we don’t know how.  More ...

Friday, March 22, 2019
Losing our humanity to robots?
As a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, I have attended its annual assemblies in Rome since 2012. More ...

Friday, March 22, 2019
What's Happening
One Week Snapshot

3/31/2019  - 'Catholic Refresher Course'
3/31/2019  - 
Late Nite Catechism series
3/31/2019  - 
St.Catharine's Music Concert
3/31/2019  - 
Requiem For The Living
4/1/2019   - 
Bereavement Ministry Program
4/1/2019   - 
Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers
4/1/2019   - 
New social skills group
4/2/2019   - 
Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
4/2/2019   - 
Classics on Contemplative Prayer Series
4/3/2019   - 
Personal Retreat Days
4/3/2019  - 
Lent Series -- Who Does He Say You Are? Part 2
4/3/2019  - 
Lent Series
4/3/2019  - 
Panel on interfaith approach to Divine Mercy
4/4/2019  - 
'The Prophets, Messengers of God's Mercy'
4/4/2019  - 
Honoring Your Contemplative Soul, Thomas Keating & The Cloud of Unknowing
4/4/2019  - 
Study of St. John of the Cross
4/5/2019  - 
Teilhard Reading Group
4/5/2019  - 
Stations of the Cross on Lenten Fridays
4/5/2019  - 
"Blessings or Burdens"


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Friday, March 1, 2019
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