Pictured is the cover of the first issue of The Monitor Magazine that was published October, 2019.
Pictured is the cover of the first issue of The Monitor Magazine that was published October, 2019.
With this October issue, we mark the first anniversary of The Monitor Magazine and the end of our inaugural year. This would normally be a modest milestone to note and move on. But this year has been far from normal for the Diocese’s new publication and the community that it serves.

Being able to reach this milestone despite the pandemic is something for which we are profoundly grateful. Though we have had to conduct much of our work these past six months under less-than-ideal conditions, we were blessed with great support from our colleagues in the Chancery and wonderful cooperation from our local parishes and schools.

I have been extremely grateful for the diligence of our team members, who never wavered from their responsibilities, even if they were sitting at laptops on kitchen tables while wearing pajamas and slippers. Their professionalism and dedication have been remarkable.

On behalf of our team, I want to thank Bishop O’Connell for all of his support and willingness to contribute to this publication so consistently.  I also would like to thank the pastors and other parish leaders who have helped us get this new magazine into the hands of their people.

A special thank you to our readers who have been so generous in their affirmation of our work. We look forward to the post-pandemic day when The Monitor Magazine can again be distributed in our churches. Until then, we will strive to keep our readers informed, inspired and connected as we continue to tell the Good News of the Diocese of Trenton.