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  • As our world faces the current pandemic that has halted our lives, literally, many ask about the why, how and where of life.
  • Celebrating Black History Month
    During my time at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, I was privileged to have a young Sister Thea Bowman as a teacher.
  • Telling the human story: One role of the Catholic press
    One of the most popular features in this newspaper is the weekly profile of everyday Catholics living out their faith. We call it "Your Catholic Neighbor."
  • Let’s end the ‘globalization of indifference’ and support immigrants
    National Migration Week has been a time for us to reflect on the need to be inclusive and welcoming ...
  • The In Focus article in the Monitor regarding singing at Mass [“Singing at Mass is praying with the music,” The Monitor Magazine, Oct. 2019] evoked both memories and ongoing challenges.
  • Imagine having no place to call home
    Just imagine for a moment that you have no home.
  • What all Hispanics lost in the El Paso massacre
    In the moments it took a gunman at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, recently to massacre 22 people – the majority of whom were Hispanic – and wound dozens more, the 56 million of us who constitute the Hispanic population lost our sense of security, of belonging to the whole, that has been won generation by generation here in the United States.
  • ‘Does God love the illegals?’

    reader called The Record a couple of weeks ago to ask this question: “Does God love the illegals?”

  • A news junkie hits the beach and enjoys himself!

    More and more people are telling me that they just can’t take the news anymore. Like me, they find it overwhelmingly depressing. It raises our blood pressure. It leaves us discontented. It makes us feel hopeless.

  • Father Augustus Tolton: A sign for today
    recently participated in a conference that explored the Church’s sexual abuse crisis and the effect the crisis has had on the Church’s witness in the public square
  • Catholics protest U.S. practice of caging immigrant children
    Many of us are not fond of seeing animals in cages.
  • Astronauts connected space exploration to God's glory

    I didn’t realize there was a moon-landing Bible verse until my pastor mentioned it a few weeks ago.

  • How far is too far for Mass?

    How far would you drive for Mass?

    I don't know if anyone has ever done a study of such a pedestrian topic, but it is a question that will become increasingly relevant.

    How far would you drive for Mass?

    I don't know if anyone has ever done a study of such a pedestrian topic, but it is a question that will become increasingly relevant.

  • Morality at the movies
    The most likely place to find uplifting messages about the human spirit these days is in superhero movies
  • Bonum fortuna: Keeping Latin alive is a worthwhile effort
    Latin may never bounce back from being all but dead, but the Vatican keeps trying and deserves credit for its efforts. If not them, no one else will.
  • Independence Day 2019: 
celebrating our country while working to cure its ills
    A birthday is naturally a time to celebrate the God-given gift of life – the past year, as well as all the years the Almighty has blessed each of us with.

    A birthday also presents each of us with an ideal opportunity to honestly and humbly assess where we are in life. It’s a time to prayerfully discern in what direction is God calling us to go in?
  • Health care that blends medicine with a faith and family focus
    As medical professionals become more aware of the importance of adult whole-patient care, pediatric specialists are also reaching greater understanding of the non-scientific, but very important "other" aspects that help children battle and often overcome significant, serious illnesses.
  • The best kept secret of the Catholic Church

    The Catholic Church has a very big secret. It is so powerful, challenging and relevant, that if every bishop, priest, religious and layperson was committed to communicating and implementing this secret, it would turn society upside-down and literally transform the world! 

  • One of the most-watched reality television programs is the hugely popular “America’s Got Talent.” Each episode features several contestants who try to impress a panel of judges with their singing, dancing, comedy or other talent.
  • Faithful over fearful
    Common to most commencement speeches is the exhortation to approach life with boldness, to pursue one's dreams, to live meaningfully, to honor one's uniqueness and gifts, and to fight for the common good. 
  • Let your conscience be your guide
    Our political life has become such a war of words that many may not notice that the Trump administration has done something very good and long overdue – and is being condemned for it.
  • On May 17, a prominent Catholic priest, Father Jonathan Morris, a television commentator, author and pastor in the Archdiocese of New York, announced that he has decided to leave the active ministry as a priest because he wants to be free to “marry and have a family,” although assuring his social media followers that he doesn’t have an “existing relationship.”
  • We honor the fallen by working for peace
    With the arrival of Memorial Day, and the “unofficial start to summer” last weekend, I noticed a steady stream of posts on social media and spots on television and radio that sought to remind us of the meaning of the holiday.
  • Jean Vanier: a saint for our times

    Jean Vanier, Canadian writer, philosopher and humanitarian who died May 7, was a champion for people with intellectual disabilities and touched countless lives through his constant message of love.

  • Persecution of Christians worse now than ever - do we care?
    “The persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history,” says Aid to the Church in Need – a papal charity – in its report on oppressed Christians titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?” (see:

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.