In the July edition of The Monitor Magazine:

Even during life’s greatest trials, there is always a reason to celebrate God’s blessings.  That could well serve as the theme of The Monitor Magazine’s July issue, which is now posted for our digital subscribers.

In this issue, we bring you many of the special moments from the Ordination Masses of the Diocese’s newest priest and deacons.  We hope that readers will join us in celebrating Father Stephen Sansevere; and Deacons John Edward Barrett, RJoy Ballacillo, Russell David Greiner, Mark D. McNulty, John Senkewicz and Edward Woram.

This is also the time that we recognize the special milestones of those in religious life and serving in the Diocese.  This LIVES OF FAITH special section features the clergy who are marking such milestones as retirement and major anniversaries, including the 10th anniversary of Bishop David M. O’Connell’s episcopal ordination.  Don’t miss the Bishop’s Q and A interview with The Monitor in which he reflects on this last decade of leading the Diocese of Trenton.  And please be sure to watch for our tribute to religious jubilarians, which will be included in the magazine’s October issue.

Other key items in the July issue will focus on:

  • A landmark decision on religious freedom by the U.S. Supreme Court and how it could impact the work of the Church
  • Examination of racism with a summary of resources to inspire honest conversation with young people, and a column about the importance of empathy in bridging the divide.
  • News in religious education, with an analysis of the Vatican’s new Directory for Catechesis and its expansion of missionary discipleship, and a local report on what summer religious education is looking like in this virtual reality
  • Feature stories on a family with a multi-generational legacy of serving at the altar, and local choirs who are singing together in new and creative ways

Because The Monitor Magazine cannot be distributed in our churches at this time, we are providing free and open digital access to all members of our diocesan community and visitors to our websites. You can view a digital copy here.

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Rayanne Bennett, Associate Publisher, and the Monitor Team