In the JANUARY issue of The Monitor Magazine:

It is a snapshot in a diocese’s history when its bishop travels to Rome for the Church’s “Ad Limina” visit and has his photo taken with the Pope.  That is the moment that the January cover of The Monitor Magazine captures for readers, along with a Q&A interview with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., on the historic visit he made to the Holy See back on Thanksgiving Week with his fellow bishops from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Building on the “Ad Limina” reporting, the latest magazine issue makes the point that we are one Church, or “One Family in Faith,” from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the global Church, through our Bishop, our parishes and our Catholic households.   As Bishop O’Connell explains in his interview on page 6, the “Ad Limina” visit is a way that bishops and dioceses stay connected with the Holy Father, who is the universal shepherd of the Church.

The idea of working together as one Church drives the ongoing efforts in the Diocese of Trenton to form stronger communities of faith and serve the mission, as we learn about a new way of parish planning on page 10. At the same time, our page 12 story in which diocesan staffer, Matt Greeley, spends time with refugee families struggling to cope as they wait at the U.S.-Mexico border, illustrates how we are called to treat all human beings as our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The new issue has many more inspiring examples of those who strive to live as one Church, one Family in Faith. Look for these highlights: 

  • FROM THE BISHOP: A message from Bishop O’Connell on New Year 2020 and resolutions that truly make a difference
  • TOP NEWS: Parish and state’s law enforcement community remembers Msgr. Philip A. Lowery
  • CELEBRATIONS: Recaps on Advent and Christmas and the diocese-wide celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • YOUNG CATHOLICS: Eighth graders from Cinnaminson spend time feeding homeless in Philadelphia
  • FAITH FREQUENCY: New radio show will explore connection between faith, sports and God

Don’t miss our special 8-PG CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK section of advertising and information, and EL ANZUELO, our Spanish-language section.

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