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  • 2018 Back to School supplement

    Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Trenton are joyfully opening wide their doors this September, welcoming back students to the rigors and rewards of a faith-based education and celebrating the new principals and presidents who are taking on new roles.

    Tried-and-true methods of instruction share the stage with new, innovative use of technology and partnerships, uniting with one focus: the student. 

    Click here to check out the digital version of the annual Back to School supplement!

  • Catholic School Highlights: What's new, praiseworthy in local schools
    In an effort to highlight the best of what Catholic schools have to offer their students, schools of the Diocese submitted to The Monitor features they anticipate for the 2018-19 academic year, new and enriched programs or plans, advancements and faculty additions, and what the schools are most proud of. Here are their responses, condensed for space.
  • CBA grad joins St. Benedict School
    It was a matter of faith, morals and values.
  • Mount Carmel community top priority for new principal
    When the doors open for the first day of classes this year, students in Asbury Park’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will be greeted by their new principal, Theresa E. Craig.
  • ND principal to honor tradition, embrace future
    As she begins her tenure as principal of Lawrenceville’s Notre Dame High School, Joanna Barlow is standing on familiar ground.
  • Sister Mary Helen Beirne aims to build on Freehold school's legacy
    Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill Mary Helen Beirne is looking forward to adding to the legacy of the venerable, 143-year-old St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold.
  • Veteran Catholic educator takes helm in Maple Shade school
    For Cynthia Smith, the new principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade, the first day of school will mark a new beginning and a homecoming at the same time.
  • St. Paul School principal aims to be source of inspiration, encouragement

    Kimberly Cioci, the new principal of St. Paul School, Burlington, is looking forward to the school year, blessed with a caring staff, five new teachers and a philosophy of education she labels as “freedom.”

  • Notre Dame principal takes on interim president role
    Mary Liz Ivins – the new interim president of Lawrenceville’s Notre Dame High School – admits that her original life plan was to “become a guidance counselor, work somewhere, marry and have 12 children.”
  • Principal Chiaravalloti envisions active leadership in St. Ann School
    Salavatore Chiaravalloti calls his appointment as principal of St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, a great honor.
  • Mater Dei principal brings education, business know-how
    Debra Serafin is looking forward to bringing her 40 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator to Mater Dei Preparatory Academy, Middletown.
  • Holy Cross Preparatory Academy in Delran opens as private school with new leader

    When Holy Cross Preparatory Academy, Delran, opens its doors as an independent Catholic high school, it will be in the hands of seasoned administrators, including its principal, William J. Stonis, a veteran of 38 years as a public school administrator.

  • A message from our schools superintendent: Commitments abound for a new school year

    Reflecting on years gone by as an elementary teacher, I recall the enjoyment experienced in teaching Social Studies. Historic times and personalities came alive in an intriguing way. Beyond the textbook, additional resources brought life to the curriculum for students and teacher alike.

    A common theme that surfaces throughout history is that each age, and indeed, each life, is filled with contrast – joys, sorrows, challenges, strife and at times, heart-wrenching circumstances that can only be  adequately addressed with wisdom, courage, faith, and insight.

  • Faith, football come together in Notre Dame High School Bible study

    The weight room at Notre Dame High School has taken on a whole new meaning for a group of Irish football players.

    “Coming to Notre Dame, I always thought of the weight room as some macho place you go down to and get huge, but it’s so much bigger than that,” senior quarterback Rob Buecker said. “It embodies so much more.”

  • Diocese's schools using social media to build communities

    Kevin Callahan describes using social media this way: “It’s like Paul visiting Corinth, without strapping on the sandals.”

    Callahan, minister of evangelization and marketing in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, sees social media as a tool for communication, growth and community building, sharing the story of both parish and school and the Good News of the Gospel in the process.

  • SPS welcomes former Rumson teacher to interim post
    Upon hearing of the opening for principal of St. Paul School, Princeton, Kim O. Clauss immediately visited the school’s website and viewed a lip sync video students participated in the previous year.
  • Understanding diocesan curriculum process, focus
    Curiosity, creativity, interdependence, and technology – infused in a rigorous content and imbedded in the ideals and traditions of the Catholic faith – are the hallmarks of the diocesan curriculum. 
  • After great success, Hearts 2 Hospitals to return in new school year
    Elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton are certainly no strangers to works of service, but during the 2017-18 school year, the bounds of that service reached a whole new level. 
  • Efforts in full swing to help students with dyslexia

    There have been many studies in recent years on brain development. Much has been written about cognition and meta-cognition and many scholars and researchers have shared their own “thoughts about thinking.” One thing is certain: Each of us is a unique child of God, and each of our brains has developed differently – at varying rates and with distinct abilities.

  • Diocesan, local PTAs important to Catholic schools success

    While Parent Teacher Association boards have long been integral in the operations of a school community, their fundraising efforts and the support they provide are both needed and appreciated, now more than ever.

  • Tuition assistance, donors help Catholic schools and their families
    “Catholic schools transform lives,” Bishop George V. Murry, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, said during a January meeting in Washington with Catholic school educators to ensure the viability of vibrant Catholic schools.

    One of the underlying concerns discussed at the meeting was rising tuition costs, which among other approaches, requires school leaders and clergy “to be courageous and undaunted in going to donors, people whose lives have been positively affected by Catholic schools and have been blessed with economic security ... and ask them to give back to Catholic schools,” Bishop Murry said.
  • I hope this summer has been a time of rejuvenation, filled with family fun and joy. It is hard to believe that a new school year is quickly approaching, and we are filled with anticipation for all that the new year will bring here at St. Peter School -- new learning opportunities, new friends, and new ideas.
  • The faculty and staff look forward to seeing our students and celebrating past traditions.
  • When students in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, arrive on the first day of school Sept.4, there will be additional components included in the school’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Art and Mathematics) curriculum.

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 abuseline@dioceseoftrenton.org

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.