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  • Proclamation from governor's office for Catholic Schools Week
    Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation designating the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 as Catholic Schools Week...
  • LEAD U teaches Toms River students to be effective leaders
    For students in St. Joseph School, Toms River, part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration was spent learning how to be leaders.
  • Every generation has the obligation and responsibility to educate the next generation.  That involves the teaching of subjects like math and science, language and literature, history and health, among others.
  • Excitement's on the roster for first day of school across Diocese

    With new school supplies and backpacks in tow, students across the Diocese of Trenton disembarked buses or walked alongside parents as they returned to school the week of Sept. 4, where they were greeted warmly by principals and teachers.

    In St. James Grammar School, Red Bank, kindergarten teacher Kira Nelsen grinned as she welcomed students back to school. She said she was happy to meet her new students and see their smiling faces.

  • TCA student awarded Catholic University of America scholarship named for Bishop O'Connell

    For Trenton Catholic Academy senior Angie Labissiere, attending The Catholic University of America, Washington, and receiving the Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship is a dream come true.

    “I truly feel privileged to be chosen as the winner of the Bishop O’Connell Service Scholarship. Being able to attend college is a dream that I’ve always longed for,” the Hamilton school student said. 

    “The fact that this scholarship is solely based on service means so much to me because service is a major part of my life. I owe all my blessings to the different service projects I have been a part of; they all played a huge part in breaking me out of my comfort zone and shaping me into the person I am today.”

  • St. John Vianney seniors to graduate with associate degrees before high school commencement
    Of the more than 1,900 students graduating May 10 from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, for the first time nine of them will be area Catholic high school seniors.
  • Student teachers offer innovative lessons in Brick school
    Some 48 eighth-graders walked in the shoes of their teachers Feb. 2 during Teacher Appreciation Day, a Catholic Schools Week tradition in Brick’s St. Dominic School where teachers leave the instruction to their students.
  • Jackson school students urged to grow in strength, wisdom of God

    “Children of the light.”

    Those were the words Father John Bambrick used to describe the pews full of kindergarten through eighth-grade students from St. Aloysius School, Jackson, who gathered for Mass Feb. 2 at the end of Catholic Schools Week.

  • Education, faith highlighted as students from across New Jersey visit State House

    Students from around the state gathered Feb. 1 at the State House in Trenton to celebrate the many contributions made by Catholic schools and to recognize the standouts of the annual Catholic Schools Week poster and video project.

    Sponsored by the New Jersey Network of Catholic Families and the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the day included a tour of the State House and a presentation of the selected poster and video entries that depicted, “Why I Love My Catholic School.”

  • Holy Cross School helps feed area's hungry, youngsters through fundraiser
    The student body in Holy Cross School, Rumson, heeded Jesus’ call to “feed the hungry” this winter by staging a school-wide food drive that came to fruition during Catholic Schools Week.
  • Author of 'Dead Man Walking' discusses death penalty, social justice

    “Each of us are given grace and called to follow the Gospels in our own lives, not just me because I’m a nun,” Sister of St. Joseph of Medaille Helen Prejean told an overflow audience in the Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, auditorium Feb.1.

    Sister Helen, a 78-year-old Baton Rouge native, held the more than 950 students and guests spellbound for her talk on social justice during the celebration of Catholic Schools Week at the secondary school. 

  • St. Peter's Vocations Day lends insight into religious life

    What children aspire to become depends on many factors, not the least of which is the adults to whom they’re exposed. In St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, educators are making sure some of that exposure includes people living a religious vocation.

  • Toms River schools come together to build faith
    The familiar phrase “strength in numbers” took on added meaning Jan. 29 when some 1,300 students from St. Joseph Grammar School and Donovan Catholic converged in St. Joseph Church to begin their celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
  • Traveling museum teaches St. Veronica students real-world applications of STEAM
    The gymnasium of St. Veronica School was filled with STEAM Feb. 2 as the Howell school welcomed a portable field trip that tested the students’ minds with projects and games designed to teach science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
  • Medford students learn life lessons by teaming with Covenant House shelter
    In a nod to its Catholic Schools Week theme of “Hearts to Lead, Hands to Serve,” fourth- through eighth-grade students in St. Mary of the Lakes School, Medford, spent a school day hand-tying more than three dozen blankets adorned with pink hearts for young homeless or runaways not too much older than themselves.
  • Gov. Phil Murphy proclaims Catholic Schools Week
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation designating the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2018, as Catholic Schools Week in New Jersey and acknowledging the contributions of Catholic schools to the public welfare of all New Jerseyans.
  • Catholic Schools Week begins with a splash in Sea Bright

    As pipes and drums played a marching tune, more than 1,000 students, parents, teachers and administrators careened down the sloping and rather soggy sands in back of Sea Bright’s Donovan’s Reef Jan. 28 and into the rolling sea.

    “Everyone had a good time,” said Eugenia Kelly, pastoral assistant in Holy Cross Parish, Rumson. “There were so many schools; their flags were flying; there were pipers and all the kids. It was really a special start to the week.”

  • Catholic Schools Week e-edition

    For one special week each year, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton join others nationwide in a unique celebration of all that make these institutions of faith and learning remarkable.

    Catholic Schools Week, running from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, is a time for schools to highlight their academic excellence, spirit of service, leadership, community and discipleship, and their continuum of faith formation that prepares students to make a difference in their world.

    Flip through The Monitor’s annual salute to Catholic schools, which published Jan. 25.

  • Holy Cross Academy, Delran, family prepares to begin new chapter
    In the five-plus weeks since the announcement was made that Holy Cross Academy in Delran will close as a diocesan school in June, plans to convert the institution to a private entity moved forward in earnest and are already showing results.
  • 'STEM' stretches students' learning experience in unique ways

    It has been full STEAM ahead this year for many of our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton as STEM education has enhanced classroom lessons in the elementary and high schools.

  • Through Prayer Partners program, students guide their peers in ways of faith

    Each month, Marybeth Fondonella, fifth-grade teacher at St. Dominic School, Brick, ushers her 27 students to the second-grade classroom of Kathleen Gaspich, where the two classes engage in a 20-minute activity including prayer, a craft and plenty of camaraderie.

    The two classes are part of a program known as Prayer Partners, in which a fifth-grader serves as a mentor to a younger child.

  • Catholic Schools Mass ends with two schools recognized for achievements
    The annual Catholic Schools Mass concluded on a congratulatory note Oct. 12 as Diocesan School Superintendent JoAnn Tier stepped forward to recognize two Catholic schools that received major recognition this year for scholarship, ingenuity and diligence.
  • Mission prelude gives Catholic Schools Mass sense of global unity

    The sense of unity that’s a hallmark of the Catholic Schools Mass gains a truly global perspective from the traditional pre-Mass presentation on the Church’s mission fields.

    This year’s program, featuring a talk by Father Evarist Kabagambe, who hails from Uganda, capped by a procession of cultural and religious symbols from around the world, perfectly exemplified that.

  • At the Catholic Schools Mass, the subject is faith

    Leaving no doubt about the importance of faith in the lives of young people, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., opened his homily at the annual Catholic Schools Mass Oct. 12 with a focus on how three children served as messengers of conversion and peace for the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima.

  • Good morning everyone and welcome to our Co-Cathedral. This is the first time we celebrate Catholic schools together in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral.
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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.

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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.