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  • Accompaniment and care make the real difference
    Recently, a 50-year-old nurse was diagnosed with stomach cancer. 
  • The essential wholeness of palliative care
    As the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues and impacts all aspects of our existence, one constant continues. While we applaud the considerable and universal efforts made by various organizations to deal with this dramatic situation, the structural limits inherent within science itself have clearly emerged.
  • Neptune artist on quest to capture the meaning of the Gospels in paint

    Something beautiful for God.

    That was what Janet Madigan wanted to create when she embarked on a project in 2016 to capture the visual impact of the three cycles of Sunday Gospel readings Catholics listen to weekly at Mass.

  • Tennessee deacon uses ride-hailing job to plant seeds of faith
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. • Vice president of human resources, real estate agent and hospital chaplain are all part of Deacon Paul Brancheau’s resume.
  • Hidden power of Catholic grandparents revealed in book by bestselling author

    When internationally known Catholic author and speaker Allen R. Hunt set out to write his new book, “Dreams for Your Grandchild,” he took to heart what Pope Francis has said on the subject.

    “How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage, which is so essential for each and every society” the Pope had proclaimed in a speech on Grandparents Day in Brazil during World Youth Day there early in his pontificate.

  • Becoming a seafarers' chaplain was not exactly his retirement plan

    DELTA, British Columbia – A few years ago, Deacon Dileep Athaide could never have guessed he’d become a frequent visitor on the immense coal and container ships dotting the horizon in Delta and Vancouver.

    Yet nearly every day, he finds himself donning a hard hat, reflective vest and steel-toed boots, chatting with security guards who recognize his white collar and climbing high ladders into cargo ships as a chaplain to seafarers.

  • Audio, large-print resources can help elderly parishioners

    COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – With a large aging population of Catholics in many areas of the country will come an array of age-related vision complications that invariably hinder full participation in the liturgy and in spiritual life.

  • According to the most recent New Jersey Elder Economic Security Index, 8 percent of New Jersey’s older adults live at or below the federal poverty level. Social Security is the only source of income for 30 percent of older adults in New Jersey.
  • Pilgrimage adventures await faithful in senior years

    Where is the gold in the golden years? Ask retirees, and one of the first responses is travel. The gift of leisure after years of a daily job creates great freedom to indulge one’s desire for adventure.

    Today’s travel, however, is not all about covering territory, but seeking enrichment. 

  • For seniors of faith, traveling to the Holy Land, Lourdes or the Compostela de Santiago in Spain makes the top “places to go” list, but planning by oneself can be daunting considering the details of lodging, meals, security and air and ground transportation. 
  • Spring Lake parishioner Donahue marks 100 years of faith, family
    On March 20, Rose Donahue turned 100 years old – but to this spry centenarian, age is only a number.

    A parishioner of St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, since the early 1960s, Donahue still lives in her home and can recall the name of every religious sister who taught her in school.
  • Centenarian Rubisch recalls life before modern conveniences
    Although she just celebrated her 100th birthday in February, Jennie Rubisch of Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Beverly, doesn’t think she’s old, as family and friends can attest.

    “One time when visiting [Wiley’s Christian Retirement Community, Marlton], I was taking Jennie in the wheelchair to the dining area,” recalled fellow parishioner JoAnn D’Noia, who frequently visits Rubisch.
  • Following is a list of scheduled events, meetings and health screenings in the Diocese of Trenton.
  • Many parishes in the Diocese of Trenton sponsor groups for seniors (55+). They are listed here, with their contact information.
  • Diocese's retirees find purpose, health, happiness in new work and ministry

    Well before he was ordained a deacon, Bill Wilson was involved in the construction industry and spent many happy years as superintendent of a large company. He was asked, in 1998, to serve on the diocesan building commission, a volunteer position of one or two days a week. In 2008, he became diocesan director of the Office of Property and Construction, retiring, for the third time, in 2015.

    Deacon Wilson laughs when his retirement history is mentioned, saying, “There’s always work to do,” which is why few were surprised when he returned to the diocesan Chancery in Lawrenceville in late summer 2017, this time as a consultant with the diocesan Department of Risk Management.

  • Seniors find benefits of working with older pets go both ways

    The Internet is full of stories about gratifying relationships between senior citizens and older animals, and as someone who specializes in geriatric and integrative medicine for pets, Dr. Laurel C. Himes reads a lot of them.

    Himes, who opened Beach Animal Hospital in Point Pleasant Beach in 1995, said such articles are simply examples of how that companionship can benefit both species, bringing comfort to all – be they two- or four-legged.

  • At 106, centenarian honored in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral

    Longtime parishioner Ambrose “Amby” LeVan, 106 years old in November, was honored Nov. 26 at the end of the 10 a.m. Mass in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold.

  • I got rid of one of my grandmother’s old lamps last week. After years of use, it had become more shabby than chic.

  • Ageless Insights

Local author pens book on elders in the Bible, their gifts to society
    Widely regarded for his insights as an author and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto has turned a new and inviting page with his most recent book, “Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible.”
  • Seniors share insights on how they've passed their Catholic beliefs to family over the years

    From Scriptural accounts to social media posts, it’s clear that passing on the faith to children has been an ongoing challenge throughout time.

  • Senior Living Special Supplements

    The Monitor’s semi-annual Senior Living Supplement provides information and valuable resources for all.

    Click HERE to download the November 21, 2013 Senior Living supplement

    Click HERE to download the May 9, 2013 Senior Living supplement

    To download the November 22, 2012 Senior Living supplement click HERE 


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