Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., along with the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese, were acknowledged for their generous support toward the national collection taken up by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to benefit the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

In a letter dated April 14, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, archbishop for the Military Services, USA, extended thanks for the $96,907.44 that the Diocese raised during the 2022 collection held the weekend of Nov. 5-6, 2022. The collection is held every three years on the Sunday preceding Veteran’s Day.

Along with promoting the collection, the archbishop also expressed gratitude on behalf of the service members, veterans and their families to the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton.

Archbishop Broglio stated that the AMS relies on private donations to minister to the Catholic military men and women and their families – “faithful and families from your Diocese – while they serve our country, attend one of the U.S. Military Academies, or are cared for during injury or illness in a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“With more than 300,000 Catholics between the ages of 18-29 on active duty, the U.S. military provides the Church with a substantial pool of priestly vocations. Funds received from the triennial national collection will help support the thriving AMS Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, continuing to provide priests for the Church and the military chaplaincy,” Archbishop Broglio said. “I join you in continuing to pray for an increase in vocations and religious life.”