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  • Mass of Elevation of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral on video
    The diocesan Department of Multimedia Production has produced a full-length video of the Feb. 19 Mass of Elevation of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold, to Co-Cathedral status.
  • Special keepsake publication celebrates St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral
    To commemorate St. Robert Bellarmine Church’s elevation to Co-Cathedral, The Monitor has published a special keepsake booklet featuring stories of reflections and faith amidst past and present photos of the Freehold site.

    Adorned with a stunning photo of the sun shining upon a Co-Cathedral window, the 32-page glossy print keepsake begins with a message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and a look at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish’s history in the Diocese. It continues with thoughts from Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni – pastor and Co-Cathedral rector – reflections from, staff, parishioners and visitors alike and a sneak peek at the new coat of arms and cathedra, the bishop’s new chair.

    In addition, the Diocese’s Mother Church – St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, is honored for being the spiritual home for generations of Catholics. Its remarkable 146-year-history is highlighted, with a special look at its rector, Msgr. Joseph L. Roldan. 


  • Slideshow features advertisers congratulating St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral
    The Monitor is pleased to join its advertisers in congratulating St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral in a slideshow presentation set to music.
  • Elevation to Co-Cathedral important to faithful around Diocese and wider community
    The elevation of St. Robert Bellarmine Church to Co-Cathedral is meaningful on many levels, say a host of faithful from around the Diocese and members of the community at large.
  • Faithful praise parish for its years of warmth, welcoming community
    Whether they’re longtime parishioners, recently arrived faithful or staff, those connected to the newly-elevated St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral agree that service and community lie at its heart.
  • About Msgr. Joseph L. Roldan, Cathedral rector
    Msgr. Joseph L. Roldan, rector of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, since 2011, was born in 1962 in Newark, one of five children born to Fernando and Juanita Roldan.
  • The process of elevating St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Freehold to the dignity of a co-cathedral, which began in April 2016 by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., comes to fruition with the signing of the “acta,” or official document of elevation, during Mass Feb. 19.
  • Meet the Co-Cathedral rector
    Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni was born in 1954 in Long Branch and is the son of Marie and the late Anthony Sirianni. A native of Holy Trinity Parish (now part of Christ the King Parish), Long Branch, he is a graduate of Long Branch High School; Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master of arts degree in student personnel services.
  • From an historical and interreligious perspective, it would be hard to find folks in the greater Freehold area or those who research the Catholic heritage of New Jersey uninterested in this change in status, said Father Edward M. Jawidzik, St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral’s parochial vicar.
  • The Diocese's multimedia package coverage on the Feb. 19 Mass of Elevation includes a photo gallery showing all of the different movements of the liturgy. All photos were taken by Monitor freelance photographer Craig Pitteli.

     To view photo gallery, click here.

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