Divine Word Father Martin Padovani, who preached the homily, sits next to Bishop O'Connell during Mass. Father Padovani, an established author, has served in the Diocese for nearly 60 years. Photo courtesy of Father Carlo Calisin
Divine Word Father Martin Padovani, who preached the homily, sits next to Bishop O'Connell during Mass. Father Padovani, an established author, has served in the Diocese for nearly 60 years. Photo courtesy of Father Carlo Calisin
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated Mass Oct. 19 with the Society of the Divine Word community in their Bordentown residence to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of their first missionary in America.

Divine Word Father Martin Padovani preached the homily at Mass, reflecting on his ministry in the Diocese of Trenton since 1961. After the homily, Divine Word Father Guilherme Andrino, regional superior and parochial vicar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lakewood, led his confreres in renewing their religious vows.

Photo Gallery: Bishop visits SVDs in Bordentown

Following Mass, the Bishop and his master of ceremonies, Father Carlo Calisin, joined the Divine Word community for their anniversary dinner in the seminary refectory. Bishop O’Connell expressed the Diocese's gratitude for the service of the SVDs here since 1941.

Currently, the missionary community staff Our Lady of Guadalupe (Lakewood, Ocean County), St. Ann (Browns Mills, Burlington County) and Mother of Mercy (Asbury Park, Monmouth County) Parishes along with the SVD members residing in Bordentown.