It’s usually early spring when we begin to get the first phone calls from parish staffs and parishioners asking if we’re going to feature their community's priest or deacon who is celebrating a major anniversary this year.

If there is one thing we know about our readers, it is that they love seeing stories about the priests, deacons and religious men and women who serve in their local parishes and schools. There is no shortage of affection and gratitude for these individuals, who typically do not get a lot of recognition. As a result, this is the content that gets seen and shared the most on our website and social media . . . and these are the stories of retirements and anniversaries that folks wait all year to read in The Monitor’s annual tribute: LIVES OF FAITH.

Offering his yearly blessing for the subjects of this tribute, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., writes: "In the priests, deacons and religious whose anniversaries we celebrate in these pages, we thank our gracious God who has fulfilled his promise in them, through Christ the Lord.”

We are indeed grateful for the combined thousands of years that the men and women marking these milestones have given in service to God’s people. We invite you to read their stories, remember them in your prayers and also pray for more good men and women to follow in their footsteps!

The print edition of LIVES OF FAITH 2022 has been mailed to all PREMIUM SUBSCRIBERS. If you’re not yet a subscriber, now is a good time to consider signing up for home and/or email delivery of the diocesan magazine and unlimited access to You can subscribe HERE, or by writing to

To order single copies of this Keepsake Edition, write to or call our Circulation Desk at (609) 403-7169. (There is a cost of $5 for the first copy to cover printing and postage; additional copies are $3 each).

God bless you and yours!

 Rayanne Bennett, Associate Publisher 

And The Monitor team