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Travelers on pilgrimage with Bishop in Mexico moved by Guadalupe story, spirituality of others
Bishop O'Connell poses for a photo with faithful from the Diocese and beyond during the Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage in Mexico Dec. 2-7. John Batkowski photos
Bishop O'Connell poses for a photo with faithful from the Diocese and beyond during the Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage in Mexico Dec. 2-7. John Batkowski photos

When Maria Arriola, parishioner of St. Joseph, Trenton, visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, she had a specific mission – to dedicate her son to the Blessed Mother, keeping a promise she had made many years ago.

“I asked for a miracle to have a child … But my son was born early and was very small,” she explained. “I asked for a miracle of health, and promised to present him when he turned 15 to the Blessed Mother in Guadalupe. Unfortunately when he was 15, I did not have the funds to take him. So when my son told me about the pilgrimage, I knew I had to go to keep my promise."

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Diocese contributes $12K to Rice Bowl
In a letter written to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and dated Oct. 30, Catholic Relief Services extended their appreciation to the faithful of the Trenton Diocese who contributed $12,245.21 to the Baltimore-based charity’s CRS Rice Bowl program. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
New pastoral institute aims to train parishioners, build Hispanic ministries
In an effort to help Spanish-speaking ministry leaders, or potential leaders, develop practical skills for use in parish ministry, a new pastoral institute is being introduced across the Diocese beginning in January. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
March for Life will proclaim 'Pro-Life is Pro-Science'
Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton will have the opportunity to stand for the sanctity of life alongside hundreds of thousands from around the world during the Jan. 18 March for Life in Washington. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Diocese's five Blue Ribbon schools among those saluted by State Board of Education
Celebrations sparked by the Oct. 1 announcement that five schools of the Trenton Diocese were on this year's list of 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools culminated joyfully Dec. 5 in a festive Recognition Ceremony hosted by the State Board of Education in its Trenton headquarters. More ...
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Bishop on pilgrimage with faithful in Mexico
A day after the Our Lady of Guadalupe torches came together in Trenton in celebration of the Blessed Mother, faithful from the Diocese and beyond set off on pilgrimage to Mexico to grow closer to the Patroness of the Americas. More ...
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
'The Lord is with you,' 1,000 hear during Our Lady of Guadalupe procession, Mass

Gene and Paula Kotowski know where they hope to be next December – taking part in the fourth annual Our Lady of Guadalupe torch procession and Mass in the heart of Trenton.

“We’ll be back again. It was beautiful … to see the devotion and to hear the prayers being recited in Spanish and English,” said Gene Kotowski of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton. “It’s a way to celebrate different cultures and to celebrate our faith.”

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Saturday, December 1, 2018
Pastoral Care training program inaugurates new year of offerings
The 2018-2019 Pastoral Care Training Program, which is designed primarily to train volunteers who visit the sick on behalf of their parish communities, inaugurated its 10th year and new series of weekend workshops Nov. 17 with some 30 participants in attendance. More ...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Mass in the Extraordinary Form marks seventh year in Diocese

Over the past seven years, a very close, vibrant community of faithful devoted to the celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, or Latin Mass, has grown in both faith and number.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Schools across Diocese benefit from #GivingTuesday to tune of $19K
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton broke new ground Nov. 27 with #GivingTuesday, offering proponents of Catholic education the opportunity to show their financial, volunteer or prayer support online, coinciding with a global day of generosity. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Father Cordisco remembered for faith, friendship, pride in family
Throughout his nearly 60 years of priestly ministry, Trinitarian Father Philip Aloysius Cordisco was known for his deep faith, devotion to prayer, dedication to the religious community he served and love of family. More ...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Diocese to observe Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with Solemn High Mass
The Diocese will commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. More ...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Guadalupe torches inspire parishes to combine community efforts, devotions

As the 15 torches honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe make their way across the Diocese of Trenton, their journey is marked by celebration, excitement and devotion. And their impact has been one of unity for Catholics of all backgrounds and their common love for the Blessed Mother.

Whether fusing the two-church families of a recently merged parish, or joining Spanish-speaking and English-speaking faithful, the torches have provided opportunities for drawing together as community.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Principals from Diocese's Blue Ribbon schools honored at national ceremony
Representatives from the five Diocese of Trenton schools named as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in October gathered with their peers from across the country Nov. 7-8 in Washington to receive their awards and share best practices. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
St. Padre Pio relics draw upward of 1,000 faithful to Freehold Co-Cathedral

The relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina drew a steady progress of more than 1,000 pilgrims from across the Diocese and beyond to Freehold’s Co-Cathedral Nov. 13, all seeking a chance to see and venerate artifacts of one of the Church’s most beloved saints.

Faithful of all ages quietly drew near to St. Pio’s mortal remains and items used or touched by the 20th century Italian priest, known throughout his life as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, and as one who bore the Stigmata – the wounds Christ suffered during his Crucifixion.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Diocese welcomes guest speaker to addresses 'heart of discipleship'
St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, was filled Nov. 3-4 with people eager to learn during the Conferencia de Evangelización y Formación 2018, a two-day Spanish-language evangelization conference. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Alumni asked to invest in Catholic schools' future
More than 75,000 fundraising letters were mailed out to alumni the week of Nov. 12 in an ongoing effort to engage former students in the future of the Diocese’s Catholic schools. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Catholic education to benefit from #GivingTuesday
Today is #GivingTuesday!

Help support Catholic education in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties by visiting www.catholicschoolshaveitall.org, where donors have the option to help Catholic schools in the Diocese in three ways: make a secure, tax-deductible contribution; volunteer their time or say a prayer.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Annual appeal supports elderly religious in retirement years
Earlier this year, 100-year-old Sister Natalie Hayes lay in her hospital-style bed at the Monastery of St. Clare in Chesterfield – wearing a large smile. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Chancery offices closed Nov. 12
The Chancery offices in Lawrenceville are closed Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.  Regular business hours will resume Nov. 13. More ...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Holy Innocents School to close in June
The pastor of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, and principal of the parish school issued a joint letter the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11 announcing that the Catholic elementary school will close its doors in June due to declining enrollment and financial shortfalls. More ...
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Diaconate community urged to keep the faith, have hope in times of grief
Carol Glogoza of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, appreciates gathering with other deacons, their wives and family members, but she was especially heartened to be surrounded by their warmth and presence Nov. 3.

Glogoza was among those who attended the annual Memorial Mass for Deceased Deacons of the Diocese in St. Thomas More Church, Manalapan. Her husband, Deacon Richard Glogoza, who was ordained in May, 2009, died Aug. 18.

“I want to do whatever I can to remember who he was and the ministry that he loved,” said Glogoza, who attended the memorial Mass in past years with her husband.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Relics of St. Pio to visit Diocese of Trenton

After an historic 2017 U.S. tour, relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina – also known as Padre Pio – will resume a series of 2018 visits, making a Nov. 13 stop at St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold.

Public veneration of St. Pio’s relics will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. including a glove, cotton gauze with St. Pio’s blood, a lock of hair, his mantle and handkerchief. Following veneration, Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, diocesan vicar general, will celebrate a 7 p.m. Mass.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Sister Agnes Marie Gunn, former secretary for community relations, delegate for religious
Sister of St. Joseph Agnes Marie Gunn, who formerly served in several positions in the Diocese of Trenton including as secretary of community relations and delegate for religious, died Oct. 19 in St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pa. She was 90. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Leading children to Christ is priority for Dominica Vullo
As a parish catechetical leader Dominica Vullo maintains there is a top priority when it comes to helping to form children and their families in the Catholic faith. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
CCHD is reminder to faithful to serve the poor, priest says
Father John C. Garrett offers a compelling reason on why faithful from throughout the Diocese should consider helping those less fortunate by contributing to the annual 2018 Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018



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