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Aid in Dying bill moves to governor's desk
The New Jersey Assembly prepares to hear the Aid in Dying bill March 25. Hal Brown photo 
The New Jersey Assembly prepares to hear the Aid in Dying bill March 25. Hal Brown photo 

A bill that would allow terminally ill residents to end their lives now goes to the New Jersey governor after passing both houses of the state Legislature March 25.

The Aid in Dying bill, A1504/S1072, passed the Assembly 41-33 and the Senate 21-16.

Moments before the vote, Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-26, addressed his colleagues, saying, “This bill will make New Jersey neither more compassionate nor more just.”

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Bishop asks legislators to 'consider the consequences' of 'Aid in Dying' Act
As a proposed piece of legislation that would allow physicians to assist some terminally ill patients to end their lives moves forward in the NJ State Legislature, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued a letter to legislators expressing his opposition as a “bishop, a priest, a man of faith ...  but also as a human being and a son.” In the letter sent Feb. 11, the day that the Catholic Church observes World Day of the Sick,  Bishop O’Connell told legislators that “never again will your responsibility be greater or your decision more important.”   The letter follows: More ...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Gov. Murphy signs law doubling funding for nonpublic school security

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Jan. 8 a bill that doubles funding for security in nonpublic schools.

Under the bill, religious and private schools in the state will see security funding increase from $75 to $150 per student. The additional $11.3 million in funding will go to various security measures and upgrades.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
State Assembly committee OKs NJCC-endorsed anti-hunger bills
The New Jersey Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey – participated in a Nov. 29 news conference in Trenton to endorse 13 bills aimed at reducing hunger and food waste in New Jersey. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Update: Bishop Rodimer leaves lifetime legacy of ministry in Paterson Diocese

PATERSON – Retired Bishop Frank J. Rodimer of Paterson died Dec. 6 in St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa. He was 91.

When Bishop Rodimer became the sixth bishop of the Diocese Feb. 28, 1978, he had the unique distinction of being installed as the only priest of the Paterson Diocese to have ever been raised to the episcopacy. He retired in 2004. Earlier this year, he moved into St. Joseph’s Home.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Diocese of Paterson mourns death of Bishop Emeritus Frank J. Rodimer
Bishop Emeritus Frank J. Rodimer, who led the Diocese of Paterson from 1978 until his retirement in 2004, died Dec. 6 at the age of 91.

The announcement was made by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, current Bishop of Paterson, who expressed “great sadness” and called upon his flock to remember Bishop Rodimer and all who were close to him in their prayers.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared this message upon learning about Bishop Rodimer’s death:  "On behalf of the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Trenton, I express both our sadness at the passing of Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer, sixth bishop and native son of the Diocese of Paterson, and our joyful gratitude for his many years of priestly ministry in the Church.  May God continue to bless the Diocese of Paterson and may Bishop Rodimer rest in the Lord's peace."
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Friday, December 7, 2018

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