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Diocese's faithful travel to Washington with determination, faith, compassion
Father Michael Kennedy, parochial vicar of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, poses for a photo with a group of parishioners during the March for Life. Jeff Bruno photo

Father Michael Kennedy, parochial vicar of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, poses for a photo with a group of parishioners during the March for Life. Jeff Bruno photo

Gwen DeForte of Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing, speaks warmly of the four women she remembers in her daily prayers. They are the mothers of her four adopted children. More ...
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Heartfelt stories of choosing life shared in new diocesan video

A couple that struggles with infertility gets pregnant with twins, only to be told the children will likely not survive.

A father’s experience of having his newborn son grip his finger, only to pass away 83 hours into his little life.

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Friday, February 8, 2019
March for Life leaves impression on youth in Diocese
Students throughout the Diocese of Trenton made their presence known at the 2019 March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. – many witnessing the March in person for the first time. Youth from St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, and St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish, Freehold, reflected on the day with a mixture of both pride and sorrow. Their powerful experiences inspired the following testimonies: More ...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
At annual Mass for Life, faithful urged to take stand against abortion

Faithful of all ages gathered Jan. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, to pray for a different tomorrow, one free of abortion, at the annual Mass for Life.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
A reflection on the 2019 March for Life

Washington D.C. during the March for Life is probably the closest thing that I have ever experienced to being in Canada; the niceness, I mean.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Pro-life advocates make voices heard at State House rally

Nearly 100 sturdy souls stood in the plaza of Trenton’s State House Annex Jan. 22 for the annual Rally for Life, eager to send a clear message to legislators, passers-by and anyone who would listen: They support life in all its forms, at all its stages, from conception to natural death.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Bishop, Diocese's faithful gather to pray on eve of March for Life

In preparation for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., hundreds gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Jan. 17, for the Mass of Sending.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Faithful invited to take part in pro-life events, novena
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, D.C.  More ...
Monday, January 14, 2019
A Message from Bishop O'Connell: We must always bring 'life to light'
I have said it before and I say it again.  There is one thing we all have in common, my brothers and sisters.  Regardless of our race or place of natural origin; regardless of our religion or absence of it; regardless of our age or status or station in life: God gave us the gift of life which our mothers carried until the day of our birth. We were allowed to live! More ...
Friday, January 11, 2019
Annual '9 Days for Life' prayer, action campaign set for Jan. 14-22
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual "9 Days for Life" prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. Each day of the "9 Days for Life" novena highlights a different intention and is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions and related information. More ...
Thursday, December 20, 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
Good Counsel Homes celebrates co-founder
The more than 100 who gathered to celebrate Good Counsel Homes-South Jersey not only honored its pro-life advocates, but heard compelling stories from the people they work so tirelessly to serve. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Love focus of Holy Innocents Society Mass, luncheon
For the students in Holy Innocents Society programs, Sacramental preparation is merely the first step. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Champions for Life Hendricks, Father Padovani celebrated at annual gala

Rachel Hendricks, a mother of five and longtime advocate for the unborn, delivered a call to action to the dozens of teens in the Spring Lake Heights banquet hall Oct. 28.

“Our Church needs you, and our communities need you,” she said during the 29th annual Champions for Life awards dinner held in Doolan’s Shore Club. “We need you to know that each of you is uniquely created by God in his likeness, that you are deeply loved and that God has a plan for you to build up a culture of life in your generation.”

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
March for Life in January will emphasize 'pro-life is pro-science'
WASHINGTON -- Next year's March for Life plans to fortify its pro-life message with science that proves life begins at conception and with a specific focus on stem-cell research. More ...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Annual art contest open for submissions
The Diocese of Trenton is now accepting submissions for its 2018-19 Respect Life Poster, Essay and Photo-Meme Contest, open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
USCCB Respect Life statement calls for more 'messengers of God'
WASHINGTON – Each year, the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics "to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between," said the chairman of the bishops' pro-life committee. More ...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Message from Bishop O'Connell: The noble fight to Respect Life
The expression “culture warrior” is used in contemporary conversation to describe people who fight for those causes that run counter to prevailing cultural values and preferences, chief among those causes, the protection of human life in all its stages, from conception to natural death.

It is rarely spoken or written in a positive way.  And, yet, those who are labeled “pro-life” are, indeed, engaged in a significant battle to convince their opponents and critics that, as Pope St. John Paul II affirmed, “When some lives, including the unborn, are subjected to the personal choices of others, no other value or right will long be guaranteed.”
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
In Remembrance
The sanctity of life from the moment of conception was proclaimed and celebrated by several parishes in the Trenton Diocese during the sixth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children observed Sept. 8. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Holy hours, life chains, conferences planned around the Diocese
The month of October has been commemorated as Respect Life Month by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with Oct. 7 designated as Respect Life Sunday. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Hendricks, Father Padovani to be honored during Champions for Life dinner
The 29th annual Champions for Life dinner Oct. 28 will recognize two stalwart defenders of life who have advocated for the unborn and their mothers throughout the Diocese of Trenton. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018

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