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Survey shows uptick in number of men, women taking perpetual vows
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is shown with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters from Asbury Park a few days before World Day for Consecrated Life.  Staff photo

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is shown with the Missionaries of Charity Sisters from Asbury Park a few days before World Day for Consecrated Life.  Staff photo

WASHINGTON – When you head to Mass this Sunday, chances are you will hear the intention "an increase in vocations to the religious life" lifted up before the gifts are presented.

A recent survey suggests those prayers might be getting answered.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Following Jesus is a daily choice, Pope tells religious at Vatican

VATICAN CITY – The choice to follow God in life is not just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but a decision that is made every day, Pope Francis said.

Christians truly encounter Jesus through concrete events in life that occur "every day; not every now and then," the Pope said in his homily for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day for Consecrated Life.

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Monday, February 4, 2019
A Message from Bishop O'Connell on Vocation Awareness Week

The Word of God reminds each of us in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: “You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. Do not be afraid for I am with you (Isaiah 41: 9-10).”

This is “National Vocation Awareness Week,” a time that the Catholic Church in our country sets aside to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life as a religious sister or brother through prayer and education. We are asked to encourage young people in particular to consider dedicating their lives to follow the Lord Jesus in a special way. But, in order to “consider,” to “dedicate,” to “follow” the Lord, you must first listen for his call.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Vocations Awareness Week seeks to promote discernment through prayer, education
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, a time dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, Nov. 4-10. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Father Joseph Tedesco named Mepkin Abbey superior
Father Joseph A. Tedesco, who formerly served as a priest for the Diocese of Trenton for 28 years, has been named superior of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery located on the Cooper River outside of Moncks Corner, S.C., effective Nov. 3. More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
St. Benedict hosts vocations talk show for students
A parish gymnasium in Holmdel recently took on the look of a New York City television studio talk show as eighth-graders were transported to the set of St. Benedict’s own “Catholic Not-So-Late Show.” More ...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Spirituality of service focus of annual convocation for deacons
Surrounded by brother deacons whose ranks they seek to join, five men from the four counties of the Diocese took a meaningful step on their journey Oct. 27 when they were formally accepted by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as candidates for the diocesan diaconate program. More ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Rest and Retreat
As part of their seminary formation and preparation for the priesthood, the Diocese’s seminarians gathered for an annual retreat, held the week of July 23 in Loyola Retreat House, Morristown. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Annual picnic fosters camaraderie among Diocese's seminarians
Great food and beautiful weather set the backdrop for a special summer gathering of the Diocese of Trenton’s 17 seminarians the evening of July 19.

Hosted by the Diocese on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, the picnic afforded the men, who are pursuing studies in three different seminaries, an opportunity to socialize and share their seminary experiences as they journey toward their goal of one day serving as priests for the Diocese.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Videos introduce four newest priests to diocesan family

Want an introduction to the four newest priests in our Diocese?

It’ll only take about a minute!

Four new videos, featuring short interviews with the young men ordained in June by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., are premiering this month on a variety of Diocese of Trenton social media platforms.

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Clergy take seven high-schoolers on vocation trip to New York City
A Mass and tour in New York City's St. Patrick Cathedral and a prayerful visit to One World Trade Center to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, were highlights of a July 5 trip taken by several priests, a seminarian and seven high school students from the Diocese who might be described as “priest hopefuls.” More ...
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Pray for Vocations program expands into schools
Lori Bonfrisco admits that she rarely thought about the importance of supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life through prayer. More ...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Knights project brings children, seminarians together in prayer

Walt Whitman once wrote, “The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”

The 19th century poet and essayist might well enjoy the simplicity and glorious expressions emanating from the pens, pencils and even crayons of youth in the Diocese of Trenton as they engage in the annual Seminarian Letter Project.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

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