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A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., regarding the published list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I write to share with you a preliminary list that the Diocese has compiled of clergy ordained for/incardinated in the Diocese of Trenton who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. This preliminary list will be updated as more information becomes available. I do this with the greatest sadness and with a heavy heart.

Our first responsibility must always be to those who have endured sexual abuse as minors and the release of these names is our effort to express acceptance of their allegations as credible and to indicate the status of their alleged abusers.  I greatly admire and respect the courage of those victims who have come forward. It is our hope that the public presentation of these names will contribute to healing the awful wounds that victims have endured at the hands of some clergy. 

Please join me in prayer for all victims of sexual abuse in society, for their families and for all who have been affected and harmed by the sexual abuse of the young and vulnerable.  We also pray that the release of these names will encourage anyone who was abused as a child but has not reported that abuse to come forward now.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Questions and Answers Concerning the Release of Names of Credibly Accused Roman Catholic Clergy in New Jersey
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Sharing the grace of helping the sick was focus of World Day of the Sick observance
Morning Masses are always well attended in Morris Hall Chapel, tucked into the heart of the 40-acre diocesan health care campus in Lawrenceville. More ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Two Renowned Administrators Announce State-wide New Jersey Compensation Program for Victims of Church Sexual Abuse of Minors
Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims’ compensation experts, have been named Administrators of a New Jersey state-wide Compensation Program – approved and supported by all five Roman Catholic Dioceses located in the state. More ...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Assisted suicide bill moves forward in Trenton

Pro-life advocates were dealt a setback Feb. 7 as legislation that would allow terminally ill adults to end their lives advanced in the state Legislature.

By a vote of 6-3, the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee voted in favor of the “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (S1072/A1504). It now goes to the Senate Budget Committee.

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Friday, February 8, 2019
Parishes' strong support spells success for 2018 Appeal
When pastors are asked what makes the Annual Catholic Appeal successful, they are quick to highlight the generosity of their parishioners, embracing the vision, adherence to a plan of action, and the importance of prayer. More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
Words of St. Paul VI inspire new Appeal campaign
During his 15-year pontificate, notably throughout the Second Vatican Council, St. Paul VI worked tirelessly as a prophetic witness to the joy of the Gospel and the communion of the Body of Christ. More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
A message from Bishop O'Connell on the Annual Catholic Appeal
During his time of shepherding the Church, Pope St. Paul VI called all to holiness and a response in faith to meet the spiritual and material needs of others. More ...
Friday, February 8, 2019
Bishop Smith leaves legacy of pastoral care

He was a champion for life. A light in the darkness during unspeakable tragedy, a shepherd of ministries. And at the heart of it all was a pastoral call to serve the Lord and a commitment to the universal Church.

“He really wanted people to have an encounter with Jesus and believe without a doubt that the Church provided a very authentic, a very real and a very spiritual encounter with God,” Msgr. Joseph Rosie, pastor of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, said of his longtime friend, Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Friends, priests, parishioners reflect on Bishop Smith
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Candidates installed as lectors, acolytes as part of permanent diaconate process
Taking the next steps on their journey to the permanent diaconate Feb. 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 15 men of the Diocese of Trenton participated in the Rite for Institution of Lectors and Acolytes during a Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. More ...
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Father Buni's faith, joy, comforting presence recalled at funeral Mass
Hundreds of parishioners, past and present, and those who drew comfort from Father Leon S. Buni’s ministry as a hospital chaplain gathered to celebrate his life and legacy Jan. 30 in Holy Innocents Church, Neptune. More ...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
House members introduce bipartisan measure to ban abortions at 20 weeks
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., was joined by more than 100 other members of the House Jan. 24 in introducing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2019, a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. More ...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Bishop Smith remembered as a man who served the Lord with gladness
The great love that Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith had for Jesus and showed for the people to whom he ministered as a priest and bishop was warmly remembered by the hundreds of people who gathered for his Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Jan. 26 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. More ...
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Friends, family, faithful gather to bid farewell to Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith
They traveled from north and south, from each county of the Diocese, across the state and around the nation – faithful, clergy, religious, family and friends – to pay their respects to Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith during funeral services held Jan. 25 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. More ...
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith dies at age 83

Faithful from across the Diocese of Trenton are coming together Jan. 25 and 26 to mourn the death of retired Bishop John Mortimer Smith.  The Ninth Bishop of Trenton, who served in that role for 13 years, died Jan. 22 in Morris Hall Meadows, Lawrenceville, after a long illness. He was 83 years old.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who succeeded Bishop Smith as head of the Diocese in 2010, told the Diocese in a Jan. 22 statement that it was his “sad duty” to announce the death of his predecessor. 

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Social service agencies can apply for assistance from Bishop Ahr Fund
Aiming to assist those in need within the Diocese of Trenton, applications are being accepted from social service agencies for grant monies provided through an annual fund. More ...
Friday, January 25, 2019
'Living the Mass' to serve as focus of catechetical formation day
Addressing questions such as “Why do Catholics do what they do?” when it comes to the celebration of the Mass will be the focus of the 2019 Formation Day for All in Catechesis scheduled for Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. More ...
Friday, January 25, 2019
'Serve the Lord with Gladness'
In his column for The Monitor, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., remembers Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith:

The passing of Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith at the age of 83 leaves an empty place in the Diocese he served as bishop for 13 years. The local Church he loved to call the “Great Diocese of Trenton” mourns the death of this “great” priest and bishop. He will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humor and engaging personality, witnessed so often during his tenure and pastoral ministry throughout the Diocese’s four counties. He fittingly chose as his episcopal motto “Serve the Lord with Gladness” from Psalm 100.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Funeral services scheduled for Father Leon S. Buni
Funeral services will be held Jan. 30 in Holy Innocents Church, 3455 West Bangs Ave., Neptune, for Father Leon S. Buni, a priest of the Diocese, who died Jan. 24 in Toms River. More ...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
A message from Bishop O'Connell on the death of Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith
It is my sad duty to announce the death on Jan. 22, 2019 of the Most Rev. John Mortimer Smith, Bishop Emeritus (2010-2019) and Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton (1997-2010), former Coadjutor Bishop of Trenton (1995-1997), former Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida (1991-1995) and former Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark (1988-1991).  Bishop Smith died in Morris Hall Meadows, Lawrenceville, after a long illness.

He was 83 years old.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Diocese's faithful travel to Washington for March for Life

Dedicated faithful departed buses from all four counties of the Diocese Jan. 18 to take part in the annual March for Life in Washington.

“I’m always excited and energized about this event. There are so many diverse people from young to old, Catholic and non-Catholic. In that unity, I see a ‘glimmer of God’ speaking to them [the participants],” Deacon Frank Golazeski of Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing, said as the bus carrying congregants from numerous parishes set out.

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Friday, January 18, 2019
OUR DIOCESE TODAY: Diocese to livestream pro-life events slated through upcoming weekend
The Diocese of Trenton will be live-streaming multiple pro-life events that have been scheduled for the next several days locally and in Washington D.C. More ...
Thursday, January 17, 2019
2018 Year In Review highlights Diocese's milestones

The year that was saw the people of the Diocese of Trenton coming together in an array of special events aimed at nurturing their faith and sharing it with others.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., decreed a Year of Youth and young Catholics answered his call by performing acts of service to the sick, poor and needy. A pilgrimage to Mexico with the Bishop reinforced the faithful’s love of Our Lady of Guadalupe, while a procession of torches in the Virgin’s honor through Trenton lit hearts aflame. Ordinations, Blue Ribbon school awards, and new parish communities formed through the Faith in Our Future initiative were celebrated as they fulfilled a common mission: to bring the love of Christ to the world. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Pastoral Care workshop to explore palliative care
In collaboration with the Dioceses of Trenton and Camden, Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice will present its annual pastoral care workshop on end-of-life issues Feb. 15 from 5 – 9 p.m. in the dining hall of St. Paul School, 250 James St., Burlington. More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
RCIA workshop on the Catechumenate Period set for Feb. 9
A workshop on “The Catechumenate Period,” which is a step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process, will be offered Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, 149 N. Warren Street, Trenton. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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