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2018 Year In Review highlights Diocese's milestones
Young parishioners join Father Dean Gaudio and deacons in the sanctuary for the Lord’s Prayer during Mass July 1 in Ascension Church, Bradley Beach, a worship site of the new parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Father Gaudio is the parish pastor.  Mike Ehrmann photo

Young parishioners join Father Dean Gaudio and deacons in the sanctuary for the Lord’s Prayer during Mass July 1 in Ascension Church, Bradley Beach, a worship site of the new parish of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Father Gaudio is the parish pastor.  Mike Ehrmann photo

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
Training to be offered on strengthening knowledge, skills in multicultural awareness
The Diocese of Trenton is once again offering the “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers” series to help faithful enhance their skills and knowledge on multicultural awareness. More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Episcopal appointments announced
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has announced the following appointments effective Dec. 21, 2018: More ...
Friday, January 4, 2019
Monitor publishing schedule, Chancery hours over holidays
In keeping with The Monitor’s posted schedule of publishing 23 issues per year, the issue of Dec. 13 is the only one that will be published in December 2018. The next issue will be published on Jan. 10. More ...
Friday, December 21, 2018
Seminarians discuss joy of formation at annual Mass, dinner with Bishop

Seminarian James Sicilia has been diligent and content with his studies in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Advent Gathering For Priests
More than 90 priests from the Diocese gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the annual Advent Spirituality Day and Christmas Luncheon held Dec. 14 in St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction. More ...
Friday, December 14, 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
Travelers on pilgrimage with Bishop in Mexico moved by Guadalupe story, spirituality of others

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
Blue Ribbon schools saluted by state Board of Education
The elation sparked in October by the announcement that five schools in the Trenton Diocese were named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools showed no sign of abating Dec. 5, as each was formally recognized for the achievement by the state Department of Education. 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, 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

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