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2018 'Lives of Faith' keepsake magazine honors priests, deacons, religious

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,” reads the oft-quoted Jeremiah 29:11.

Whether they knew it from the very start or heard the calling later in life, the priests, deacons and religious men and women who are marking special anniversaries this year all agree: serving the Lord is being able to love God and all his people.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Msgr. Brady bid fond farewell after decades at Brick parish

It was a day for the memory books, said those who helped plan for the June 10 retirement celebration of Msgr. James J. Brady, longtime pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Brick – one that recognized his Irish heritage, deep faith and steady hand with which he guided the parish of 4,500 families and its school for more than two decades.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
With Gratitude -- Father Mathias, parishioners reciprocal in praise after 23 years

There were tears of laughter and sadness as hundreds of faithful from St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, said goodbye to the man they have called pastor for 23 years.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Sharing God's Love -- Father Cahill sees retirement as chance to keep ministering
“The ultimate goal [of a priest] is to be able to love God and to love all people,” said Father Daniel G. Cahill, who is celebrating 45 years of priestly ministry. “And I’ve had that wonderful honor of being able to pursue that all these years, and I continue to do that.” More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
I've Been Very Happy' -- Father Nolan grateful to God for 44-year ministry
When you ask Father Jerome M. Nolan about his 44 years in the priesthood, his response comes quickly. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Service & Salvation | Father Carotenuto reflects on social outreach, ecumenism of priesthood
Fifty years ago, Father Anthony Carotenuto was ordained to the priesthood wearing vestments handmade by his father, Michael. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Familiar Ground: Father Hlubik 'thrilled' to have spent part of service in native county
Father Joseph Hlubik once used the term “quite providential” to describe how certain parts of his priestly journey unfolded. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
A Happy 50 Years -- Msgr. Dermond reflects on 50 good years
For Msgr. John K. Dermond, the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination was not a milestone he could have reached on his own. It was a gift given to him through the prayers of those he has served over the years. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Continuing Education -- Father Ekdahl reflects on life, language skills used in priesthood
Father Kenneth W. Ekdahl’s path to the priesthood came by way of a career in the insurance industry, with his ordination coming at the age of 43. That path, he believes, provided a unique perspective that helped him serve faithfully throughout his 27 years as a priest More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Unexpected Honor: Spring Lake pastor surprised by being named monsignor
Father Harold Cullen was honored to be named pastor four years ago in Spring Lake’s St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Inspired by the People: For Father O'Connor, priestly ministry goes on in retirement
Father Michael J. O’Connor may have just retired July 1 from full-time ministry as a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, but he has no plans to retreat. This is, to be sure a new phase of life – but one of ministry and activity, nonetheless. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Blessings Abound: Father Vavrick happy to walk with the faithful
For Father Gene, as he is affectionately called by his parishioners in St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, service has been a favorite hallmark of his vocation to the priesthood. More ...
Friday, July 27, 2018
Finding Strength in the Faithful: For Father Vona, ministry of priesthood is all about the people

When asked to reflect on a highlight of his 50 years as a priest, Father Michael S. Vona shared a story, one that has framed his understanding of holiness for most of his life.

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Friday, July 27, 2018



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