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Graduates begin new journey nurtured by faith, love
Marta Pawka proudly receives her Donovan Catholic diploma from Father Scott Shaffer, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River. Looking on at left is Dr. Edward Gere, Donovan Catholic principal, and Dan Duddy, pastoral minister of athletics and guidance counsellor. Michael Glenn photo
Marta Pawka proudly receives her Donovan Catholic diploma from Father Scott Shaffer, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River. Looking on at left is Dr. Edward Gere, Donovan Catholic principal, and Dan Duddy, pastoral minister of athletics and guidance counsellor. Michael Glenn photo
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for,” wrote American author John Augustus Shedd nearly 100 years ago. 

His words have become an analogy for the need to move forward, take risks, have faith and be confident, all of which describe the ambitions and abilities of this year’s graduates as they face head-on the opportunities and challenges of life beyond Catholic high school.

“They are going to make a difference,” said Red Bank Catholic principal Robert Abatemarco, describing the future promise not only for his own graduating students but for the more than 1,500 graduates who were celebrated during Baccalaureate Masses and commencement ceremonies across the Diocese of Trenton.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

'Go with God always,' Bishop advises 2019 graduates
St. John’s Gospel speaks often about the importance of maintaining a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Learning about that, doing that is the purpose of Catholic education – the purpose of the last four years you have spent in Catholic high school. More ...
Monday, June 17, 2019
A joyous time for youth, a memorable time for loved ones
June is the time when graduates respond with an ebullient, carefree spirit recognizing the joy-filled completion of 12-plus years of education. More ...
Monday, June 17, 2019
From Harbor to Horizon
In Masses and special ceremonies throughout May and June, more than 1,500 graduates celebrated their many accomplishments and blessings, leaving the safe harbor of their Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Trenton and fixing their sights on the hopeful horizons ahead.   More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
PHOTO GALLERIES: 2019 High School Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Exercises

Jubilation and blessings were bestowed on the more than 1,500 graduates from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Trenton. Check out these special memories through our dozen photo galleries.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Slideshow: Congratulating the Class of 2018
The Monitor is pleased to join these parishes, schools and other advertisers in congratulating the Class of 2018 and the honorees recognized in “New Journeys of Faith.” More ...
Friday, June 22, 2018
Eighth-grade students take next step in faith
Along with their high school counterparts, this June 1,133 eighth-grade students graduated from the Diocese of Trenton’s 31 Catholic schools. More ...
Friday, June 22, 2018
Graduating seniors make their mark on the athletic field

Whether through their leadership of younger teammates, or their personal contributions on the field, court or diamond, members of this year’s graduating classes at schools across the Diocese of Trenton have left quite an athletic legacy – with a host of accolades, tournament wins and trophies in their wake.

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Friday, June 22, 2018
UPDATE: PHOTO GALLERIES: 2018 High School Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Exercises

Notre Dame Graduation 2018
Notre Dame Baccalaureate Mass 2018

Stuart Graduation 2018

Mater Dei Prep Graduation 2018

Stuart Country Day School Baccalaureate Mass 2018

St. Rose High School Graduation 2018

Donovan Catholic Graduation 2018
Donovan Catholic Baccalaureate Mass 2018
Red Bank Catholic Graduation 2018
Red Bank Catholic Baccalaureate Mass 2018
St. John Vianney High School Graduation 2018
Holy Cross Academy Graduation 2018
Trenton Catholic Academy Baccalaureate Mass/Graduation 2018
Christian Brothers Academy Graduation 2018
Christian Brothers Academy Baccalaureate Mass 2018

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Grateful for their Stuart legacy, graduates look forward to the future

With gratitude and high hopes for a future founded on the principles and goals of Princeton’s Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, the Class of 2018 – 38 strong – closed the door on high school June 9 and opened the door to the adult world.

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Friday, June 22, 2018
RBC grads are individuals but 'we are not alone'
Between the grueling four flights of stairs and the pilgrimage to and from the Cultural Center, we’ve figuratively and literally come a long way since we first entered the Peter’s Place doors Freshman year. More ...
Friday, June 22, 2018
Proud-to-be Caseys urged to continue service, aim high
Preceded by the skirl of bagpipes honoring the school’s Irish roots, faculty, staff and students of Red Bank Catholic High School strode confidently June 4 into the main arena of the OceanFirst Bank Center on the campus of Monmouth University, West Long Branch. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
For Donovan Catholic Class of '18, faith is the takeaway
Four years of fellowship, faith and academic achievement closed on a high note June 4 as 165 Donovan Catholic seniors tossed their blue caps in the air outside St. Joseph Church, a sure signal that a new chapter in their lives had begun. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
'God be with you wherever you go,' Bishop tells CBA grads
The vast nave of St. Mary Church, Middletown, was filled to capacity May 23 as parents, relatives and friends joined 238 graduating Christian Brothers Academy seniors for the Baccalaureate Mass that began two days of ceremonies. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Holy Cross' Greta Gareth urges fellow grads to 'Enjoy the moments in front of you'
Good evening everyone, and welcome again to the 58th graduation ceremonies here at Holy Cross. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Donovan Catholic's Emily Ostermann urges classmates to 'Enjoy the journey'
"Are we there yet?" This is the theme of the 2018 yearbook: "Are we there yet?" More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
CBA's Garret Hegel focuses on 'opportunity' in valedictory speech

Good evening Brother Frank, Brother Ralph, Mr.Fales, Mr. Nunan, Mr. Meehan, Mrs. Szablewski, (pause), Board members, Faculty, retired faculty, members of the class of '68 (pause), parents, family, friends, and, of course, my brothers in the Class of 2018. 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
'Dream anything,' SJV grads hear during graduation
The St. John Vianney High School Class of 2018 was bid a fond farewell from staff and faculty June 2, as the seniors and school community delighted in a commencement ceremony of celebration, guidance and prayer. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
TCA graduates encouraged to follow true superheroes
“I am here tonight, not as your commencement speaker, I’m with you tonight as your Bishop … God has a message for you and he wants me to give it,” said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as he presided over the Baccalaureate Mass for Trenton Catholic Academy in St. Anthony Church, Hamilton, May 30, prior to commencement exercises. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
St. Rose graduates remembered for sense of community
The echoes of proud parents, friends and loved ones cheering, clapping and whistling filled the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, as the 126 purple- and gold-gowned graduates of St. Rose High School, Belmar, received their diplomas June 5. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Villa Victoria grads reminded of a 'forever friend in Christ'
Graduation exercises for Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, held June 3 in the school’s theater, began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Msgr. John K. Dermond, adjutant judicial vicar, followed by commencement speeches and awarding diplomas to 12 young women making up the Class of 2018, some of them having attended Villa Victoria from first grade through their senior year. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Look to new adventures, Villa valedictorian encourages classmates
"Lifer" is a term Villa affectionately uses to describe students who have been at Villa for most of their lives... More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Notre Dame graduates cement place in school's legacy
Notre Dame High School’s rich legacy of faith, knowledge and service was celebrated June 10 as the 261 members of the Class of 2018 turned their tassels and prepared to embark on new beginnings. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Grads have an opportunity to make the world better, Gorleski says in valedictory speech
Welcome to yet another lovely evening at Holy Cross Academy as we celebrate the graduating class of 2018. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Holy Cross graduates hold special place in school's history

Having sought her mother’s advice prior to penning her valedictory address, Holy Cross Academy’s Greta Gareth was told, “Don’t take yourself so seriously.”

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Notre Dame's Harris urges classmates to be true to themselves
I would like to welcome everyone to the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 from Notre Dame High School-- I am Jennifer Harris, a proud member of this class.   More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
SJV valedictorian urges classmates to dream big
It is an honor to have walked the halls of SJV with each of you, to have cheered with you at football games, danced with you at prom, and grown with you from scared freshmen into confident young adults. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Amanda Tadros exhorts fellow grads to 'remember your roots'
Now, I want to shift your attention from the past to the future. We have spent the past four years preparing for this day, and now that it’s here, we can’t help but wonder what the future will hold for us. More ...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Mater Dei Prep graduates face future with faith, hope

Enthusiasm and anticipation were in the air as the 109 Mater Dei Prep graduates lined up outside St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown, for their commencement procession June 5.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
New Journeys of Faith
Hopes, expectations and achievements culminated in Baccalaureate Masses and commencement ceremonies throughout May and June in Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Trenton, as the Class of 2018 successfully completed their secondary education to embark on new journeys of faith. More ...
Monday, June 18, 2018
2018 Graduates: Ready to be 'missionary disciples'
Graduating students from Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Trenton took a monumental step toward their futures, saying goodbye to the familiar while anticipating the possibilities to come.

The Class of 2018 celebrated with Baccalaureate Masses and commencement exercises to mark the end of a 12-year journey and the beginning of another.

Hailing from 11 Catholic diocesan, parish and private high schools that serve Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties, the graduates numbered 1,535. Schools included Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton; Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville; Holy Cross Academy, Delran; St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel; Mater Dei Prep, Middletown; Red Bank Catholic High School, Red Bank; Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft; Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing; St. Rose High School, Belmar, and Donovan Catholic, Toms River.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

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