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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.