By Christina Leslie | Correspondent
More than 440 attendees gathered to honor diocesan clergy at the annual “Pride in Our Priests” dinner March 29 in Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake. Sponsored by the Trenton Council Knights of Columbus, the event recognized the contributions of priests who serve in parishes throughout Burlington, Ocean, Mercer and Monmouth Counties.
Over 135 active and retired clergy attended the celebratory dinner in the Monmouth County restaurant. Dating back more than twenty years, the “Pride in Our Priests” dinners are held annually in all five dioceses of New Jersey.
Knights of Columbus State Deputy Daniel Rossi presented Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., with a check for $10,000 designated for use at the diocesan Holy Innocents Society. The organization’s volunteer catechists and aides provide religious education to children and adults with special intellectual or developmental disabilities at centers located throughout the diocese.
Bishop O’Connell expressed his appreciation for the dinner and the contributions of the Knights. He later reflected, “I cannot imagine the Church in our country and in our diocese without the Knights of Columbus. I am so grateful for all they do, often in very hidden ways. Their prayers and support for our seminarians and for the poor is unparalleled. As bishop, I could never say thank you enough on behalf of all those they serve in our four counties.”[[In-content Ad]]