UPDATED: Bishop, priests recognized for their ministry at annual dinner

October 4, 2023 at 2:17 p.m.
Bishop O'Connell is photographed with Knights representing various councils from around the Diocese. John Batkowski photo
Bishop O'Connell is photographed with Knights representing various councils from around the Diocese. John Batkowski photo (JOHN BATKOWSKI)


Nearly 300 clergy, religious and guests joined Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese and state Sept. 28 for the annual Trenton Federation “Pride in Our Priests” dinner held in South Gate Manor, Freehold. The convivial gathering offered both priests and Knights the chance to express their mutual admiration for the integral contributions both offer to the Church and her people.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pride In Our Priests 2023

As a continuation of their good works, the Knights presented a check to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the diocesan Holy Innocents Society, which assists parishes in the religious education of the developmentally disabled.

Knights of Columbus N. J. State Warden Ed Michalak reflected upon the value of the event for clergy and laity alike. “It is important to give us the opportunity to thank the Bishop and the priests of the Diocese for all they do,” he said. “We are there to support the Church.”

Michalak, a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown, continued that a strong Knights council is important to the life of a parish “because of their support of the faith, the family, the community and life in all its stages.”


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Nearly 300 clergy, religious and guests joined Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese and state Sept. 28 for the annual Trenton Federation “Pride in Our Priests” dinner held in South Gate Manor, Freehold. The convivial gathering offered both priests and Knights the chance to express their mutual admiration for the integral contributions both offer to the Church and her people.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pride In Our Priests 2023

As a continuation of their good works, the Knights presented a check to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for the diocesan Holy Innocents Society, which assists parishes in the religious education of the developmentally disabled.

Knights of Columbus N. J. State Warden Ed Michalak reflected upon the value of the event for clergy and laity alike. “It is important to give us the opportunity to thank the Bishop and the priests of the Diocese for all they do,” he said. “We are there to support the Church.”

Michalak, a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown, continued that a strong Knights council is important to the life of a parish “because of their support of the faith, the family, the community and life in all its stages.”

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