Bishop blesses Catholic Charities' expanded outreach in Ocean County

May 10, 2024 at 3:48 p.m.
Bishop O'Connell, center, leads the ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the grand opening of the new Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton's new food pantry and Community Services building in Ocean County. The outreach now shares space with Seeds of Service, A Brick-based organization that was established to assist residents who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Mary Stadnyk photo
Bishop O'Connell, center, leads the ribbon cutting ceremony, marking the grand opening of the new Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton's new food pantry and Community Services building in Ocean County. The outreach now shares space with Seeds of Service, A Brick-based organization that was established to assist residents who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Mary Stadnyk photo


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, marked a milestone when the agency celebrated the grand opening of its new food pantry and Community Services building in Ocean County.

Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., was present for the May 10 celebration that included a prayer service, ribbon cutting ceremony, and remarks by area clergy and  agency representatives.

Arnold Valentin explained that Catholic Charities' Community Services outreach had relocated from Lakewood to Brick and now shares space with Seeds of Service, an organization that has been serving Ocean County since it was started to help area residents following the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012

"We are excited to be operating from a larger, more accessible space," Valentin said. "Through this new partnership, we are able to welcome and serve more families and individuals who are struggling with food insecurity. We can also provide them with a variety of nutritious food options."

More to come on this story.


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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, marked a milestone when the agency celebrated the grand opening of its new food pantry and Community Services building in Ocean County.

Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., was present for the May 10 celebration that included a prayer service, ribbon cutting ceremony, and remarks by area clergy and  agency representatives.

Arnold Valentin explained that Catholic Charities' Community Services outreach had relocated from Lakewood to Brick and now shares space with Seeds of Service, an organization that has been serving Ocean County since it was started to help area residents following the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012

"We are excited to be operating from a larger, more accessible space," Valentin said. "Through this new partnership, we are able to welcome and serve more families and individuals who are struggling with food insecurity. We can also provide them with a variety of nutritious food options."

More to come on this story.

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