Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.


The vine and the branches

There’s an old saying that you probably have heard or even said many times..

My shepherd is the Lord

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.,...

‘He has been raised!’

Jesus of Nazareth lived most of his life in obscurity...

Bishop urges Diocese's faithful to join in national prayer for an end to abortion

We have witnessed a widespread, renewed effort in our country, ...

LENT 2024: What should I do?

Lent is traditionally a time for prayer and fasting.

Ash Wednesday 2024: “Repent and Believe The Gospel”

Ashes are an ancient symbol, cultural and biblical, ...

World Day of the Sick: You are not alone

Sickness is always an unwelcome guest in the “home” of our bodies.

The unequivocal value of Catholic education

When a child is baptized in the Catholic Church, his/her parents, supported by godparents...

Ordinary Time: Anything but ordinary

For the last several days, I have looked out my window in the cardiac care wing of Santo Spirito Hospital in Rome --- the oldest hospital in Europe --- only to see the dome of St. Peter's Basilica close by.

Celebrating the entire Christmas season 2023-2024

The “Christmas Season” in the Catholic Church lasts from Christmas Eve...

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Candles of humanity must be lit from light of God

The four weeks of Advent which we draw to a close....

Pope: Christians must be open to listening to God, helping others

Christians must be open to the Word of God and to welcoming and serving others, Pope Francis said.

Third Sunday of Advent: Coming home to the Church

For most of us, the idea of “going home” brings eagerness, comfort and joy, whether it be simply ...

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: “Am I not your Mother?”

In December 2018, I had the privilege of leading priests and lay faithful on a pilgrimage ...

Second Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist tells of ‘more to come’

John the Baptist is truly a remarkably important figure in the story of Advent and beyond.

The Immaculate Conception: ‘You have found favor with God’

We have heard St. Luke’s narrative of the Annunciation so often ...

The First Sunday of Advent

he secular world rushes to Christmas, a race that begins in stores ...

Anticipating the Christ child this Advent

The season of Advent will soon be here.

Christ the King: Source of our religious freedom

On the last Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ ...

Thoughts for Thanksgiving 2023

My Mother loved Thanksgiving.

Bishop: Some thoughts on the 2023 USCCB Plenary Assembly

I just returned from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ...

See God and find truth; see truth and find God

There have been many definitions of “truth” presented throughout human history.

Bishop’s Corner: ‘Pray the Lord of the Harvest’

The word “vocation” means a “call” and it ...

Marked with the Sign of Faith... All Saints and All Souls

"On this solemn Feast of All Saints, the Church invites us ...

Marriage is a Sacrament of God

In movies or on TV, we see people getting married ...

World Mission Sunday: ‘Were not our hearts burning within us?’

On October 22, as we observe World Mission Sunday, we stand in solidarity with the Missions of the Church ...

Give peace a chance …again!

I remember his October 1965 trip to the United States so clearly, ...

Celebrate Deacon Sunday by Celebrating our Deacons

This weekend, October 7-8, the Diocese of Trenton joins with parishes throughout the country ...

Initial impressions of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudate Deum’

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has released his Apostolic Exhortation ...

‘Now and at the hour of our death’

The Catholic Church has been blessed with the intercession of the Mother of God...

‘Radical Solidarity’: The call to respect life in all its stages

The long-overdue and historic overturning of the landmark 1973 "Roe v. Wade" decision ...

Where your heart is, there is your treasure

Church collections in dioceses and parishes have long been the butt

Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Each year, organizations that work to promote public health...

It’s that time again!

Three words loom large around this time every year: BACK TO SCHOOL!

‘Let Justice and Peace Flow’

Our Holy Father Pope Francis has announced that he will publish an apostolic exhortation ...

Choose Happy

I was looking in the cupboard for a cereal bowl the other morning

Mary, Assumed into Heaven, Lead Us There

Yes, Tuesday, August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heave

World Youth Day 2023: Arise and Go with Faith

Genuine excitement is felt among young Catholics throughout the world ...

‘His mercy is from age to age’

With a call to honor and never abandon grandparents...

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