Bishop O'ConnellMost Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
10th Bishop of Trenton

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., installs two pastors
OurDioceseTodayBishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., installed two pastors during Masses this weekend. Father John K. Butler was installed as pastor of St. Michael, West End, and Father Rene Pulgarin was installed as pastor of St. Joseph, Keyport.

Father Butler was ordained by Bishop O’Connell on May 31, 2014, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. [Continue reading ,,,]

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disaster relief efforts
Catholic organizations are taking part in relief efforts in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, where at least 13 people have died and thousands lost their homes because of flooding caused by torrential rains between Aug. 8 and 14.

The flooding is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to the American Red Cross. [Continue reading ... ]

Diocese of Trenton to celebrate
soon-to-be St. Teresa of Calcutta with Mass

Faithful from throughout the Diocese are invited to join Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for a Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, a worship site of Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park.

Bishop O’Connell will be principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass and all are invited to attend. Expected to be present in the congregation are the Missionaries of Charity who serve in Asbury Park. Blessed Teresa was the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order community whose members devote their lives and ministries to serving the poor. [Continue reading ...]

It’s that time again

An Essay by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

O'Connell_NEW_coat of armsThree words dominate the thoughts of most families this time of year: “Back to School.” As hard as it is to believe, summer is over! Where did it go? For kids, time sometimes seems to move slowly. For parents and teachers, it flies by. Once again, we trade in the bathing suits and barbecues for backpacks and buses. The good news for kids is that they get to see their friends again. The good news for parents is “that they get to see their friends again!” Back to School!

Whether our children attend parochial or public schools, the fact is — apart from those who are home schooled — they spend most of their week outside of their homes. [Continue reading...]

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The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.
If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

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