Bishop O'ConnellMost Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
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Annual issue highlights 'State of the Diocese'

OurDioceseTodayThis week, The Monitor’s annual State of the Diocese issue will hit more than 140,000 mailboxes around the Diocese of Trenton.

In his annual State of the Diocese message, a highlight of the special publication, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., asks all men and women to fight the cultural trends and commit themselves to the work of the Church like never before – to bring people back to Mass; strengthen the home and family; support the essential work of Catholic education; encourage vocations and give witness to the beautiful truth of the Gospel … today and well into the future.

You can read the full issue, which also includes the Diocese’s financial report, articles about important initiatives, a calendar of key events and more, by clicking on the cover image below.

‘Much Ado’ about Season of Lent

A Lenten message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

LENT2016No serious study of English Literature can be complete without consideration of the works of William Shakespeare. One of his classic comedies, “Much Ado about Nothing,” presents a tale of love and deception in a humorous way with characters caught up in its unfolding drama. [more...]

Bishop’s pastoral letter available as podcast

The “Year of Mercy,” a celebration of the unfailing mercy of God is a time for all Catholics “to put our faith and trust and hope in him, in his mercy, in his truth,” says Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in a pastoral letter to the people of the Diocese of Trenton.

Officially released Sept. 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the letter, titled “Mercy and Truth Shall Meet,” reflects on the relationship between mercy and truth in light of the Holy Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis.

“Mercy is the love freely shown to us by God who first reveals himself to us and makes his presence known and felt. Mercy is a free gift of God that, when given, draws us into God’s very being, making God present ‘to’ us and then, ‘through’ us to others.”

Click image to listen to Bishop's pastoral letter for the Year of Mercy.

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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.
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