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

A statement from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia

Born in Trenton and baptized in our Diocesan Cathedral, Antonin Scalia, currently the longest serving Justice on the United States Supreme Court, has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 79. A devout Catholic and father of a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Justice Scalia was widely regarded as one of the brightest American legal minds in recent decades. Having had the privilege of knowing him and enjoying his company on numerous occasions, I did not want to miss the opportunity to add my voice to the chorus of those who mourn the passing of this native son of the Diocese. I first met him at St. John's University after a speech he gave there and our acquaintance continued throughout my years at Catholic University in Washington, DC. [continue reading...]

‘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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