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

Bishop Ahr fund accepting grant applications


The Bishop George W. Ahr Endowment Fund is accepting requests for grants from social service groups throughout the Diocese of Trenton through May 15.

The endowment fund was created to supplement the organizations’ work in the community by awarding grants for special projects. Any parish, office, apostolate, individual, parish special ministry or organization is invited to apply. Eligible institutions work within the community to provide services for vulnerable and/or poor families and individuals. [Continue reading ...]

A Thought on Inauguration Day
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

On this Inauguration Day 2017, the words of Abraham Lincoln come to mind:

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history …we will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. … We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless (Abraham Lincoln, “Message to Congress,” December 1, 1862).

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“That they may be one”

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

The Church’s annual “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” takes place January 18-25. This year, the theme is “Reconciliation-The Love of Christ Compels Us.” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-ff.). It draws its ecumenical impetus from the prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper, “that they may be one (John 17: 21).” As the week approaches, I would like to share a few thoughts that are the fruit of my reading and spiritual reflection.

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