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

Potential prison ministers invited to information
session Jan. 28


Those interested in learning more about volunteering as jail and prison ministers are invited to attend an info session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Diocesan Chancery, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. It is hosted by Vincentian Father Martin McGeough, the coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry in the diocesan Department of Pastoral Care.

The session will feature current jail and prison ministry volunteers sharing their experiences, as well as time for attendees to ask questions and address any concerns. [Continue reading ...]

“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.

First, a word about “unity.” Pope Francis has told us:

Unity does not imply uniformity; it does not necessarily mean doing everything together or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it involves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and the placing of these gifts at the service of all members of the Church. It means knowing how to listen, to accept differences, and having the freedom to think differently and express oneself with complete respect towards the other who is my brother or sister. Do not be afraid of differences (Address to Catholic Fraternity of the Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship, October 31, 2014)! [Continue reading ...]

The legacy of Dr. King: A light in darkness
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

For generations born after his tragic death in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., is another honored name in American history books. By 1986, our country celebrated his legacy for the advancement of civil rights by creating a national holiday to be observed annually on the third Monday of January, close to his birthday on the 15th of the month.

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