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

Bishop O'Connell's homily for the Anniversary Blessing Mass

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The Gospel from St. Matthew today is often considered the scriptural basis for the principle of separation of Church and State: render to Caesar what is his and to God what is God's. that principle is derived from the image stamped on a coin. But we have to keep in mind a couple things as we consider this Gospel story... [continue reading...]

Reflecting on Blessed Pope Paul VI

In the early hours of Sunday, October 19, 2014, I watched as His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated the beatification Mass of Blessed Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The ceremonies had a special poignancy for me since Pope Paul VI was the the first pope I really remember — although I was born during the papacy of Pope Pius XII — and the first pope I had ever seen in person during a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in 1975. I vividly remember his pastoral visit to the United Nations in New York ten years earlier, when television sets suddenly appeared in Catholic school classrooms throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where I grew up. [continue reading...]

In Ministry

Pastoral Care reveals the compassionate presence of God
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As the new (and former ’07-’11) director of Pastoral Care for the Diocese of Trenton, it is once again my happy task to commemorate Pastoral Care Week. The Department of Pastoral Care has evolved since I last sat in this director’s chair, to now include not only Pastoral Care of the Sick, but a multitude of other “ministries of care” offered to the people of our [continue reading...]

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