Bishop O'ConnellMost Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
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Diocese of Trenton pilgrims participate in World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland
OurDioceseTodayPlease join us in praying for the 14 young adults and two priests making the pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016 as representatives of the Diocese of Trenton. The official prayer of World Youth Day 2016 is below this post.

The pilgrims will depart from New York July 22 and arrive in Poland July 23, where they will remain until Aug. 1. See their full itinerary, here.

Pope Francis is set to address the tens of thousands attending the World Youth Day celebration, set for July 25-31. This year marks the 30th anniversary of when Pope John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for young people in their dioceses.

The first international gathering, now held every two or three years, was in 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Pope Francis was born and ministered before becoming Pope.

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Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.’s, homily for the Diocese of Trenton’s Young Adult Mass

bishop_coat_of ArmsSt. Joan of Arc Church, Marlton
July 17, 2016

People born between the years 1980 and 2000 are called “the millennial generation” or, simply, “millennials.”

Chances are that some of you here today were born after 2000 which makes you “post-millennials,” sometimes called “Generation Z.”

No matter what you and your peers might be called, every generation can be identified by certain personality characteristics — qualities, preferences and values — that seem common with others in your age group over a lifetime. [Continue reading...]

Faith in Our Future Monthly Update | July 2016

Preliminary recommendations issued for parish changes, Cohorts to discuss and respond

DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FN_nl2Faith in Our Future, the pastoral planning process that has been underway across the Diocese of Trenton since Fall 2015, calls for each of the 107 parishes involved to pursue a new course that will lead to stronger faith communities and more effective ministry.

This month, these parishes covering Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, are getting a clearer idea of what that new course might look like following the issuance of preliminary recommendations by the Diocesan Planning Commission. [Continue reading...]

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