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

Annual supplement to
The Monitor welcomes students back to school
OurDioceseToday“Three words dominate the thoughts of most families this time of year: “Back to School.” As hard as it is to believe, summer is over! Where did it go?” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., writes in his annual back-to-school message featured in this year’s back to school supplement to The Monitor.

Whether your summer flew by or dragged on, The Monitor’s annual special publication signals an unofficial end to summer and start of the 2016-17 school year in the Diocese of Trenton. [Continue reading ,,,]

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disaster relief efforts
Catholic organizations are taking part in relief efforts in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, where at least 13 people have died and thousands lost their homes because of flooding caused by torrential rains in mid August. [Continue reading ,,,]

Diocese of Trenton to celebrate
soon-to-be St. Teresa of Calcutta with Mass

Faithful from throughout the Diocese are invited to join Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., for a Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, a worship site of Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park.

Bishop O’Connell will be principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass and all are invited to attend. Expected to be present in the congregation are the Missionaries of Charity who serve in Asbury Park. Blessed Teresa was the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order community whose members devote their lives and ministries to serving the poor. [Continue reading ...]

Treat God’s gift of creation with care

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

O'Connell_NEW_coat of armsThe “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” was established by Pope Francis last year to be celebrated annually on September 1. It followed the publication of his encyclical letter “Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home (May 24, 2015).”

This annual day of prayer was created to offer “to individual believers and the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that he has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live (Pope Francis, August 6, 2015).” [Continue reading...]

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