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

New program to prepare prospective priests for demands of parish life

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

“I never learned that in the seminary!” I have heard priests say that many times after confronting situations that faced them in parish work. Our seminary formation programs provide an excellent preparation in theology and Scripture – the “stuff” of pastoral ministry in parishes for evangelization and transmitting the Catholic faith. But leading the community of faith in our churches and parishes today requires much, much more than the seminary alone can provide: management of parish facilities and physical plants; interaction with and supervision of large staffs, both employees and volunteers; budget preparation, fiscal management and financial accountability.

Here in the Diocese of Trenton, we do provide some sessions for those preparing for the priesthood in these more practical elements of responsibility for working in and leading a parish community, but they are not able to be comprehensive, simply because of time constraints. [continue reading...]

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Entering into the spirit of Lent by Father Peter Stravinskas

Post crucem, lucem translates as “after the Cross, the light.” It embodies the essence of Christian discipleship. First, it teaches – as did our Lord – that following him requires a person to carry one’s cross. [continue reading...]

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In a recently recorded reflection on the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., laments on how quickly Christmas is put away in this secularized culture. He calls upon the faithful to continue to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and the reason that Christ walked among us. His remarks aired live Jan. 23 on WFJS.
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