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

Bishop O’Connell asks for prayer for the Synod of Bishops

7-490Pope Francis has announced an “Extraordinary Synod of Bishops” to be held in Rome October 5-19, 2014. A synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church. A “Synod of Bishops” meets at the request of the Holy Father, when he considers it necessary or opportune to consult with the world’s bishops. Synods can be “ordinary,” that is, convened to consider a topic of interest and concern for the whole Church, or “extraordinary,” that is, a meeting called to focus attention on a more urgent matter of concern for the Church. [continue reading...]

Understanding the meaning, promise of Baptism

OurDioceseTodayThe Baptism of a child is a joyful, but pivotal time in which the relationship between the Catholic family and their practice of the faith can either be positively or negatively impacted. [continue reading...]

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In Education

New beginnings – opportunities for blessings and challenges!

A message from Sister Mary Agnes Ryan, IHM, director, Diocesan Ministry of Catechesis and Evangelization

Summer is the season for so many enjoyable outdoor activities!  Most us of love the summer months.  But, as with most things in life, it is the time for endings and transitions.  Now is the time to surrender to the coming days of autumn.  For many parishes throughout the Diocese, it is the time to attend more formally to the faith formation programs and events offered in the parish. [continue reading...]

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promiseProtect_NEW_artThe Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.
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