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

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

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...]

Respect Life Month from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)

I am convinced, after almost 60 years on this earth, that all of the problems assaulting us in this world of ours derive from a single root cause: the failure to “respect life.”
Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment; acts of terror and war; escalating crime; violence and wanton killing of innocents; domestic and sexual abuse; drugs and gang crimes; immigration; poverty and inequality; discrimination and injustice; racism and hatred; breakdown of the family; blatant disregard for the environment — these are all “life issues” because they tear at the most... [continue reading...]

In Ministry

Pastoral Care reveals the compassionate presence of God

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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