Statement from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton
The contributions of women and men called to religious or "consecrated life" in the Catholic Church can never be fully appreciated. Since the earliest days of our history in the United States, religious sisters and brothers established and taught in our Catholic schools, founded and ministered in our Catholic hospitals and nursing homes, worked and served in our Catholic parishes and other organizations created to meet the needs of the poor. More than 2,800 consecrated religious have labored in the Diocese of Trenton alone.
Responding to the charisms and special gifts of their founders --- some of whom have been canonized saints in the Catholic Church --- to build a Catholic Church that reached out far and wide to embrace those who needed a little more charity, a little more care, a little more instruction, a little more witness to our Catholic faith than might otherwise be available, these incredible sisters and brothers have given their lives to God's people, asking nothing in return.
Now, having born the heat of the day at a time of great transition in the Catholic Church, our sisters and brothers face retirement, old age and declining health, without adequate support. Those who have offered their entire lives to serve those in need now find themselves among the needy. Can their dedication and love ever be truly measured? I doubt it. But the effects of what they have done for all of us in the Catholic Church in our country --- as well as for countless others who are not part of our community of faith but served nevertheless --- speak for themselves in generations of well-educated, lovingly nursed, selflessly supported and deeply faithful people. They need us. They never asked anything for themselves. They never let us down. We cannot let them down now.
Please be generous in showing our gratitude to our religious sisters and brothers in this annual collection.
Those who wish to support the collection are asked to give generously in their parishes, or to send a check to:
Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life Diocese of Trenton 701 Lawrenceville Rd. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 Please make checks payable to Diocese of Trenton/RFR
Faithful urged to join worldwide ‘wave of prayer’ against hunger
“Pope Francis is asking that we participate in a global movement to respond to the needs of the hungry, poor and vulnerable in our midst through prayer and action on their behalf. Raising our consciousness of the hungry among us, praying for them, fasting and attendance at Mass on Dec. 10, sharing goods or resources with the poor through the St. Vincent de Paul Society or other charitable organizations of your parish are all appropriate ways that we, as a diocese, can express our solidarity with the hungry and poor.”
The 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. If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.
Please note: All allegations are reported by the Diocese to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.