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

CUA alumni, family and friends invited to Mass, reception
OurDioceseTodayBishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., invites alumni, parents and friends of the Catholic University of America to join him for Mass at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake.

Bishop O’Connell pursued studies in canon law at CUA, obtaining a licentiate in 1987 and then a doctorate in canon law in 1990. He later served as the University’s 14th president from 1998 until he was named the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Trenton in 2010. [Continue reading ...]
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‘We the People’

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

In the United States of America, there is no “state religion.” The First Amendment to the Constitution clearly prohibits it. The text of the amendments states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …” James Madison’s original wording of this text was: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any matter, or on any pretext, infringed.”

These principles do not mean that individual citizens, individual churches or individual religious denominations cannot believe in or practice their faith freely. It means that government in our country cannot claim any particular religion as binding on the entire nation. We have lived with that understanding since 1791. [Continue reading ...]

Diocese's statement on upcoming election


In election season each year, people write the Diocese requesting clarification of Church teachings and answers on other questions about exercising their right to vote.

People who would like to register to vote may do so by going HERE or by calling their county Board of Elections.

People interested in finding the positions of individual candidates or political parties, can easily find them on the internet by searching the candidate’s website or political party.

Catholics interested in reviewing Church teachings on important issues are directed to any of the resources available at the following link: FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP.

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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.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

promiseProtect_NEW_artPlease note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.
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