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

Our Diocese Today

Jan. 30 | Lifted in Prayer

OurDioceseTodayBishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is seated before his dining room table which is adorned by a display of cards and spiritual bouquets sent to him by people and local communities throughout the Diocese. Among the “bouquets” recently delivered to the Bishop was a framed poster, shown below, representing every Catholic elementary and high school in the Diocese. The bouquets pledged daily prayers, Rosaries, Mass attendance and acts of service, all offered for the daily intention of Bishop O’Connell’s full and speedy recovery. [continue reading...]

No substitute for Catholic values, socialization in Catholic schools

A message from Bishop O'Connell

One of the greatest contributions of the Catholic Church in our country remains the establishment of Catholic schools. Millions of young Catholics (and numerous non-Catholics) have been educated in Catholic schools since the very foundation of the United States. [continue reading...]

Legacies and New Beginnings

A message from JoAnn Tier, Moderator of Catholic Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” This quote by Andre Gide has found a home on my desk and has been a frequent source of inspiration.

For students and families of St. Denis School in Manasquan, Holy Family School in Lakewood, and Incarnation-St. James School in Ewing, changing demographics and financial and enrollment challenges have resulted in pastors and finance councils making... [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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Diocesan Child Protection Efforts >>

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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