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

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. In the face of unrelenting obstacles and widespread social opposition, colonial Franciscan missionaries, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and her sisters, St. John Neumann and his co-workers laid the foundation for the most extensive Catholic school system in the world. It is their legacy that we commemorate during Catholic Schools Week.

csw_15_celebrateonsmThis year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." More than merely a tag-line or slogan, these words present a statement of the identity, purpose and mission of our Catholic schools. Here in the Diocese of Trenton, these words come to life in the Catholic schools throughout our four counties. [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 the difficult decision to close their parish school in June 2015.

The walls of the schools hold much history and memories of days gone by. [continue reading...]

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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.
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