What is Faith in Our Future?DoT_FaithInOurFuture_FN_nl

Faith in Our Future is a process through which the Diocese of Trenton, its parishes and ministries, will plan to meet challenges and respond to new opportunities for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ for years to come.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has identified five goals for Faith in Our Future:

> Strengthen and enliven the parishes of the Diocese as well as diocesan sponsored organizations and ministries.

> Explore new models of leadership in parishes and ministries in institutional settings (schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, etc.) in order to address the challenges presented by the anticipated retirement of a large number of clergy and religious over the next 10 years.

> Improve our stewardship of personnel, finances, and facilities and other parish and diocesan resources.

Establish collaborative relationships among the parishes and ministries of the  Diocese that will build upon the Gospel to re-evangelize the local Church, especially those who live on the fringes of the Church, as well as those who do not yet know Christ.

> Provide for pastoral ministry to Hispanic Catholics, the fastest growing segment of our Diocesan population, within our parishes and organizations.

Read more about the process HERE.

Strengthening our Diocese like never before

Letter from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. | December 1, 2015
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To the Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton:

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy once stated that

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future (Address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt (266),” June 25, 1963.

There is much wisdom in that simple statement and most of us, if we are honest, recognize its truth. Change is a constant in human life, from conception and birth to natural death. As change affects us as individual human beings so, too, it affects the human communities, organizations and institutions of which we are a part. Our Church, our diocese, our parishes are no exception to this reality. Throughout the changes we experience, however, some things do not change: Jesus Christ, “the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8);” the Gospels; the truth of his teachings; the truths of our faith upon which he has built his Church. [continue reading…]


Below are the preliminary recommendations and rationale for those recommendations made by the Diocesan Planning Commission to the Faith in Our Future Cohorts. The Cohorts now will devote several weeks to further study and discussion of the recommendations. The Planning Commission will meet again in October to review the Cohort responses and bring together a set of Final Recommendations for Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to consider.

These Preliminary Recommendations are posted in Spanish, here.