Who We Are
As the Catholic Church in the central New Jersey Counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean, we are a diverse people striving to live faithfully in communion with God and each other.
Our local bishop links us back through time to the apostles. United with the Pope, we are part of a universal community.
Our Retired Bishop
Read about our past bishops HERE.
Our Diocese's 130-year history is built on service to God's people. The diocese has been divided twice to establish new dioceses and today includes the four Central New Jersey counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean.
When the Diocese of Trenton was established in 1881, Saint Mary’s Church was designated the cathedral, the Mother Church of the diocese and home to the cathedra, the chair of the bishop. Since then the cathedral has welcomed people from all walks of life into a community nourished by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthened for the challenges of life.
Our Pastoral Center staff is here to serve you and carry out the priorities of our bishop.
The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. They are where the gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God's people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church's life.
In Jesus, who suffered, died and rose from the dead so we might have life, we know that God is love—generous, merciful and forgiving. God's Spirit of love animates our lives, leading us to respond with joy, gratitude and loving service to others.
It’s a big Church. There’s a place here for all who seek it. Are you a seeker? Whether you have already made the Church your home, or if you are still searching for the path to God, you will find a community of disciples here to journey with you. Find out more...