Bishop O’Connell reflects on Second Sunday of Advent

A Voice Cries Out: Prepare His Way A reflection by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. In this Sunday’s passage from Luke’s Gospel (3:1-6), St. John the Baptist features prominently, proclaiming a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”  The sacred author reminds us of the words of the prophet Isaiah which he uses to[…]


Bishop’s Advent message: ‘Hope-filled waiting and expectation’

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued the following message Nov. 26: The Church year is celebrated with different seasons: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost. This weekend, we begin the Season of Advent: four weeks before Christmas. The two seasons are related but distinct. Advent is NOT Christmas; Advent is the beginning of the[…]


Bishop participates in USCCB meeting • Religious freedom is focus for Solemnity of Christ the King • Support urged for CCHD collection on behalf of poor

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joins other U.S. bishops for the annual USCCB Fall General Assembly held Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore.   This will be the first in-person meeting of the full body of bishops since November 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 2020 spring meeting was canceled, and the November 2020 fall[…]

Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore; A prayer for Veterans’ Day; Chancery offices closed Nov. 11; Free access to Monitor Magazine’s digital edition

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., offers some insight ahead of his attendance at the U.S. Bishops’ meeting next week in Baltimore.  An excerpt follows: I will join my brother bishops of the United States (USCCB) at our annual meeting in Baltimore, beginning Monday, November 15, 2021.  This will be our first “in-person” meeting since 2019 due[…]

Bishop O’Connell message for All Saints, All Souls • Holy See extends plenary indulgence for faithful departed • Called By Name program helps identify future priestly vocations

Monday, November 1 is All Saints Day. In his message for the diocesan faithful, Bishop O’Connell writes, “On this solemn Feast of All Saints, the Church invites us to reflect on the great hope that is based on Christ’s Resurrection: Christ is risen and we will also be with him. The Saints and Blesseds are[…]

Work of Synod begins • Guadalupe torch-lighting set Oct. 30

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. and Terry Ginther, chancellor and executive director for Pastoral Life and Mission, met for the first time Oct. 21 with the newly appointed co-chairs of the diocesan phase of the XVI Ordinary Synod of Bishops: Mary Liz Ivins, former president and principal of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, and[…]

Diocese to join in observing World Mission Sunday Oct. 24

Catholics of the Diocese of Trenton will be called to join their brothers and sisters across the globe in praying for and supporting the missionary work of the Church as part of the annual observance of World Mission Sunday Oct. 24.  The faithful are also invited by Pope Francis to reflect on their own role[…]