Year: 2019

Bishop celebrates Christmas Masses, hosts dinner for seminarians

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. celebrated with faithful of all ages as the Diocese of Trenton welcomed in the newborn Christ child during Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Bishop O’Connell served as the principal celebrant at Christmas Eve Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Trenton, Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Paul’s[…]

Bishop offers prayers for Pope Francis on Golden Anniversary

This week, Pope Francis celebrates his fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood and Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shares his warmest prayers and well-wishes upon the occasion: On Friday, December 13, our Holy Father Pope Francis celebrates his Fiftieth Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.  Anniversaries are milestones in all of our lives[…]

#GivingTuesday benefits Catholic schools in Diocese; Residents asked to contact NJ lawmakers over health care bill; Clergy appointment announced

Today is #GivingTuesday and your chance to help Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton! Go to and you’ll find three ways Catholic school supporters can be involved for #GivingTuesday: make a secure monetary contribution, agree to become a volunteer or offer to say a prayer. One-hundred percent of funds will go to the school[…]

Bishop shares Thanksgiving message, Respect Life poster, essay, and photo meme contest now open, Chancery closure for holiday weekend

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. shares his Thanksgiving message to the faithful in the Diocese of Trenton, reminding us that on a day which is typically filled with “faith, family and food,” we must also give thanks to our loving Creator: Regardless of any particular religion but certainly in our Catholic and Judaeo-Christian faith, joyfully[…]

Bishop, priests in Rome for Region III’s Ad Limina

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., is in Rome this week, along with his brother bishops from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for Region III’s Ad Limina visit.  Occurring about every five years, the pilgrimage will include the presentation of the quinquennial report prepared by each bishop for his diocese, meetings with officials of the Holy See[…]

Diocese hosts bereavement ministry training program, Religious Retirement Fund to be taken up in parishes Dec. 7-8

The Diocese of Trenton is encouraging all those interested in bereavement and similar ministries to attend a pastoral care training program, spanning 12 sessions, providing participants with the education and formation tools they need to serve in pastoral care ministries more competently and compassionately. “We are not born with these skills; therefore as missionary disciples,[…]