As had been announced in February, the Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese.

Compensation Program to open June 15; Bishops’ Assembly underway; New schools video launched

As had been announced in February, the Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese.

As had been announced in February, the Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese. The IVCP will be open to claims beginning June 15.

The IVCP will handle the submission, evaluation and resolution of individual claims, and will operate independently of the Diocese or any Church-affiliated institution.  The administrators of the IVCP will have complete autonomy to determine the eligibility of a claim with the guidelines of the established Protocol. The amount of compensation for those who make a claim will be determined by the IVCP administrators.  All victims – no matter when the abuse occurred – are eligible to participate, and all matters will be handled confidentially. 

Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor can begin the process of utilizing the program by going to www.njdiocesesivcp.com and reviewing the Protocol for submitting a claim.


Please hold in prayer Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the nations’ Catholic bishops, who are gathered for 2019 Spring General Assembly in Baltimore, June 11-14.

The bishops will discuss and vote on accountability measures in response to the abuse crisis, as well as hear reports on the continued progress being made to ensure accountability and healing.  The bishops will also discuss and vote on other key items of discussion, which you can read about here.

Public sessions of the assembly will be broadcasted via livestream at www.usccb.org/live. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media can use the hashtag #USCCB19 and follow along on the USCCB Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles.

Check back with TrentonMonitor.com for ongoing news coverage from this assembly.


A new video promoting Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton highlights the multi-faceted, faith-based learning experience in communities across the Diocese. The video launched in mid-June as a paid advertisement on cable television stations, and across Church-led digital and social media platforms.

The video offers a glimpse of the many ways that Catholic schools inspire learning and integrity in today’s students in order to form exceptional citizens of tomorrow. Sequences include students engaged in science and technology projects, performing acts of service, excelling in athletics and exercising their faith throughout the course of their daily activities.

The video, which was produced by the Diocesan Department of Multimedia Production, is presented in several versions; a 30-second commercial version and a 60-second extended version as well as a Spanish version of each. To learn more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton, visit www.ThinkCatholic.org and to find out about this video can be used in your community, contact Rose Kimball, Associate Director of Multimedia Production at (609) 406-7405 or rkimba@dioceseoftrenton.org.

You can view the 60-second version of this new video by clicking the play button below:

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