Rayanne Bennett, associate publisher of The Monitor, has announced that major changes are in store for The Monitor and two students in the Diocese of Trenton are named as winners in the 2018-2019 National Christmas Artwork Contest sponsored by The Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Missionary Childhood Association.

The Monitor announces new publishing format; Two diocesan students win national art awards

Rayanne Bennett, associate publisher of The Monitor, has announced that major changes are in store for The Monitor and two students in the Diocese of Trenton are named as winners in the 2018-2019 National Christmas Artwork Contest sponsored by The Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Missionary Childhood Association.

Rayanne Bennett, associate publisher of The Monitor, has announced that major changes are in store for The Monitor’s publishing format this fall, including the transition from a newspaper to a monthly magazine, an expanded publishing schedule on the website and a partnership with parishes and to share Monitor news briefs locally. 

Bennett wrote, “In the 65 years that the Diocese of Trenton has published The Monitor newspaper, there have been many variations and adaptations to accommodate the prevailing needs of the day. It is in the spirit of maintaining a fresh, relevant and accessible format through which to deliver our work that I am announcing what is likely to be the most significant change to date for The Monitor.”

She explained that this new publishing and distribution model will be built on three key elements:

  • The Monitor newspaper will transition to a magazine, which will be published monthly, with two additional issues (one in June and one in July for GRADUATION and RELIGIOUS ANNIVERSARIES respectively).  THE MONITOR MAGAZINE will carry in-depth and theme-oriented content, with the primary focus on our parishes, our schools and our people.
  • An Expanded Digital Presence via a REDESIGNED website, TrentonMonitor.com, along with Facebook and Twitter.  The plan calls for a robust posting schedule of real-time news and feature coverage to keep our readers up-to-date and informed.
  • Weekly or frequent sharing of Monitor news, in brief, through parish bulletins, websites and social media.

“With the launch of this magazine, and the expanded digital content, we have a format to offer the members of our community that is more in keeping with the way they now consume news,” Bennett said.

According to the announcement, the last newspaper version of The Monitor will publish Sept. 5, and the first issue of THE MONITOR MAGAZINE will print in the first week of October.  A parish launch is planned for the first weekend of October, when parishioners will have an opportunity to see the magazine and consider subscribing.

You can find out more details about this transition by reading this announcement in full on TrentonMonitor.com.


The Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Missionary Childhood Association named two students in the Diocese of Trenton as winners in the 2018-2019 National Christmas Artwork Contest sponsored by the two mission groups.

Angelina Ramos of Pope John Paul II Regional School, Willingboro, and Juliann Dietrich of St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, both depicted colorful yet prayerful scenes of the Holy Family in their artwork, which will be on display during the 2019 Advent and Christmas seasons in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington.

Ramos and Dietrich, who are among 24 winners named, said they are looking forward to Dec. 6, when they will visit the Shrine for the first time. There, they will attend Mass and a luncheon with the other contest winners and receive a plaque honoring their artistic achievements. In addition, all winning artwork will be available as shareable digital greetings beginning the first week of Advent.

To see the student’s artwork and read more about this story, click here.


The Diocese of Trenton will join with dioceses across the nation to take up the annual Peter’s Pence Collection at all Masses the weekend of June 29-30. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis’ charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world. The proceeds benefit people on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. 

The Peter’s Pence Collection derives its name from an ancient custom dating from ninth-century England during which King Alfred the Great collected money, a “pence,” from landowners as financial support for the Pope. Today, the Peter’s Pence Collection gives the Holy Father the means to provide emergency assistance to those in need due to natural disaster, war, oppression and disease.

More information about the collection can be found at usccb.org/ppc, or in this article on TrentonMonitor.com.

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