The annual Back to School Supplement is here and is chock full of information about the coming school year – from new school leaders, priorities and trends, to highlights of the ways that Diocese’s Catholic schools are preparing for an extraordinary and fulfilling year.

Annual Back to School Supplement printed, new format for Diaconate Formation Program

The annual Back to School Supplement is here and is chock full of information about the coming school year – from new school leaders, priorities and trends, to highlights of the ways that Diocese’s Catholic schools are preparing for an extraordinary and fulfilling year.

“As we welcome a new school year, a renewed commitment is made each day by administrators and teachers alike to provide an educational environment that will guide students who will be tomorrow’s leaders,” writes JoAnn Tier, Superintendent of Catholic schools, in her message for the annual Back to School supplement from The Monitor. You can read her message in full, here.

This annual special edition aims to help readers manage the transition back into the school year. This year’s supplement chock full of information about the coming school year – from new school leaders, priorities and trends, to highlights of the ways that Diocese’s Catholic schools are preparing for an extraordinary and fulfilling year.

Readers can also look forward to the following messages and articles:

Stay up to date with the latest news about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton by visiting www.CatholicSchoolsHaveItAll.org.

The Aug. 22 print edition has been mailed to subscribers, and the e-edition is available now at www.TrentonMonitor.com.


Beginning with incoming classes starting Aug. 26, the Diocese of Trenton’s Permanent Diaconate Formation Program’s core academic courses will be provided by Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology.

Professors from the South Orange university will travel to the Chancery in Lawrenceville to instruct permanent diaconate candidates in foundational academic classes two evenings a week. The program, taught on the graduate level, will allow candidates who qualify to earn a master of art degree in theology. Each candidate who successfully completes the course requirements will also receive a certificate in diaconal studies.

“We are following the format of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States,” which was set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Deacon Michael Riley, associate director of the Office of Clergy.

Moving forward, the recruitment, selection and acceptance of candidates for the five-year program will be done every other year. The next Diaconate Information Session, which begins the selection process, will be in September 2020.

To read more about this change in the Diocese of Trenton Diaconate Formation Program, read this article from The Monitor. For more information about the Diaconate Formation Program, please review the basic criteria and articles at dioceseoftrenton.org/deacon-formation, or contact Deacon Riley, 609-403-7134, mriley@dioceseoftrenton.org.

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