Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced Nov. 8 that a nationwide search for a new diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools is underway. The new superintendent will succeed JoAnn Tier, who will retire June 30.
“She has done an outstanding job overseeing our Catholic schools and their programs for many years,” Bishop O’Connell said of Tier. “Finding her replacement will be no easy task.”
“I have appointed a diocesan-wide search committee, chaired by Ms. Mary Liz Ivins, former longtime principal and president of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, and have retained the services of Carney Sandoe, a search firm based in Boston to assist in this important process,” said Bishop O’Connell.
In addition to Tier’s retirement, Dr. Margaret Boland has also announced her intention to retire from her full-time position as associate superintendent in the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools in June. Prior to that, Dr. Boland will serve in a part-time role beginning Jan. 1.
You can read more about Tier and Boland’s tenure in the Diocese here.
Twenty-fourretired priests of the Diocese of Trenton gathered in Spring Lake with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Nov. 7 in St. Catharine Church and later in the Breakers Hotel, as the Bishop celebrated their years of ministry with Mass followed by a convivial meal.
In his homily, Bishop O’Connell thanked his brother priests for their years of devotion to the Church; to the parishes and schools they served as well as the charitable institutions, social service agencies and worthy causes they devoted time to over the years.
Throughout the day, Bishop O’Connell noted the ongoing service the retired priests continue to contribute. “You men give so much, we are grateful for all that you do,” he said.
To read more about this first-time event honoring our retired priests, click here.
Please hold in prayer the repose of the soul of Msgr. James Joseph McGovern, a retired priest of the Diocese who died Nov. 2 in Florida. He was 87.
A viewing will be held in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 42 West Main St., Moorestown, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 with the Mass of Christian Burial starting at 10:30 a.m. Msgr. McGovern had served as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, from 1981 until he retired from active ministry in 2004.
Memorial contributions may be made to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fla., 33073 (foodforthepoor.org) or to the Missionaries of the Poor, P.O.Box 8525, Kingston, Jamaica, WI (missionariesofthepoor.org).
The Diocesan Chancery in Lawrenceville will be closed, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Chancery will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.