Bishop releases priest appointments; New schools superintendent named

Bishop releases priest appointments; New schools superintendent named

Videos available from Mass for all workers, reconsecration to Blessed Mother 

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., announced May 1 that Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt has been selected  as the Diocese’s new superintendent of Catholic schools.  Dr. Schmidt will fill the position being vacated by JoAnn Tier, who is retiring at the end of June. Tier has served the Department of Catholic Schools for 20 years, 11 of which were as superintendent.

“The Diocese is pleased to welcome Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt as its new superintendent of Catholic schools,” Bishop O’Connell said in a prepared statement. “His extensive background, experience, energy and enthusiasm for Catholic education will be a wonderful addition to our schools in the four counties of the Diocese.”

Dr. Schmidt is a product of Catholic education and currently teaches organizational leadership as an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

He is coming to the Diocese of Trenton after serving as associate superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He previously served as the senior director of Catholic education in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio; as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., and was the associate superintendent of Catholic education in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.

Read more about Dr. Schmidt here.

The list of new priest assignments was released May 1.  The list includes retirements; episcopal vicar, pastor and parochial vicar changes, and special assignments. All assignments are effective July 1, 2020.  To view the list, click here.

May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, was a special day of prayer in the Diocese of Trenton, as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated a Mass for all workers, followed by a co-national prayer service to reconsecrate the United States Canada to the Blessed Mother.  

Bishop O’Connell celebrated a noon Mass that was livestreamed from the chapel in St. Joseph Church, Toms River, during which he prayed for all workers in this time of pandemic – those who are working, unemployed and looking for work and retired. 

To read Bishop O’Connell’s homily, click here.

The Bishop also led a prayer service in concert with his brother bishops throughout the United States and Canada to reconsecrate those nations to the care of protection of the Blessed Mother.  The prayer service took place in Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Bordentown and was conducted in both English and Spanish. 

Bishop O’Connell’s reflection on the reconsecration is available here.

To view the archived videos of the Mass and prayer service, go to

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