Year: 2021

Father Rjoy Ballacillo ordained to the priesthood • A note of thanks

New priest ordained for Diocese; Bishop posts note of thanks to well-wishers for their prayers In a poignant and emotional ceremony, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., ordained Father Rjoy Ballacillo to the priesthood June 5 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.  Before an assembly of communicants in the Cathedral and hundreds of loved[…]

With joyful hearts, we return • Clergy appointments

A message from Bishop O’Connell. This weekend, when the Catholic Church in our Diocese celebrates the Solemn Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, seems like the perfect occasion to welcome all the faithful of the four counties to return to full participation in the Holy Eucharist by lifting the dispensation from[…]

Bishop O’Connell radio show • Priest Ordination • Updated COVID protocols

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Father Jason Parzynski, diocesan director of vocations, and two seminarians who are preparing for the priesthood for the Diocese were at the Domestic Church Radio studio in Ewing June 3 to record a special program, “On Discerning a Vocation.” The radio program, during which Bishop O’Connell and Father Parzynski interview[…]

Bishop O’Connell released from hospital

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was discharged from the hospital June 1 and expressed gratitude for the thoughts and prayers from the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese. The Bishop was hospitalized May 28 after multiple blood clots were found.  He will begin a lengthy regimen of medication at home for ongoing treatment of[…]

A notice from the Diocese on Bishop O’Connell

The Diocese of Trenton issued this update May 31 on the status of Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.: The Bishop is expected to be discharged from the hospital within a few days and will return home to begin a lengthy regimen of medication for the ongoing treatment of his medical condition. He is in good[…]

Bishop O’Connell hospitalized

Diocesan officials advised yesterday that Bishop David M. O’Connell C.M., has been hospitalized with multiple blood clots.Prayers are requested for a full and speedy recovery. 

Priest Ordination set for June 5 • Discernment BBQ

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will ordain Rev. Mr. RJoy Ballacillo to the diocesan priesthood June 5, beginning at 10 a.m., in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.  A native of the Philippines, Rev. Mr. Ballacillo was inspired by his older brothers who were pursuing the priesthood and a family that supported him. He[…]

Diocese announces changes in COVID protocols • Letter thanks parents, Catholic school educators, issues instructions for fall • Clergy Appointment

On May 26, the Diocese of Trenton announced a set of protocol changes as the faithful are encouraged to return to in-church Masses. The revisions follow: REVISIONS OF CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS The Bishops of New Jersey have ended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation effective June 5-6,[…]

Marie Terese Tobin, mother of Cardinal Tobin, dies

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared the sad news that Marie Terese (Kerwin) Tobin, the mother of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., of Newark, passed away May 23.  Bishop O’Connell asks the faithful of the Diocese of Trenton to remember Mrs. Tobin and the Cardinal’s family in their prayers.  To view Mrs. Tobin’s obituary and[…]

Bishop O’Connell celebrates mass for the Feast of St. Rita

For 114 consecutive years, thousands of faithful have traveled to South Philadelphia over the course of nine days, from May 13 and May 21, to participate in the various novena services leading up to the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia.  This year, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was among the faithful who made a[…]