Month: June 2021

U.S. Bishops gather virtually for Spring Assembly • Seminarians take part in annual retreat • Faithful asked to participate in Religious Freedom Week

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will take part in the 2021 Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is being held virtually from June 16-18. Among the topics under consideration are whether the Bishops should draft a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the[…]

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[…]