Arthur J. O’Connell, eldest brother of Bishop O’Connell, dies at age 73

Arthur J. O’Connell, Jr., 73, brother of Most Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton, and Daniel O’Connell, Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction in the Diocese of Trenton’s Department of Catholic Schools, died April 24.  He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen; his children and their spouses: Sean (Meagan), Ryan[…]


Bishop O’Connell’s birthday • Feast of Ascension • Catholic Home Missions Appeal

We invite our Facebook community to share their best wishes and prayers for our shepherd, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who celebrates his birthday today! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The celebration of the Solemn Feast of the Ascension of the Lord has been transferred by the bishops of New Jersey from Thursday, May 13 to Sunday, May 16,[…]

You Are Witnesses

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., reflects on St. Luke’s story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and the risen Lord’s appearance to the Apostles soon after, encouraging the faithful to “Be his witnesses” as well. I do not consider myself to be a Scripture “scholar” but, rather, a Scripture “reader.”  I do enjoy[…]


Abuse lawsuit filed against Diocese; clergy appointment announced

A civil lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Trenton alleging the sexual abuse of a minor in 1989-90 by Rev. Joseph Farrell, currently pastor of St. Isidore the Farmer Parish, New Egypt. The abuse was alleged to have taken place during Father Farrell’s ministry in Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish in Atlantic[…]




Chrism Mass livestream • In the April issue of the Monitor Magazine

MASS OF CHRISM • MARCH 29: Bishop O’Connell and priests of the Diocese will gather for the annual Chrism Mass at 7:30 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. The Chrism Mass reflects the communion of the priests with their bishop. During this Mass, all of the priests of the Diocese who are gathered publicly renew their[…]