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MONITOR’S ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO

Clergy & Religious Anniversaries & Retirements


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ral ministry and prison ministry, to name but a few. It is impossible to list all of the many ways that these individuals nurture our spiritual growth, comfort us in times of need and companion us on our journeys. Last February, in his homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the 23rd World Day for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis said, “Consecrated life consists in this prophetic vision in the Church: it is a gaze that sees God present in the world, even if many do not notice him; it is a voice that says: ‘God is enough, the rest passes away.’” Consecrated life is “a living encounter with the Lord in his people,” the Holy Father said. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., himself a Vincentian priest, remembered in a special way men and women religious who continue to serve God in their later years. In his message for World Day for Consecrated Life in 2018, the Bishop said of our aged sisters and brothers, “their inner voices are not silent.  Their prayers continue.  Their charisms and vowed consecration remain as signs of witness, of service, of holiness, of grace. Their numbers are less but their faith and hope and love are aspirations for eternity to, in Pope Francis’ words, ‘wake up the world.’” The Monitor joins our diocesan family in honoring the many priests, deacons and religious who are recognized in this tribute, especially those who have spent lifetimes giving witness to the Gospel and leading us into a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior. Rayanne Bennett Associate Publisher

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t seems to be earlier every year that we begin to receive inquiries from our parishes about the annual Lives of Faith issue. Parish staff want to know when the special edition will be published, how they get information to us, and how they can congratulate the clergy and religious in their communities who are marking notable anniversaries. S The Monitor has published its Religious U IO Anniversaries issue for more than a decade, G LI RE and the interest in this special tribute grows every year. It is a clear reflection of the high regard that parishioners have for the priests, deacons and religious women and men who serve in their communities. Whether their S U local clergy are marking 25 or 50 years and IO G I are highlighted in full-length feature stories, L RE or are simply included in a listing for 15 or 20 years, parishioners value the recognition extended to those who give so much of themselves to others, in service to Christ. SThe connectedness that people have U with the ordained and consecrated minisIO G LI ters in their parishes embodies a message E R recently conveyed by Pope Francis at the 2019 Chrism Mass. Addressing the priests gathered, the Holy Father said that just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must S U priests always be in the midst of God’s peoIO G I L ple, “pouring ourselves out” for them. RE Being with the people “is the most beautiful place” the Pope said. That same call to be among the peopleS they serve extends to deacons and the U men and women in consecrated life who IO IG L E have worked in this Diocese in the areas of R health care, child care, education, pasto-

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Jubilarians celebrate decades of service in the Diocese of Trenton 50, 70 and 75 years of ministry. The jubilarians, who together represent 1,720 years of ministry performed in 24 dioceses across the United States, include nine sisters who had served in the Diocese of Trenton in the areas of education, child care and health care. Pictured during this June celebration in Aston, Pa., are five of the nine sisters who served in the Diocese: from left, Srs. Justina Marie Miller, Helen Ann Gaidos, Margaret Mary Lewis, Agnes Borkowski and Eleanor Horneman. More on these jubilarians appears below:

75th Anniversary Franciscan Sister Agnes BONNER, formerly Sister Catherine Michael, served in the Diocese of Trenton as a teacher in Blessed Sacrament School, Trenton, and was head of the science department in St. Anthony High School, Hamilton, which has since become Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton.

70th Anniversary Franciscan Sister Agnes BORKOWSKI, previously known as Sister Walter Josephine, had an affiliation with the Trenton Diocese through her work as department head of St. Michael’s Children’s Home in Hopewell, a diocesan facility that provided care for dependent children. Franciscan Sister Aletta Dorothy DONAHUE, formerly Sister Charles Francis, taught in St. Raphael School, Hamilton, and won several awards in recognition of her excellence as a

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teacher, including an award for dedicated service to Catholic education and Outstanding Catholic for the Year by the Diocese of Trenton. Franciscan Sister Helen Ann GAIDOS, formerly Sister John Andre, served as a radiologic technologist and director of the radiology technology

program in St. Francis Hospital, Trenton. She later served as assistant professor and director of the radiological technology program at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor. Franciscan Sister Mary Louise HEINLE, formerly Sister Kathleen Joseph, served in the ministry of education as a teacher in St. Anthony High School, Continued on • S4

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Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary M. Francis MichaelS S Finsterbusch was born UIOUin Philadelphia andIO entered GLIGfrom the congregation I LRE Immaculate RE Conception Parish in that city. She professed her final vows June 28, 1969. For the Diocese of Trenton, Sister M. Francis served as an administrative assistant in Incarnation School, Ewing, from 2001 to 2010, then assumed the principal position in the renamed Incarnation-St. James School until 2015. Her current assignment is in St. S Francis de Sales Convent, Philadelphia. SU ry sa er ry iv sa nn iver

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Sister Katherine Francis French, a native of Trenton, attended St. Raphael Parish School and graduated from St. Anthony High School (now Trenton Catholic Academy), Hamilton, in 1966. She entered the S Sisters of Providence U of St. O I in 1969 from St. Raphael Parish, Mary-of-the-Woods G I (now St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton) and EL professedRperpetual vows Sept. 27, 1975. Sister Katherine Francis graduated from Immaculata College for Women in Washington with an

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Christian Brother U Robert Carnaghi wasIO born IGMich., in 1930 in Detroit, L and entered the RE Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1949. Brother Robert earned his bachelor’s

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S degree in English from TheUCatholic University of O America, Washington, and I in later years, he earned a G from Manhattan College, master’s degree in English LI E Bronx, N.Y., and aRbachelor’s degree in biology from Wisconsin University and New York University. At the start of his 70-year vocation, Brother Robert taught at the Good Shepherd School, New York City, and La Salle School, Albany, N.Y. In 1958, Brother Robert began a two-year commitment as a missionary to Kamwenja Teachers Training School in Kenya. Returning to the United States in 1960, Brother Robert served in the Diocese of Trenton as a teacher and as athletic director S in Christian Brothers U Academy, Lincroft. IO Brother Robert’s G career in school administration I began with his appointment in 1969 as associate EL principal of St.RPeter’s High School, Staten Island, N.Y.; and he was later named principal of the all-boys school. From 1978 to 1987, he served as teacher, academic dean, principal and president of Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, N.Y. Brother Robert returned to his native Detroit in 1987 as a teacher and guidance counselor at De La Salle Collegiate, Warren, Mich., which is a suburb of Detroit. A year later, he served as a missionary in Kingston, Jamaica, S and in the 1989-90 school U year, he was a teacher and counselor at La Salle IO Academy in New York City. After serving onIG the vocation/formation team, EL in the New York District of the and as auxiliaryRvisitor Brothers of the Christian Schools, Brother Robert returned to De La Salle Collegiate in Detroit in 2002 to become school president. Brother Robert is president emeritus at De La Salle Collegiate and resides in the Brothers’ community there.

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earned a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y., in 1973, and in 1975, he earned a master’s degree from Princeton University. S In 1981, Brother Henry U earned his doctorate in IO G physics from Princeton I University. EL R Brother Henry began his teaching career in 1978 in Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. In 1981, Brother Henry became a professor in Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y. Brother Henry taught at Manhattan College until 2003, when he chose to serve on the faculty at Bethlehem University in the West Bank. Between 2003 and 2011, Brother Henry alternated his time between Manhattan College and Bethlehem University, finally returning to S teach in Bethlehem U University from 2011 to 2018. IO In 2018, Brother G Henry’s 40-year vocation came I full circle when EL he returned to his roots to teach physics in RChristian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, where he currently resides.

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associate’s degree in 1968, and from St. Mary-ofthe-Woods College, Ind., with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1971. She also earned a master’s degree in religious education from St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University in Rome, as Swell as her LPN from U in Middletown, Conn. Vinal Regional Vocational Tech O I During her 50 years G as a religious, she served LI teacher in Washington as a Catholic high Eschool R director of religious education and Massachusetts; programs in Virginia and Connecticut; a licensed practical nurse in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Indiana, and a pastoral associate/director of faith formation in North Carolina. Sister Katherine Francis currently ministers as a freelance adult faith formation educator in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C.

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DuringI aE recent visit, retired Temple University Professor P RLucy Bregman, a colleague and friend, brought Father Sloyan a box of chocolates, which he called his one “character weakness.” Describing her friend and mentor as “a moral leader as well as an academic and administrator in our department,” Bregman said she often used his advice with her own students. “Some of the advice Father Sloyan gave was so thoughtful and so good,” she recalled, especially informing graduate students not to compare themselves or focus on others as that would result in their own unhappiness. T Sconsiders Bregman Father Sloyan her oldest friend I E and length of time she has known him. – both inR age P See Father Sloyan • S7

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Scripture, and loves T the Gospel,” said Father Stephen P. S Wyble, parochial vicar in Our Lady of Mercy Parish and I E at the weekly Mass for the past two years. main celebrant P R true to his priestly identity, never missing an “In staying opportunity to participate, concelebrating for as long as he can, Father Sloyan is inspiring to me in his priesthood,” noted Father Wyble. Additionally, Father Sloyan is a wonderful singer and loves the Sign of Peace when he goes around the room greeting everyone. “He’s very enthusiastic about his priesthood and about Scripture in particular,” added Father Wyble, noting his concelebrant is “enthusiastic over his love for the Word T of God.” S That enthusiasm led Father Sloyan to a lifetime of IE teaching primarily at The Catholic University of America, P R from 1956 to 1967, where he also served as Washington, head of the graduate department of religious education and in the religion department at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he served from 1967 to 1990, including time as chair. Following his mandatory retirement from Temple, Father Sloyan returned to the classroom and lecturing for another 20 years as an adjunct professor at various institutions including CUA and Georgetown University, also in Washington. “I offer myTheartiest congratulations and prayerful S best wishes I Eto our priest, Father Gerard S. Sloyan, on the occasion P R of the 75th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood for our Diocese,” said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who formerly served as CUA president. “He is also celebrating his 100th birthday this year. These are two rare milestones for any priest, and the Diocese of Trenton is blessed to share them both with Father Sloyan. Ad multos annos!” th

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Tim Ryan and his family offer their Anniversary congratulations and God’s abundant blessings to Fr. Ed Blanchett, Visitation, Brick Msgr. Ken Tuzeneu, St. Mary, Barnegat Fr. Nestor Chavenia, St. Mary, Barnegat Fr. Stanley Lukaszewski, St. Barnabas, Bayville Fr. Richard Basznianin, St. Pius X, Forked River Fr. Pedro Bou, S.V.D., St. Anthony Claret, Lakewood and St. Mary of the Lake, Lakewood Fr. Jerome Guld, St. Joseph, Toms River, now administrator of St. Katharine Drexel, Burlington Fr. G. Scott Shaffer, St. Joseph, Toms River

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Msgr. Cullen was born in 1944 in Cork City, Ireland, to James and May Cullen. His mother was a devoted wife and stay-at-home mom to three children, Harold, Mary and Brendan. His father was a noted journalist and editor of the Irish Examiner. Raised in a devout Catholic home and educated in Catholic schools, Msgr. Cullen said it was natural for him to grow up with an interest in entering the priesthood. “I grew up in the 40s and 50s in Ireland. Everyone went to church,” he said. “It was an important part of life.” Though he had considered becoming a doctor, his cousin, a Redemptorist priest, “influenced me to join the order when I was 18.” When he entered, the novitiate of the order founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori was still in a different phase, he said. “But all that changed with the Second Vatican Council.” “All of the religious orders underwent an ‘aggiornamento,’ or ‘bringing up to date,’ which the Redemptorists faced into in a very courageous way. I was part of that,” Msgr. Cullen said. “I feel I’ve lived through one of the most dramatic times and the most change since the Council of Trent,” in 1545, he said. “In the past 50 years, the Church has changed so dramatically.” After completing his studies for the priesthood in Cluain Mhuire Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Galway by Bishop Michael Browne on Sept. 15, 1968. The first years of his priesthood were spent in Ireland serving in parish mission and retreat work. “If I had any aspiration, it was to go to Brazil as a missionary … but God had other designs,” he said. Sent as a chaplain to an inner-city girls’ high school in Dublin, he worked with troubled young people. The See Msgr. Cullen • S9


Msgr. Cullen thankful for parish community Continued on • S9 appointment served as a catalyst for moving to the United States to study psychology in Ohio’s Xavier University and later, Temple University, Philadelphia. While studying, he worked in school settings as a psychologist and also became a licensed psychologist. With the approval of his provincial superior in Ireland, Msgr. Cullen remained in the United States after graduating from Temple and began to discern becoming a parish priest. Transferred to the Diocese of Camden, he served in St. Patrick Parish, Woodbury, and St. Anthony (now St. Mary of Mount Carmel) Parish, Hammonton, before coming to the Trenton Diocese in 1982, where he served in St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, as a parochial vicar with Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu, the pastor he considers a role model and mentor. Incardinated a priest of the Trenton Diocese in 2006, he was named pastor of St. Jerome Parish, West Long Branch, in 2005, which he shepherded for nine years including four as pastor of neighboring St. Mary, Deal, until being assigned to St. Catharine-St. Margaret. FOND FAREWELL

In his farewell comments on June 30, Msgr. Cullen spoke joyfully of the way his active ministry was concluding. The years in Spring Lake, capped with the honor of being named a monsignor, were unexpected and extraordinary, he said. “I feel very positive and peaceful and in a wonderful place,” he said “The number one thing I’m proud of about my five years here is St. Catharine School becoming a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.” The many different parish ministries – 31 to date – are another source

of pride. The music ministry, he noted, has grown incrementally with a classical program and contemporary youth choir that appeals to all ages. “I always thought that Spring Lake and St. Catharine’s were a natural center for really good music and arts in general.” Of all the gifts of his priesthood, he said, being involved in parish life was the greatest gift of all. “What I like about being a diocesan priest is that you become a part of a community and you set roots down,” he said. “What I’ll miss most are the people – warm, embracing and comfortable – in each of the parishes I’ve served.”

The parish community of

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and Deacons who are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, especially: Father John. K. Butler & Father Mark Nillo, 5 years Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu, 40 years Msgr. Harold Cullen, 50 years and retirement

God’s abundant blessings on you always.

Congratulations Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni for 35 years & Deacon Rolf Friedmann for 15 years of service to your grateful community. May God bless you holy men of God for your unfailing dedication to the Parish Family of St. Robert Bellarmine.

The Parish Family of The Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine 61 Georgia Road - Freehold, New Jersey

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When the Mass of Thanksgiving for his years of priestly ministry was celebrated June 23 in Precious Blood Church, hundreds turned out in an “outpouring of warmth and affection.” “It was packed,” Father Kaeding said. “The music was beautiful.” Looking back now, this long priestly ministry was nothing he would have expected growing up. The son of William and Elizabeth Kaeding, he was born in Plainfield and went to St. Joseph School, North Plainfield, where he was taught by the Sisters of Mercy. He had the opportunity to attend a Catholic high school but opted instead for North Plainfield High School.

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“The experience did broaden my horizons,” Father Kaeding said, adding that he encountered fellow students, parents and teachers of all backgrounds, which “affected my life choices in many ways.” He attended Seton Hall University, South Orange, and Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., earning both a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a graduate degree in French literature. When he felt called to the priesthood, he thought for a time about entering the Paulist Fathers, a missionary order. “But I look back and see the way God works. I realized that as a Paulist, I could be posted anywhere in the world, and I wanted to be close to home,” Father Kaeding said. He prepared for the priesthood in St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, Pa., and was ordained a priest May 26, 1973, in Trenton’s St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral by Bishop George W. Ahr. In the years that followed, with one brief break, he served on the faculty of St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, as chaplain until 1982, when he took a sabbatical leave for advanced studies in the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkley, Calif. In January 1983, Father Kaeding was assigned as parochial vicar in St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, then served in St. Veronica Parish, Howell. In 1984, he was appointed pastor of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, where he also served as a chaplain in the Monmouth Detention Center, Freehold. In 1987, he was assigned to a three-year term as director of the newly established diocesan Office of Parish Life. In St. Anselm from 1984 to 2004, he came to know the community that steadily grew from 200 families to more than 2,000. As its population grew, the emphasis on social ministry, under its founding pastor, Father Joseph Miele, and then Father Kaeding, also grew. Interfaith Neighbors, which served the homeless, and the Stephen Ministry, serving community members in need, were among the initial programs. He presided over a major expansion of facilities and community outreach, and a pledge of five percent of parish income became dedicated to needs outside the community. MEETING A NEED

In the early ’90s, friends who worked at the AIDS clinic in Neptune’s Jersey Shore Medical Center reached out to see if the parish might be of help to the growing number of those affected with HIV/AIDS, Father Kaeding said. See Father Kaeding • S11

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The parish responded, posting a welcome sign and hosting an information session by Laura Lee Kent-Smith, a noted advocate of helping those with HIV/AIDS. “About 50 to 60 people came just to see what we could do. Housing was a real critical need back then,” said Father Kaeding. “Everyone knew someone who was dealing with AIDS in some way. In some ways, this was an interfaith effort.” That first step would eventually lead Father Kaeding and his volunteers to founding The Center in Asbury Park. Originally located on Mattison Ave., the organization purchased property on Third Ave. that enabled the nonprofit to expand its facilities, including 25 long-term housing units, dining area, meeting rooms, an emergency food pantry, referral services and education. By 2004, Father Kaeding sought and received permission to resign as pastor of St. Anselm Parish to accept the position of fulltime executive director of The Center, which he held while returning to parish ministry in 2011 as pastor of Precious Blood Parish. There, he would shepherd the parish through a period of growth, which would see the parish grow to 1,182 families and nearly 400 religious education students by the time the community celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016. Before reaching that milestone, he had set about building an infrastructure of social concerns ministries as he had in St. Anselm. “It was a wonderful experience,” he said. “The people were so responsive … from food drives to help with housing the homeless, to spirituality groups.”

The effort would stand the Monmouth Beach community in good stead when Superstorm Sandy riled the coastline in 2012. Though the church was not badly damaged when Sandy struck, a number of people were left homeless, Father Kaeding said. “People responded, people were all over the street offering help,” he said. “It was so amazing.” It was, he said, one more indication of what he has found all throughout the years of his priesthood – that people are hungry to put their faith into action. “When asked, they respond so beautifully,” he said. “They know that it’s about a lot more than just going to church on Sunday.”

•Congratulations• on the

Deacon John Isaac 5 Years

Anniversary of your Ordination to the Diaconate!

Deacon John DILIssIo 10 Years

Church of St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square Rev. Michael McClane, Pastor

The Parishioners and Staff of Sacred Heart, Riverton

Congratulate our Clergy for their Dedicated Ministry to the Lord And to God’s People

Fr. Roberto (Tito) Ignacio ~ 45years. Fr. Charles Schwartz ~ 20 years Deacon Joseph Donadieu ~35 years Deacon Michael Stinsman - 15 years

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tices and the newness of the post-Vatican II years, which seemed radical in comparison. “I didn’t know who I was as a Catholic. Everything was so different,” he said, noting that he was in Da Nang, Vietnam – “of all places” – when he attended his first Mass in the vernacular and the altar was turned around and the priest faced the people. LEARNING CURVE

Father Lambeth returned home in 1972, a time when public opinion was riding high against the war. Like fellow servicemen, he dealt with the hostility by turning inward and not talking about all he experienced. After Vietnam, he went to work in new-store construction management for Neiman Marcus in Dallas and later for Lane Bryant in New York City, where he excelled and enjoyed accumulating wealth and the best of material goods. His military experience, meanwhile, was taking an emotional toll as he became increasingly dependent on alcohol and drugs to which he eventually needed to address with professional therapy. To this day, Father Lambeth is forthright when talking about the lifelong impact in dealing with addictions. “I am a recovering alcoholic and substance abuser,” he says with fervent honesty. In the midst of being treated for his addictions and maintaining his career, Father Lambeth realized that he missed practicing his faith and having God in his life. To help him discern his feelings, he began meeting regularly with Father John Muthig, a priest acquaintance from the Diocese of Trenton. After three years, Father Lambeth clearly remembers the day and his reaction when Father Muthig revisited the idea of his becoming a priest. “I was stunned,” he said. “After everything I had been through … my lifestyle … my addictions … I could no longer see myself becoming a priest. I didn’t feel worthy. I couldn’t see how I would be accepted for the priesthood,” Father Lambeth said. For every doubt he expressed, Father Muthig counteracted with assurance of his worthiness to be a priest. MOVING FORWARD

In 1987 at age 41, Father Lambeth began his service to the Church of Trenton. He traded in his plush lifestyle, designer business suits and home, for clerics and a regimented way of life and study in St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor’s degree See Father Lambeth • S13


Father Lambeth happy to continue assisting after retirement, 25 years Continued from • S12 in theology in 1989 and a master’s degree in 1993. Following his priestly ordination, he was parochial vicar in St. Catharine-St. Margaret, Spring Lake, and Epiphany, Brick, and pastor of Sacred Heart, Trenton, and Sts. Peter and Paul, Trenton, now part of Sacred Heart Parish. Since 2008, he was administrator and then pastor of St. Theresa, Little Egg Harbor, where he remained until his retirement. He also held diocesan appointments, including serving on the building commission; council of priests, and for eight years as director of vocations. In retirement, Father Lambeth continues to reside in the Diocese, living in a private residence near St. Theresa Parish. He is happy to remain a presence in St. Theresa Parish and help Father John Large, the new administrator, with celebrating Masses. “The parishioners have embraced me, and I am happy that I will still have an opportunity to be with them,” he said. Hobbies he enjoys and plans to pursue in retirement include photography, writing and woodwork, working out at the gym and playing tennis. “My priesthood has been a gift from God,” Father Lambeth said. “I have had a great experience in the Diocese of Trenton and being with people who love God. I’ve enjoyed being a part of that.”

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Father McDonnell was born in 1944 in Orange, one of three children of Irish immigrants, Patrick and Margaret. The Dominican Sisters of Caldwell who taught in his Catholic school, the clergy and the “sense of mystery in the sanctuary” he experienced led him to the priesthood. The future Father McDonnell received his theological formation in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, and earned a master’s degree in education in St. John University, Queens, N.Y. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Paterson by Bishop Lawrence Casey May 5, 1973, and then served 13 years as parochial vicar in St. Paul Parish, Prospect Park, and St. Theresa Parish, Succasunna. The next chapter of his life was filled with the desire to minister to the Hispanic community on the Texas-Mexico border, prompted by his reading about the work of Bishop John Fitzpatrick, an early bishop of the border diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Father McDonnell, inspired to help, learned the Spanish language in Mexico and began work with the Hispanic population in four Texas parishes. “It was a rougher environment, but meaningful work,”

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he remembered. “They were in dire need. I found myself learning about the culture of the people.” Father McDonnell returned to New Jersey and arrived in the Diocese of Trenton in 1997, serving as parochial vicar in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Mercerville, (now part of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Father Patrick J. Hamilton) and St. Mary of the McDonnell Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He also assumed the temporary administrator role in St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown, and St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown. Father McDonnell was incardinated in the Diocese of Trenton in 2001 and was appointed to St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, that year. “The Spanish I had learned was beneficial there,” he said. “We welcomed the new culture, made people feel like this is their place.” MEETING GOALS

A large capital campaign was launched to fund a 4,500-square-foot annex, a new heating and cooling system, refurbished pews, a baptistery and renovated sacristy and other improvements. Explaining how he met, then surpassed, the goal, Father McDonnell said, “The people are there, but they have to be invited to help. Maybe they help at just one event, but it is one that is important to them. “They like to know you are sincere, you are who you say you are, authentic,” he continued. “Someone told me a long time ago, ‘Love the people and let them love you.’” His decision to retire marked perhaps the penultimate chapter of his 46 years of priestly service. Father McDonnell explained, “I spent 19 years at St. Anthony’s, a time during which we were able to transform the church into a modern yet worshipping place as well as transform the community of faith. I think I was able to make a difference. You know when you’re done, and when it’s time to turn it over, I was ready.” As a resident of Villa Vianney, the former pastor is ready to begin his retirement – in name only. Though he is barely unpacked from his move, he’s looking ahead to the next chapter of his life. “They say about arthritis that motion is medicine,” he explained. “It is the same for me. You can’t just sit around with the memories. There are about 24 guys in this house, men who are all seasoned pastors who have stories. I want to listen, but not just sit in a rocking chair.”


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Beverly (now part of Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Beverly), and St. Paul Parish, Princeton. He also served as a member of the diocesan Liturgical Commission, of the Council of Priests, and as a member of the diocesan social concerns committee, the latter of which explored “racial justice, immigration and other societal topics,” he recalled. In 1980, he became aware of a position open in the Newman Catholic Center at the University of California at Davis. His brother, James, an associate dean at UC Davis Medical School, urged him to apply. He was selected for the position thanks in part to two excellent references from Trenton. “Bishop Francis Quinn of the Sacramento Diocese told me, Father Patrick J ‘Bishop Ahr and Bishop [ John C.] Castles Reiss recommended you for the job,” Father Castles said, smiling. “I loved it. The campus had about 18,000 students, and the Newman Center used a converted chapel with the pews taken out and chairs inside. The students did it all: the Readings, the music. We had about 600 students at Mass each weekend.” FAMILY OF BELIEVERS

Upon his return to the Trenton Diocese, Father Castles was named pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, in October 1985. He remained there until 2000, when he assumed the pastorate of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, until his 2013 retirement from active ministry. Among his most rewarding priestly ministries was celebrating First Holy Communions as a parish-wide, inclusive event. “I held [first Communions] at the usual Sunday Masses instead of separately,” Father Castles said. “I wanted to incorporate the children into the greater parish community. We had the children sit with their families in the pews, and when I gave them Communion, the whole family came up to the altar.” Father Castles retired to Wildwood and remains involved with his local parish, Notre Dame de la Mer (Our Lady of the Sea) in that shore community. “I can ride my bike to Assumption Church [worship site],” he said happily. He also encourages men considering the priesthood by serving as a mentor in the Wildwood parish. He had a two-word directive to any man considering life as a priest: pursue it.


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 One of Father Cioffi’s ministries since he has retired has been celebrating Mass for the brothers residing in De La Salle Hall, Lincroft. Here, he greets a few of the brothers. John Batkowski photos

(now part of Christ the King Parish), his mentors – Father Gerald Celentana, pastor, and Father James Cammisa, parochial vicar – both contributed greatly to his growing interest in a priestly vocation, he said. A graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School, he prepared for the priesthood in St. Charles College Seminary, Catonsville, Md., and St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore. He was ordained a priest May 31, 1969, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. As a parochial vicar, he served in St. Joachim Parish, now, along with Immaculate Conception Church, part of the merged parish of Our Lady of the Angels Parish; St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, and St. Mary Parish, South Amboy. During this time, he earned a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., and a second master’s in ecumenics from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1977, he became a faculty member in St. Mary Seminary, Roland Park, Md. Upon returning to the Trenton Diocese in 1981, he was named parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, now part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. During his long tenure there, he also served as temporary administrator before being named pastor in 1989, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2016.

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Along with serving the parish, Father Cioffi was also director of the diocesan Office of Social Concerns, where he helped the faithful in the Diocese focus on critical social issues, among them the struggles for farm workers to gain just wages and working conditions, and inviting people to consider the spiritual needs of the families and individuals of the LGBT community. In an interview with The Monitor when he retired, Father Cioffi spoke of how his years in the Bayshore parish and his work with Office of Social Concerns went hand in hand. Over time, many ministries developed, including an active conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a thriving health ministry and the long-running work of the Parish Haiti Committee to improve life in that struggling nation. He cited his work with the Parish Haiti Committee and participation in the million-plus rally against nuclear weapons in New York’s Central Park while the United Nations held a special session on disarmament as among a long list of highlights of a meaningful life of faith in action.


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Msgr. Nolan finds joy in priesthood, love of stories Continued from • S20 in St. Ann Parish, as well as chaplain of Rider College (now Rider University), both in Lawrenceville. In 1982, he was named an executive board at-large member of the Council of Priests and president of the Priests Senate. He was later reappointed as pro-synodal judge and as defender of the bond of the tribunal. Various additional roles included judge of the tribunal in 1992; appointment to the Board of Seminarian Recruitment for Vocations; chairman of the Continuing Education Committee and director of priest personnel. He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of monsignor by Pope John Paul II in September 1993. Msgr. Nolan also served a five-year term on the diocesan College of Consultors, and on July 1, 2007, was appointed dean of the Northern Mercer Deanery. He continues to serve the Diocese as weekend assistant in parishes. Msgr. Nolan was recognized with the Spirit of St. Francis Award in 2012 by St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, where he served as priest chaplain in retirement, and is a member of the board of trustees.

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There have been difficult days in those 50 years – but I can honestly say, not an unhappy day.” His biggest challenge, he said, was “doing homilies every week … and finding time to get it all in – time to pray, time to reflect on the day – there’s always something to do.” Msgr. Nolan’s love for stories and for people has shaped the way he ministered to and connected with those he served. “The people are the joy, the love and the growth you see,” he explained. “The essence of life … is that you have to know you can love, but also know that you can be loved. When you have both, you realize the fullness of God.”

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At the time of his 2011 retirement, Msgr. Nolan had been pastor of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, for 14 years, overseeing the growth of new outreach ministries, a remodel of the spiritual center and an addition to St. Paul School. The parishioners so fondly remembered his time there, that they and current pastor, Msgr. Joseph Rosie, invited Msgr. Nolan back to the parish for a 50th anniversary celebration June 2. “Why did I become a priest? Because I came to believe the Lord was asking that of me,” he said during the homily of his anniversary Mass. “Fifty years later, I believe that he is still asking that of me … being a priest is like walking with the Lord. The long walk is part of the gift.

Deacon Richard Coscarelli on his Fifth Anniversary as Deacon. Thank you for your dedication to our church community!

May our current and former Priests and Deacons continue to be sustained by His grace and may their lives in His service be sustained by His Joy.

Msgr. Walter Nolan, Pastor Emeritus (1997-2011)

Father Carlo Calisin, Parochial Vicar

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anniversary of his priestly ordination and his retirement from active ministry this year. For Msgr. Cullen’s full article and celebration with Spring Lake’s St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, see page S8. getforky.com getforky.com getforky.com

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Father Chavenia was born in 1957 in Malinao in the province of Albay, Philippines. The fourth of six children of Jose Chavenia, an elementary school principal and his wife, Salud, a teacher, Father Chavenia is one of several family members who dedicated their lives to Catholic ministry, including his youngest brother, José. As a child, he attended school where lessons were taught in both English and the Tagalog language, and he spent free time working with his aunt on a rice farm, which, he said, grounded him with an abiding love of nature. He attended St. Gregory the Great Minor Seminary in Albay, Philippines, for two years before transferring to the nearby Catholic Central School. In 1975, he entered Manuel L. Quezon University, Manila, to major in mechanical engineering. University life was interrupted when protest movements took aim against the government of President Ferdinand Marcos. “The cardinal of Manila encouraged Catholics to speak out against Marcos’ violation of human rights and oppression of the poor,” Father Chavenia said. “Manila grew dangerous. My father demanded I return home for my safety.”

He transferred to Divine Word College, Legazpi, as an accounting/commerce major in 1979. There, he met Father Michael Jordan, vocational director of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Knowing Father Chavenia had attended a minor seminary, Father Jordan invited him to participate in a weekend mission in his church. Eventually, Father Chavenia attended, and the church’s pastor encouraged him to attend a summer vacation camp for prospective seminarians. Father Chavenia spent two months in the camp, where he passed an intensive threeday entrance exam for the seminary. The priests there influenced his ministry, he said. “They saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. In one or two months, my life was changed.” INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Father Chavenia entered Holy Rosary Major Seminary, Naga City, in 1984, undertaking a program in philosophical training. In 1988, he began his theological study at Divine Word Mission Seminary, Tagaytay City. On Jan. 22, 1994, Bishop José C. Sorra of the Diocese of Legazpi ordained Father Chavenia a diocesan priest in St. Gregory the Great Cathedral, Legazpi City, and assigned him as formator and procurator of Mater Salutis College Seminary in the Albay province. His spiritual fulfillment came in ministering to the poor, especially during his two years as administrator to St. Dominic of Guzman Parish, Matacon, where his task was to “rehabilitate a broken, financially strapped parish with no activity,” he said. He received permission from the diocese to engage his friends with degrees in social work to provide his parishioners with educational and health services. “Lay missionaries revitalized the parish,” he said. His next assignment as executive director of training and formation for the diocese’s Social Action Center immersed him further in social justice and advocacy for the marginalized. In 2003, when assigned to a chaplain training program, he “fell in love with hospital ministry.” The assignment took him to Harrisburg, Pa., for further training – and an opportunity to visit Father Bic Majdaraoj, a friend assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade. When the pastor fell ill, Father Chavenia asked permission to stay and help his friend manage the parish. Months later, he asked permission to remain in the Diocese of Trenton. In 2005, he became parochial vicar in St. Joseph Parish, Keyport (now part of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport), and in 2012, arrived in the Barnegat parish he now calls home.

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One of three children of Arvid Lorentsen, who is deceased, and Eileen Blair, Father Lorensten was born Nov. 25, 1963, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and baptized there in St. Agatha Parish. The family subsequently moved to Long Island, where they were active members in Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Hicksville. He went to Chaminade, a Catholic high school for boys run by the Society of Mary in nearby Mineola. Father Lorensten said he was drawn to the idea of becoming a priest early on. The Church was an important part of his youth, he said. “I always went to church. In high school, I became a catechist

 Father Michael Lorentsen offers wisdom during Mass July 13 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Seaside Heights – part of the newly formed St. Junipero Parish, of which he is pastor. Mike Ehrmann photos for children with special needs.” His call to vocation grew in Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, Douglaston, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Upon graduation, he worked in business for a year and then spent another year working in New York’s Covenant House before entering the Friars Minor Conventual Franciscans in August 1987. “What attracted me to Franciscan ministry was their service to the poor and community life,” he said. He professed his first vows as a friar Aug. 4, 1990, and his solemn vows Aug. 9, 1993, in Immaculate Conception Church, now a worship site of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton. His studies for the priesthood were undertaken in the Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1994, and Doctor of Ministry in 2013 for studies concentrated on Classical Spirituality for Contemporary Ministry. Ordained a priest on Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994, he has held many administrative roles in the Conventual Franciscan religious community. These have included 13 years as vocation director and four years as formation director of the Conventual Franciscans and four years as Provincial Secretary of the former Immaculate Conception Province. As Provincial Secretray, Father Lorentsen was a member of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men from 2010-2014, and served as a delegate on the Executive Board from 2013-14. In addition, Father Lorentsen served on the board of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men from 2012-2014. As a friar-priest, he has served in parishes and campus ministry. These have included: Blessed Sacrament Parish, Burlington, N.C., where he was a parochial vicar from 1994-97, and also the Catholic campus minister in nearby Elon University through 1999. From 2002-2005, he served as pastor of St. Julia Parish, Siler City, also North Carolina. In the Diocese of Trenton, he was parochial vicar in St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, from 2015 to 2018, when he was appointed administrator of the new St. Junipero Parish before becoming its pastor. A HEART FOR PARISH LIFE

As a youth discerning a call to the priesthood, Father Lorentsen said he recalls being profoundly moved by the killings of Oscar Romero and the four U.S. Catholic missionaries in war-torn El Salvador in 1980. Their sacrifice, he said, figured in his decision to become a priest and led to his ongoing concern for the plight of immigrants See Father Lorentsen • S25

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Father Lorentsen focused on unity Continued from • S24 fleeing their embattled homelands. He would witness their situation firsthand ministering in El Salvador and Costa Rica and on a parish level, particularly in Siler City. “That parish was 80 percent Spanish-speaking,” he said. “There were a growing number of immigrants. I’ve focused on immigrant communities, especially immigrants from Mexico, and seen the growing need.” Father Lorentsen said such needs are among those being addressed by St. Junipero Parish, where the emphasis is on feeding the body and the soul. “The concerns are ongoing … I think so much of what needs to be done is stressing the dignity of the human person. That’s a big part of it.” Then, he said, there’s helping to overcome food insecurity, a persistent problem on the peninsula, which both worship sites have been addressing for years. “A lot of people don’t realize that in Seaside Heights there is a great need, and in both Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, there is a great generosity in responding to that need,” he said. “We have a food pantry on Wednesdays and a soup kitchen,” Simon’s Kitchen. The latter is on summer break and will re-open the second week in October, he said. “There are a lot of people who come, working poor who are in need, those who are in recovery – a lot of seniors who come not only for a meal but for a night out with company,” said Father Lorentsen, noting that among them are those still struggling in the ongoing aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. “It’s a very diverse parish, culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, racially and politically,” with faithful of all ages, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking, he said. “There are a lot of people who have lived here a long time and a lot of babies all talking at the same time during the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass. There’s a tremendous hunger to learn about the Bible, Church teaching and spirituality,” he said. “And we are in a continual process of bringing people together.”

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umerous priests, religious and deacons across the Diocese of Trenton marked milestones of service to God’s people this year. Overflowing pews filled with congregants, colorfully decorated tables at receptions, and handshakes and hugs outside churches reflected how faithful were eager to honor and congratulate these faith-filled men and women for their lives of service.

 Parishioners exchange hugs and well-wishes with Father Robert F. Kaeding at his June 23 retirement Mass in Precious Blood Parish, Monmouth Beach. Rich Hundley photo

 A papal proclamation was on display at a dinner celebrating Father K. Michael Lambeth’s 25th anniversary of priestly ordination and retirement from active ministry. The priest most recently had served as pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor. Courtesy photo

 Deacon Edward F. Jennings celebrates 40 years of diaconate service during an April 28 Mass held in St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake. Courtesy photo

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 Father Thomas Maher shares a laugh with parishioners of St. William the Abbot, Howell, during a July 14 Mass. This year, Father Maher marks 25 years of priestly service. John Batkowski photo


 Knights of Columbus flank their pastor, Father Martin O’Reilly, outside St. Mary Church, Bordentown, a worship site of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish. Father O’Reilly celebrated his 25th anniversary Mass June 29, which was followed by a reception. Mike Ehrmann photo

 Mercy Sister Carole MacKenthun is accompanied by two St. Catharine School students at her “triple celebration.” The school assembly marked her 56 years as a religious, 50 years in education and 25 years at the Spring Lake Catholic school May 30. Lois Rogers photo

 Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., joins Msgr. Edward Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, at his May 19 celebration dinner. A Mass of Thanksgiving, which preceded the dinner, was held 40 years to the day of Msgr. Arnister’s ordination. Courtesy photo

 Msgr. Harold F. Cullen, right, marks his half-century as a priest with a Mass June 30 outside St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake, one day before his retirement from active ministry. John Batkowski

 Father Philip C. Pleger, founding pastor, St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton; pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, and episcopal vicar of Burlington County, standing at right, celebrated four decades of priestly service during a Mass and reception May 19. Courtesy photo

 The parish family of St. Anthony of Padua, Hightstown, bids farewell to their pastor, Father Patrick McDonnell, as he joins the ranks of retired priests of the Diocese. Father McDonnell enjoyed a farewell Mass and reception at the parish June 23. Mike Ehrmann photo

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 Father Thomas Maher greets parishioners following Sunday Mass July 14 in Howell. John Batkowski photos mall was the St. Therese Chapel, operated by Carmelite priests who celebrated Mass there every day at 3 p.m. “It was really neat,” Father Maher remembered. “I started work at 6 a.m. and finished at 2 p.m. I started going to daily Mass every day. I met a great Carmelite priest, Father Zachary Monet, who guided me to see God’s providence. I started praying the Rosary and went to [Catholic] conferences.” Inspired by another Carmelite, Father Fred Murray, he developed a devotion to the Blessed Mother. CHANGING PATHS

In 1984, he headed to the Legionaries Seminary in Cheshire, Conn., where he began eight years of formation. During those years, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum), and a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, both in Rome. In addition, he completed a short course in humanities in Spain’s University in Salamanca. He was ordained a priest Nov. 25, 1994, in Mexico City. During his early years as a priest with the Legionaries of Christ, he gradually came to realize that he needed parish life. “When I got into the actual ministry of the Legion, deep down, I realized that I had a longing to be in a parish,” he said. With guidance from Bishop John M. Smith, Father Maher arrived in the Diocese. “He said to come to a parish in the Trenton Diocese for five years and we’ll see,” Father Maher said. “By the time we reached Christmas, I knew a parish was where I wanted to be.” Encouraged by Msgr. Ronald Bacovin, the diocesan director of priest personnel, Father Maher stayed the course. He served more than four years as an adjunct priest and then as parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Trenton by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shortly before becoming pastor of the 1,400-family parish of St. William the Abbot in 2013. “I realized I was just better suited to parish life,” Father Maher said. “What I most like is working with the parish family and all that comes with it: the Baptisms, marriages, visiting the sick. .. We’ve relaunched our youth group, and our confraternity kids are running the Vacation Bible School ...We’re going to keep [the youth] Catholic!”


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Father Mick Lambeth is celebrating both his 25th anniversary of his priestly ordination and his retirement from active ministry this year. For Father Lambeth’s full article and retirement celebration in St. Theresa Church, Little Egg Harbor, see page S12.

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this trip that he had the opportunity to speak with his local parish priest and decided to enter the seminary. He attended St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, County Tipperary, and was ordained a priest in 1994. His first assignment was to teach in Beech Hill College, a public secondary school in Monaghan, where he remained for eight years. In 2002, he enrolled in All Hallows College, Dublin, to earn a master’s degree in youth ministry, followed by an assignment as youth director for the Diocese of Clogher. During this time, he established the Pope John Paul II Award, which acknowledged teenagers for taking an active role in parish life. He accompanied youth on pilgrimages to numerous sites and countries, including Lourdes, France, as well as an annual pilgrimage to Taizé, France. These pilgrimages continue to run annually for the youth in the Diocese. “This is probably what I am most proud of,” he said, speaking of the youth ministry program’s growth. ACROSS THE SEA

In 2016, Father O’Reilly moved to the Jersey Shore area to continue his ministry, with permission from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as well as his bishop in Ireland. Father O’Reilly was named temporary administrator of St. Elizabeth Parish, Avon, (now part of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Bradley Beach) in July 2016, and in October of that year, he was assigned as parochial vicar to St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake. He was also appointed diocesan youth chaplain; in that role, he helped form youth ministry councils across the Diocese, and continues to visit with youth ministers and encourage them to share resources and ideas. Father O’Reilly’s most recent assignment in Mary, Mother of Church Parish came in June 2018, when he was named temporary administrator. He was appointed pastor Dec. 21 of the parish that also serves the communities of Roebling and Florence. “He’s only been here a short time, and it seems as though he has made himself right at home,” said Father O’Reilly’s niece, Nichola Fitzpatrick, who was one of several family members to travel from Ireland to attend his 25th anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving June 29 in St. Mary Church, one of the parish’s two worship sites. Reflecting on his ministry, Father O’Reilly said, “This is an opportunity to take stock and remind oneself of how great God is. Everything that has been achieved is because of God’s greatness.”


The Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Happy Anniversary to All Those Celebrating their years of serving the Lord

Whiting

CONGRATULATES

Deacon Christopher O’Brien on his 35 years as Deacon

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Happy 60th Anniversary Msgr. John Wehrlen

Deacon Peter Downing

Happy 40th Anniversary

on his fifth year as Deacon.

Fr. Stanley “Stas” Lukaszewski

Thank you for your love and dedication to our church community!

the parish of saint mary THE PARISH OF SAINT MARY Happy Anniversary! Happy Anniversary! Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano - 40 -years Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano 40 years

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May God continue to extend his richest blessings on you! Thank you for being such a joyful witness to all the members of the Church.

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R of his recent ministry, recording As parochial vicar, Father Cuomo was assigned T Sunday homilies forP S E his YouTube channel andI publishing a blog. to the parishes of St. Ambrose, Old Bridge (now Born in 1932 in Bayonne, Father Hoagland part of the Metuchen Diocese); St. Anthony, HamilPR attended St. Mary School and Holy Family Academy, ton (now part of Our Lady of Sorrows–St. Anthony both in Bayonne. He professed vows for the PassionParish); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade; ists in 1949, and began studying at various PassionSacred Heart, Mount Holly; St. Mary, Colts Neck; St. ist monasteries. He was ordained in June 1959 in St. Paul, Princeton, and St. Mary of the Lake, LakeT S Michael Monastery, Union City, by Passionist Bishop wood. I E Among the parishes where Father Cuomo Cuthbert O’Gara, a bishop of China. PR Father Hoagland primarily taught in the Passerved as temporary administrator were Sacred sionists’ seminaries and traveled to preach in the Heart, Mount Holly; Holy Family, Union Beach; Holy Passionist missions of Jamaica and Europe. He did Spirit, Asbury Park; St. Ann, Keansburg; Our Lady T Sorder, administrative work for his as well as preachof Perpetual Help, Seaside Heights (now part of St. E I R ing parish missions and retreats for priests, religious Junipero Serra Parish, Seaside Park); St. Anthony of P and laity throughout the United States. Padua, S T Red Bank, and St. Barnabas, Bayville. E He is a principal contributor to Bread on the I Father Cuomo was pastor of St. Ann, Keansburg, T P R from 1986 to 1990. He was appointed a parochial Waters, a popular website EonS Catholic spirituality, I ST which includes material for R young children and E vicar at St. Barnabas, Bayville, in 1990 and pastor P I prayer. Among his writings and recordings are SaintsR there from 1994 to 2000. Following his resignation of the New Testament, The Book of Saints, Mary theP as pastor, he served as a parochial vicar in St. Mother of God, Daily Prayers, Following Jesus Christ Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, from 2000 until his and Pilgrim Churches of Rome. He blogs at Victor’s retirement in 2008 after 44 years of active ministry Place – https://vhoagland.wordpress.com – and his in the Diocese of Trenton. He currently ministers homilies can be found through a search of “vhoagas a weekend assistant at St. Leo the Great Parish, land” on YouTube.com. Lincroft. S TAmong other positions Father Cuomo has held “We should be investing resources and talents E I [in social media] to reach a generation that doesn’t P R include on the Continuing Education Committee of T go to church anymore,” Father the Council of Priests, and as moderator of the S Hoagland emphaI Ehoping to grab someone sized. “On my website, I’m Burlington County Catholic Young Adult Club. Bishop P R lives of the saints and not going to church, through John C. Reiss permitted him to be the first priest to Scriptures.” establish a full-time Catholic chaplaincy in a secular hospital: Jersey Shore Medical Center. ry

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Reverend William Lago, “Nothing is small in the eyes of God because you do all you do with love.” St. Therese Congratulations on 20 years of priestly service. Prayers and best wishes from the Parish Family of

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In 1993, Father P R Egypt, was born in 1947 in Perth Folchetti obtained a doctor of ministry degree in Amboy, and grew up as counseling psychology from S T the Graduate Theological E a member of St. BeneI to work on his second Foundation and continued dict Parish, Holmdel. He P R from the same institute. doctorate in psychology attended the School of Father Folchetti taught counseling psychology for St. Philip Neri, Boston; St. 15 years at the Graduate School of Georgian Court Charles College, CatonsCollege (now University), Lakewood. He was formally ville, Md., and St. Mary’s Seminary and University, incardinated to the Diocese of Trenton in 2009 and Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood by was named pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish by Bishop George W. Ahr May 18, 1974, in St. Mary of Bishop John M. Smith. the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. In 2013, he was invested as a Knight in the His first assignment brought Father Farrell to St. Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Joseph Parish, Toms River, before he was reassigned in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, N.Y., by Cardinal Timothy to St. Bonaventure Parish, Lavallette (now part of M. Dolan, archbishop of New York. In 2016, he was St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish), as temporary adminelevated to the rank of Knight Commander of the istrator. Within two months, he returned from his Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre by the Grand temporary post to assume the role of parochial vicar Master of the Order, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, in St. in St. Joseph Parish. He later served in the same role Patrick’s Cathedral. in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, before takA Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated Sept. ing a one-year sabbatical. He returned to his active 29 in St. Leo the Great Church with Father Folchetti’s ministry in 1987 and spent a year as parochial vicar close friend, Cardinal Dolan, as principal celebrant. in St. Ann Parish, Keansburg. Father Farrell received his first pastorate in St. Father Roberto E. IGNACIO Agnes Parish (now part of Our Lady of Perpetual Born in Mandaluyong Help-St. Agnes Parish), Atlantic Highlands, in 1989, City, Philippines, in 1946, where he served as pastor for six years before resignFather Roberto E. Ignacio ing due to health issues. After a one-year leave of was ordained to the priestabsence, he returned as parochial vicar, then tempohood Dec. 2, 1974, in the rary administrator, of Holy Eucharist Parish, TabernaCathedral of the Diocese cle. He received his current assignment as pastor of of Malolos, Bulacan, Assumption Parish in 1999. (The merger of AssumpPhilippines, by Bishop Cirilo tion Parish and St. Andrew Parish, Jobstown, became Almario. St. Isidore the Farmer Parish.) He also spent time as Father Ignacio attended chaplain of Monmouth University, West Long Branch. the University of Santo Thomas, the Catholic UniverFather John T. FOLCHETTI sity of the Philippines, and Central Seminary, Manila. After his ordination, he served as associate pastor Father John T. Folchetti, in several parishes in his home diocese, including pastor of St. Leo the Great San Ildefonso Parish, San Ildefonso; San Pascual Parish, Lincroft, was born in Baylon Parish, Obando; Immaculate Conception Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1946. He Parish, Pandi, and Immaculate Conception Parish, attended Cathedral College Concepcion, Marikina. He was also pastor of Stella of the Immaculate ConcepMaris Parish, Pamarawan, Malolos, for two years and tion, Douglaston, Queens, served as a hospital and prison chaplain in Malolos. N.Y., and was sent to the In 1984, Father Ignacio came to the United Pontifical North American States as a visiting priest in St. Ignatius Parish, Long College, Rome, where he Beach, N.Y. The following year, he attended a spiripursued graduate studies in dogmatic theology and tuality school of the Focolare Movement in Florence, pastoral theology at the Gregorian University, Rome. Italy, before joining St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley, He was ordained a priest June 27, 1974, in N.Y., as a visiting priest. Over the next six years, he A

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Father Bernard J. Keigher, a retired priest of the Diocese of Trenton, was born in 1948. He attended St. Charles College and St. Mary Seminary and University, both in Baltimore, in preparation for his ordination to the priesthood. He was ordained a priest May 18, 1974, by Bishop John C. Reiss. As parochial vicar, he served in Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, and St. Dominic Parish, Brick. Father Keigher was appointed to his first pastorate in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, in 1985. During his 14 years as pastor, Father Keigher also served a three-year term on the diocesan council for ecumenism and interreligious affairs. In 1999, Father Keigher was named pastor of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, from which he retired from active ministry in 2017. In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Keigher served as moderator of the Burlington County Catholic Youth Organization and as chaplain of St. John the Apostle Council of the Knights of Columbus, Lakehurst. Other posts he has held included serving as a member for Priests’ Ongoing Education and the Priests’ Council.

Father Jerome NOLAN

Father Jerome Nolan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Trenton, was born in Neptune in 1945. He grew up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before attending St. Mary College in Kentucky. He completed his priestly formation at Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and was ordained May 18, 1974, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop George W. Ahr. Father Nolan’s first assignment was as associate Continued on • S36

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Faith • THE MONITOR • JULY 25, 2019


Ad Multos Annos FATHER GENE DAGUPLO

DEACON GREG COSTA

35 YEARS

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- GREETINGS -

Fr. Gene-Pastor, Fr. Ed-Parochial Vicar, Deacons, Parish Staff, Pastoral Council, Finance Council, School Board, Ministries, Committees, Organizations, School Community, Parishioners and Friends of the Parish ST. RAPHAEL-HOLY ANGELS PARISH 3500 S Broad St, Hamilton

SAINT RAPHAEL SCHOOL 151 Gropp Ave, Hamilton

St. Mary’s Parish, Barnegat CONGRATULATES

Father Nestor Chavenia Deacon Steven Wanger Deacon James Petrauskas On their anniversaries to the priesthood and the diaconate.

We ask God’s continued blessings upon you and thank you for your faithful service to our Church Community.

Our Warmest Heartfelt Congratulations to our Loving and Faithful Pastor

Very Rev. Phillip C. Pfleger, E.V. In honor of your

40th Anniversary of Your Ordination to the Priesthood

Abundant Blessings, Love and Prayers from Both Of Your Parish Families Church of St. Isaac Jogues Marlton And St. John Neumann Mt. Laurel

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theology degree from the University of Detroit. He was ordained a priest May 19, 1979, by Bishop Father John F. Wake, George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption a retired priest of the Cathedral, Trenton. Diocese of Trenton, was Upon his ordination, Msgr. Arnister was born in 1947 in Jersey assigned to Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, City. He attended St. Peter before being asked by then-Bishop John C. Reiss College, Jersey City, and to further his education. He received his license in T SUniversity Immaculate Conception canon law from The Catholic of America, E I Seminary, Darlington, prior T R Washington, in 1983, and upon his return to the S P to being ordained to the I E Diocese of Trenton, Msgr. Arnister worked in the priesthood May 18, 1974, PR Chancery Office as assistant chancellor. He was ST E by Bishop George W. IAhr in St. Mary of the Assumplater appointed vice chancellor of the Diocese and R tion Cathedral, Trenton. P secretary and master of ceremonies to Bishop Father Wake was assigned to St. Rose Parish, Reiss. Belmar, for two years and later served in St. Thomas In his service to the Diocesan Tribunal, Msgr. the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge, which is now part Arnister has served as advocate and defender of of the Metuchen Diocese. He then took a leave of the bond, prosynodal judge and notary; he was T and advocate absence from the Diocese, during which time he was also judge, defender of the bond ES chaplain of the Christian Brothers Retreat House, I for the Interdiocesan Tribunal. He was named a St. Helena, Calif. He also entered the novitiate of the Tmonsignor in 1993. P R Salvatorians and worked in the Christian Brothers I E S On the parish level, Msgr. Arnister has served R Spiritual Center, Adamstown, Md. T Holy Cross Parish, Trenton, in the capacities of P STrenton Diocese in the role He returned to the E parochial vicar, temporary administrator and I of parochial vicarPinR St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, pastor, a post to which he was named in 1995. In in 1985. Two years later, Father Wake was assigned 1999, in addition to his duties with the Diocese to St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, as paroand Holy Cross, Msgr. Arnister was asked to take chial vicar and was also appointed to a two-year term on the pastorate for St. Stanislaus Parish, and the as a priest on the Engaged Encounter team. administrator post for Sts. Peter S T and Paul Parish, In 1988, Father Wake was named pastor of St. E both Trenton. I R David the King Parish, West Windsor; in 1994, he was In 2005, when theP Diocese conducted a study T assigned to St. William the Abbot Parish, Howell, as E S of parishes in the greater Trenton area, the three I parochial vicar. R parishes Msgr. Arnister headed were merged into P T Following assignments as parochial vicar of S Divine Mercy Parish, of which he was then named I Eand St. Ann Parish, Browns Epiphany Parish, Brick, founding pastor. The faith community today is now R P appointed temporary adminMills, Father Wake was part of Sacred Heart Parish. istrator, then pastor, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, In 2011, Msgr. Arnister was named pastor in Maple Shade, in 1999. He served at the parish until Belmar and episcopal vicar of S TMonmouth County E being appointed chaplain of Morris Hall Home for I in 2016. Aged and St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, LawPR nn

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Mercy Parish), then was appointed pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, in 1992. He spent 12 years as chief shepherd of that parish before receiving the pastorate position of Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach, in 2004. In 2006 he also simultaneously took over as temporary administrator of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon, for four months. Ascension and St. Elizabeth of Hungary now make up St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Father Nolan retired from active ministry in 2018. T ES I Father Pasquale A. PAPALIA PR Father Pasquale A. Papalia, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, was born in Teaneck in 1946. He attended Seton Hall University, South Orange, and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, prior to being ordained a priest ST E I of the Archdiocese of Newark May 25, 1974, by PR Auxiliary Bishop John J. Dougherty. In the early years of his priesthood, Father Papalia served in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Montclair, where he directed a branch of the Third Order Carmelites and the parish’s large altar servers group along with the various parish societies. He also served as chaplain of the Serra Club of Montclair and West Essex. He served in St. John’s, Linden; Mount Carmel, Newark, and Holy Family, Nutley. In 1994, Father PapaST lia was given permission to assist for three years IinE R the Eparchy of Passaic (Byzantine Rite) underPBishop Michael Dudick, who then appointed him administrator at St. Peter and Paul Parish, Somerset. After his time of service to the Eparchy, realizing that his parents, who were residents of the Trenton Diocese, were getting on in years, he requested and received a transfer to the Diocese of Trenton. Father Papalia was assigned to St. James Parish, Red Bank, in 1997, serving the parish for three years. He spent one year in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, before transferring to St. Mary Parish, Middletown, in 2001. After his incardination into the Diocese of Trenton Feb. 13, 2003, Father Papalia continued to serve as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish. He was named administrator of Holy Name Parish, Delran, in 2004 and installed as pastor in 2005. Holy Name Parish is now part of Resurrection Parish, Delran. In 2008, Father Papalia left Holy Name Parish after a parochial consolidation of two parishes and spent several months in residence at Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, serving many communities in the area until Sept. 10, 2008, when he was named pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish following the retirement of longtime pastor Msgr. Joseph C. Shenrock.

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Msgr. Edward J. Arnister, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, was born in 1953 in Trenton, and his home parish is St. Hedwig, Trenton. A graduate of St. Hedwig Grammar School and Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, Msgr. Arnister attended St. Mary College, Orchard Lake, Mich., and later entered Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, also in Orchard Lake. He received a master of divinity degree from the latter institution in May 1979, as well as a master of

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Congratulations and God Bless

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Priesthood of Jesus Christ The Parish Community of Saint Leo the Great, Lincroft

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Father Stanley P. ST Lukaszewski, pastor of St. E I Barnabas Parish, Bayville, PR was born in 1950 in Trenton. His home parish is the city’s Holy Cross (now part of Sacred Heart Parish), and he is a graduate of Holy Cross Grammar School and Trenton Central High School. Father Lukaszewski prepared for the priesthood in St. Mary College, St. Mary, Kentucky, and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George W. Ahr on May 19, 1979, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, in his hometown of Trenton. After his ordination, Father Lukaszewski served as parochial vicar in St. Mary Parish, New Monmouth; St. Veronica Parish, Howell, and Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, where he was named pastor in 1994. He served there for five years before being named pastor of St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, in 1999. He was appointed pastor of St. Barnabas in 2012. In addition to his parish assignments, Father Lukaszewski has served as associate moderator, and later moderator, of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women; assistant director of the Priests’ Personnel Office for several terms; friar of the Knights of Columbus John Tatham Assembly; fourth degree Knights member, Burlington County; and chaplain of the Sacred Heart Council, Knights of Columbus, Willingboro. In March 2007, he was appointed to the Diocesan Building Commission. In July 2007, he was appointed dean of the Coastal Monmouth Deanery for a threeyear term. Father Lukaszewski also served on the Educational Advisory Council Finance and Planning Committee. He was named as episcopal vicar of Ocean County in 2016. nn

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Lake Parish, Lakewood. While in St. Benedict Parish, he was also chaplain in St. John Vianney High School, also in Holmdel. His ministry as a priest has included an appointment as temporary administrator in Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, and later in St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell, where he also was assigned as chaplain of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton. Father Devlin was named pastor of Holy Family Parish, Union Beach, in 2010 and served there until July 2017, when he was appointed parochial vicar in St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Whiting. On July 1, 2018, he began an appointment to pastoral ministry with residence at Villa Vianney, which is the diocesan facility for retired priests. Prior to his arrival to the Trenton Diocese, Father Devlin worked 18 years of provincial assignments as a priest and teacher of theology, English and history in Archbishop Shaw High School, Marrero, La.; Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, and Don Bosco Tech, Boston, Mass. From 1969 until 1997, Father Devlin was assigned to various summer ministries both before and after priestly ordination to summer vacation camps, youth centers and parishes in New Jersey, New York, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio and Florida.

Divine Word Father Feliks KOSAT

Divine Word Father Feliks Kosat was born in 1954 in Indonesia. He attended the School of Catholic Theology, Ledalero, Timor, followed by studies in The Catholic University of America, Washington. He was ordained a priest Aug. 1, 1979, in Indonesia. After earning a degree in canon law, Father Kosat worked as an intern for the Trenton Diocesan Tribunal. He later returned to Asia and established the Tribunal for the new nation of East Timor. Father Kosat has served his community in many parishes – as assistant pastor in St. Yoseph, Naikoten, Timor; pastor, St. Gregorius, Agung Deleta, Timor and Santa Maria Assumpta in Mayor, Kupang, Timor. Father Kosat has also served as chaplain, Gregory Brothers Monastery of Community in Kupang, Timor, and in the Monstery of St. Arnoldus Janssen in Kuluhan, Dili, Timor. Other appointments include serving as professor, St. Peter and St. Paul Higher Seminary, Fatumeta, Timor; and as judge and defensor viculi, Archdiocese of Kupang. He currently serves as judge and

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Father Phillip C. PFLEGER

Father Phillip C. Pfleger, founding pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Marlton; pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, and episcopal vicar of Burlington County, was born in 1953 in Jersey City. He attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School, Secaucus, and St. Mary High School, Rutherford. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Jersey City State College before beginning his seminary studies in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. Father Pfleger was ordained by Bishop George W. Ahr May 19, 1979, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He has served several posts since becoming a priest, including as a parochial vicar in St.

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Rose Parish, Belmar; St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, and St. Mary’s Cathedral. He has also served as chaplain at Rider University, Lawrenceville, and Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, as well as being appointed to the Aquinas Institute, Princeton University. Additionally, he has ministered as diocesan director of vocations, temporary administrator of St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, and as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Seaside Heights, now part of St. Junipero Serra Parish, Seaside Park. Other appointments and assignments include JCL courses and Canon Law Studies Program, both at The Catholic University, Washington; chaplain for Monmouth County Boy Scouts; doctor of ministry program in St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, Md.; continuing education committee; associate dean for South Burlington County; chair of Priests for Life Committee; member of Pastors Advisory Board for Annual Catholic Appeal; alternate dean for the Presbyteral Council; school sustainability commission, and teaching homiletics to transitional and permanent deacons. Father Pfleger was assigned in 1996 to serve as the inaugural pastor of the newly-formed parish, St. Isaac Jogues. His service to the Diocese has included time on the priest personnel board; the council of priests; the building commission, the episcopal council, the college of consultors, and the committee of expansion and restructuring. He also served as master of ceremonies for Auxiliary Bishop Edward U. Kmiec.

Divine Word Father Stephen SCHULER

Divine Word Father Stephen Schuler was born in 1952 in Ness City, Kan. He attended Sacred Heart School in Ness City, followed by studies in Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. He was ordained a priest Dec. 15, 1979, in Techny, Ill. Father Schuler has assisted his community as an associate pastor in Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lafayette, La.; school chaplain and religion teacher at Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, La., as pastor of Our Lady of the Lake and St. Martin de Porres, Delcambre, La. During his years as pastor in St. Benedict the Moor Parish, Duson, La., Father Schuler oversaw a capital campaign and building of a new parish center. He currently serves as weekend assistant in Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bordentown, and resides in Divine Word Missionaries, Bordentown.

Msgr. Leonard F. TROIANO

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Rev. Mark Nillo

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Parochial Vicar

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Seminary, Darlington, and was ordained May 19, 1979, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Upon his ordination, he was assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Old Bridge (now part of the Diocese of Metuchen), and in 1981 was named executive director of The Monitor, the diocesan newspaper. In 1985, he left the Diocese for a three-year term as director of Diocesan Services for the National S T of Faith in New York City. Office of the Propagation E I When he returned P R to pastoral life in the Trenton Diocese, Msgr. Troiano served as associate pastor ofT S St. Rose Parish, Belmar, and master of ceremonies IE for Auxiliary Bishop Edward U. Kmiec. In 1994, P Rhe became temporary administrator of St. David the King Parish, West Windsor. In 1989, Msgr. Troiano was named coordinator for the Fourth Diocesan Synod and as director of the diocesan Office of Planning, a term he held for three years. He has also been part of the diocesan Building Committee, the T Expansion and Development S Commission and the Budget Committee. IE R In 1997, then-Father Troiano was elevated to T P monsignor, and shortly thereafter, he received hisE Sfirst I pastorate in Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton. HeRlater P served as pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish, Lavallette, which was merged with Normandy Beach’s Our Lady of Peace Parish to form St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish. Msgr. Troiano also served as episcopal vicar of Ocean County. He retired from the Lavallette parish in 2016 and became the diocesan episcopal vicar for planning, a position from which he recently retired. T ES I ST Msgr. Kenard TUZENEU R E P I Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu, PR pastor of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, was born in 1953 and is a native of West Long Branch. He attended Shore Regional High School and Monmouth University, both in West S TenterLong Branch, before E I ST ing St. Mary Seminary and R E P I University, Baltimore, where he received a master’s R P degree in theology. Msgr. Tuzeneu was ordained Dec. 1, 1979, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Upon his ordination, he was assigned as parochial vicar of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish (now part of Christ the King Parish), Long Branch, where his primary responsibility was pastoral care in Monmouth Medical Center. Seven years later, he was transferred to St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood. Msgr. Tuzeneu has served as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, since 1992. During his tenure, he has overseen the establishment of a second parish worship site – St. Mary of the Pines, Manahawkin – which seats some 1,100 faithful and was designed to house the growing Catholic population in the area. Altogether, his parish family consists of more than 7,000 individual families hailing from Barnegat, Manahawkin and portions of nearby Waretown. In addition to his pastoral duties, Msgr. Tuzeneu served as diocesan Secretary for Personnel in Ministry, a position that involved overseeing the diocesan

attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City and studied a year of spirituality in Pope Paul VI Formation House. He then studied theology at University of Santo Thomas Central Seminary, Manila. He was ordained Dec. 28, 1984, by Bishop Felix Zafra of Dipolog, in St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte. Following his ordination, Father Daguplo was assigned as pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Jose DalTman, for three years. He then served as rector in Cor E S Jesu Seminary, Dopolog, for six years. During a visit I ST to the United States in the early 1990s, he learned PR E I of a need for priests in the Diocese of Trenton while R P staying at Visitation Parish, Brick. He applied to fill an opening and was accepted as an adjunct priest in St. Dominic Parish, Brick, in 1997. In 2000, Father Daguplo was recalled by his bishop to the Philippines, but he was permitted to return to the Diocese of Trenton in 2004. He was assigned to Holy Family Parish, Keyport, until transFather Richard S Tferring to St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, in 2009. In E I 2016, he was named the parish’s pastor. BASZNIANIN R P T Father Daguplo was incardinated into the Diocese Father Richard BaszniES I of Trenton Nov. 10, 2009, and became an American anin, pastor of St. Pius X PR citizen in 2013. He serves as spiritual moderator Parish, Forked River, was of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Filipino Community while born in 1958 in Lubaczow, coordinating the Filipino traditions of Simbang Gabi Poland, and grew up in and the Santacruzan Festival. Brusno, Poland. He studied During an interview for his 25th anniversary as a in Liceum Ogolmoksztalpriest, Father Daguplo said he most enjoys hearing cace in Lubaczow and S T confessions on a daily basis. “It is part of our life as the Diocesan Seminary E I priests to be able to benefit the soul of the person, in Przemysl, Poland. He PR T guiding him and bringing him back to God through earned a master’s degree in pastoral theology from ES the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” he said. “It a blessI the Catholic University R of Lublin and was assigned to ing here in the parish to have that every day.” P the Diocese of Lwow from 1984 to 1990. Father Basznianin was ordained on the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in the Father Daniel HESKO cathedral of the same name in Przemysl, Poland, Father Daniel Hesko, June 24, 1984, by Bishop Ognagy Tokarczuk. ST A visit to his younger sister Danuta, who residedI E pastor of St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middlein America, in 1988 prompted a desire to come toP R town, was born in 1954 in the United States. In 1992, he was assigned to All Philadelphia. He attended Saints Parish (now part of St. Katharine Drexel ParT ish), Burlington, for three S years as an adjunct priest. Philadelphia College of the Bible and St. Alphonsus In 1995, he was transferred to St. Dominic Parish, IE College, Suffield, Conn. He P R was incardinated into the Brick. Father Basznianin then went to St. Alphonsus Diocese of Trenton in 1997. Seminary, Esopus, N.Y., and In 2000, he became temporary administrator received a master’s degree in religious education of St. Pius X Parish, then named the faith comT munity’s fifth pastor by Bishop John M. Smith and I E S and divinity. Father Hesko was ordained May 26, 1984, the installed in February 2001. During his tenure, theP R first priest to be ordained by Cardinal John O’Connor explosive growth of the parish necessitated a new, of New York. He was assigned to St. Wenceslaus, larger church. The parish’s 50th anniversary was Parish, Baltimore, from 1984-85; St. Gerard Parish, celebrated in October 2004, with a groundbreaking ceremony, and two years later, Bishop Smith returned Lima, Ohio, from 1985-88, and St. Paul Parish, to Forked River for the church’s dedication ceremony. Norwalk, Ohio. He began his ministry in the Diocese of Trenton in St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, where he served Father Genaro DAGUPLO from 1989-91. He then served in St. Ann Parish, Originally from the Lawrenceville, from 1991-92, and St. Martha Parish, town of Labason in the Point Pleasant, from 1992-94. Philippines, Father Genaro Father Hesko was incardinated into the Diocese Daguplo, pastor of St. of Trenton May 18, 1993. He was named as adminRaphael-Holy Angels Paristrator in St. Catherine Laboure Parish in November ish, Hamilton, was raised 1994, and named as its pastor Dec. 30. In 1999, he in an active Catholic family was appointed spiritual director of the Blue Army of as the 11th of 12 children Our Lady of Fatima chapter in Monmouth County. born to the late Inocentes On the occasion of his silver jubilee as a priest and Albina Daguplo. He Continued on • S42 Offices of Priest Personnel, Vocations, Consecrated Life and Deacons. He received the title of monsignor in 2008, and throughout his career as a priest, he has served on the recruitment board for vocations, the diocesan Council of Priests and has been chairman of the Pastor’s Planning Committee for All Saints Regional School (now St. Mary Academy), Manahawkin.


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the Mass. I let Christ come through me so I can be Christ to the people who gather in his name. I am S T he said. nothing without him,” IE PR T Msgr. Sam A. SIRIANNII E S PR Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, was born in 1954 in Long Branch to Anthony and Marie DiNapoli Sirianni. He studied at Juniata College, HuntingS Tearned don, Pa., whereI Ehe ST R a bachelor’sP degree in IE history, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PR where he earned a master’s degree in student personnel services. He worked for the Long Branch Department of Recreation for 18 months, and in August 1979, became director of parish ministry in his home parish of Holy Trinity, Long Branch, where he established senior and youth programs before entering Immaculate Conception Seminary, T Darlington. E S I Msgr. Sirianni ST R was ordained Nov. 10, 1984,E in P I Holy Trinity Church (now part of Christ the King PR Parish) Long Branch, by Auxiliary Bishop Edward U. Kmiec. His assignments include terms as parochial vicar, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, and parochial vicar, then temporary administrator, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (now part of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton.) After service as temporary administrator in St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, he was named to his first pastorate in Holy Angels (now part of St. Raphael-Holy Angels) Parish, Hamilton. Other assignments included pastor in St. George Parish, Titusville; vice rector, St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton; pastor in Holy Trinity Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, and Our Lady, Star of the Sea Parish, all in Long Branch, and pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Freehold. Msgr. Sirianni also served as dean of the southern Mercer Deanery; a member of the Steering Committee for the Millennium; on the diocesan council of priests; director of the diocesan Office of Liturgy (renamed Worship) from 1992 to 2015, and co-chaplain with the Trenton Serra Club; three terms as director of the Trenton Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and completed three terms as convener of the Freehold Clergy Association, an interfaith organization of clergy in the greater Freehold area. Msgr. Sirianni continues to serve as dean of Western Monmouth County, and on the Core Leadership Team of Garden State MOSAIC, an interfaith Youth Program in Monmouth County. In December 2010, Msgr. Sirianni was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title of monsignor. On Nov. 23, 2013, he was invested as a Knight in the Equestrian of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. With St. Robert Bellarmine Parish’s elevation to Co-Cathedral status on Feb. 19, 2017, Msgr. Sirianni serves as pastor of the parish community and as rector of the Co-Cathedral. A 70

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In your 15 years of service and dedication to God, the church and especially to the Community of Saint Joseph. May the Lord continue to bless you greatly in this long but beautiful walk. Thank you from the Parish of Saint Joseph Church

In your 15 years of service and dedication to God, the church and especially to the Community of Saint Joseph. May the Lord continue to bless you greatly in this long but beautiful walk. Thank you from the Parish of Saint Joseph Church

In your 15 years of service and dedication to God, the church and especially to the Community of Saint Joseph. May the Lord continue to bless you greatly in this long but beautiful walk. Thank you from the Parish of

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ST R E P In addition, he has served as a member of the After teaching music Tin Sacred Heart School I R S T E S schools, he attended Pastor’s Advisory Committee for the Bishop’s Annual and WestamptonI ETownship P I ST R Appeal (now known as the Annual Catholic Appeal); a Mount St. Mary’s P R PSeminary, Emmitsburg, Md. HeI Ewas Project Rachel chaplain; an Education Advisory Comordained Dec. 2, 1989, by Bishop John C. Reiss P R in St. mittee Member for the Office of Catholic Schools, and Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Vicar Forane of the Bayshore Deanery, the Expansion Father Shaffer served as parochial vicar in St. T and Restructuring Council, Presbyteral Council and E S Joseph Parish, chaplain at Notre Dame High School T I Episcopal Council. and St. Ann Parish, both Lawrenceville, before ES PR I becoming pastor of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune. PR He served as pastor in St. Aloysius and St. Monica Parishes, both in Jackson, before returning as pastor ST T to St. Joseph in 2012. E S T I I E E S in parishes with schools, S T Consistently PR R serving I P I Ehis R Father Schaffer considers it very much a part of P PR life. “Our goal at our schools has been to educate the whole child and lead them to a deeper relationST ship with our Lord Jesus,” he said. “St. Joseph Parish E T I supports two schools – pre-K three-year olds at S PR IE St. Joseph Grade School, to 12th grade in Donovan P R to Father William J. LAGO Catholic High School. ... I am so grateful to be able serve the people of God in whatever capacity God has Father William J. called me,” he added. Lago, pastor of St. Denis In addition to his parochial assignments, Father Parish, Manasquan, was Shaffer has served as chaplain to the Mercer County born in 1965 in Bronx, Holy Name Federation; member of the diocesan N.Y. He attended Rutgers Priest Personnel Board; and dean of the North Ocean University, New BrunsCounty Deanery. wick; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and St. Charles Borromeo Father Daniel F. SWIFT Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa. Father Daniel F. Swift, pastor Father Lago was ordained by Bishop John M. Smith of St. Mary of the Lakes on May 15, 1999, in St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Medford, and a Cathedral, Trenton. T S diocesan associate director Father Lago became interested in the priesthood IE ST of vocations, was born E while serving actively in the Catholic campus ministry PR I in 1961 in Camden. After T of Rutgers’ CookSCollege. During graduate work P R at attending St. Joan of Arc Purdue University, I E his education expanded to Bible School and Cherokee High studies, andP Rhe began discussing his potential vocaSchool, both in Marlton, he tion with a priest and nun from the campus ministry. attended Rutgers UniverWhile studying for the priesthood, Father Lago sity, Camden, and there began to hear the call to the found “one of the hardest things to do was getting priesthood. Father Swift attended Mount St. Mary’s up in front of people,” he said in an interview before Seminary, Emmitsburg, earning a master’s degree in his ordination. “But as time went on and I got feedmoral theology and a master of divinity degree. He back … I found that preaching was well worth my was ordained by Bishop John C. Reiss May 20, T1989, initial nervousness.” T S in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. 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To our Pastor,

Rev. Pasquale A. Papalia ….a priest who so earnestly seeks to serve the Lord with all his heart.

Sacred Heart Parish Family TRENTON

Prayerfully Congratulates

Deacon John Grussler

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton WHITING

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con Owens worked for Systems Development Corp., Bell Labs, Computer Science Corp. and AT&T. He was also a consultant to the Air Force and Navy, working on development of many projects. He received an annual award from Bell Labs as a consultant for development of a data reduction tool for developers. Deacon Owens retired from AT&T in 2005. Ordained a deacon May 14, 1994, by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, Deacon Owens ministered in St. Gabriel’s Church, Marlboro, which remains his home parish. During active ministry, he assisted in various facilities and min-

istries, including nursing homes, religious education, baptismal preparation, wakes, committals and funerals. He also served as coordinator of religious education in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, as well as assisting in deacon candidate training for the Diocese. Deacon Owens is married to Agatha Barbara Owens. Together the couple had seven children: Lester Jr., 62; Michael, 61 (deceased); Angelene, 59; Jay, 56; Mark, 51; Doreen, 49, and Kelly, 41. They also have 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Deacon James PETRAUSKAS Deacon James Petrauskas, who serves in St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, notes that his biggest joy of being a deacon has been “being able to officiate at my son Jeffrey’s wedding and baptizing my four grandchildren.” Born in Jersey City in 1943, Deacon Petrauskas attended Public School #8 and Dickinson High School, both Jersey City. He was ordained a deacon May 14, 1994, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop John C. Reiss. His first assignment was to his home parish of St. Theresa, Little Egg Harbor, from 1994 to 2013. He began his current assignment in St. Mary Parish in October 2013. Deacon Petrauskas worked for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for more than 32 years, retiring 21 years ago. “In my early years as a deacon, it was challenging to schedule continuing education and retreats, because I was working rotating shifts with rotating days off,” he acknowledged. But employment has taken on a new life and schedule for Deacon Petrauskas these days. “For the last 14 years I’ve worked as a seasonal cast member in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World [Florida],” he explained. Deacon Petrauskas is married to his wife, Ellen; together they have two sons: James, 51, and Jeffrey, 49.

Deacon John WANAT Deacon John Wanat, whose home parish is St. Aloysius, Jackson, was born in 1940 in Scranton, Pa. He attended St. Stephens School and St. Mary’s High School, in Perth Amboy. Deacon Wanat went to Seton Hall University and was ordained a deacon May 14, 1994, by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He was assigned to diaconal ministry first in St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, and then in St. Aloysius Parish. Deacon Wanat was director of the Monmouth County Office of Aging. He is married to wife, Arlene. Together they have two children, John Jr., 48, and Michael, 44. Continued on • S48

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Mary, Mother of the Church Parish

Congratulations Deacon Richard Hobson

Bordentown, Florence, Roebling

for 5 years of faith filled service to the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley! incredibly proud family!

Deacon Ron Zalegowski

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Deacon Gary Pstrak, Congratulations on 10 years of good and faithful service.

Your faithful service has been both inspiring to our parish and pleasing to the Lord.

Prayers and best wishes from the Parish Family of

Saint Denis

God bless you on this special day and always.

Manasquan

Congratulations Deacon Tom Baker On the 25th Anniversary of your Ordination to the Diaconate

Thank you for your dedicated service to God’s people. The staff and parish family of St. David the King, West Windsor Very Rev. Tim Capewell, V.F., Pastor JULY 25, 2019 • TRENTONMONITOR.COM •

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Deacon Michael Abatemarco, St. William the Abbot Parish, Howell Deacon John J. Bonner, retired Deacon James J. Challender, Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton Deacon Charles R. Daye Jr., St. Veronica Parish, Howell Deacon Jeffrey B. DeFrehn, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton Deacon Rolf B. Friedmann, St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold Deacon Christopher L. Hansen, St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel Deacon Joseph Jaruszewski, Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton Deacon Salvatore M. Lancieri, retired Deacon Martin K. McMahon, St. Mary Parish, Middletown Deacon Daniel J. Meehan, Resurrection Parish, Delran Deacon John A. Notaro, St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown Deacon Alfonso Ramos, St. Joseph Parish and St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton Deacon Richard L. Scotti, St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro Deacon Michael J. Stinsman, Sacred Heart

Parish, Riverton Deacon Robert J. Vignolini, Christ the King Parish, Long Branch Deacon Ronald F. Zalegowski, Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bordentown

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Ordained May 10, 2014, by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

Deacon Christopher Chandonnet, St. Joseph Parish, Millstone Deacon Richard Coscarelli, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Avon Deacon Gregory J. Costa, St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton Deacon Phillip Craft, St. Pius X Parish, Forked River Deacon Peter F. Downing, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting Deacon Richard J. Hobson, St. James Parish, Pennington; St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell, and St. George Parish, Titusville Deacon John Isaac, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square Deacon Christian Knoebel, St. Monica Parish, Jackson Deacon Daniel Sakowski, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale Deacon Steven A. Wagner, St. Mary Parish, Barnegat

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption and St. Joseph’s Church, Trenton CONGRATULATES

Deacon Alfonso Ramos, 15 years Deacon Emiliano Vazquez, 40 years retired God’s special blessings on you both on your Diaconate anniversary. May you continue to be sustained by His grace and by His joy. Thank you for your service to our church community. S50 • Lives of

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Fr. Javier A. Diaz, Fr. Fernando Lopez Staff & Parishioners of Christ the King Parish

Staff and Parishioners of

St. Joan of Arc Church MARLTON

Long Branch

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish Bordentown, Florence, Roebling

Extends Congratulations to

Deacon Tom Shea on the 20th anniversary of his diaconate ordination.

The Parish Family of

St. Gabriel’s MARLBORO

Wishes God’s Blessings and Congratulations to

Deacon Lester Owens on his 25th Anniversary to the Diaconate and

Deacon Richard Scotti on his 15th Anniversary to the Diaconate

God bless you for your devoted service as Deacon and for sharing so generously the gifts you have received from God.

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