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or I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,” reads the oft-quoted Jeremiah 29:11. Whether they knew it from the very start or heard the calling later in life, the clergy and religious celebrating special anniversaries this year all agree: serving the Lord is being able to love God and all his people. That service can take on many forms, as those featured in The Monitor’s annual tribute can attest. From

the recently retired, milestone anniversary clergy or the priest newly named a monsignor, to the men and women religious who serve in the Diocese of Trenton’s schools and parishes, all share faith journeys of joy, sorrow, sacrifice and dedication. It’s a journey, they say, not walked alone – for in their effort to inspire the faithful, they, too, find themselves inspired by the people they serve.


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of them have measured their life’s vocation by the ways that they have impacted the lives of the faithful, and some even attributed their decision to pursue their vocation by the everyday people with whom they have crossed paths. And finally, we again recognize the compelling sense of inspiration one can experience when reading the vocations stories of those we have profiled each year. To learn about so many individuals who have turned away from the more superficial and transient pursuits of this world in order to make a truly counter-cultural choice – to follow Christ – can inspire each of us to more intentionally pursue our own path toward holiness. We join with the Diocese’s Catholic community in expressing thankfulness and blessings for those who have chosen to lead Lives of Faith. Rayanne Bennett Associate Publisher

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The cover image of the 2018 LIVES OF FAITH edition is the “Universal Call to Holiness,” a stained glass window in St. Ann Church, Lawrenceville. The window is a depiction of the Church’s teaching that all people, regardless of their status, are called to holiness, to be in union with Christ. This window includes the images of those who are ordained, those who are consecrated and those who pursue holiness as members of the laity. It reminds us that we are all connected in mission through the person of Christ Jesus.


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Sister of Mercy Joan Carter, formerly Sister Mary Tarsus, was born in Trenton and attended St. Mary Cathedral Grammar School until grade six, when she transferred to Holy Trinity Parish School, Morrisville, Pa., her home parish. She returned to Cathedral High School, Trenton, where a senior year retreat in Mount St. Mary Motherhouse, Watchung, prompted her to enter that order upon her 1958 high school graduation. Sister Joan professed her final vows Aug. 17, 1964. The religious sister began her ministry as a teacher in parish schools serving the Trenton Diocese in Red Bank, Bordentown, South Amboy, Rumson, Burlington and Perth Amboy. In 1976, she was appointed principal at Sacred Heart School, South Plainfield; later, she returned to teaching in the Metuchen Diocese in Piscataway and Bernardsville. In

Christian Brother Gabriel FAGAN

Brother Gabriel Fagan was born in New York City in 1938 and entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree at The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1961, and a master’s degree in English in 1968 from the University of Detroit, Mich. Brother Gabriel first headed west in 1961 to serve as a teacher at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, Mich., before heading back to New York in 1970 to serve in the Capitol Region in Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, N.Y., until 1972. Brother Gabriel earned a doctoral degree in 1976 in English from Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind. He became a professor at Christian Brother ministries of Higher Education – first at St. Mary’s College (now University), Winona, Mich., from 1975 to 1986, then at La Salle University, Philadelphia, from 1987 to 2011. He spent a year of renewal from 1986 to 1987 at the Congregation’s Affirmation Center, Sangre de Cristo, Santa Fe, N.M. In 2011, Brother Gabriel headed back to his roots at De La Salle Collegiate High School as a part-time teacher. He retired from active ministry in 2013, and moved into residence in De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, in 2015.

Christian Brother Stephen HAUBRICH

Brother Stephen Haubrich was born in New York City in 1939 and entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1962. Brother Stephen has served as a teacher throughout his 60-year vocation, beginning in Cardinal Spellman High School, the Bronx, N.Y., from 1962 to 1966. From 1966 to 1981, he taught in La Salle Institute, Troy, N.Y. In 1981, he became director of La Salle Institute, serving in that capacity until 1985. For more than 30 years, Brother Stephen has

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Brother Raymund Buck was born in New York City in 1938 and entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1958. Brother Raymund earned a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1962, and in 1969, he earned a master’s degree in history from New York University. Over his 60-year career, Brother Raymund served in educational ministries throughout New York’s five boroughs. From 1962 to 1965, he taught in Sacred Heart School; from 1965 to 1970 in Immaculate Conception School; and from 1970 to 1972 in St. John School, all in the Bronx, N.Y. From 1972 to 1977, he was a teacher in St. Peter’s Boys High School, Staten Island, N.Y., and from 1977 to 1988 in La Salle Academy, New York City. Brother Raymund worked in the office of St. Raymond High School, the Bronx, covering financial, computer and attendance details from 1988 to 2003. In 2003, he moved on to student supervision in La Salle Academy, New York City, until 2015. Following retirement from active ministry in 2015, Brother Raymund moved to the Diocese of Trenton to reside in De La Salle Hall, Lincroft.

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1985, Sister Joan was asked to be the director of the McAuley Hall Prayer Guild, Watchung, a role she held for the next three years. Sister Joan returned to classroom teaching in Hazlet and Edison, then was called to be vice principal in St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral School, Metuchen. In 2001, she was among the outstanding educators honored at the Diocese of Metuchen Excellence in Education dinner. In 2002, she left her service in education to serve as receptionist at Epiphany House, Asbury Park, a transitional substance-abuse facility. Sister Joan served as administrative assistant to the pastoral team in St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville. Sister Joan is an active volunteer at the parish.

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Brother John McMahon was born in North Adams, Mass., in 1939, and entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in religious education, both from The Catholic University of America, Washington. Over his 60-year vocation, Brother John has served in various locations throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx, and New England. He taught English and religion from 1963 to 1967 in Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn, and from 1967 to 1970 in Bishop Bradley High School, Manchester, N.H. He taught religion, English, social studies and was a substitute teacher from 1970 to 1976 in various assignments at Trinity High School, Manchester; Mount Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown, Mass., and St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, R.I. Brother John began serving at the Christian Brothers Center and the Brotherhood’s Ocean Tides alternative high school, both in Narragansett, R.I. From 1976 to 1978, he served at CBC first as assistant auxiliary director; as director from 1978 to 1980, and in vocation formation and retreat direction from 1981 to 1984. He was an English teacher and career educator in Ocean Tides from 1980 to 1981 and from 1984 to 1985. Brother John served as spiritual director from 1985 to 1987 in Hopestead, Wickford, R.I.; as finance director from 1987 to 1990 for Sange de Cristo, Sante Fe, N.M., and spent time in study from 1990 to 1991 at the College of Santa Fe. He returned to Narragansett in private practice at Our Lady of Peace spiritual life center from 1991 to 1993. Brother John then returned to New York as a counselor in Highbridge Community Center, Bronx, from 1993 to 1996, and in campus ministry from 1996 to 2005 at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. From 2005 to 2014, he worked as a retreat director and community director for the La Salle Center for Education and Retreat, Narragansett. Since 2014, Brother John has served his fellow Brothers at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, as a pastoral care volunteer.

Filippini Sister Lillian PICCO

Filippini Sister Lillian Picco was born Dec. 27, 1938, in Jersey City to parents Louis and Rose Mary (Rich) Picco, one of four children. She earned a degree in elementary education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, and was invested with the habit of the Religious Teachers Filippini on Aug. 31, 1958. Continued on • S5


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Sister Lillian taught from 1959 to 1973 in various schools outside the Diocese of Trenton, including Our Lady of Mercy School, Park Ridge; St. Nicholas School, Palisades Park; Holy Family School, Nutley, and St. Francis Xavier School, Newark. From 1973 to 1978 she taught eighth grade in Holy Innocents School, Neptune. In 1978, she began teaching in Villa Victoria Academy, Ewing, as a high school art teacher, where she stayed until her retirement in 2014. Sister Lillian was known for her artwork, backdrops and set designs for the Villa Victoria theater program, and received numerous trophies and awards across the years for her set decorations. In 1994, she won the National Award for her theatrical set of “Brigadoon.” Despite gradually losing her sight more than 10 years ago, Sister Lillian continued to teach art and work with the school’s theater program, until a fall from the stage precipitated her 2014 relocation to Villa Walsh, Morristown. Sister Lillian continues to teach her fellow sisters at Villa Walsh, leading a pottery course with assistance, guiding their work with her hands in place of her vision.

liturgical music activities as well as teaching music to all the grades. Sister Regina began her service to the Diocese of Trenton in 1994, when she was hired by the pastor of St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford, as music coordinator. Her responsibilities at the parish expanded to liturgical and music coordinator and part-time school music teacher. She currently serves in the music ministry, directing a children’s choir and playing the music for all school Masses.

Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth Margaret TIERNEY

Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth Margaret Tierney, formerly Sister James Margaret, was born in Glen Ridge. She entered the order Sept. 6, 1963, and made her final profession of vows May 23, 1971. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, and a master of divinity th ministry from Immaculate Condegree in pastoral AN ception Seminary, Darlington. • During the course of her ministry, Sister Margaret served parishes in Montclair and Belleville as an elementary school teacher and pastoral care minister. In 2001, she assumed the role of director of pastoral care in St. Catharine-St. Margret Parish, Spring Lake, where she works today.

Hamilton Square. She also served as a member of the retreat team staff at St. Joseph by the Sea, South Mantoloking. More recently she worked at LIFE St. Francis in Hamilton. Sister Patricia currently lives in the Diocese of Camden. Her earlier ministry there included serving as a director of education at Incarnation Parish, Mantua. Sister Patricia’s ministry has taken her to various dioceses. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, she served as coordinator of pastoral care at Immaculate Mary Home. In the Diocese of Harrisburg, she taught in Holy Trinity School in Columbia. Her ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston included teaching in Blessed Sacrament School, Walpole.

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years prior to his ordination. “I fell in love with America,” he said, “and I came back two years later as an ordained priest.” That journey began with stints as parochial vicar, first in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, and next in St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton. During the latter tenure of 10 years, he also served as a religion teacher and chaplain in McCorristin Catholic High School (now Trenton Catholic Academy), Hamilton. Father Cahill was named pastor of St. Ann Parish, A N NBrowns Mills, V St. Ann in 1989, then pastor Iof Parish, Keansburg, March 17, 1995. “Priesthood for all of us Catholics is love of God and love of all God’s people,” he reflected. “The priesthood allowed me to live that out in a very unique way, [through] Mass, the Sacraments, religious education, helping the poor, helping people with their Npersonal IV E Nrewarding. RIt A problems. AllAofNthat was very satisfying and NIV • still continues.” Father Cahill found additional ways to minister, serving as chaplain of the Monmouth County Serra Club for 16 years, and as a member of the diocesan presbyteral council. He continues to act as state chaplain of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, as he has for more than 25 years. Additionally, he was chaplain for the See Father Cahill • S14

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Sacrament, there are three different “degrees” in the Sacrament: the episcopate (bishops), the presbyterate (priests) and the diaconate (deacons). All are at the service of communion in the Church, but each in its own unique way. Bishops hold the chief place in the exercise of service to the Church. For this reason, bishops receive the fullness of the Sacrament as they take the place of Christ as teacher, shepherd and priest, and represent him “in an eminent and visible manner” (No. 1558). Bishops are united with one

This photo, taken on July 30, 2010, shows then-Bishop John M. Smith imposing hands on the head of Coadjutor Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., consecrating him a bishop. There are three degrees in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, deacons, priests and bishops. Monitor file photo another under the Pope, and in that communion they form a “college” with personal responsibility for both their individual dioceses, as well as for the entire universal Church. Priests are, to a subordinate degree, co-workers with the bishops. Through ordination they are configured to the person of Christ and are consecrated to preach the Gospel, to represent Jesus to the Church and to lead those entrusted to their pastoral care in divine worship. In the celebration

of Mass, priests exercise this ministry to a supreme degree. Deacons constitute the last degree in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Although not a priestly degree, deacons are consecrated to serve, and they hold a special role in the assistance of the bishop and priests at Mass. Deacons are configured to Jesus “who came not to be served, but to serve” (Mt. 20:28). In a society with tendencies toward radical individualism, See Holy Orders • S50

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Upon his ordination, he was named parochial vicar in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (now part of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony), Hamilton, where he served until 1996. During that time, he also served as spiritual moderator of the Mercer County Federation of Holy Name Societies. After his time in Hamilton, Father Ekdahl was named parochial vicar in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, and chaplain of Holy Cross Academy, Delran, before being assigned to St. Ann Parish, Keansburg. He was appointed as administrator of Jesus the LordAParish N N on July 12, 2002, and served A N asN Ipastor I until his retirement. V from Jan. 3, 2004, It was in that assignment, he said, that he found himself doing something he never expected – celebrating Mass and preaching in Spanish. While it was challenging at first, despite having previously taken Spanish courses, Father Ekdahl began to find his way and enjoy Spanish ministry even more, he said, noting the additional parishioners with whom he was able to connect. See Father Ekdahl • S14

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Continued from • S11 Monmouth County Ancient Order of Hibernians, and for 23 years was chaplain for the Bayside Council of the Knights of Columbus. “The most important part of the [priesthood] is beginning with God and relying on his grace and his love,” Father Cahill N NI stressed. “So therefore, the celebration of Mass is where it allAbegins.” V Retirement will not slow him down much, as Father Cahill already has plans to repeat his annual three-week trip to Skagway, Alaska, assisting in a mission parish in the Diocese of Juneau. “I plan to go there for three weeks this September ... there are only nine priests for the whole diocese, and each priest has two parishes; they’re small communities,” he explained. “When I’m there, the pastor gives me [a parish] and lets me have it virtually on my own for the time I’m there. His other parish is 45 minutes away by boat – and if he’s rushed for time, he takes a small plane. It’s a different world, but they’re the same people with the same needs.” A N he Father Cahill said he draws strength from the encouragement N I receives when hearing of how people have been enriched by his experience over the past 45 years. “I’m so happy I chose this vocation,” he said. “It’s been much more rewarding for me that I’ve been able to help all of these people in their spiritual and temporal lives.”

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times…as I think back, I’ve been very happy doing all of that.” Father Nolan was born in 1945 in Neptune. The third of five children, Father Nolan grew up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before attending St. Mary College in Kentucky. He completed his priestly formation in 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 pastor in Sacred Heart Parish, South Plainfield. During his time there, he also served as chaplain to the South Plainfield Police Department. He later served as associate pastor in St. Paul Parish, Burlington; St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown, and St. Dominic Parish, Brick. On Sept. 12, 1986, Father Nolan was named pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Asbury Park, then pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, on Jan. 10, 1992. He served the community of Nativity Parish for 12 years before he was assigned to Ascension Parish on June 11, 2004. He also spent a time in 2006 simultaneously serving as temporary administrator of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon. During his time leading Ascension Parish, Father Nolan played a key role in preparations for the parish’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2007. And in 2015, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., appointed Father Nolan as dean of the Coastal Monmouth Deanery. “That was an opportunity to gather priests in the neighboring parishes,” he said, noting that they would meet several times each year to share fellowship and ideas, and to raise questions or concerns to share with the Diocese. “And we were planning Advent and Lenten penance services in the area where we could all gather together and be available to greater numbers of people who were going to Confession.” Whether it was collaborating with his brother priests, visiting patients through a hospital ministry or performing any of his other duties as a priest, Father See Father Nolan • S22

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July 1 from full-time ministry as a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, but he has no plans to retreat. This is, to be sure a new phase of life – but one of ministry and activity, nonetheless. “I got a call from a pastor a few months ago, Father J.C. Garrett,” explained Father O’Connor. “He has two parishes: Holy Name in Delran and St. Casimir in Riverside. I startedAhelping ANN N N him last I every I week, and I’ll do the same week, as long as I’m able. Plus I Father Michael J. love to exercise, so I signed up for O’Connor a gym and I plan to exercise four days a week.” Celebrating 46 years as a priest, Father O’Connor was given a heartfelt send-off June 24 from his parish of Sacred Heart, Bay Head. He blessed and thanked the people he led for the past six years, and said he looks forward to his new role helping priests in the Diocese as needed. ANN ANN I I born Sept. 14, 1946, in SkibberFather O’Connor was een, County Cork, Ireland, to parents Michael and Nora O’Connor. The oldest of six children with two brothers and three sisters, he grew up as a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Skibbereen. He attended Carlow College and St. Patrick Seminary, Carlow, Ireland, and was ordained June 17, 1972, in Ireland for the Diocese of Trenton – but not before he had some initial reservations. “There was a priest in Long Island, New York – Father John Cadagon – who encouraged me to become a priest,” Father O’Connor said. “He came home [to Ireland] every year and visited my mom and dad; when I was 17, he asked me would I like to become a priest? I said, ‘No, way!’” After a time, he changed his mind and listened to the persuasive Father Cadagon. “I came to my senses, I guess!” Father O’Connor continued jovially. “My family supported me as well, and my mom’s sister was a nun, so from both sides I was ‘locked in.’” Now residing in Villa Vianney, Lawrenceville, Father O’Connor reflected on his vocation. What he has enjoyed

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of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, which includes the Papal Chapel and the Papal Family. As members of the Papal Family, monsignors are included in the Pontifical Yearbook, Annuario Pontifico, an official directory of the Holy See. It’s an ancient honor, dating back to the time of Pope Urban VIII. In addition to being addressed as “monsignor,” the position carries with it certain privileges, such as ecclesiastical dress. Msgr. Cullen shared how his vocation first took root in the Redemptorist order founded by St. Alphonus Liguori, who exemplified humility and encouraged it among his followers. As such, becoming a pastor and monsignor, he said, “just wasn’t on my radar.” What was in store for Msgr. Cullen was the “blessed, varied and very interesting life in the priesthood” that began when he was ordained a Redemptorist in the Diocese of Galway, Ireland, Sept. 15, 1968, in the midst of the post-Second Vatican Council era – a time he described as one of “unparalleled excitement, energy, change and development.” He spent the first years of his priesthood 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.

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Continued from • S21 later, Philadelphia’s Temple University. While he was studying, he continued to work in school settings as a school 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 University and began to discern being a parish priest. “From my earliest days as a Redemptorist, I had questions whether the nomadic ministry of missions and retreats was the right path for me and had always been attracted to ministry in which I was part of a community of faith,” he said. 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 being sent in 1982 to the Diocese of Trenton, which he said had a reputation that “the morale amongst the priests and the laity was excellent.” He went on to serve from 1986 to 2005 in St. Mary Parish, Barnegat. “I had the opportunity to be a part of a parish that grew exponentially,” he said, calling the parish pastor, Msgr. Kenard Tuzeneu, a role model and mentor. In 2005, Msgr. Cullen was named pastor of St. Jerome Parish, West Long Branch, which he shepherded for nine years, including four years as pastor of neighboring St. Mary Parish, Deal. (On July 1, the two parishes merged and became Our Lady of Hope Parish.) Msgr. Cullen – who plans to defer this year’s 50th ordination celebration until next year, when he turns 75 – said the satisfying experience of working at the parish level in both Dioceses ultimately led to his request for incardination in the Trenton Diocese, which was affirmed by Bishop John Smith in 2006. “I look upon the decision to become part of the Trenton Diocese as a turning point in my priesthood and a source of continued blessing and joy in my life,” Msgr. Cullen said.

Continued from • S17 Nolan said he was happy to wear the collar. “I am grateful to God that I was called to be a priest,” he said. Admittedly, retirement was something with which Father Nolan struggled – and he put off the decision for a couple of years. “In many ways I am sorry to see my active ministry come to an end, but I know God will open the doors to something else that I might be able to serve in,” he said. Now living in the Asbury Park area, his early plans for retirement involve rest and relaxation. “I am looking forward to a quiet and restful summer,” he said. “For me, that means going to the beach and enjoying the ocean, and just enjoying the beautiful weather and the beautiful place that is the Jersey Shore.” He has future plans for travel as well, particularly around the United States. Reflecting on his vocation, Father Nolan shared some insights for men finding themselves discerning their vocation and who might be considering the priesthood. “I feel as though many young men are missing a great opportunity for happiness in their life,” he said. “If they have any inkling of a religious vocation, they should pursue it and see whether or not it really is for them.” He added, “I’ve had a wonderful life, and I am looking forward to a new chapter and to see what is in store for me.”

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Results up to God, says Father O’Connor Continued from • S19 The essentials of the priesthood, he believes, are the “celebration of the Eucharist, hearing Confessions and helping other people.” One of the ways Father O’Connor helped his flock was through frequent postings on the Sacred Heart Parish Facebook page. On June 26, his last post as pastor could be interpreted not only as advice for parishioners, but for his own journey forward as well. “The results are up to God,” he wrote. “What counts is that we make a commitment and rely on God. We have to give of ourselves fully... whatever we love, it is good to share it with others.” Having witnessed many changes in the Church over the course of 46 years, Father O’Connor said, “I’m happy I made it through the years ... Some of my classmates and friends left the priesthood.” But Father O’Connor left behind any doubts about his ministry many years ago. “I’m happy I came to America,” he said assuredly. “I would do it all over again.”

Father Mathias looking to help parishes Continued from • S15 parochial vicar in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (now Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony), Hamilton, and St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton. Father Mathias was incardinated a priest of the Diocese Sept. 23, 1993. In 1995, he was named pastor in Browns Mills. On a diocesan level, Father Mathias served a three-year term on the diocesan Incardination Board from 1999 to 2002. Father Mathias said he plans to spend time with family in Canada before taking up residence in Villa Vianney – though his service to God won’t be on hiatus. “In retirement, I would like to help out in other parishes,” he said. “As a priest, you are called to pray. It’s not a job but a vocation. Whether you are retired or not, you minister and are a help to the people.” Deacon O’Brien said it was no surprise that Father Mathias has no plans on slowing down anytime soon. “Father is the type of person who looks toward the future. He’s going to be the type of person in retirement who finds things to do,” Deacon O’Brien said. “But I want him to remember how much the people here at St. Ann’s loved him.”


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time in St. Martin, a racially divided parish in Baltimore, after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, A NJr.NI “The world went crazy,” he said. Seeing the neighV borhood in flames made him realize how necessary it is to build bridges among people. And working to build bridges was definitely one of his main focuses when he became an ordained priest, he said. As a parochial vicar in his second parish, St. James, Pennington, he became active in Pennington Families for Peace. He was also a founding member of COPE (Christians of Pennington Ecumenical), an organization that promoted inter church dialogue and cooperation. N N HolmAParish, Later, as parochial vicar of St. Benedict I del, he coordinated Bread for the World action alerts and was instrumental in persuading the ShopRite Corporation to support the efforts of the United Farm Workers in organizing farm labor. First named pastor of what was then Assumption Parish in New Egypt in 1990, he went on to become pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, in 1999, where the population was transitioning from ethnic Italian to Hispanic. There, mindful of his own family’s experience as Italian immigrants, he expanded outreach to the new and growing Spanish-speaking ANN community. I Among the outreach programs he helped to institute were a food pantry, English as a Second Language and assistance with documentation. Father Carotenuto reached beyond the parish lines, becoming involved with a range of community programs including Love, Inc., a Christian Clearing House for those in need, and was a founding member of New Creations for Christ, a coalition of churches that advocate for affordable housing in ANN Monmouth County. I The outreach offered by the parish to the community under his stewardship included a brush with stardom when he opened the doors of St. Anthony Parish to serve as the startup location See Understanding • S24

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Msgr. Dermond’s parish assignments included serving as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish, Middlesex; Blessed Sacrament (now part of Sacred Heart Parish), Trenton, and St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville. For nearly 30 years, he shepherded three inner-city Trenton parishes – first, St. Francis of Assisium from 1983 until the parish closed in 2005; the Cathedral, where he was rector from 2002 until he stepped down from full-time parish ministry to devote his attention as full-time judicial AN vicar, a position to which he was appointed by N Bishop I as John C. Reiss in 1980, and also from 2002 to 2007 administrator of St. Joseph Parish. “From every assignment, I have memorable occasions that have given me joy,” he said, explaining that he felt he was ordained for parish life. As examples, he cited his time in Our Lady of Mount Virgin where he was energized by the tremendous faith and generosity of the youth, while in Blessed Sacrament, See Msgr. Dermond • S26

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or Msgr. John K. Dermond, the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination was not a milestone he could have reached on his own. It was a gift given to him through the prayers of those he has served over the years. “My 50 years as a priest is something you gave to me,” Msgr. Dermond said as he looked out to the faithful who gathered for his June 24 golden jubilee Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Standing in the same sanctuary where he had been ordained a priest May 25, 1968, by Bishop George W. Msgr. John K. Ahr – and where he had served as Dermond the Cathedral rector from 2002 to 2011 – Msgr. Dermond smiled as he said, “It’s been a good 50 years.” The numerous ways in which Msgr. Dermond has lived his vocation ranges from serving as a priest and pastor in several Mercer County parishes to holding numerous appointments on a diocesan level, most notably working in the Diocesan Tribunal for more than 40 years, 33 of which was as diocesan judicial vicar. After retiring from full-time ministry as judicial vicar in 2013, Msgr. Dermond has continued to assist the Tribunal staff and helps with Masses and other sacramental celebrations in Trenton area parishes.

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of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. He was active in the diocesan marriage preparation program and a member AN AofNtheNdiocesan committee for the Common NI I Policy on Marriage Preparation. He also served several terms as a member of the diocesan presbyteral council, a canonical adviser at the Fourth Synod of Trenton, on the diocesan ecumenical commission, a spiritual assistant to Serving the Wider Secular Franciscan fraternities in the City of Community Trenton and a priest-moderator of the Mercer County Federation of Holy Name Societies. While his more than 40 years in the TriActive in Catholic Scouting since 1971 as part bunal afforded Msgr. Dermond, who holds a of the Trenton Diocese Catholic Committee on licentiate in canon law from The Catholic University of America, Washington, the opportunity Scouting, he has served the National Catholic A N N as NN ACommittee to apply his formidable knowledge, canonical I on Scouting at various times I chaplain to its Region 3, chair of its vocation skills and deep pastoral sense to cases that came committee and as priest-adviser to its national before the ecclesiastical court of the Diocese, he advisory board. quickly points out that his Tribunal work was Msgr. Dermond was named a Prelate of heavily influenced by his parish experiences. Honor to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II Msgr. Dermond has served the Diocese in in 1983 and was invested with the honor and numerous other ways, including as chaplain to given the title of monsignor on March 10, 1984, the diocesan Catholic Committees on Scouting and for 22 years as chaplain to Court Columbus in the Cathedral.

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2011 as chaplain in Christian Brother’s De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, and as an assistant in Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune. Noting the challenges of meeting the needs of different people who come to a priest for help, Father Vona said NN he was often grateful that “they worked itAout well.” IV Having been ordained at 36, Father Vona acknowledged, “I never expected to make 50 years,” but said he was blessed to have spent 24 “wonderful, wonderful years” as pastor in St. Catherine of Siena, especially during the exciting time of building a new church. One of the gifts of serving in a parish for many years is experiencing the growth of families. “I may have baptized a child, and then they are getting married. You wonder, ‘Where did the time go?’” said Father Vona, who is 86. In speaking of his time in Holy Innocents A NParish, Father Vona points to the warmth and caring ofNthe I parishioners. “They are a wonderful mix of people, good and humble people, a cross section of the world,” he said. Moving forward, Father Vona has given up his regular parish commitments and plans to spend time doing some of the things he enjoys, including attending Mass in a variety of parishes. “I’m curious,” he said simply, punctuating 50 years of priestly life with an observation: “As homilists, we have a long way to go.” Prior to the seminary, the South Amboy native spent time in a Trappist Monastery in Spencer,A Mass., N Nand was I War. then drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean That experience earned him the G.I. Bill, which he credits with helping him earn a higher education. Father Vona graduated from Mount St. Mary College and Seminary (now Mount St. Mary’s University), Emmitsburg, Md. He completed graduate work in Princeton Theological Seminary and received master’s degrees in theology and religious education. Father Vona was ordained May 25, 1968, by Bishop George Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He served as pastor of AscensionAParish, N N Bradley Beach, from 1984 to1987 before being assigned asI pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, where he served until retirement in 2011.

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In May 2005, then-Bishop John M. Smith named Father Vavrick Anselm N N Parish. A N Nparish administrator of St. A In March 2006,Ihe I V was named pastor of the parish. Father Vavrick has spent the last 13 years serving the faithful of St. Anselm Parish and also reaching out in service to the poor in the area. “We are a large, very active parish in the Diocese. We take to heart the vision of Vatican II and ‘Laudato Si,’ Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment,” Father Vavrick said. He expressed pride in how his parish serves the less-fortunate, as well as the parish vegetable garden. A Nback. AallNabout “We’re NI helping others and giving NI Our vegetable garden delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks,” he explained. In addition to serving his parish community, Father Vavrick visits Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, and Riverview Hospital, Red Bank, once a week. He is an active member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), which is a national organization that meets annually and “advises bishops on liturgical issues,” Father Vavrick explained. He has also been a member of The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) since 1981. A NofNdiocesan A N N has also served in a number Father Vavrick I I roles. Bishop Emeritus Smith appointed him as chairperson of the diocesan Liturgical Commission in 2005 and Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., appointed him to the Committee for the Review of Diocesan Policies in 2011. In May, the parish celebrated Father Vavrick’s 25th anniversary with a reception after each Mass. “I am very happy,” he said of his 25 years as a priest. “It’s been a ANN ANN blessing to be of I I service to people. To serve people in need, to come in contact with them at funerals and wakes, to help them when they need it. As a priest, it’s been a joy to serve the people.”

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Conventual Franciscan Father Emmett J. Carroll, a Toms River native, was born in 1925 and attended the town’s St. Joseph School and Toms River High School. h Francis He attended tSt. th ANN College, Staten Island, I N.Y., and did undergraduate work in Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. Father Carroll prepared for the priesthood in St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary, Rensselaer, N.Y. and made his simple profession of vows March 19, 1948. After his priestly ordination June 12, 1954, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, N.Y., he taught English and economics in the all-boys Trenton Catholic High School. Over the decades, his ministry included serving as associate editor and promotion manager of The Companion Magazine, in Toronto, Canada, as well as vocation director for Canada. He also served as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Albany, N.Y., where he helped found two Samaritan shelters for underprivileged teenagers, one of which is named Emmett House. Returning to the Diocese of Trenton in 1976, Father Carroll served two terms as pastor of St. Catharine of Siena Parish, Seaside Park. He also served a term as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Seaside Heights. He served on the diocesan Council of Priests as a judge on the diocesan tribunal for two decades. In 2000, while at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Father Carroll and the parish received the Archbishop Peter L. Gerety Award for Outstanding Parish and Priests.

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Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith, the ninth bishop of Trenton, was born in 1935 in Orange and is the son of the late Ethel and Mortimer F. Smith. He attended John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, prior to beginning his studies for the priesthood in 1955 in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. Bishop Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Seton Hall University, South Orange, in 1957, and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1961. Following his May 27, 1961, ordination in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newark, by Archbishop Thomas A. Boland, Bishop Smith was appointed to the archdiocesan Chancery Office and assigned to graduate studies in The Catholic University of America, where he received a doctorate in canon law in 1966. Bishop Smith served as assistant chancellor of the Newark Archdiocese, defender of the bond in the tribunal and coordinator of the English Cursillo Movement. He was named a Papal Chamberlain with the title of “monsignor” by Pope Paul VI in 1971. In 1982, he was named to the faculty of the Pontifical North American College in Rome as director of the Institute for Continuing Theological Education and program director of the U.S. Bishops’ Consultation IV. After four years in Rome, Bishop Smith returned to the Newark Archdiocese to serve as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Dumont, in June 1986. Bishop Smith was chairman of the archdiocesan vocation board and served as vicar general and moderator of the curia. On Dec. 1, 1987, Bishop Smith was named auxiliary bishop of Newark by Pope John Paul II. In June, 1991, he was named third bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., and installed July 31, 1991. In November, 1995, Pope John Paul II transferred Bishop Smith from the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese, appointing him coadjutor bishop of Trenton. Bishop Smith succeeded retired Bishop John C. Reiss July 1, 1997. Among the many committees that Bishop Smith served since 1987 was the board of directors of the North American College in Rome; the Bishops’ Committee on Migration and Refugee Services, and the board of directors for Catholic Relief Services. In his 13 years shepherding the Diocese of Trenton, Bishop Smith was responsible for imple-

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Heartfelt congratulations on your elevation as a Chaplain of Honor to His Holiness, Pope Francis. May God continue to bless you. ________ • • • ________

Deacon Joseph Vivona 35 th Anniversary, retired Thank you for your loving service to the Church. May the Lord bless you and keep you and fill your life with his joy.

The Staff and Parishioners of

St. Rose of Lima Freehold

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Rev. Michele Brizio

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Father James Conover

On his 40 th Anniversary of Ordination.

From all of us at

St. Mary’s Parish Barnegat

Thank You for Your Humble Service, Wisdom, and Dedication to our Church.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., along with the departments and ministries of the Diocese of Trenton,

t Rev. David M.joinO’Connell, C.M., the parish communities

throughout Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth Bishop of Trenton and Ocean Counties in commemorating the …

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Bishop Emeritus of Trenton

We remember, with great gratitude and affection, the many ways that you have served the Church of Trenton.

on the Golden Jubilee May God continue to bless you and keep you! his ordination to the priesthood.

Most Rev. John M. Smith Ninth Bishop of Trenton (retired)

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director of the new diocesan Office of Parish Life. While pastor of St. Anselm Parish, Father Kaeding founded The Center of Asbury Park in 1992 to serve people living with HIV/AIDS in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Originally located on Mattison Avenue, the center purchased property on Third Avenue to expand facilities and provide expanded services for clients including a hot lunch. The new facilities include Center House which is permanent supportive housing for 25 individuals, formerly homeless and living with HIV/AIDS. In May, 2004, Father Kaeding received permission to resign as pastor of St. Anselm Parish to accept the position of full-time executive director of The Center. In 2011, Father Kaeding was named pastor of Precious Blood Parish, Monmouth Beach, while continuing as executive director of The Center of Asbury Park.

DIVINE WORD FATHER GEORGE KOOTTAPPILLIL

Divine Word Father George Koottappillil, parochial vicar in Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, was born May 15, 1952, in Varapetty, Kerala, India. Father Koottappillil received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Calcutta University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India; a licentiate in Sacred Scripture from Pontificium Institutum Biblicum de Urbe in Rome, Italy, and a doctorate in biblical theology from Pontifical Gregorium University, also in Rome. He made his first profession of vows as a Missionary of Divine Word June 9, 1973, in Pune, India, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1981 in Inchoor, Kerala, India. He became an associate pastor at a church in northern India, and then taught Scripture at a seminary in the Archdiocese of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. He returned to his native India to teach Scripture in Orissa. Returning to Rome, he served as director of Dei Verbum Centre in Nemi, where he served for almost a decade. The Dei Verbum Centre, which attracts scholars and students from around the world, specializes in training Catholic leaders in biblical ministry. Mother of Mercy Parish was formed by combining the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Holy Spirit and St. Peter Claver Parishes in Asbury Park and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Neptune. In his current assignment, Father Koottappillil has worked with the pastor and parochial vicars to address the spiritual, pastoral and community needs of the ethnically diverse parish.

FATHER PATRICK J. MCDONNELL

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Diocese of Trenton in April 2001, then appointed pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, May 11, 2001. Under his leadership, there have been many improvements to the parish buildings and grounds. A 4,500-square-foot annex was added, as well as a new heating and cooling system. St. Anthony Church’s pews were refurbished and a new baptistery and renovated sanctuary were completed. An improved sound and light system and an upgraded organ and piano were also among the Continuedtfrom h A • S37 h refurbishments. t NI are active members of A N N IInVJuly 2010, the parish community celebrated its whose spouses andN children parishes in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. 125th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Father McDonnell received his theological formaEmeritus John M. Smith. tion in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. In 2017, as part of the Faith in Our Future initiaHe later continued his education in St. John Univertive, St. Anthony of Padua was dedicated a Center for sity, Queens, N.Y., receiving a master’s degree in Hispanic Ministry. education. Father McDonnell has served as a chaplain to the Father McDonnell was ordained a priest for the Ewing Police Department; the Ancient Order of HiberDiocese of Paterson May 5, 1973, by Bishop Lawnians, Hamilton, and the Knights of Columbus Council rence Casey, serving for 13 years as parochial vicar in 6284. He is a supporter of the Rutgers Jewish Film St. Paul Parish, Prospect Park, and St. Theresa Parish, Festival, which combats anti-Semitism. NI h A Nmoved to Texas, where he t h A N A N V ER Succasunna.tHe then N • N IV ministered in four parishesI during the next 11 years. MSGR. RALPH While there, he took courses in jail ministry, evangeliW. STANSLEY zation and Latino culture and language in the Mexican Msgr. Ralph William Stansley, a retired priest of American Culture Center, Cuernavaca, Mexico. Father McDonnell arrived in the Diocese of Trenton the Diocese, was born in 1946 in Somerville. He prepared for the priesthood in St. Francis College, in September 1997 and served as parochial vicar in Loretto, Pa., and Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Mercerville, and St. Mary Albany, N.Y. He received a master of divinity degree of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He also served

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from Niagara University, N.Y., and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Iona College, N.Y. Msgr. Stansley was ordained May 19, 1973, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop George W. Ahr. Parishes where he served as parochial vicar include Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton; St. Paul Parish, Princeton, and St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, before being named first temporary administrator, then pastor there in 1984. He also served as temporary administrator of St. Pius X, Forked River. Msgr. Stansley was later appointed pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows (now part of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish) Parish, Hamilton, and St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell. On the diocesan level, he was appointed as prosynodal judge and defender of the bond of the tribunal; served on the expansion and development commission; was director of the Office of Permanent Deacons, and chairman of the diocesan liturgical commission. He also served as a chaplain to local chapters of the Columbiettes and was a spiritual director in AIDS ministry. Msgr. Stansley was named as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Trenton, on June 29, 2001 and remained there until his retirement in 2016. He was named chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Reverend Monsignor Oct. 15, 2008, by Continued on • S39

The Staff and Parishioners of

The Church of Saint Ann Lawrenceville

Extend Blessings and Congratulations to

Father Leandro Dela Cruz, 35 years and Deacon James Scott, 10 years on the Anniversary of Their Ordination.

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FATHER TIMOTHY J. CAPEWELL

Father Timothy J. Capewell, pastor of St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, was born in 1946 in Trenton. He graduated from Missouri State University, Kirksville, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in education, and a master’s degree in the field from Monmouth College (now Monmouth University), West Long Branch. Before he entered the seminary, Father Capewell taught history in the Missouri and New Jersey public school systems and worked on the New York Stock Exchange. He entered Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mahwah, where he earned a master of divinity degree. He was ordained to the priesthood Nov. 12, 1983, by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Father Capewell served as parochial vicar in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade; St. Paul Parish (now part of St. Katharine Drexel Parish), Burlington; St. Paul Parish, Princeton, and St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor. He was named pastor of St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, Nov. 4, 1994. In addition to his parish duties, Father Capewell serves as dean of the Northern Mercer County deanery and is former chairman of the diocesan building commission.

FATHER LEANDRO DELA CRUZ

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Mass and consecrated a new altar at the celebration. At St. Rose of Lima, Father Conover’s attention has been directed keeping the liturgy vital, th to toward th A N N N N life, expanding the involvewhich is central A parish IV I the spirit of community. ment of the laity and building In addition to his pastoral duties, he has served on the diocesan Liturgical Commission, the Engaged Encounter team, and has been chaplain in a number of diocesan schools, including Mater Dei High School (now Mater Dei Prep), Middletown, and St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel. Father Conover served as the organist for the Diocesan Festival Choir for more than 25 years.

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Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained a priest May 20, 1978, by th A N Bishop George W. Ahr in NI St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. MSGR. MICHAEL J. As parochial vicar, he was assigned to Our Lady WALSH of Sorrows (now part of Msgr. Michael Joseph Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Walsh, pastor of St. Anthony Parish), Hamilton, from 1978 to 1983; St. James Parish, PenAnn Parish, Lawrenceville, from 1983 to 1984, and nington, St. Alphonsus for a brief summer assignment to St. Veronica Parish, Parish, Hopewell, and St. Howell. In 1984, he was named parochial vicar of George Parish, Titusville, Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, andthserved in that A N N sucand episcopal vicar for capacity until 1992, when he was named pastor, I Mercer County, was born ceeding longtime pastor Msgr. Leonard R. Toomey. in 1949 in Limerick, In 1997, Father Apoldite named pastor of St. h A N for h was Ireland. He tprepared h A NMary Parish, Middletown, tand t thenNwent A NIVon to serve N I College, Thurles, Ireland, asNpastor the priesthood in St. Patrick of St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell. He I where he was ordained a priest June 9, 1973, for the returned to Sacred Heart Parish as pastor in 2007, Diocese of Trenton. where he also directed the Sacred Heart House of His parish assignments have included serving as Priestly Formation. parochial vicar of St. Raphael Parish (now part of Since 2013, Father Apoldite has shepherded St. Raphael-Holy Angels), Hamilton; pastor of Holy Sacred Heart Parish through reconfigurations that Angels Parish (also part of St. Raphael-Holy Angels), included mergers with neighboring parishes. In 2017, Hamilton; St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood; Sacred Heart Parish was merged with Divine Mercy St. Mary Parish, Middletown; St. James Parish, Parish, and on July 1, 2018, Sacred Heart Parish Pennington, tand h Aas administrator of St. Alphonsust h A was merged with Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Parish, Hopewell. InN 2017, NI Msgr. Walsh assumed the NDivine NI Shepherd Parish. pastorate of the newly linked parishes of St. James, Along with his parish assignments, Father St. Alphonsus and St. George as part of the diocesan Apoldite served the Diocese in many capacities Faith in Our Future initiative. including as a member of the Council of Priests, Other positions included chaplain of Morris chaplain of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, Hall Home for the Aged, Lawrenceville; associate and Catholic chaplain of the Trenton Police Departdirector of the diocesan Office of the Permanent ment and New Jersey State Prison. He was also Diaconate; director and priest-mentor of the Mercer director of Recruitment for Vocations for the Diocese. County Vicariate; director of RENEW; a member of the Engaged Encounter team; director of the Office FATHER JAMES A. of Permanent diocesan coordinator ofth h Diaconate; t A N moderator pilgrimages; spiritual of the Ocean CountyA NCONOVER NI NI Federation of Holy Name Societies, and membership Father James A. Conon the diocesan building commission, Vocations over, pastor of St. Rose Department and the college of consultors. He is also of Lima Parish, Freehold, a current board member of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence was born in 1949 in Rehabilitation Center, Lawrenceville. Neptune. He attended Msgr. Walsh was bestowed a papal honor by Pope Monmouth College, West John Paul II in September 1993, and was invested Long Branch, and Georas a prelate of honor with the title of monsignor gian Court College (now in January 1994 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathe- Georgian Court Univerdral, Trenton. sity), Lakewood, and prefor the priesthood in Mount St. Mary Seminary, th A N th A Npared Emmitsburg, He holds a master’s degree in N NI IV andMd. theology a master’s in dogmatic theology. Father Conover was ordained May 20, 1978, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop George W. Ahr. He served as parochial vicar in St. Mary Parish, Middletown; St. Veronica Parish, Howell; St. Raphael (now part of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish) Parish, Hamilton; and St. Joseph Parish, Keyport, before assuming his first pastorate in St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown, in 1992. Father Conover returned to his position of V E Rwas named h AN N NIthen h t t parochial vicar in St. JosephAParish, N A FATHER DENNIS A. N • NI temporary IV administrator of St. Rose of Lima Parish, APOLDITE in June 2010 and pastor there May 1, 2011. In 2014, the parish celebrated 150 years of Father Dennis A. Apoldite, pastor of Sacred Heart serving the faithful in the Freehold area. Bishop Parish, Trenton, was born in 1951. He studied for David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated the anniversary the priesthood in Mount St. Mary College and

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Congratulations to Rev. Leo Dusheck for 65 years of service. Msgr. John Dermond (retired) for 50 years of service. Deacon William Sepich Deacon William Gallagher for 30 years of service With Best wishes! Fr. Dan Kirk and the Parish Community of St. Charles Borromeo Cinnaminson, New Jersey

e offer prayers of gratitude for your dedicated service as Deacon. Thank you for sharing so generously the gifts you have received from God with the parishioners of St. Catherine’s Church.

We ask God’s continued blessings on your ministry, your family and all you serve. Father Dan Hesko, Pastor Together with your Parish Family of St. Catherine’s Church, Middletown

With Thanksgiving on Your 5th Anniversary of Ordination The Parish Family of St. Raphael-Holy Angels, Hamilton

Congratulations In honor of your five years of faithful service. Extends Prayerful and Joyous Wishes and Congratulations to It has been a generous gift to a world in need. Seminarian Christopher Pinto May the Lord bless you as you have on the 5th anniversary of your blessed so many. May you receive peace God’s blessings upon you always. On Your Diaconate Ordination. ordination as a deacon. and joy in your priestly service. On Your Diaconate Ordination.

Deacon David Colter

God’s blessings Godupon blessyou youalways. for your Seminarian Christopher Pinto

faithful ministry!

May God Bless You Extends Prayerful and Joyous Wishes and Congratulations to From the people of Always, St. Raphael-Holy Angels, Hamilton St.ofRaphael-Holy Angels Parish Father Garry Koch The Parish Family with gratitude,

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Father Stanley Walter Krzyston, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Yardville, since January 1999, was born in February 1953 in Philadelphia. He graduated from the city’s Cardinal Dougherty High School and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., on a football scholarship. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1978. Father Krzyston taught in a Bergen County program for socially disadvantaged boys for a year after leaving Temple, then served as a physical education teacher for three years in St. Joseph Preparatory Seminary, Princeton. From 1981 to 1982, he was a gym teacher in St. Paul School, Princeton. In 1983, Father Krzyston entered Pope John XXIII

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Father Robert Grodnicki, pastor of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, was born in Trenton in 1945 and was a member in the city’s St. Joseph h family Parish until this AN moved to Morrisville, NI Pa. He attended Catholic schools and graduated from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., then spent four years in the U.S. Air Force stationed at McGuire Air Force Base, Wrightstown. He studied accounting in Rider University, Lawrenceville, and worked as an accountant in New Jersey and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Father Grodnicki applied to the seminary in 1982, received his master of divinity degree from Washington Theological Union, Washington, and was ordained an Augustinian priest Oct. 23, 1988, in his home th A N byN Ithe late Archbishop Eugene parish of Holy Trinity V Marino of Atlanta. The priest’s diverse assignments took him to Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Chicago and the Bronx, N.Y.; along the way he completed a training program at the addiction treatment non-profit Hazelden Foundation; earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University, Chicago, and a doctorate in sociology from Fordham University, N.Y. He also served as a social worker in the New York Foundling Hospital, which was

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Father Andrew Jamieson has served as pastor in Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle, since 2002. Born in 1948 in Hoboken, he discerned a life as a Capuchin Franciscan and became a postulant in that order in 1968. A N NIVFather Jamieson earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, in 1982 and a master of divinity degree from St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, in 1988. He was ordained a priest May 7, 1988, in St. Hedwig Church, Wilmington, Del., by then-Bishop Sean O’Malley. Following ordination, the new priest served his order in a number of roles until 1992, when he was appointed pastor in St. Ann Church, Hoboken, and later in St. Francis Parish, Hackensack. Father Jamieson left his order in 1999 to serve as a Trenton Diocese priest. That year, he was named parochial vicar in St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, then as administrator of Holy Eucharist Parish in 2002. Incardinated into the Diocese in December of 2002, he was installed as pastor of Holy Eucharist Parish on Christmas Eve of that year.

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attended Albay Elementary School and St. Gregory the Great Minor Seminary, both in the Philippines, then pursued the priesthood in that country’s Divine Word College of Legazpi and Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City. Father Dela Cruz earned a licentiate in canon law R th A(University from the E • TIRUniversitta della Santa Croce T N Cross), Rome, Italy in 1994. He N was E S of the Holy I ordained to the priesthood in St. Gregory the Great Cathedral, Albay, Philippines, by Bishop Concordio Ma. Sarte, D.D., Oct. 23, 1983. While in the Philippines, Father Dela Cruz served as parochial vicar in four parishes; as pastor in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, and rector of the St. Gregory the Great Minor Seminary. For the Diocese of Legazpi, he served for six years as judge in the metropolitan tribunal and as a member of t h the t h AtheNdiocesan commissions for liturgy, laity, the AN N IV synod, evangelization and canon law, as wellNasI the presbyteral council. Father Dela Cruz arrived in the U.S. in 2004 as part of a mission appeal for the Philippines’ Diocese of Legazpi. In the Diocese of Trenton, he has served as an adjunct priest or parochial vicar in the parishes of Holy Name (now part of Resurrection), Delran; St. Mary of the Lake, Lakewood; St. Raphael (now part of St. Raphael-Holy Angels), Hamilton; St. Jerome, West Long Branch; St. Mary, Deal (both are t h Long t h now of Our Lady of Hope, West A NBranch), A Npart N and St. Gregory I the Great, Hamilton Square.NHeI was incardinated into the Diocese in 2010, and named as administrator in Lawrenceville’s St. Ann Parish in July. Father Dela Cruz has also served as regional representative of the National Association of Filipino Priests in America, and an officer in the Filipino Clergy Association of the Americas.

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Gorzow, Poland. Father Labinski arrived in the Diocese of Trenton in August 1985, and was assigned as parochial vicar in All Saints Parish (now part of St. Katharine Drexel Parish), Burlington. Incardinated into the Trenton Diocese in 1990, he was assigned as parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood, then St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, where he served until 1999. Returning to All Saints Parish in 1999, he was named parochial vicar, administrator and then pastor on March 19, 2001. In 2004, he was named pastor of Trenton’s St. Hedwig Parish, a vibrant community he continues to lead today. On April 1, 2005, Father Labinski was bestowed the title of Honorary Canon in a Co-Cathedral Church of St. Hedwig in Zielona Gora by Bishop Adam Dyczowski. In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Labinski holds a master’s degree in theology from Georgian Court University, Lakewood, and a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Opole, Poland.

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In Celebration of 50 Years of Priesthood, Father Anthony Carotenuto blessed to have Father Tony as Associate Pastor At St. Benedict Church from 1973 to 1985. God Bless Father Tony as he continues to faithfully serve our diocese. With gratitude, Father Garry Koch, Father J.M. Patilla, Staff, and Parishioners of

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Father Marian F. Kokorzycki, parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood, was born in Poland. He attended seminary in Rome and was ordained there in Santo Spirito (the Church of the Holy Spirit) May 24, 1998, by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski. NFather I EKokorzycki entered R in 2007 and A N ofVTrenton the• Diocese was incardinated April 8, 2010. In addition to his role in Lakewood, responsible for the Polish community and parochial vicar, he serves as spiritual director of the Legion of Mary.

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FATHER MARK A. KREDER  Pastor, St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River  Born in Montclair in 1957

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FATHER DAVID SWANTEK  Pastor, St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant  Ordained May 17, 2008, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop John M. Smith  Former parochial vicar, St. Mary Parish, Middletown  Former chaplain, Aquinas Institute Catholic Campus Ministry, Princeton University Continued on • S45

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Congratulations to all

CONGRATULATIONS

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CLASS OF 2013

 Father Carlos Aguirre, parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Toms River  Father Jorge Bedoya, parochial vicar, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton  Father Garry Koch, pastor, St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel; assistant director of vocations for the Diocese

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The Priesthood The Diaconate Consecrated Life

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God’s Blessings on Fr. George Koottappillil, S.V.D.

We warmly welcome

Fr. Evarist Kabagambe

and congratulate him on his fifteenth anniversary in the Priesthood! FROM THE PARISH OF

Celebrating with you on the 45th Anniversary of your Profession of Faith With Gratitude from the Parish Family of the

Church of Mother of Mercy Asbury Park

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton • WHITING

“They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”

REV. PASQUALE A. PAPALIA,

PASTOR

Isaiah 40: 31

The Parish of St. Thomas More, MANALAPAN

WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE OUR DEACONS ON THIS VERY SPECIAL

5 Year Anniversary OF THEIR ORDINATION.

Congratulations

Deacon Edward Buecker in celebration of your 15 year anniversary to the Diaconate

MAY GOD BLESS YOU BOTH AS YOU CONTINUE TO GUIDE US IN FAITH, BY PRAYING AND PREACHING THE LIVING EXAMPLE OF CHRIST JESUS ALIVE IN OUR WORLD.

Congratulations

With prayers of gratitude for your dedicated service as Deacon and for sharing so generously the gifts you have received from God.

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DEACON MICHAEL LEE FOSTER

DEACON & MATTHEW NICOSIA


t Father Jerome M. Nolan preaches his final homily June 24 as pastor of Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach – which merged July1 with St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon, to form St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Mike Ehrmann photo

q An emotional Msgr. James Brady, longtime pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Brick, addresses the congregation following his June 10 retirement Mass. John Batkowski photo

p Msgr. Harold F. Cullen, pastor of St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, chats with a parishioner following a Mass he celebrated in St. Margaret Church. Msgr. Cullen was recently bestowed an honor by the Holy Father in which he was named a monsignor. Mike Ehrmann photo

Heartfelt Encounters

To view photo galleries from the celebrations in this booklet, visit TrentonMonitor.com > Multimedia > Photo Galleries

p Msgr. John K. Dermond, retired priest of the Diocese of Trenton, gives a blessing to his aunt, Mercy Sister Dorothy Lazarick, as she brings up the gifts during the Mass celebrating his 50th anniversary as a priest. John Blaine photo

t Father Edwin J. Mathias, pastor for 23 years in St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, greets parishioners following the Mass celetrating his retirement June 23. Craig Pittelli photo

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Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish Hamilton

Saint Joan of Arc Marlton

Congratulates

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30 years

Honors Deacon Kevin O’Boyle For 15 years of Ministry

of Dedicated, Enthusiastic Service to God’s people. Deacon anDy SabaDoS 20 yearS

Thank you!

Deacon Joe latini 15 yearS

Deacon chuck MoScarello 10 yearS

The St. Gregory the Great Parish Community offers our congratulations and prayers for our deacons on their ordination anniversaries to the diaconate. Church of St. Gregory the Great Rev. Michael McClane, Pastor

Congratulations to

Deacon Thomas H. Watkins On Your 15TH Diaconate Anniversary

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And The People of AndThe ThePeople Peopleof of And CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH CORPUSCHRISTI CHRISTIPARISH PARISH CORPUS Willingboro New New Jersey Jersey Willingboro New Jersey Willingboro, Extend Heartfelt Thanks ExtendHeartfelt HeartfeltThanks Thanks Extend And God’s Blessings to AndGod’s God’sBlessings Blessingsto to And DEACON MICHAEL HAGAN DEACONMICHAEL MICHAEL HAGAN HAGAN DEACON OnYour Your15th 15thAnniversary Anniversary On Your 15th Anniversary On May You Always Walk His Light! MayYou YouAlways AlwaysWalk Walkinin inHis HisLight! Light! May   S48 • L ives

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May God continue to bestow his many blessings upon you and grant you a speedy recovery and the grace of good health. God Bless You And Best Wishes

Sto Lat!

Rev. Jacek W. Labinski, S.T.D., Pastor and the

St. Hedwig’s Parish Family, Trenton


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Home Parish: St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold Wife’s Name: Camille Number of Children: 2 Ministries: Assistant chaplain, CentraState Hospital, Freehold; coordinator for hospital and homebound extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and annulment advocacy ministry. Also received diocesan certification in pastoral care and is expected to receive certification in spiritual direction in 2019; clergy adviser for youth group, Bethany support group and bereavement ministry; member of the Freehold Council second degree, Knights of Columbus Employment: Retired from The Bank of New York Mellon

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DEACON CHARLES MOSCARELLO

Home Parish: St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square

DEACON KENNETH MOTYLINSKI

Home Parish: St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford Wife’s Name: Michelle Number of Children: 2 Ministries: PreCana, Reader, Sacristan Employment: Grifols USA – RTP NC, Regional Sales Director; Talecris, Sr. SSR; Bayer Corp, SSR

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Congratulations

Deacon George R. Kelder, Jr. GOD’S CONTINUED BLESSING ON YOUR MINISTRY

Saint Denis Parish MANASQUAN

Congratulations to all the Deacons of our diocese celebrating a milestone, especially Deacon Guido Mattozzi~35 years. May the celebration of your anniversary of ordination be a source of great joy and continued blessings.

Holy Orders, a Sacrament of service an honest, conscientious consideration of key philosophical notions such as “freedom” and “authority.” Much has been written already on that last point, but beyond the search for one’s philosophical presuppositions and the subsequent need for their purification, it is beneficial to ask oneself another question not considered frequently enough: What does God want? For an expanded version of this column, visit TrentonMonitor.com.

Continued from • S12 many question whether we need the Church in general, and a Church hierarchy in particular; is the Church absolutely necessary for salvation? Hopefully as Catholics we understand the answer is an unequivocal “yes” to all the above. For others, however, that answer is not as clear, and they have legitimate questions on the topic. The journey toward “yes” often requires

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PRIESTS AND DEACONS CELEBRATING THEIR ANNIVERSARIES ESPECIALLY

DEACON JAMES CUMMINGS

Our Lady of the Angels Parish

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PRIESTS AND DEACONS

TRENTON

DEACON PETER CLAUSEN

CELEBRATING THEIR ANNIVERSARIES ESPECIALLY

Congratulations...

DEACON JAMES CUMMINGS AND

DEACON PETER CLAUSEN

Congratulations Fr. Gene Vavrick on your 25th year in the priesthood! May God always bless you and may you always sing God’s praises!

St. Anselm Music Ministry

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Tinton Falls

CONGRATULATIONS

Deacon Moore Hank on the 15th anniversary of your Ordination.

In celebration of the many gifts you’ve shared with all of us through the grace of your ordination. Your Family and Friends

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Deacon Stanley Orkis (retired), Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly Deacon Michael Taylor (retired), St. Joseph Parish, Toms River

35 YEARS

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DEACON JAMES SCOTT

Home Parish: St. Ann, Lawrenceville

Deacon Peter Clausen (retired), St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville

Deacon James Cummings (retired), St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville Deacon Guido Mattozzi, Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Trenton Deacon Joseph Vivona (retired), St. Mary Parish, Barnegat

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Ordained May 12, 1998, by Bishop John C. Reiss

DEACON KEVIN SMITH

Home Parish: St. William the Abbot, Howell

Deacon Jose Beauchamps (retired), St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton Deacon William Gallagher, diocesan coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson Deacon William Sepich (retired), St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson Deacon Barry Tarzy (retired), St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton

20 YEARS DEACON PATRICK JOSEPH STESNER

Home Parish: St. Joseph, Toms River Wife’s Name: Marie Number of Children: 3 Ministries: Religious education, hospital and nursing home visits Employment: Retired shift manager for Citgo, NJ Turnpike, Secaucus, 1969-1972 and retired lieutenant for the New Jersey Transit Police Department, 1972-2001

Ordained May 9, 1998, by Bishop John M. Smith

Deacon Romeo Aquino (retired), St. Joseph Parish, Toms River

Deacon Rene Perez, St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson Deacon Andrew Sabados (retired), St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square Deacon Eugene Somma Deacon Eduardo Trani (retired), Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Beverly

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Ordained May 10, 2003, by Bishop John M. Smith

Deacon Edward Buecker, St. Dominic Parish, Brick

Deacon James Davis, St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan Deacon Michael Hagan, Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro Deacon William Moore Hank, St. James Parish, Pennington; St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell, and St. George Parish, Titusville Deacon George Kelder, St. Denis Parish, Manasquan Deacon Joseph Latini, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square Deacon John Little, St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake Deacon Kevin O’Boyle, Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton Deacon Michael O’Brien, St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills Deacon John Orlando, St. Catherine Laboure Parish, Middletown Deacon Donald Policastro, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Keyport Deacon Thomas Watkins, St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton

5 YEARS

Ordained May 11, 2013, by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

Deacon Robert J. Bednarek, Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton Deacon Richard K. Benner, Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Riverside

Deacon David C. Colter, St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton Deacon Louis Esposito, St. Veronica Parish, Howell Deacon Michael Lee Foster, St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan Deacon Thomas Knowles, St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel Deacon Matthew Nicosia, St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan Deacon Robert Pladek, St. Luke Parish, Toms River Deacon Charles Raylman, St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills Deacon Richard Roenbeck, St.Gabriel Parish, Marlboro

Deacon Ronald Schwoebel, St. Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Bordentown

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