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Lives of Faith

In a widely known instruction, Christians are urged to “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” This is a calling that the men and women in this year’s Lives of Faith Tribute have taken seriously. They have spent decades, and in many cases, the majority of their years, bringing light to the Gospel of Christ through the witness of their lives as priests, deacons, and religious men and women. As they prepare for their latest chapter in retirement, or mark special anniversaries, The Monitor is pleased to share the stories of the many ways they have shared  the blessing of their vocations with the Catholic community of the Diocese of Trenton.

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Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach • Assumption Parish, New Egypt • Blessed Sac- Parish, Cinnaminson • St. Clement Parish, Matawan • St. David the King Parish, rament-Our Lady Divine Shepherd Parish, Trenton • Cathedral of St. Mary of the Princeton Junction • St. Denis Parish, Manasquan • St. Dominic Parish, Brick • St. Assumption, Trenton • Christ the King Parish, Long Branch • Christ the Redeemer Dorothea Parish, Eatontown • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting • St. ElizaParish, Mount Holly • Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro • Epiphany Parish, Brick beth of Hungary Parish, Avon-By-The- Sea • St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Brant Beach • Holy Cross Parish, Rumson • Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle • Holy Fami- • St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro • St. George Parish, Titusville • St. Gregory the Great ly Parish, Union Parish, Hamilton Beach • Holy InnoSquare • St. Hedwig cents Parish, NepParish, Trenton • St. tune • Immaculate Isaac Jogues Parish, Conception Parish, Marlton • St. James Eatontown • IncarParish, Pennington nation-St. James • St. James Parish, Parish, Ewing • JeRed Bank • St. JeMay God bless you, Bishop, with many more years of ministry! sus the Good Sheprome Parish, West herd Parish, Beverly Long Branch • St. “Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach, extends “Bishop O’Connell, thank you for answering God’s call • Jesus the Lord ParJoan of Arc Parish, congratulations to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C. M., on to serve his people as priest and bishop. May God continue his 35th anniversary to the priesthood. ‘Ad Multos Annos.’ to fill you with his abundant blessings. From the parishioners ish, Keyport • KoreMarlton • St. John Father Jerome M. Nolan, pastor.” of Sacred Heart, Riverton.” an Martyrs Parish, Neumann Parish, “’Ad Multos Annos!’ Thank you! God bless you!” “Prayerful congratulations, Bishop David O’Connell, Trenton • Mother Mount Laurel • St. (Corpus Christi, Willingboro) C. M., as you celebrate your 35th anniversary of priestly of Mercy Parish, AsJohn Parish, Lakeordination in the Eastern Province of the Congregation of “Bishop O’Connell, the parish community of Holy bury Park • Nativity hurst • St. John the the Mission. Thank you for sharing your life of faith with us. Family, Union Beach and Hazlet, congratulates you on Parish, Fair Haven • Baptist Parish, Al‘ A d Multos Annos. ’ The priests, staff and people of Sacred 35 years of priesthood. May Jesus Christ, the High Priest, Heart Parish, Trenton. ” Our Lady of the Anlentown • St. Joseph continue to bless you and guide you.” “’See how great an honor the grace of the Spirit has gels Parish, Trenton Parish, Keyport • “Congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Bishop vouchsafed to priests.’ – St. John Chrysostom. To Bishop • Our Lady of Good St. Joseph Parish, David O’Connell, C.M., for 35 years of priestly service to David M. O’Connell, C.M.: ‘Ad Multos Annos, Vivam!’ God’s people. The parish community of Jesus, the Good Counsel Parish, Trenton • St. Joseph St. Aloysius Church, Jackson.” Shepherd, Beverly [Riverside].” Moorestown • Our Parish, Toms River “The community of Saint Catharine Parish, Holmdel, “Every blessing upon Bishop O’Connell, whose 35 Lady of Good Coun• St. Joseph Parish, wishes you great joy upon your anniversary! We are truly years as a priest have led him to serving the people of the blessed as a Diocese with your spiritual guidance and sel Parish, Ewing • Millstone • St. Justin Diocese of Trenton.” (Nativity Parish, Fair Haven) leadership. ‘Ad Multos Annos.’” Our Lady of PerParish, Toms River • “’Ad Multos Annos’ – Congratulations Bishop “We, as a parish family of St. Catherine’s, congratulate petual Help Parish, St. Katharine Drexel O’Connell on your 35th anniversary of ordination to you, Bishop David, for reaching a milestone in your priestly the priesthood of Jesus Christ from Our Lady of Good Maple Shade • Our Parish, Burlington vocation. Ad Multos Annos, Father Angelito.” Counsel, Moorestown.” Lady of Perpetual • St. Leo the Great (St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale) “Bishop O’Connell, congratulations and may God Help Parish, Seaside Parish, Lincroft • St. “From St. Dominic Parish, Brick … Congratulations, continue to fill you with wisdom and joy as you shepherd Heights • Our Lady Luke Parish, Toms Bishop O’Connell, on your milestone anniversary. Thank the people of the Diocese of Trenton.” (Our Lady of you for your 35 years of devoted service and commitment to of Perpetual HelpRiver • St. Mark Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade) the people of God.” St. Agnes Parish, Parish, Sea Girt • St. “Congratulations, Bishop David O’Connell, C.M., “Warmest congratulations to our good bishop on his Atlantic Highlands Martha Parish, Point on your 35th anniversary of ordination as a priest. ‘Ad 35th priestly anniversary. ‘Ad Multos Annos!’” Multos Annos!’ From Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, • Our Lady of SorPleasant • St. Mary (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting) Hainesport.” rows-St. Anthony of the Assumption “Congratulations to the shepherd of our Diocese, Bishop “Congratulations Bishop David O’Connell, C.M., on Parish, Hamilton • Parish, Deal • St. David M. O’Connell, C.M., on his 35th anniversary of 35 years of priesthood, and our pastor Father Michael Our Lady Queen of Mary of the Lake ordination to the priesthood! ‘ A d Multos Annos!’” O’Connor on 45 years of priesthood. Sacred Heart (St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Avon-By-The-Sea) Peace Parish, HaineParish, Lakewood Parish, Bay Head.” “Congratulations and best wishes, Bishop David sport • Resurrection • St. Mary of the M. O’Connell, C.M., J.C.D., as you celebrate 35 years of Parish, Delran • PreLakes Parish, Medpriesthood. ‘Ad Multos Annos! Sto Lat!’ Father Jacek W. cious Blood Parish, ford • St. Mary ParLabinski, S.T.D., pastor, and the Saint Hedwig’s Parish Monmouth Beach • ish, Colts Neck • St. family, Trenton.” Sacred Heart Parish, Mary Parish, Mid“Cheers to 35 years! Under the guidance of St. Jerome, may you have the blessings of perseverance as you continue Bay Head • Sacred dletown • St. Mary to shepherd us. From your flock in West Long Branch.” Heart Parish, Mount Parish, Barnegat (St. Jerome Parish) Holly • Sacred Heart • St. Mary Parish, “Congratulations, and may God grant you another 35 Parish, Riverton • Bordentown • St. happy and healthy years.” (St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton) Sacred Heart Parish, Maximilian Kolbe “May Almighty God continue to bless our shepherd, Trenton • St. AloyParish, Toms River Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as he celebrates his 35th sius Parish, Jackson • St. Michael Parish, anniversary of ordination to the holy priesthood! ‘VIVAT REX!’” (St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown) • St. Alphonsus Long Branch • St. Parish, Hopewell • Monica Parish, Jack“God bless you, our Shepherd, as you lead us in faith. With affection from St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph Grade St. Andrew Parish, son • St. Paul Parish, School and Donovan Catholic High School. ‘Dios te Jobstown • St. Ann Princeton • St. Peter bendiga!’” (Toms River) Parish, LawrencevParish, Point Pleas“The Parish of St. Katharine Drexel, Burlington, ille • St. Ann Parish, ant Beach • St. Pio congratulates Bishop O’Connell on his 35th anniversary to Keansburg • St. Ann of Pietrelcina Parish, the priesthood. God Bless!” Parish, Browns Mills Lavallette • St. Pius Continued on • S32 • St. Anselm Parish, X Parish, Forked Tinton Falls • St. River • St. RaphaAnthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank • St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown • el-Holy Angels Parish & School, Hamilton • St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, St. Anthony Claret Parish, Lakewood • St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville • St. Benedict Freehold • St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold • St. Rose Parish, Belmar • St. Theresa Parish, Holmdel • St. Catharine of Siena Parish, Seaside Park • St. Catharine Parish, Parish, Little Egg Harbor • St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan • St. Veronica ParHolmdel • St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake • St. Catherine of Siena ish, Howell • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Hamilton • St. William the Abbot Parish, Parish, Farmingdale • St. Catherine Parish, Middletown • St. Charles Borromeo Howell • Sts. Francis and Clare Parish, Florence Township • Visitation Parish, Brick

The Monitor is pleased to join the parishes of the Diocese of Trenton in extending best wishes to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., on the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.


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Sister Geraldine was born in Clark to the late William Joseph and Josephine Jankola Schultz and began her education in St. Mary School, Rahway, and graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy, Newburgh, N.Y., where she was taught by the Dominican Sisters of Hope. She entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Hope on Sept. 7, 1947, made her first profession of vows on June 25, 1949 and her final profession Aug. 22, 1952. Sister Geraldine earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Villanova University,

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in Headford, County Galway, Ireland. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1945 and professed her final vows in 1947. Sister Mary Doretta, a diamond jubilarian, devoted 33 years of her ministry to th th the Diocese of Trenton, which included teaching in McCorristin High School from 1982 to 1988 and serving in pastoral ministry in St. Francis Medical Center from 1988 to 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she served in the local house ministry of the St. Clare Convent near the medical center and also devoted her time to pastoral ministry and volunteer work in the surrounding neighborhood. Prior to her years in Trenton, Sister Doretta ministered on the west coast of the United States, serving the Dioceses of Spokane, Baker, San Diego, San Bernardino and Seattle. In 2014, she moved to Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston, Pa., which was the site of a jubilee celebration with her family and other jubilarians. She continues to serve in the prayer ministry there.

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Dominican Sister Joan Coffey was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., to the late James Edward Coffey and Norah Riley. She began her early education in Holy Family t h School, New Rochelle, where she first encountered the Dominican Sisters of Hope. She went on to graduate from Ursuline Academy there. After graduation, on Sept. 8, 1947, she entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Ossining, making her first profession of vows on June 25, 1949, and her final profession Aug. 22, 1952. Sister Joan earned her bachelor’s degree in French from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., and her master’s in French from McGill University, Montreal. She was awarded a master’s degree in religious studies from Drew Theological School in New Jersey. Her long and varied ministry in education began at the elementary level in Casa San Jose, Newburgh in 1949. In 1951, she went on to teach in Bishop Dunn Memorial School, Newburgh. For seven years, Sister Joan taught in Pope Pius XII Regional High School, Passaic, and later served as principal of the Academia San Jose in Villa Caparra, Puerto Rico, and at Sts. John and Paul School in Larchmont, N.Y. Sister Joan, who taught in Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh from 1966 to 1970, served from 1971 to79 in congregation administration and was congregation formation coordinator between 1983 and 87. The College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, benefited from her gifts as she served as an academic counselor there for ten years. Sister Joan has also worked in the secular world as an assistant to the librarian in Madison Public Library, Madison. Before retiring in 2008, she was assistant to the archivist for the Sisters of Charity in Convent Station. She resides in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, Morris Hall, Lawrenceville.

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Christian Brother John Perry was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He entered the novitiate in 1941 and received the habit on Sept. 7 of that year; professed annual vows Sept. 8, 1942, and perpetual vows on Jan. 1, 1947. Brother John earned a bachelor of arts degree from Manhattan College and over the years, earned four master’s degrees in the disciplines of philosophy, sacred Scripture, school psychology and counseling from Fordham University, St. John’s University, The Catholic University of America and Manhattan College, respectively. In 70 years of religious life, he served the LaSallian educational system around the United States and in Brussels as an educator, administrator, vocation director and counselor. Brother Perry taught in several schools in New York including Good Shepherd and La Salle Academy, Manhattan; St. Peter Junior High School, Staten Island. His longest association was with Paramus Catholic High School, where, over the course of three decades, he taught th for 13 years. Brother John also taught for and served as a guidance counselor for three years in St. John’s International School in Brussels. From 1960-1965, he was the vocation director of the New York provincialate and served the Sangre de Cristo Center for Spiritual Renewal first in the administration and then as temporary director between 1965 and 1969. Brother John retired from active ministry in 1995 and is in residence in De La Salle Hall, Lincroft.

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Mercy Sister Patricia Welsh was born in Fairview, Camden, the only child of Emmet and Anne Welsh. She began her education in Caldwell’s St. Aloysius Elementary School and finished her elementary years at St. Joan of Arc School, Fairview. Sister Patricia met the Sisters of Mercy when she matriculated at Camden Catholic High School and entered the community upon graduation in 1947 taking the religious name of Mary Jacinta. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgian Court College, now University, Lakewood, and a master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington. Her early teaching assignments included

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t h Red Bank Catholic Cathedral High School, Trenton; High School in Red Bank and the then newly opened Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. In 1964, she became director of vocations and financial aid in Georgian Court. Three years later, she was named vocation director and then director of postulants for the Sisters of Mercy. Sister Patricia returned to the classroom in 1971 in her alma mater, Camden Catholic and was called to a leadership role in the Mercy community three years later. Following a three-year term as a Councilor (sic), she returned to teaching at Camden Catholic where she remained for 13 years. In 1991, she began service as a case worker for the Mount Carmel Guild, an diocesan sponsored outreach agency based in Trenton, a position she cherished, for 16 years. In retirement, she devotes herself to volunteering for non-profits in ways that benefit from her experience and education.

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Christian Brother Gregory Quinn was born to Thomas and Margaret Gorman Quinn in Providence, R.I. He received the habit of a Christian Brother on August 7, 1946, professed his first vows on Sept. 8, 1947, and his perpetual vows on Jan. 1, 1953. Brother Gregory pursued educational studies in Manhattan College, receiving a bachelors degree in 1953. He went on to earn a master’s degree in French from his alma mater in 1958 and another masters, this one In counseling and psychology, from the same institution. He began a long career in education teaching in St. Mary School, Yonkers, from 1950-1954, From there he went on to teach in St. Jerome School, the Bronx, St. Peter High School, Staten Island; Holy Name School, New York; St. tRaymond High School, h also the Bronx, and Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington. Interspersed with his domestic teaching assignments were international appointments that took him twice to Nicaragua to Colegio San Jose and Ethiopia’s capitol, Addis Ababa, where he taught in St. Joseph Elementary School. Other appointments brought Brother Gregory to La Salle Academy in Providence from 1978-1982; the Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, and De La Salle Hall where he was a member of the staff for ten years, from 1987 to 1997. t h He devoted himself to teaching religious education in St. Catherine Parish, Holmdel, from 2000 – 2002 and since 2002, he has taught the RCIA process for Hispanic adults in St. Anthony of Padua Parish. Brother Gregory resides in De La Salle Hall, Lincroft.

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Dominican Sister Margaret James Curtin was born in Jersey City to the late James and Mary Haggerty Curtin and began her education at St. Paul School, Jersey City, where she first encountered the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Following graduation from Holy Family High School, Bayonne, she entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Hope on Sept. 7, 1947, made her first profession of vows June 25, 1949, and final profession Aug. 22, 1952. She went onto earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hall University, South Orange. Sister Margaret James began her ministry in education in 1949 as an elementary school teacher in St. Joseph School, Bayonne. After ten years, she was assigned to Sacred Heart School, Newburgh, where she taught between 1959-1963. Subsequent teaching assignments brought her to St. Peter School, Rosendale, N.Y.; St. Elizabeth School, Elizabeth City, N.C.; St. Lawrence School, Lindenwold, and St. Cecilia School, Iselin. Engaged in pastoral work in St. Mary Parish, New Monmouth, from 1990- 2002, she also taught in the parish school from 1990-98. She retired from that ministry and devoted herself to the pastoral life in the parish until 2002. She resides in Middletown and enjoys leading a Rosary group for her neighbors.

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Villanova, Pa and began her ministry in education in St. Mary School, Gloucester, in 1949. She went on to Little Flower Elementary School in Pensacola in 1953 and returned to New Jersey to teach in St. Boniface School in 1955. Assigned to Lindenwold’s St. Lawrence School in 1957 she served as principal there from 19771980. She then taught in St. Anthony School, Hawthorne, St. Ursula School, Mount Vernon, N.Y. and was principal of Cathedral Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. from 1967-73. Returning to New Jersey once more, she taught in St. Cecilia School, Iselin, for 14 years. She brought her skills to the classroom of St. Elizabeth School, Linden, for nine years and continued there directing the after school care program until her retirement from teaching in 2002. She resides in St. Mary’s Morris Hall in Lawrenceville.

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and psychological baggage into any marriage. As a licensed marriage and family therapist in New Jersey, Father Padovani is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He also served for a time as a member of the Burlington County Mental Health Board and as chaplain to patients at a private psychiatric hospital. Father Padovani is author of two books that integrate faith with science – “Healing Wounded Emotions” (Twenty-Third Publications, 1987) and “Healing Wounded Relationships” (Twenty-Third Publications, 2006). The two books have been translated th into at least twelve languages. Father Padovani has assisted in many parishes, including more than 25 years in St. Catharine-St. Margaret, Spring Lake, as well as in Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown. Father Padovani currently resides in the Divine Word residence in Bordentown. In his retirement, he has given motivational speeches and homilies around the Diocese.

Sister of Charity Maureen Crowley was born in Montclair and attended Immaculate Conception School throughout her elementary and high school

years where she was taught by Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth. She entered the Sisters of Charity in September, 1957, and completed her undergraduate degree at the College of St. Elizabeth with a major in history. She began her long and lively ministry in education teaching sixth grade in Sacred Heart School, Vailsburg. From there, she was assigned to teach sixth grade in Our Lady Help of Christians School, East Orange. In 1968, Sister Maureen was appointed to serve as principal of Bloomfield’s Sacred Heart School during which time she completed her studies to earn a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University in South Orange. She later served as assistant superintendent of Hudson County’s Catholic schools. In 1977, she returned to her alma mater, Immaculate Conception School, to serve as vice principal and went on to become vice principal in Marylawn of the Oranges School before returning once again to her alma mater. In 2013, Sister Maureen, who now resides in Brick Township, retired as president of Immaculate Conception but continues to act as a consultant, president emerita and a member of its board of trustees. She also serves on the boards of both the College of St. Elizabeth and the Academy of St. Elizabeth.

Mercy Sister Ethel FRIEDMAN

Mercy Sister Ethel Friedman, one of six children born to the late Stephen and Ethel Friedman, grew up in Trenton where she graduated from Holy Angels Grammar School and Cathedral High School. Following a brief period of employment in the corporate world, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1957, took the religious name of Mary Vincentia the following year and professed her vows in 1960, Sister Ethel went on to earn two degrees in elementary education: a bachelor of arts from Georgian Court College, now University, Lakewood and a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State College, now University, New Britain, Ct. Her wide and varied ministry began in education as an elementary school teacher in Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Atlantic City, and Catholic parish schools in South Amboy, Perth Amboy, Keansburg, Edison and Burlington. From 1979 to 1984, she was an instructor in Stockton State College, Pomona and changed course to healthcare after attaining a nursing degree from Elizabeth General Medical Center School of Nursing in Elizabeth in 1987. As a registered nurse, she served in St. Francis Continued on • S6

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Her first teaching assignment was in Our Lady Star of the Sea Academy, Atlantic City, and she would go on to teach French and Latin in her alma mater, Mount St. Mary Academy, for six years. Sister Kathleen studied at Aquinas Institute in Dubuque, Iowa, in preparation for assuming the role of novice director on the religious community’s formation team. After four years, she accepted the position of coordinator in St. Mary Convent, Perth Amboy, and taught part-time in St. Mary High School, there. She was elected to the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey in 1978 and served another term beginning in 1982. Answering a call to serve the poor, she later moved to Scranton to live at the Catherine McAuley House with homeless women and children. There, for three years, she directed the Bridge Housing Program. In 1989, she returned to New Jersey and joined the staff of Project PAUL in Keansburg which is devoted to serving the poor, alienated, unemployed and lonely. There she served as director of client services. Retiring in 2013, she continues to volunteer in the ministry she loves.

Mercy Sister Margaret RUSSELL Mercy Sister Margaret Russell was born to Walter and Josephine Russell in Riverside and attended St. Paul School in Burlington and Trenton’s Cathedral High School where she encountered the Sisters of Mercy. Inspired by the sisters throughout elementary school and high school, she entered the religious life after graduation from the later in 1957. The following year, she took Mary del Rey as her religious name and began matriculating toward a degree in elementary education in Georgian Court College, now University, Lakewood. She later earned a master’s degree in supervision and curriculum at Georgian Court. Her first teaching assignments were in parish schools in the Dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen: St. Elizabeth School, Bernardsville, St. Francis Cathedral School, Metuchen; St. Catherine School, East Keansburg and St. Joseph School, Bound Brook. In 1971, she was appointed principal of St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson, and served there until 1988 when she was named director of communications for the Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey. The following year, she was appointed principal of St. Francis Cabrini School, Piscataway, and in 1997, principal of St. Mary School, South Amboy. During those years, she received several honors from both Dioceses for excellence in education. In 2001, the focus of her ministry shifted to pastoral services as she became director of religious education in Toms River’s St. Luke Parish where she enjoyed working with children and their parents in Continued on • S7


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Dominican Sister Patricia Mary Walsh was born in New York to Patrick and Anna O’Connor Walsh and entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkhill, N.Y., on Sept. 8, 1957. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkhill, N.Y., and a masters from Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. From 1959 to 1974, Sister Patricia was a teacher in several schools throughouttthe New York Archh diocese including St. Helena in the Bronx and Holy Family, Hicksville, N. Y. From 1976 to 1983, Sister Patricia, a certified counselor in alcohol addiction, served as the assistant director and then director of the in-residence program in Alina Lodge, Blairstown, N.Y., an extended care treatment program known as a first step to recovery for those seeking reintegration into society and living a satisfied life within the limits learned in recovery. In 1983, she founded Emmaus House, a recovery center for women religious located in Ocean Grove h since. and has remained its directortever

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Franciscan Sister Rose Daniel Colanzi was born in Philadelphia, where she graduated from Little Flower High School. She served in ministry as an elementary teacher in Pennsylvania and Florida. Sister Rose Daniel served as a pastoral associate at St. Casimir Parish, Riverside, and is currently a pastoral associate at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Willingboro. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., and a master of arts degree from Widener University, Chester, Pa.

Mercy Sister Nancy HERRON

Mercy Sister Nancy Herron is the first of nine children born to Therese and Joseph Herron, Carteret, Diocese of Metuchen. After attending St. Joseph School, Carteret, and St. Mary High School, Perth Amboy, Sister Nancy joined the Sisters of Mercy in September 1967. Professed in 1970, she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Georgian Court College (now University) in 1971, and a master’s degree in education with a specialty in reading from Trenton State College in 1979. Her first teaching assignment was in Saints Philip and James School, Phillipsburg, followed by 13 years in St. Mary Elementary School, South Amboy; St. Joseph School, Trenton, and St. Mary School, South Amboy. Sister Nancy later earned certifications as super-

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Mercy Sister Rosemary E. Jeffries was born in Ocean City, the second child of Elizabeth and George Jeffries. She began her education in St. Augustine School, Ocean City, and then attended Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, where she graduated in 1967. It was there that she met the Sisters of Mercy who influenced her vocation. Her journey at Mount St. Mary Academy, Watchung, that same year. With a degree from Georgian Court College (now university), Lakewood, in art education, she began her teaching career in Red Bank Catholic and served on the parish ministry team in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Freehold. In 1976, she became the first director of communications for the Trenton Diocese. In 1982, she served as the director of public relations in Georgian Court College and for the Sisters of Mercy of New Jersey. Sister Rosemary earned a master of arts in communications from Fordham University, New York City, and a master of religious studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. She returned to Fordham to earn a doctorate in sociology of religion in 1991. In 1988, Sister Rosemary became the first director of development and public relations for the Sisters of Mercy in Watchung. She also served on a National Task Force for the Sisters of Mercy which led to the formation of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in 1991. In 1994, she was elected to the leadership team of the New Jersey community and served until 2001 when she was selected to serve as the eighth president of Georgian Court College. Under Sister Rosemary’s tenure, Georgian Court College earned university status and transitioned the traditional all-female institution to co-educational. She served 14 years as the president and was awarded the title president emeritus when she concluded her tenure. MONITOR • JULY 27, 2017

Sister Rosemary has also served on numerous civic and community boards of directors including Leviticus Alternative  Investment  Fund, Tri-State  Catholic Committee on Radio and Television and TriState Advisory Board for Channel 13, WNET. She currently serves on the Boards of Mercy Center, Asbury Park; Preferred Behavioral Health Group for Ocean and Monmouth Counties, and is the executive director of the All Africa Conference Sister to Sister, an organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of Women Religious in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Dominican Sister Catherine Patrice MORGAN

Dominican Sister Catherine Patrice Morgan was born in Flushing, N.Y., and entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, N.Y., on August 30, 1967. She taught in schools in the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn for 13 years. She served as campus minister in St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, before being elected to congregational leadership in 2000. From 1976 to 2004, she was part of the Jerusalem House of Prayer, Sparkill, where she served as a spiritual director. From 2004 to 2014, she was campus minister and religious education director in Ann Arbor, Mich., before becoming a staff member in the Dominican Retreat House in Mclean, Va., in 2014. She is currently the director of religious education in St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction.

Christian Brother Ralph MONTEDORO  

Christian Brother Ralph Montedoro was born in Long Branch. He received the habit Aug. 27, 1966, pronounced annual vows Sept. 2, 1967, and perpetual vows Jan. 1, 1974. He graduated from The Catholic University of America, Washington, in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s degree in education (counseling) from Monmouth College, Ill., in 1976. In 1970, he began teaching in St. John’s College High School, Washington, D.C., moving to Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, in 1971. He served in Lincroft, including some time as director, until 1974. Brother Ralph also served as a vice principal, prefect and teacher in La Salle Military Academy, Oakdale, N.Y., from 1974 to 1983, eventually returning to Christian Brothers Academy, where he was vice principal from 1986 to 1991 and principal from 1991 to 2005. Since 2006, he has served in his current position as executive vice president. Continued on • S9


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Sister M. Elizabeth Halaj, a Little Servant Sister of the Immaculate Conception, was born in Poland the youngest of four children in a faith-filled home. In 1990, she came to Brooklyn, N. Y., with her family. On the day of her arrival to the United States, while traveling from the airport to their new home they passed by the back of a church, and a man whispered to her, “That’s the real goldmine.” From that moment the Church became her “goldmine,” and Jesus her treasure, she shared. Shortly afterward, she became an active member of her parish youth group and participated in a monthly night prayer vigil in Great Meadows, where Continued on • S50

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Keigher grew up in Long Branch and graduated from St. James School and Red Bank Catholic High School in neighboring Red Bank. In an interview, he credited his family and the clergy and religious in both schools for creating an atmosphere where a budding call to the priesthood could blossom. “The whole process started in grade school,” he said. “By second grade in St. James School, I had an inkling that I wanted to be a priest. All along the way, my family and the sisters at St. James fostered that option,” as did Father Richard Leadem, a parochial vicar there, he said. Interests he had to work in the medical field or further develop his talent for music paled in comparison to entering the priesthood, he said. After graduation from Red Bank Catholic, he went to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and St. Mary Seminary and University, both Baltimore, in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. In 1970, he received his baccalaureate degree from St. Mary Seminary and University and completed his theological studies at the seminary. He recalled that “when I went into the seminary, every summer, I would evaluate the situation and ask, ‘Is this where the Lord wants me to be?’” The answer, he said, was always yes. His year as a transitional Continued on • S14

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y ministry has been great joy,” Father Michael J. Burns said as he reflected on his retirement after serving the faithful in the Diocese of Trenton during his 44 years of priesthood. As he departed July 1 from St. Mary Parish, Bordentown, where he was pastor since 1990, and headed to his new residence in Villa Vianney, the diocesan facility for retired priests, Father Burns said, “I’m going to miss the people I’ve come to know and love over the years; I’ll miss celebrating Mass and officiating Sacraments and attending special parish events. I’ve had the opportunity to meet wonderful volunteers over the years through the various parish ministries.” Noting that he is thankful that he will remain in Mercer County in retirement, Father Burns spoke of having grown up in Hamilton Township. He graduated from St. Raphael School, Hamilton, and Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. Father Burns said his priestly vocation developed gradually, especially though the inspiration of two priests – Father Bill Capik, who was a religion instructor and athletic director in Notre Dame High School, and Msgr. Leonard Toomey, who Father Burns came to know through the Mercer County CYO Day Camp in Yardville. At the camp, Father Burns had served as a counselor, and Msgr. Toomey was the CYO founder. “Both Father Capik and Msgr. Toomey were very positive and exuded much joy as priests,” Father Burns recalled, noting that he arrived at his own decision to pursue a vocation following his college graduation from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.


Pastor recalls blessings of ministry to his flock Continued from • S11 deacon was spent in Sacred Heart Parish, New Brunswick, with his priestly ordination taking place May 18, 1974, by Bishop John C. Reiss in his home parish of St. James. As a 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 Father Bernard J. Shade, in 1985, where Keigher he served for 14 years. During his time in Maple Shade, he served a three-year term on the diocesan Council for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs and as moderator of the Burlington County Catholic Youth Organization. He also served on several other diocesan committees for the continuing education of priests and the priests’ council.

On July 31, 1999, Father Keigher was named pastor of St. John Parish, Lakehurst. The faith community was situated in the heart of the Pinelands amid a burgeoning number of adult communities and the historic Lakehurst Naval Air Base, now a central component of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. With roots going back to the creation of the Manchester Mission in 1868, St. John the Apostle Parish is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Ocean County. Its 5,000 families largely reflect the area’s significant population of senior citizens, said Father Keigher. “Three-quarters of the members are senior citizens and a lot of the ministries reflect that,” said Father Keigher. He said it’s been an honor and privilege to have ministered to generations of seniors who have, in turn, devoted themselves to the parish. Father Keigher called it a blessing to share this part of the human journey with its prevalence of hospital visits, wake services and funerals. “The priorities of older folks are different. Their direction is toward God and heaven.”

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 Father Joseph Gnarackatt recites the Eucharistic prayer in St. Dominic Church, Brick.

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Father Gnarackatt acknowledges that his life of service has spanned various landscapes. “Working in missions verses a parish was very different, but fulfilling,” he said, adding that one of his favorite things about being a priest has remained the same, no matter where he serves. “I was always touched by the faith of the people, he said. “I try to do my best and do whatever I can do to help my fellow priests and parishioners.” With 50 years of the priesthood behind him, Father Gnarackatt looks to the future with the same goals in mind. “I’m still trying to do better, to live Christ’s faith better. I’m still learning,” he said.

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Fr. Andrino Guilherme On the 10th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. Thank you for your service and dedication to our Portuguese Community

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 St. Ann Parish pastor, Father Edwin J. Mathias, stands with young members of his family, some of whom participated as readers during his May 21 anniversary Mass.

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Allahabad University and at Christ the King Seminary, nnPakistan. He joined the seminary when he was Karachi, 15 and was ordained Jan. 8, 1967, at age 24. “I thank very much my senior priests who were mentors. Not just one or two but a good number of them who were supportive,” he said, adding that not only was he an altar boy when he was younger, but out of that group of eight to 10 young boys, six became priests. He spent three years in Pakistan after ordination, where priests of the diocese would meet informally once a month to discuss pastoral work and the changes taking th placen innthe Church during the Second Vatican Council. “We used to have nice discussions. It strengthened my vocation,” he said. One of those changes was, he said, quoting Pope John XXIII, “open the windows and let the fresh air come in.” “When I was ordained, I was living in non-Christian surroundings in Pakistan,” he said, explaining the work of the Church making itself present among non-Christians. He touted the faith-sharing among the different religions in the area. “I had lovely Muslim and Hindu friends,” he said. That work continued as he went on to serve 18 years in the Diocese of Bhopal, India, including in mission stations and time as a mission director in the city of Ashta, India. With less than 2 percent of the population practicing Catholicism, Father Mathias said it was important to find ways to not only relate to the non-practicing population, but encourage and train fellow priests to do so as well. “Many of the people have this notion that ‘Christians have come to convert us,’ and in a way, yes. But after the Second Vatican Council, we learned how not to create animosity,” he said, adding that he found evangelizing enjoyable. One way of bringing others into the faith was through education, Father Mathias observed. In the Cathedral parish in Karachi, Pakistan, where Father Mathias grew up, a majority of the students in Catholic schools at the time were Muslim. “In those days in Pakistan, a number of officials were educated in Catholic schools,” Continued on • S22

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ish, Browns Mills, Father Edwin J. Mathias unrolls a large scroll of paper. On it are lines indicating his family tree, tracing his Catholic heritage back to the 16th century – no small feat for a boy born in India and raised in Pakistan or the man who would serve both predominantly non-Christian countries as a priest. “I try to be a priest who serves the people spiritually h in one way and in othert ways, brings the parishioners nn nn together as a community,” the pastor said. That is a mission he has tried to accomplish during his 50 years in the priesthood. “I never expected to reach this age. I thought if I reached 25, that would be good enough,” he said, smiling. “God is good.”

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On the Anniversary of your Ordination May you continue to be sustained by His grace And may your life in God’s service always be filled with joy! Especially the good and faithful servants who have served at our parishes over the years:      

Bishop David O’Connell—35 years Rev. Michael Lankford—25 years Rev. Douglas Freer—10+ years Rev. Erin Brown—10 years Rev. Walter Quiceno—5 years Deacon Louis Jakub—5 years

from the parishes of

St. Jerome Church & School AND St. Mary of the Assumption www.saintjeromechurch.org www.stmarydealnj.org West Long Branch

Community key for Father Mathias Continued from • S21 he said, citing the schools’ tendency for good education and discipline. CHANGE OF SCENERY

Though enjoying his work in India, by 1989, all of his family had left the country, the majority of whom was living in Canada. Desiring to be in the same hemisphere as his family, Father Mathias came to the Trenton Diocese, serving as a parochial vicar in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (now Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony), Hamilton, and St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton. “Going from having a Sunday congregation of six people in India to 800 or 900 at Mass in Our Lady of Sorrows … the Holy Spirit guided me,” he said with a smile. 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 that during his time in Browns Mills, he has made it a priority to build a community in the parish and beyond. The annual summer festival, for example, is one event that parishioners and non-parishioners alike look forward to. In addition, he works tirelessly to ensure young people are attending Mass, checking in on the progress of children enrolled in religious education programs, encouraging them to attend services with their parents and giving them roles in the Church. “I was happy for the experience that I’ve had as a missionary and in an established parish,” he said of his time as a priest. “I try to reach out to people and that has been a great help to me.”

With sincere thanks and gratitude for your dedicated ministry to your parish and community, we offer our congratulations & best wishes to: Rev. Mpeka Rogatus, Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent De Paul, 35 years Deacon Larry Finn of St Mary Parish, Bordentown, 20 years on the occasion of your ordination anniversary. May God grant you his many blessings!

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Congratulations to all priests and deacons. A special congratulations to Father Bernard Keigher on his retirement.


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It is this complete acceptance of God’s will in his life that Father Chacko holds on to even in the face of tragedy. His oldest brother died last year from heat stroke while journey t h returning home from a nearly two-day nn for him and his wife tot hvisit the nnUnited to obtain visas States. His death prior to what was supposed to be a joyous reunion did not dampen Father Chacko’s faith. “We have no control over anything,” he said. “We all come to our journey in this world, and then, in the fullness of time, we all go back.” Father Chacko was in India in May to officiate the wedding of his brother’s daughter. “Change is part of life,” he said. “God makes the changes. I just do my little work.” Father Chacko’s work, however little it may seem at times, reflects a generous faith in God. “Every day I wake up, I celebrate my life,” he said. “God is good.”

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Father Chacko was born May 31, 1960, in Kallara, Kerala, India, the second of five boys. He speaks fondly of his childhood. “I cherish it,” he said. “Whenever I go back, it brings back my happy memories. It was a great time. It was a beautiful time.” As a family, they would pray the Rosary every evening and attend Mass every morning. It was after 10th grade that he received the call from God to become a priest. He completed his priestly studies from 1988 to 1991 at the Khrist Premalaya, Bhopal Regional Theolgate Ecclesiastical Institute, in Ashta, Sehore District, India, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, in 1994. Father Chacko was ordained May 7, 1992, in St. Thomas Church in Kallara, India, by Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulagara of Nagpur. He was quickly assigned as parish priest at Infant Jesus Parish in Hoshangabad, India. During his time there, he led a Fathepur Mission and was a staff member and procurator of St. Theresa’s

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Minor Seminary. Father Chacko came to the United States in h August 1994 nn who, etat the recommendation tof his Bishop t i him to “get out and learn from other she said, wanted parts of the world.” Upon his arrival in America, he was assigned as a temporary chaplain at Holly Patterson Nursing Home in the Diocese of Rockville Center, N.Y., as he awaited assignment in the Diocese of Trenton through the intercession of Msgr. Walter E. Nolan, then director of priest personnel. “When someone asks me why I came to this country, I tell them, ‘If you can tell me why you were born, I will tell th h you.’ Thenn they n smile at me, and I tell tthem, ‘Itnisnbecause of God you are born, and it is because of God that I came to this country,’” he said. After a month in New York, Father Chacko arrived in the Diocese in September 1994. Since then, he has served in several parishes, including St. Catherine, Middletown; Blessed Sacrament (now Blessed-Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd), Trenton; Incarnation (now Incarnation-St. James), Ewing; Holy Name (now part of Resurrection Parish), Delran; St. Ann, Keansburg, St. th Veronica, Howell, and most recently, St. t hGabriel. He was n nn incardinated n Dec. 6, 2000, into the Diocese of Trenton. Of his time in the Diocese, he said, “I am trying to be a man, a human being, a child of God and then trying to be a priest. That is the most beautiful thing I try to do.”

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or Father Joy T. Chacko, parochial vicar in St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, every day he wakes up is a miraculous gift from God. “If I wake up, I am happy,” Father Chacko said with a chuckle. “There is nothing to be worried [about]. Why should I worry?” Father Chacko, who came to St. Gabriel as parochial vicar in June 2010, is celebrating 25 years of service in the priesthood. He spent the first two years as a priest in his native India and a majority of the other 23 years within the Trenton Diocese. Throughout his various assignFather Joy T. Chacko ments, he’s found the most rewarding part of being a priest is seeing the changes in the faithful after they receive the Sacraments. “People really are being changed and graced,” he said. “It is not my power or greatness, but it is the power of God, the power of the Sacraments, that changes people. “For example, at the end of the Confession, I notice a change come about. They are graced. They become like a light of the world.” It is that light that Father Chacko himself seems to radiate with an infectious laugh, joyfulness and deep faith. “Respecting and accepting oneself, respecting and accepting others as they are, and respecting and accepting God as he is, that’s what my grandfather and father told me,” he recalled. “They were all regular people, but they had a lot of wisdom, I thought.”


Rev. Michael Manning, 20 years Deacons Paul Lang and Sean Patrick Murphy, 5 years and special best wishes to Rev. Matthew J. Pfleger, 5 years

CHURCH of the VISITATION 755 Mantoloking Road, Brick

offers Congratulations and Best Wishes to

Rev. James O’Neill

on the occasion of his tenth anniversary of ordination. Thank you for your dedicated service to our parish. Grace, peace and blessings to you.

Reverend Edward H. Blanchett, Pastor Staff & Parish Family

May the Holy Spirit continue to lead and bless you as you fan into flame the gifts that were given to you when you were first called.

Congratulations to

Bishop David O’Connell, 35 years and

Our pastor, Rev. Richard Vila, 15 years Rev. Cesar Tolentino, 15 years God Bless You for your faithful service, from the Parishioners and Staff

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or Father Michael P. Lang, the best part of his 25 years of priesthood is sharing in the lives of the families that have made up the parish communities where he has served. While each assignment has been very different, the one constant has been “that the people who form the communities have always been very welcoming and supportive as we seek the ways to serve God as a community of faith,” he said. Now in his 13th year as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Millstone Township, Father Lang said what he finds most rewarding about being a priest is sharing in the sacramental life of the parish. The seven Sacraments reflect the cycle of life, “and I’ve had the opportunity to witness many,” he said. “They are signs of God’s love that are meant to nourish us and be constant reminders of God’s desire to be actively involved in our lives. The Sacraments tell us that God is with us.” Father Lang smiles when he speaks of the privilege it is to celebrate the Sacraments, especially when he thinks back to his teenage and early young adult years when he thought that being a priest “was the last thing I would ever do.”

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Father Lang was was born in Philadelphia in 1957 to

Bernadette and Maxwell Lang, now deceased. He said it wasn’t until he was in his 20s that he started getting more active in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, the community he joined upon moving to New Jersey. At the time, he had just graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, with a bachelor’s degree in business management and computer science in 1984, was dating and happily working as a manager of computer operations for Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia. Yet, as he became more involved in Our Lady of PerFather Michael petual Help, serving as a cateP. Lang chist and with the young adult ministry, he began having fleeting thoughts of the priesthood, which at first, he dismissed. “I remember thinking that if God was calling me to be a priest, he had the wrong number,” he said. Father Lang’s curiosity was piqued, however, when he learned about the monthly vocation discernment group that the diocesan Vocations Office sponsored for men considering the priesthood. He decided to attend one meeting “so I could be told that I was not meant to be a priest,” Father Lang said. A year later, in 1986, he entered St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore. “I couldn’t believe it nor did many of the people who knew me,” he said, noting that friends kept his personal belongings and assured him they would be returned if the seminary did not work out, and his employer all but promised that his job would be waiting. Much to Father Lang’s surprise, however, he loved the seminary. Continued on • S31

 Father Michael Lang, center, commemorated his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination with a Mass of Thanksgiving May 21. Among the priest concelebrants are Msgr. Richard Brietske, left, with whom Father Lang had served in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, and Father Joseph Radomski. Joe Moore photos

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President John Garvey and the Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni of The Catholic University of America Congratulate Alumnus and President Emeritus

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., on His 35th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood

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hroughout 25 years of priestly ministry, the heart of Father Michael G. Lankford-Stokes’ mission has remained the same: sharing the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist with as many faithful as possible. Serving three communities over the decades as a parochial vicar and pastor enabled him to do that in a parish setting, but the time came when he felt called to add a new dimension to this mission – serving the members of the United States Armed Forces as a chaplain. Since 2005, when he sought and received permission from Bishop John M. Smith to become a chaplain for the Department of Veterans Affairs (Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA) he has focused on being present for Father Michael G. both parish and military commuLankford-Stokes nities. On weekends, he can be found in the parish setting, celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Fair Haven’s Nativity Church or St. Catherine Church, Middletown. Weekdays, Father Lankford-Stokes commutes from Monmouth County to East Orange, where he ministers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to veterans in the V.A. hospital. He said ministering simultaneously in these divergent spheres adds a depth and balance to each that is profoundly rewarding. “The very good thing about it is that you can do parish work you would otherwise lose in a hospital setting,” he said. “You need a congregation to stay grounded.” Being grounded, he said, is of the utmost importance if a chaplain is to help veterans deal with “the difficulties inflicted upon them by war. … You need to put all of your energy into it as you hope for the best.”

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Father Lankford-Stokes is enthusiastic when describing his early childhood. Born in Athens, where

 Department of Veterans Affairs chaplain Father Michael G. LankfordStokes celebrates Mass July 9 in Nativity Church, Fair Haven, assisted by parish Deacon Sean Patrick Murphy. John Batkowski photos

his late father, Charles Lankford, a Navy engineer, was stationed with the U.S. military, his family lived in Greece, Spain, Morocco, Panama, England, or as he says, “all over.” His late mother, Carol Stokes, was a professor of military history and a historian for the Army Signal Corps. When the family settled in Michigan, he and his brother, David, attended public school and worshiped with their parents in the Episcopal tradition. Drawn to religious life, he experienced a pull toward Catholicism as a youth. As a college student in Michigan State University, he attended Catholic worship and realized that the seed that “was already germinating” had blossomed into a call for conversion. He converted to Catholicism in 1979 while in college, during which time he became friends with a local pastor. “I made the change very consciously. Coming from the Episcopalian tradition, which is steeped in liturgy” was a big change, Father Lankford said. “But to have the True Presence and the Apostolic belief that the magisterium teaches” confirmed the decision, he said. Father Lankford-Stokes entered Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Worthington, Ohio, in 1986. As a seminarian, he served in St. James Parish, Pennington, and was a transitional deacon in St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River. Ordained to the priesthood May 16, 1992, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop John C. Reiss, the newly ordained priest was appointed parochial vicar in St. James Parish, Red Bank. He later served as parochial  Father Michael G. Lankford-Stokes greets vicar and temporary administraparishioners of Nativity Church, Fair Haven, following tor in St. Anthony Parish, morning Mass July 9. Continued on • S31

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Joyous and Prayerful Best Wishes

BISHOP DAVID M. O’CONNELL, C.M.

As you celebrate your 35th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood from the

PARISH FAMILY of

St. Rose of Lima Church BELMAR

“May God

who has begun the good work in you, bring it to fulfillment until the day of Christ Jesus.”

(Phil. 1:6).

Thank you for being a Good Shepherd! Ad Multos Annos!

Retirement brings new opportunity Continued from • S17 pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. His desire to improve his own preaching led him to study homiletics, and he was awarded a doctor of ministry degree in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University, St. Louis. HELPING FUTURE PRIESTS

In 2009, when he was invited to teach homiletics in St. Mary Seminary and University, he joined the faculty with the approval of Bishop M. John Smith. Subsequently, he was named vice rector and director of pastoral formation. Father Griswold said he found great fulfillment in seeing his students develop their preaching skills. “Good preaching is greatly needed in the life of the Church,” he said. “Students want to become good preachers. It was a great experience to see them progress, grow and to find their preaching voice.” In contemplating his priesthood with its intertwined ministries, Father Griswold reflected, “I enjoyed being a pastor to provide vision for the parish community and empower people to take on ministry themselves to be a community of Catholic life. I enjoyed my work guiding vocations in the seminary. I am grateful to God for the gifts he brought to my ministry.” In retirement, Father Griswold looks forward to a yearlong sabbatical to begin researching the history of preaching 50 years before and after the Second Vatican Council. He has received a fellowship to teach and do research in the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., in the fall.  In spring, he will be in residence in Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union to continue the project, which he hopes will result in a homiletics book.

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Father Lang grateful for parishioners, friends Continued from • S25 “There was a different kind of content that I was feeling I was at peace. I knew that if I felt this happy, it was because of God,” he said. At St. Mary Seminary, he pursued a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in sacred theology. MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES

As a seminarian, he served in Epiphany Parish, Brick, and Holy Name Parish (now part of Resurrection Parish), Delran, then was com-

Well-wishes abound for Father Lee Continued from • S29 pastor of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, a community with some 1,750 households, 750 children in grades 1-8 enrolled in the religious education program and scores of ministries available for all ages and interests. He also serves on the episcopal council and as diocesan director of pilgrimages, in which he oversees coordination of events such as the biannual diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He also noted that at the behest of Bishop O’Connell, he is planning a pilgrimage for priests of the Diocese to the Holy Land in January. A BLESSING TO MANY

Surrounded by family, friends, brother priests and parishioners, Father Lee commemorated his silver jubilee with a May 16 Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Mary Church, and another Mass the following day in St. Joachim Church. Among those offering their prayerful best wishes was Grace DelAversano of Our Lady of the Angels who has known Father Lee since he was a young boy. “I watched him grow and become a good man and a good priest,” she said. While St. Mary parishioner Annette Raynor finds Father Lee to be an inspiration and a pastor who is “very dedicated and focused,” fellow parishioner and parish council member Kenneth Camarco, remarked on the great experience it has been to have Father Lee as a pastor. “It’s great to be able to commemorate his 25th anniversary with him,” Camarco said. “It’s my wish that he has many more years here at St. Mary’s.” All Kelly Reardon said about Father Lee, who is family, is that he is a “loving person and a great priest and I’m so grateful that he’s my uncle.”

missioned as a lieutenant in the Air Force and spent two summers as an Air Force chaplain candidate in Tuscon, Ariz., and Las Vegas. As a transitional deacon, he was assigned to St. John Parish, Lakehurst, and was ordained a priest May 16, 1992, by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. His parochial vicar appointments were to St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, and then he was assigned to three part-time jobs as parochial vicar of St. Raphael Parish (now part of St. Raphael-Holy Angels), Hamilton, chaplain in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, and master of ceremonies to Bishop Reiss. He also served a number of terms on the diocesan Council of Priests and a term as chair of the council. Father Lang speaks warmly of his three pastorate assignments, saying he thoroughly enjoyed his time in Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle, St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood, and now in St. Joseph Parish, a community with 1,800 families and 780 children in religious education. Of the community, Father

Lang said it is mainly composed of younger families and that the various ministries are tailored to all age groups. One lesson Father Lang said he has learned is to make parish activities available according to people’s interests because that way “they are more inclined to get involved. They’ll take ownership.” Mentioning how thankful he is for the many lasting friendships he has made during his various assignments and how pleased he was to see former parishioners at his 25th anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving on May 21, Father Lang said he feels blessed by all he’s experienced as a priest and pastor. It is his hope and prayer to continue to be with people and help them to understand “what the Church is all about and be with them in the ordinary journey of everyday life.” “It’s about taking it one step at a time,” he said, “and doing all we do with a peace that can only come from God. If we’re responding to God, we’re going to find peace.”

Father Lankford-Stokes happily helps military Continued from • 27 Trenton, before being assigned as administrator to St. Jerome Parish, West Long Branch, in 2000. He was appointed pastor of the parish in 2001. A NEW MINISTRY

After 15 years devoted to parish ministry, in 2005, he felt the time might be at hand to consider a change. He took a three-month sabbatical for discernment. “I knew there was a great need for chaplains, particularly Catholic priests, and there was an opportunity for a position,” he said of hospital ministry, which Bishop Smith approved. For eight hours Monday through Friday, Father Lankford-Stokes sees patients, including walk-ins, sits on committees, and leads groups in the substance abuse ward and serves as chaplain in the spinal cord unit.

“I have a lot of duties,” he said, explaining that veterans come to the hospital seeking respite and recovery from complicated circumstances. “My job is to help them through the difficulties inflicted upon them by war.” “Going on what I learned in the seminary and what I learned along the way helping in hospitals” – including Red Bank’s Riverview and St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton – “the work is so rewarding,” he said. “I bring a sympathetic ear and a willingness to hear troubles and see where their spirituality is,” he added. In the VA hospital, Father Lankford-Stokes lends that willing ear to staff as well as patients. “On the floors, I talk to everyone” and after a while, patients, doctors and nurses pay him the highest compliment telling others, “Father’s good to talk to.” “It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said.

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“Congratulations, Bishop O’Connell, on your 35th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.’ Ad Multos Annos.’ St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant.” “May the Blessed Mother come into your life today with a special blessing for you. Congratulations on your 35th anniversary.” (St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Deal) “On behalf of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, clergy, deacons, staff and parishioners, we wish Bishop O’Connell our sincerest congratulations on this most blessed occasion of his 35th anniversary. We thank him for all his service, guidance and dedication to the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Trenton.” “All of us in St. Maximilian Kolbe are happy you are our bishop, and we hope and pray for your good health and peace of mind in the years ahead!” (Toms River) “Father Richard Basznianin, along with the deacons, staff and parishioners of St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, would like to congratulate Bishop David O’Connell, C.M., on his 35th anniversary of ordination as a priest. May God continue to bless him.” “Congratulations! Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and thank you for your 35 years of generous service to the people of God. St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish and School, Hamilton.” “The parish community of St. Rose of Lima, Freehold, congratulate you on your 35 years of bringing the Good News to God’s people. Be assured of our prayers as you continue shepherding our Diocese. May God grant you every blessing.” “Joyous and prayerful best wishes, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as you celebrate your 35th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, from the parish family of St. Rose of Lima, Belmar. ‘May God who has begun the good work in you, bring it to fulfillment until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Phil. 1:6). Thank you for being a good shepherd! ‘Ad Multos Annos!’” “The parish family of St. William the Abbot, Howell, sends our prayerful congratulations to Bishop O’Connell on his 35th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. ‘Ad Multos Annos.’” “From Visitation Parish, Brick … Congratulations to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrating 35 years as a priest. God grant you joy and peace in holy service to the people of our Diocese. ‘Ad Multos Annos!’”

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Msgr. Richard C. Brietske, who retired as diocesan chancellor in 2007, was born in 1936 in Perth Amboy. He began seminary studies in St.t h Charlesn n College, Catonsville, Md., and then attended St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore. He holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, and pursued graduate studies in The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He was ordained a priest in 1962 by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. At age t31, h Bishop n George W. Ahr charged Father Brietske with the task ofnbecoming the founding principal i of the new St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Edison. In 1978, he was appointed a co-director of the newly formed diocesan Office of Evangelization. He also served as the Catholic chaplain of Monmouth College, Long Branch. After serving as a pastor from 1982 to 1995 in two parishes – Nativity, Fair Haven, and St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square – Msgr. Brietske was asked to head the diocesan Millennium/ Renew 2000 Office and coordinate the planning of the diocesan celebration for the Great Jubilee Year 2000 with Sister of St. Joseph Agnes Marie Gunn. Later, he was asked to help establish the new diocesan Office of Parish Life. He also held many “auxiliary assignments”: president of the Council of Priests, assistant to the director of the Priest Personnel Office, executive secretary to the Diocesan Commission for Parish Councils, chairman of the Diocesan Mission Statement Committee, a member of the Continuing Education Committee for the Council of Priests and the Diocesan Synod Preparatory Commission and chairman of the Diocesan Building Commission. In April 1997, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor. In 2001, he was appointed chancellor of the Diocese. He lived in residence in Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro for 12 years. Msgr. Brietske has served as a weekend assistant in St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel, since his retirement in 2007. Continued on • S35

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Congratulations and prayers for Congratulations and prayers God’s continued blessings to be for upon God’s continued blessings to be upon our Administrator Administrator Rev.our Matthew J. Pfleger Rev. Matthew J. Celebrating 5 years to thePfleger Priesthood Celebrating 5 years to the Priesthood and our and our Deacon James J. Neubauer

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Msgr. Casimir H. Ladzinski has served the Trenton Diocese in many capacities including as diocesan vicar general, director of priest personnel and episcopal vicar of Ocean and Burlington Counties. Born in Cambridge (Delran), in 1937, Msgr. Ladzinski prepared for the priesthood in St. Charles College Seminary, Catonsville, Md.; St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore, and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich. He was ordained for the priesthood May 26, 1962, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Throughout his priesthood, he continued his studies, receiving master’s degrees in pastoral counseling and pastoral care from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., and Princeton Theological Seminary, respectively. He also studied in Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland; Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind.; the Theological Institute of the American College, Louvain, Belgium; and the Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation, Menlo Park, Calif. On a parish level, his first assignment was as parochial vicar in St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton. While there, he served as a member of the diocesan Liturgical Commission and was Mercer County CYO director from 1965 to 1970. He went on to serve parishes including Holy Trinity, Helmetta; Sacred Heart, South Amboy; St. Justin the Martyr, Toms River; Holy Innocents; Neptune; St. Stephen, Perth Amboy, and Blessed Sacrament, Trenton. As pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, from 1987 to 1996, he conducted a building campaign for the landmark church. From 1996 to 2000, he was the pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson. He was named pastor of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, in 2000 and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head, where he served from 2005 until his retirement in 2012. On the diocesan level, his numerous appointments included serving as the president of the diocesan council of priests and the seminarian recruitment board of vocations, and as a member of the core team of RENEW. Appointed a Prelate of Honor to his Holiness in 1983, he has administered the Sacrament of

Born in 1935, in Manville, Father Joseph Radomski attended St. Peter High School, New Brunswick. He began his seminary studies in St. Thomas College Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn. and continued in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, from 1956-1962. He was ordained a priest May 26, 1962, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Father Radomski served as pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish, Avon, from 1979 until his retirement in 2006. On Aug. 22, 1986, a fire broke out in St. Elizabeth Church. From the ashes of that fire, Father Radomski rebuilt and restored the original church, which seated 290 people, constructed an addition to accommodate another 200 worshipers, and refurbished the church basement to provide meeting space for parish ministries and organizations. Before his pastorate in St. Elizabeth Parish, he had served as pastor in Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, th Great Meadows, 1973-1976, and St. Mary Parish,t h nn Perth Amboy, 1976-1979. He was a parochial vicar in St. Joseph Parish, Trenton, St. Mary Parish, South River, and Sacred Heart Parish, South Amboy, while also sharing his parish duties with his diocesan appointments, including co-director of the Vocation Apostolate in Middlesex County; co-director of the Serra Club in New Brunswick, and CYO director at the parishes to which he was appointed.

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A Trenton native born May 30, 1944, Father John J. Scully attended St. Philip Neri College, Boston, and St. Charles College, Catonsville, Md. He prepared for the priesthood in St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, where he received his master of divinity degree. He was ordained to the priesthood May 20, 1972, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Upon his ordination, he served in Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, moving three years later to St. Mary Parish, Middletown, where he served as parochial vicar. His responsibilities there included both the parish grammar school and Mater Dei High School (now Mater Dei Prep). His vocation later brought a two-year assignment (1978-1980) as parochial vicar in St. James Parish, Woodbridge (now in Metuchen Diocese), followed by time as parochial vicar in St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville. His first assignment as a pastor came in 1982, when he moved to Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune. In 1990, he formed an exploratory committee to determine if there was parish support for construction, and 88 percent of the parishioners supported construction of a new church building. The parish raised $1.2 million in pledges, and the church was dedicated by Bishop John C. Reiss in 1992. Father Scully served on the diocesan Marriage Tribunal along with the now-deceased Msgr. Edward Strano, who later recommended Father Scully to replace him as pastor of St. Clement Parish, Matawan, upon his own retirement. In 1997, he was named pastor. Father Scully spent the next 18 years of his priestly service in Matawan. During his time, a memorial was erected on parish grounds to honor the area residents who died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan, pastor of St. Catharine Parish, Holmdel, was born nNew in n York City in June, 1946, and grew up in East Brunswick. He prepared for the priesthood in St. Charles Borromeo th nn College Seminary, Catonsville, Md., and St. Mary College, Baltimore, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He then went to St. Mary Seminary and University, Roland Park, Md., where he received a master’s degree in sacred theology. Msgr. Vaughan was ordained to the priesthood May 27, 1972, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. His first assignment was as parochial vicar in St. Ann Parish, th Keansburg, where he was encouraged ntonfocus on youth and education and education ministries for 14 years. Also, during this time, Msgr. Vaughan served a two year term (1974 to 1976) as assistant director of priest personnel. Msgr. Vaughan was named temporary administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, June 6, 1986. He was appointed pastor of the parish May 8, 1987. During his six-year tenure, he attended Seton Hall University, South Orange, where he was awarded a master’s degree in public administration th in 1991. nn In April 1992, Msgr. Vaughan was named to his second pastorate in St. Mary Parish, Middletown, a large parish with both an elementary school and a high school. While at St. Mary, Bishop John C. Reiss announced that Msgr. Vaughan would also serve as the diocesan vicar for Catholic Education. With Bishop John M. Smith’s installation in the Diocese in July, 1997, he soon brought Msgr. Vaughan from New Monmouth to the Trenton area to serve as diocesan chancellor/moderator of the curia, as well as pastor of St. Raphael Parish (now St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish), Hamilton. In September of the same year, he was named to a term on the diocesan Vocation Board. In 2001, Msgr. Vaughan was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness, and Bishop Smith appointed him diocesan vicar general/moderator of the curia. As vicar general, Msgr. Vaughan had the opportunity to visit parishes throughout the Diocese, administer

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He was honored in January 2011 by the Matawan Borough Council as “Citizen of the Year” for his years of faithful service to the community. He retired June 28, 2015. Upon his retirement, the parish honored him by naming the religious education building after him for his support for religious education and youth in the parish. n In retirement, Father Scully is spending more time withnhis family and assisting in various parishes when called upon.

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Deacon Patrick Kennedy Deacon Benito Torres Deacon Andrew Fatovic Most Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., 35 years • Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, 35 years • Rev. Martin Padovani, SVD, 55 years • Rev. Jefferson Poole, SVD, 25 years • Rev. Guilherme Andrino, SVD, 10 years

your friends at St. Anthony of Padua Hightstown, NJ

CYO of Mercer County congratulates Bishop O’Connell , Msgr. Gervasio, & all the special anniversary celebrants ! Tom Mladenetz, Executive Director

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Msgr. Thomas N. GERVASIO This October, Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, and vicar general and moderator of the curia, will celebrate 35 years of priesthood. Born in Trenton in 1956, Msgr. Gervasio is the son of the late Tammaro and Orsola Gervasio. His home parish is St. Joachim Parish, now part of Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Msgr. Gervasio attended St. Joachim School and Cathedral High School, Trenton, and St. Anthony High School, Hamilton. Following his graduation in 1974, he pursued his studies for the priesthood in St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore, and Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained a priest Oct 30, 1982, by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, and has held a variety of positions at both parish and diocesan levels. As parochial vicar, Msgr. Gervasio served in St. James Parish, Red Bank, from 1982 to 1987 and St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, from 1987 to 1991. Msgr. Gervasio was then named administrator of Holy Trinity Parish, Long Branch, where he served from 1991 to 1995. In 1996, he was named pastor of his home parish, St. Joachim, and in 1999, became pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton. Since 2005, he has been the pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, created from the merger of St. Anthony Parish with Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.    In 1997, Pope John Paul II named Father Gervasio a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title of Continued on • S41

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Father John P. Czahur, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly, was born in 1951 in Trenton. He attended the former Incarnation School, Ewing, and spent his first two years in high school in Mother of the Savior Seminary, Blackwood, now part of Camden County Community College. The seminary closed at the end of his sophomore year, and the young seminarian transferred to Divine Word Seminary, Bordentown. He formally prepared for his vocation to the priesthood in St. Mary’s Seminary College, Catonsville, Md., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Father Czahur went on to attended The Catholic University of America, Washington, where he received a master’s degree in theology. He was ordained a priest on May 21, 1977, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Father Czahur served as parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, before returning to Maryland to teach in St. Mary Seminary and University School of Theology. Upon his return to the Diocese, he was assigned parochial vicar by Bishop John C. Reiss to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, and was also asked to serve as assistant director of the Office of Religious Education. Other diocesan posts he held included serving as director of the Office of Evangelization and director of the Office of Liturgy. From 1985 to 1990, he served as parochial vicar in Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport, as well as for a short time as temporary administrator. In 1990, he was named pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, where he remained

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Father Cesar Anson, who began his new assignment July 1 as parochial vicar in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, was born in Libmanan, Camarines Sur, Philippines. He prepared for the priesthood in Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Carlos Seminary and a graduate degree in philosophy from the San Alphonsus School of Theology, Philippines. He was ordained a priest April 15, 1977, in Real, Quezon, Philippines, by then-Bishop Julio Xavier Labayen. Following his ordination to the priesthood, he served a decade in lay leadership formation in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines. He then immigrated to the United States and was assigned to the parish of St. John the Baptist, Jersey City. In the Jersey City parish, he organized the Filipino members of the parish while working with the Latino families, as well. He later became chaplain of Englewood Hospital.

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Congratulations Bishop O’Connell! Congratulations Bishop O’Connell! Congratulations Bishop May God bless you O’Connell! as you celebrateMay 35 years of Priestly God bless you Service May God bless you to the people of God as you celebrate 35 years of Priestly Service as you celebrate 35 years of Priestly Service to the people of God to theMay people ofpeace God Christ’s be with you From the goodpeace peoplebeofwith you May Christ’s May Christ’s peace be with you St. David the King Parish From the good people of From theJ.the good people of Very Rev. St. Timothy Capewell, V.F., David King Parish St. David the King Parish West Windsor Pastor Very Rev. Timothy J. Capewell, V.F., Very Rev. Timothy J. Capewell, V.F., Pastor Pastor

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reverend monsignor. Upon his appointment as diocesan vicar general for Bishop David M. O’Connell, C. M., in 2012, Msgr. Gervasio was named a “Prelate of Honor” by Pope Benedict XVI. Within the Diocese of Trenton, Msgr. Gervasio has served as director of the Office of Family Life/ Respect Life; diocesan director of Catholic Relief Services/Catholic Campaign for Human Development; he was a member of the steering committee for the Diocesan Millennium Celebration for the Great Jubilee Year 2000, and a member of the diocesan board for vocations. In 2012, Msgr. Gervasio succeeded Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan as diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia.

Father Michael G. LYNCH Father Michael G Lynch was born in New Brunswick and grew up in Dunellen. He graduated from St. Joseph College, North Windham, Maine, with bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and philosophy. He began his studies for the priesthood in Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md., where he received a master of divinity degree. As a seminarian, he assisted in the religious education program in Corpus Christi Parish, Chambersburg, Pa., and served in Holy Spirit Hospital, Harrisburg, Pa.; South Mountain Restoration Center, a facility for geriatric and mentally challenged patients, and Bethany Retreat Center, Washington, Va. In 1981, he was ordained a transitional deacon and served his diaconate year in St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square. Father Lynch was ordained a priest by Bishop John C. Reiss on Oct. 30, 1982, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. On the diocesan level, he served as a member of the liturgical commission RENEW. Parishes where Father Lynch has been assigned include Sacred Heart, Riverton, as parochial vicar; St. Dominic Parish, Brick; St. Veronica Parish, Howell; St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River, and St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro. He was named temporary administrator of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Red Bank, in 1999, before serving as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Beverly, for eight years, during which time he was instrumental in founding a successful parish nursing program. Father Lynch was then named pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish, Hopewell. Following his time in

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Father Rogatus L. MPEKA Father Rogatus L. Mpeka, parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Yardville, was born in Morogoro, Tanzania. He received his formal education in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, New York; a master’s degree from Maryknoll School of Theology, Ossining, N.Y.; a master of business administration from St. John University, Queens, N.Y., and a doctorate from New York University. Father Mpeka prepared for the priesthood in Tanzania and was ordained Nov. 26, 1982, by thenBishop Adrian Mkoba, Diocese of Morogoro. He arrived in the United States in 1997 and was appointed as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish (now Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd Parish), Trenton. He then went to St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River, from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and was incardinated into the Diocese of Trenton in 2012. He continues to serve in St. Vincent de Paul and speaks throughout the Diocese as part of the diocesan Mission Appeal.

Bishop David M. O’CONNELL, C.M. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., 10th Bishop of Trenton, and former president of The Catholic University of America, Washington, was born April 21, 1955, in Philadelphia. A priest of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, also known as the Vincentians, Bishop O’Connell grew up in Langhorne, Pa., and attended Our Lady of Grace Parish, Penndel, Pa. He is one of four sons of the late June and Arthur J. O’Connell. Bishop O’Connell attended Our Lady of Grace School, Penndel, where he was taught by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. Knowing from an early age that he wished to pursue the priesthood, Bishop O’Connell attended the Vincentians’ St.

Joseph Preparatory High School, Princeton. He continued his Vincentian education in Niagara University, N.Y., where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1978. Bishop O’Connell prepared for the priesthood in Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, Pa., where he received a master of divinity degree in 1981 and a master’s degree in moral theology in 1983. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission in Mary Immaculate Seminary by Bishop Joseph McShea of the Diocese of Allentown on May 29, 1982. Bishop O’Connell’s first assignment was as director of student activities and faculty in Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, Pa., where he served from 1982 to 1985. He then pursued studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, Washington, obtaining a licentiate in 1987 and then a doctorate in canon law in 1990. He has since received numerous honorary academic degrees from various colleges and universities. Bishop O’Connell also served as registrar and assistant professor of canon law, theology and philosophy in Mary Immaculate Seminary. In 1990, he joined St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y., where he served in various capacities, including professor of theology and religious studies, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, academic dean and dean of faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and assistant to legal counsel. He also spent one year simultaneously serving as interim academic vice president of Niagara University. In 1998, he was named the 14th president of The Catholic University of America. On June 4, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed then-Father O’Connell as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton. He was ordained to the episcopacy in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, on July 30, 2010. When Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop John M. Smith on Dec. 1, 2010, Bishop O’Connell automatically succeeded him. As Bishop, he has focused his efforts on the catechetical development of his flock, the sanctification and cultivation of his priests and the advancement of new vocations. In 2012, he ordered a comprehensive relief effort for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. In 2015, Bishop O’Connell launched two major initiatives in order to bolster the future of the Diocese: A $75 million endowment campaign, Faith to Move Mountains, and the Faith in Our Future initiative, designed to strengthen parishes through inter-parochial cooperation.  In April 2016, Bishop O’Connell presented a proposal to the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops in Rome for the elevation of St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Freehold, to co-cathedral. The elevation was commemorated in February 2017.

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Prayerful Congratulations,

BISHOP DAVID O’CONNELL

as you celebrate your 35th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination in the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Missions. Thank you for sharing your LIFE of FAITH with us

Ad Multos Annos The priests, staff and people of SACRED HEART PARISH

Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton

www.trentonsacredheart.org

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. • 35 years Msgr. Casimir Ladzinski • 55 years • Retired and former Pastor at St. Aloysius, Jackson & Sacred Heart, Bay Head Rev. Michael J. O’Connor • 45 years • Sacred Heart Parish, Bay Head Rev. Cesar Anson • 40 years • St. Joseph Parish, Toms River Rev. Stephen M. Piga • 15 years • St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River Deacon Francis Babuschak, Jr. • 35 years • St. Joseph Parish, Toms River Deacon Stanley D. Kendrick • 5 years • St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville and all priests, deacon and religious brothers & sisters, celebrating special anniversaries in 2017!

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Later, Father Piga joined the Peace Corps for two years and was sent to work in public health care in Oman. Experiencing a conversion in Oman, he returned to the U.S. and applied to the Carmelite order. He was encouraged to wait a year since his conversion experience was so recent. Father Piga then earned his master’s degree in social work in 1990 from Rutgers University and worked full-time for six years as a psychiatric social worker nn in Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood, and in Shoreline Behavioral Health Center, Toms River. His call to the priesthood was revived, and he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., in September 1996. He was ordained in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, May 18, 2002, by Bishop John M. Smith, and was appointed parochial vicar of St. Catharine Parish, Spring Lake. Father Piga also served as parochial vicar in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, in 2008, and in St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, before being n ni pastor in St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. named

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Msgr. Joseph L. ROLDAN Since 2011, Msgr. Joseph L. Roldan has served as the 16th rector of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. At the time of his appointment, he was simultaneously assigned to the diocesan multicultural outreach and ministry council for a period of three years. In addition to being rector in the Cathedral, Msgr. Roldan has served as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Trenton, since July 1, 2012. Born in 1962 in Newark to Fernando and Juanita Roldan, he is the fourth of five children. He attended the public school system graduating from the Freehold Borough High School. He graduated from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, before attending the Society of the Divine Word College Seminary, Epworth, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987. Upon graduation, Msgr. Roldan took a period of discernment and began working as a counselor for the N.J. Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitative Services in Monmouth County for 11 years. Aspiring to become a Trenton Diocesan priest, a desire fostered since his early involvement with a youth movement, “Encuentro Con Cristo,” he entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. He holds the honor of being the first and only American-born Hispanic priest who was ordained for the Diocese in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, May 18, 2002, by Bishop John M. Smith. Msgr. Roldan’s first assignment as parochial vicar was in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown. In July 2004, he was appointed parochial vicar

in St. Anthony Parish, Red Bank. Msgr. Roldan was appointed administrator of Christ the Redeemer Parish, Mount Holly, in November 2005, and in January of 2007 he became the pastor. He served for a total of six years in Christ the Redeemer Parish.

Father Cesar B. TOLENTINO Father Cesar B. Tolentino, parochial vicar in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade, was born in 1966 in Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines. He is one of six children of Ponciano and Francisca Elisea Tolentino. He attended college in Immaculate Conception Seminary in Bulacan and St. Vincent Seminary in Manila, and was ordained June 24, 2002, for the Diocese of Antipolo City, Philippines. During Father Tolentino’s first five years of ministry, he served in a number of parishes in the Philippines, including the Cathedral of Antipolo, before coming to the United States in 2007. Upon his arrival in the Diocese of Trenton, Father Tolentino was appointed parochial vicar in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, and in 2009, parochial vicar in St. James Parish, Red Bank.

Father Richard C. VILA Father Richard C. Vila, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade, was born in 1968 in Jersey City, the youngest of three children born to Rufino and Corazon Vila. He attended Catholic grammar and high schools in northern New Jersey, then graduated from Rutgers University’s Cook College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Before entering the priesthood, he had a career as a municipal health inspector, and continued his education at Union County College, graduating with a degree in nursing. He worked as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit before entering Mount St. Mary Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. In 2016, he celebrated a White Mass in St. Luke Church, Toms River, which recognized the work of health care professionals Father Vila was ordained in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, May 18, 2002, by Bishop John M. Smith. As parochial vicar, he served in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford; St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River; St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, and in St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft. He was appointed administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in 2014, then as pastor in 2015.

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Christ the King Catholic Mausoleum 130 St. Maximilian Lane Toms River, NJ 08757 Parish Office - 732-914-0300

Rev. Joselito M. Noche Rev. Joselito M. Noche

Congratulations to Bishop David O’Connell on his 35th Anniversary! Best wishes from With great joy and pride With greatLADY joy and QUEEN pride THE PARISH OF OUR OF PEACE HAINESPORT WithOUR greatLADY joy andQUEEN pride OF PEACE THE PARISH OF would like totocongratulate Pastor, FatherOF “Joe” Noche would like congratulate our Pastor, Father “Joe” Noche THE PARISH OF OURour LADY QUEEN PEACE onhis his10th 10thto Anniversary Ordination to Priesthood. would like congratulateofour Pastor, Father Noche on Anniversary Ordination tothe the“Joe” Priesthood. on his 10th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.

the parish family of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Pastor: Rev. Stephen M. Piga Parochial Vicar: Rev. Philip Ruggiero

Congratulations & Best Wishes to Bishop O’Connell Love & Prayers from Resurrection Parish

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Divine Word Father Guilherme ANDRINO Divine Word Father Guilherme Andrino, parochial vicar and youth coordinator in St. Anthony Claret Parish, Lakewood, was born to Geraldo Francisco and Vanira Fereira Andrino in Ibaiti, Parana State, in the southern part of Brazil. He has one living brother, Nathaniel; his brother Wellington is deceased. In February 1990, he joined the Divine Word Seminary in Penha as a sixth-grader. The following year, he transferred to the Seminary of Toledo in Parana State, where he completed his primary

education. From 1993 to 1995, he attended high school in Ponta Grossa, and in 1997, he began studies in philosophy in Pontificial Catholic University in Curitiba, the capital of Parana, finishing in 1999. In 2000, he began his novitiate year, during which he ministered to the African Brazilian community. On Jan. 7, 2001, he made his first profession of vows as a member of the Divine Word community, then began theology studies in Instituto de Ensino Superiores in San Paulo. He worked with Street Network of Communications, which provides assistance to the homeless, and also with Verbo Filmes, a Divine Word Missionaries communication center. He was ordained a priest April 14, 2007, by Bishop Jose Luiz Bertanha, S.V.D., of the Diocese of Registro. In March 2008, he arrived in the United States and was appointed to his first parish assignment as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament-Our Lady of the Divine Shepherd Parish, Trenton. In June 2011, he was named pastor of the parish. In 2015, he went to Mexico to study Spanish in order to minister to the Hispanic community in St. Anthony Claret Parish. Along with his pastorate, he is also superior of the District of New Jersey for the Divine Word Missionaries and ministers to the Brazilian and Portuguese communities in Riverside and Long Branch.

Father Douglas A. FREER Father Douglas A. Freer, pastor of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Lavallette, was born in 1963 in Morristown. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., he served as rector in St. James Episcopal Church, Long Branch, where he had worked with Father Daniel F. Swift, then pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Long Branch, on many ecumenical events. Father Freer spent time as a chaplain in hospitals and hospices, but when the time called for Sacraments, he had to call in a Catholic priest. He eventually decided to transition from the Episcopal Church in order to share in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. He began his seminary studies for the priesthood in Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, in 1996, and served a seminarian assignment in St. Joseph Parish, Toms River; Holy Trinity Parish, Long Branch, and St. Aloysius Parish, Caldwell. Father Freer was ordained a priest May 19, 2007, by Bishop John M. Smith in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He served as parochial vicar in St. Joseph Church, Toms River, before being named administrator of Holy Family Parish, Union Beach, in 2008. As pastor, Father Freer was assigned to St. Rose Parish, Belmar, in 2009, and to St. Jerome Parish, West Long Branch, and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Deal, both in 2014. He became pastor of St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish effective July 1. On a diocesan level, he served a term as episcopal vicar for Catholic education.

Father Joselito M. NOCHE Father Joselito M. Noche, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport, was born in the Philippines in 1964. After graduating from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, in 1988, and earning a degree in medicine and surgery, he trained in anesthesia in St. Joseph Medical Center, Paterson, and worked as an anesthesiologist in Mercer Hospital and Helene Fuld Medical Center, Trenton. In 2002, he began his seminary studies in St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and was ordained May 19, 2007, by Bishop John M. Smith in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He was appointed parochial vicar in St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, in 2007. In July 2011, he served as a parochial vicar in St. Mary Parish, Middletown, and was also appointed diocesan liaison for Family Life and Pro-life Activities. In 2016, he was appointed vicariate chaplain for Pro-Life Ministry for Burlington County.

Father James Francis O’NEILL Father James Francis O’Neill Jr. has been serving as parochial vicar in Visitation Parish, Brick, for nearly half a decade. Spending his first five years as a priest in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, he was originally a parishioner in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting. He was ordained in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral May 19, 2007, by Bishop John M. Smith, and served in Moorestown from January 2007 to June 2012. Father O’Neill began his studies for the priesthood in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa., in 2001, and took summer parish assignments in St. Catherine, Middletown; St. Vincent de Paul, Yardville; St. George, Titusville, and St. Aloysius, Jackson. He then served as transitional deacon in St. Peter Parish, Riverside (now Jesus, The Good Shepherd), and St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan. Father O’Neill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, in 1994, and a master’s degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1997. While at Stevens Institute, Father O’Neill co-authored and assisted Msgr. Joseph Shenrock in editing “Upon This Rock: A New History of the Trenton Diocese,” published in October 1993. From 1997 to 2001, he worked as the computer network administrator in Monsignor Donovan High School, Toms River (now Donovan Catholic). He has been the vicariate chaplain for Pro-Life Ministry for Ocean County since the fall of 2016. Continued on • S48

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Ordained June 9, 2012, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., these priests are marking their fifth anniversaries. They are listed here, along with their current assignments:

 Father Neiser Cardenas-Barros, parochial vicar, St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton  Father Carlos Castilla, administrative leave  Father Robert Cro, candidate for the Sulpicians  Father Daniel E. Kirk, pastor, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson  Father Matthew J. Pfleger, administrator, Holy Family Parish, Union Beach  Father Walter Quiceno, parochial vicar, St. Rose Parish, Belmar  Father Andres Serna-Ocampo, parochial vicar, Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, and hospital ministry at Monmouth Medical Center, West Long Branch

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number of years ago, Msgr. Thomas J. Mullelly received a call from a father about his son who was incarcerated in the Federal Corrections Facility, Fort Dix. The father recounted that his son had not seen any Catholic ministry in the prison for a year, since the military chaplain had been deployed. Msgr. Mullelly, who serves as diocesan vicar for clergy and consecrated life and director of seminarians, called a local parish and spoke with a deacon who immediately organized a group of six additional deacons. They began serving at the prison on a rotating basis, leading prayer services, encouraging dialogue and being the Catholic presence that had been missing. They continue to serve at the corrections facility today. The story reflects, in part, the evolution of the diaconate program in the Diocese of Trenton since its institution by Bishop George W. Ahr in 1974, just seven years after Pope Paul VI, following the desire of the Second Vatican Council, issued his apostolic letter, “Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem,” which reinstated the diaconate as a permanent office of the Latin Church. Just one year later, in 1968, U.S. bishops received permission from the Holy See to establish the diaconate in their dioceses. “Deacons are men ordained to service and to leadership in the Church,” stressed Msgr. Mullelly, explaining that today’s permanent deacons are often called to step outside the confines of their parish to serve the people of God. While addressing the many needs that exist in the parish, under the direction of the pastor, it is not unusual for deacons to undertake or coordinate ministry in jails or prisons, hospitals and nursing homes, he explained.

of the first class of deacons under the direction of Msgr. James McManimon. Deacon Hannawacker was ordained by Bishop Ahr in 1977 in St. Mary of Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. “There were 40 of us,” said Deacon Hannawacker, “and the program included three years of formation. We went to classes in the Archdiocese of Newark two nights a week.” The second year, he explained, deacons attended classes in St. Stephen Parish Center, Trenton, and later, in a location next to Sacred Heart Church, Trenton. Since 1995, classes have been held in the diocesan Chancery in Lawrenceville. Eventually, the formation process was extended to four years, following the 1984 guidelines from the U.S. bishops. Deacon Robert Tharp of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Trenton, who was ordained in 1981, recalled, “[The diaconate] was so new, there were not a lot of us who knew much about it. All of us who entered in these early years were just absolutely trusting God, not sure where we were going or where the Church was going with the diaconate program.” In 1981, almost half of the first class of ordained deacons became part of the newly established Diocese of Metuchen, which was formed from the four northernmost counties that had been in the Trenton Diocese. It was one of many transitions that deacons would face in their evolving ministry. Continued on • S50

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she met the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. In 1992 she joined the congregation and in Jubilee Year 2000, as Sister Elizabeth, she made her final profession of the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. As a newly professed religious after the novitiate, she began her teaching ministry while continuing her own education. In 2002, she received

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clergy, said Deacon Hannawacker, was the merger of the Office of the Diaconate with the Office of Priest Personnel under the umbrella of the Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life in 2011, the same year Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., called for a study of the diocesan diaconate formation program. The study was conducted by a committee chaired by Msgr. Mullelly. During this time, no new candidates were accepted into the program. The findings of the two-year study were published in a 17-page report and presented to each of the deacons. The recommendations highlighted issues of requirements, formation, educational standards, public speaking, assignment policy, address and attire. During the 2013 deacon convocation, Bishop O’Connell shared the results of the study with the deacons, noting that a new class of seven deacons would begin a five-year period of formation in 2015, including academic studies through a partnership with Georgian Court University, Lakewood. “Since 2013, we have enhanced all dimensions of the diaconate program,” including the focus on

the spiritual, intellectual, pastoral and human aspects of this ministry, Msgr. Mullelly said. “We have strengthened requirements for admission and the academic dimension of the diaconate formation program.” Candidates who have a bachelor’s degree can earn a master’s degree in theological studies in Georgian Court University, and those without a bachelor’s degree can earn credit toward an undergraduate degree. “I think we’re on the right path,” he added. Looking back on how the diaconate has evolved, Msgr. Walsh referred to the presence of deacons as “life giving.” They are, he said, “a reflection of life lived, in the grocery store, at the high school football game. They are every place people are – Church outside the walls – in the corners of life that priests don’t always have the opportunity to be in.

“These are the normal places for deacons to be,” Msgr. Walsh said, “offering a strong testimony for evangelizing.” Though much has changed for deacons and the diaconate program in the past 40 years, Deacon Hannawacker recalled an enduring lesson set out before the first class of deacons by Msgr. McManimon. “The priorities of a deacon are God, family, employment, the diaconate – in that order.”

a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a master’s degree in education in 2006, followed by a New Jersey certification in elementary education and supervision in 2007, and a principal certification in 2011. She also received an educational specialist in educational leadership degree, policy and management from Seton Hall University in 2011. “For me, teaching was and still is a vocation rather than a career, and it is God’s love that motivates and sustains my enthusiasm and love for children,” she shared. Sister Elizabeth taught in St. Matthew School, West Deptford, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Milltown, as a kindergarten teacher; and, later, as

principal of Blessed Sacrament School, Elizabeth, and Blessed Edmund Early Education Center, Cherry Hill. In 2008, for nine months she worked with children from depressed areas in the Philippines. She previously served as pastoral associate in St. Matthew Regional School, Verga, and since 2015 she has served as a Little Servant Sister. She now serves as faith formation direction in Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing. Sister Elizabeth, in her 25th year of religious life, said she is filled with more joy and love for Jesus than ever before. “Since my childhood, I was happy and full of energy and ideas, with my own dreams,” she shared. “I wanted to make people smile. Now after 25

years of religious life in the reality of community, as Sister Elizabeth I say my days are filled with joy, love, peace, and happiness. Today I can assure you that after 25 years of being a sister my heart sings the song of joy louder and louder each day.” She continued, “Jesus my Lord is my love, my friend, and my inspiration and motivation. He is the beginning and end of each day. If you want to taste the flavor of Jesus’ love, just open you heart and invite Jesus. He is always ready to give us one more chance in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Each and every day, just like Mary, I say my ‘Fiat - Yes,’ to Jesus and invite him to be with me, so one day He can invite me to be with him forever.”

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Congratulations

Deacon Tom Murphy On five years of service to

The Parish Community of

St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton

Jesus, the Good Shepherd BEVERLY

Extends Heartfelt Congratulations and Prayerful Best Wishes to

We are blessed to have you

Deacon Gary Schmitt

for his 5 years of dedication to our Parish!

Msgr. Rich, Fr. Jorge, Fr. Leon with our staff & parishioners

With grateful best wishes and the Lord’s choicest blessings on the occasion of your 40th Diaconate anniversary. Ad multos Anos! Deacon Joseph Hannawacker

From the Tribunal Staff at the Diocese of Trenton

Congratulations to

Deacon Barry Zadworny 0n your 20th Diaconate Anniversary May God continue to bestow his many blessings upon you and keep you well. God bless you and best wishes, Sto Lat! Rev. Jacek W. Labinski, S.T.D.

Pastor and the St. Hedwig’s Parish Family,

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Employment: Senior project manager, senior software engineer, IBM Corporation since 1981

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Deacon Matthew FUNG

Town of Residence: Princeton Junction Wife’s Name: Teresa Number of Children: 2 Home Parish: St. David the King, West Windsor Current Ministries: Baptisms; wake services; Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, prayer service in St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, Lawrenceville; Loaves and Fishes ministry in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Employment: Associate professor in St. Peter’s University, Jersey City. Also was a visiting professor in Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and an economist at Swiss Re, New York, N.Y.

Deacon Frank GOLAZESKI Town of Residence: Ewing Wife’s Name: Kathleen Number of Children: 3 Home Parish: Incarnation-St. James, Ewing Ministries: Parish ministry in catechesis, RCIA, Bible Study, including Great Adventure Bible Study Groups, offers Catholic presentations in a variety of venues, including Rider University Campus Catholic Ministry and St. Ann Parish, Bristol. Pa.; Diocesan Office of Evangelization, Youth, Marriage, Family Life: Pre-Cana team training

Deacon Anthony REPICE

Town of Residence: Ocean Township, Ocean County Wife’s Name: Marian Home Parish: St. Pius X, Forked River Ministries: Hospital and prison ministry, RCIA, stewardship, parish council Employment: Retired from a management position with Xerox Corporation

Deacon Michael P. RILEY

Town of Residence: Titusville Wife’s Name: Terri Number of Children: 4 Home Parish: St. George, Titusville Ministries: St. George Parish family catechesis, marriage preparation, Baptismal preparation, homebound and hospital visitation, pastoral council facilitator, Faith in Our Future Cohort 8 member, prison ministry at Mercer County Detention Center, Hopewell. Employment: Hopewell Valley Regional School District, educator/coach; Diocese of Trenton, associate director, Office of Clergy, 2014 to present.

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Congratulations

Congratulations, DEACON JIM AYRER!

from the Parish Community of

The Church of Incarnation-St. James

Father John Testa and the People of

1545 PENNINGTON ROAD, EWING

Rev. Thomas Augustine Morris, O.SS.T., Pastor

Corpus Christi Willingboro

lovingly and prayerfully thank you for sharing your “Life of Faith” and your “Words of Faith” with us for years.

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e are so very grateful and blessed!!!

Deacon Thomas H. Rivella  15 years

May God continue to walk beside you on your “Journey of Faith.”

Deacon Frank Golazeski  10 years

CongratulaƟons DEACON ROBERT THARP SR DEACON RICHARD ARCARI

Deacon Roger Dinella (25 years) &

Deacon MaƩhew Fung (10 years) On your OrdinaƟon Anniversaries to the Diaconate 15 YEARS DEACON BILL PALMISANO

35 YEARS

— GREETINGS — Fr. Gene, Fr. Ed, Deacons, Parish Staff, Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Parish School Board, Ministries, Committees, Organizations, School Community, Parishioners, and Friends of the Parish.

5 YEARS

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Thank you for your dedicated service to our parish! Grace, Peace and Blessings to you both, The Catholic Community of St. David the King Princeton JuncƟon, NJ Very Rev. Timothy J. Capewell, V.F., Pastor


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Ordained May 9, 1982, by Bishop John C. Reiss Deacon Francis Babuschak, Jr. • St. Joseph Parish, Toms River Deacon Gabriel Gregory • Serving outside the Diocese Deacon Patrick Kennedy • Serving outside the Diocese Deacon Samuel Sciarrotta • Retired Deacon Robert Tharp • St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton

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Ordained May 9, 1987, by Bishop John C. Reiss Deacon Stephen W. Andrews • Serving outside the Diocese

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15 YEARS

Ordained May 12, 2002, by Bishop John M. Smith Deacon Miguel Adorno • Christ the Redeemer Parish, Mount Holly Deacon Richard Arcari • St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton Deacon Louis Commisso • Epiphany Parish, Brick

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The Parishioners of the wish to extend their deepest wishes of

Offers our sincerest congratulations to Bishop David M. O’Connell and Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio on the occasion of their 35th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood!

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