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A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. to the Graduating Class of 2019

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. encourages St. Rose High School graduates during the May 30 Baccalaureate Mass he celebrated in St. Rose Church, Belmar.

St. John’s Gospel speaks often about the importance of maintaining a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Learning about that, doing that is the purpose of Catholic education – the purpose of the last four years you have spent in Catholic high school.

I want to focus your attention on words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ himself on the night before he died, what is called by Bible scholars as the “Last Discourse.” If you believe in him, truly believe, these words, his words, should be something you also believe. They are his “last will,” part of his final message at the Last Supper.

People are fascinated by learning a person’s conscious “last words.” I emphasize “conscious” because they are considered to be an effort on the part of the “conscious” person to share what is on his/her mind as life comes to an end, a message to be remembered. What did he or she say? What were his/her last words?[…Continue Reading]

A message from JoAnn Tier to the Graduating Class of 2019

JoAnn Tier, Superintendent for Catholic Schools, awards a graduate from Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, her diploma.

June is the time when graduates respond with an ebullient, carefree spirit recognizing the joy-filled completion of 12-plus years of education. It is also the time when a defined tug is experienced on the heartstrings of parents, accentuating the rapid passage of time, the unfolding of new explorations, discoveries and continued soul-searching for their child. It is a time in which school traditions are honored and take on a meaning and a rite of passage, a connection with former alums.

Baccalaureate Masses and graduation exercises exemplify a personal stamp reflecting the individuality and culture of each high school. It may be experienced in the lighting of the alumni candle with family members who salute the same alma mater. It may be reflected in the procession of the 50th anniversary class appearing to be lost in thought recalling their youthful days. Have they really grown up? It is a time for family and friends to become absorbed in the strains and formidable talents of the choir and orchestra. It is a reflective time as former graduates return to deliver commencement speeches accentuated with experience and personal advice. It is a time to remember, to embrace the familiar and to welcome the unfamiliar yet to be experienced.[…Continue Reading]

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Monitor 2019 Graduation Edition In Masses and special ceremonies throughout May and June, more than 1,500 graduates celebrated their many accomplishments and blessings, leaving the safe harbor of

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  • “One of the bigger differences between Catholic and public education is the ability to share openly in our beliefs, and to use the way of Christ as a guide for ourselves and our students. Academically we … are able to focus more on the whole child instead of standardized assessment.”

    Salavatore Chiaravalloti
    Principal, St. Ann School, Lawrenceville
  • “It’s always a joy to share the things that make Catholic schools special.”

    Melina Stern
    Sixth Grade Teacher, Trenton Catholic Academy, Lower School
  • Learning ‘happens’ in a Catholic school because teaching puts the student and his/her needs first. There, knowledge and truth are ‘experienced’ by them through the dedication and commitment of professionals who believe in what they teach as a revelation of God’s goodness and love for the world he has created. Religion and all the other academic subjects, integrated and taught so effectively and comprehensively, are a ‘package deal’ in a Catholic school.”

    Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.
    Tenth Bishop of Trenton
  • “Catholic schools exist to teach students about God and to integrate the faith in all areas of the curriculum. The faith-life of students will be supported as enhanced curriculum guidelines immerse the teachings of the Gospel into all subjects providing resources for faculty implementation.”

    JoAnn Tier
    Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Trenton
  • “Just as challenges to healthy Catholic schools increase with each passing year, so, too, must the number of priests and parishes who are willing to champion them. ”

    Rayanne Bennett
    Associate Publisher, The Monitor; Executive Director of Communications
  • “We educate the mind, body and spirit of our students…the academic rigor, opportunity for Christian service and co-curricular activities are top notch. Receiving a Catholic education gives the student the whole package.”

    Joanna Barlow
    Principal, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceveille
  • “The mission for the [Catholic] curriculum is to prepare the students for success in their readings, writing, speaking and listening skills across all disciplines. The vision encompasses the mindset to guide students to become lifelong learners, to read widely, become culturally literate, to use written and verbal communication to express opinions and to demonstrate critical analysis while infusing the tenets of our Catholic faith.”

    Dr. Margaret Boland
    Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools
  • “The three main values I learned in Catholic school were faith, compassion and accountability.”

    Jimmy Yacabonis
    Starting Pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles & St. Benedict School Alumni
  • “Jesus Christ is the center of our Catholic educational program; Jesus is its heart, and Jesus is its enlightenment, knowledge and saving grace of the world that enables our students to truly make a difference.”

    Father Gabriel J. Zeis
    Vicar for Catholic Education, Diocese of Trenton