During visit to Diocese, chastity speaker Pam Stenzel urges youth to set boundaries

FROM THE MONITOR By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Isaiah Dunn, an eighth grader in St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, said he always enjoyed school visits to area farms in nearby West Windsor and Howell. But the special Farm to School Day, in which the farms were brought to his school Feb. 13, was […]

Trenton Catholic Academy names new president

Michael Knowles has been named president of Trenton Catholic Academy following the passing of Sister of St. Joseph Sister Dorothy Payne in February.

President-principal leadership model announced for new Mother Seton Academy

With the upcoming merger of St. Aloysius School, Jackson, and St. Veronica School, Howell, into Mother Seton Academy, pastors of the two faith communities have announced in a joint letter to families a two-person leadership model for the new institution. “With every new beginning, there are opportunities for excellence that can be grasped only with […]

St. Rose girls basketball rallies past IHA for second straight Non-Public A title

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor The St. Rose of Belmar girls basketball team knows how to get the job done in the biggest moments. The Purple Roses proved that again on March 9 by taking a 45-42 victory over Immaculate Heart Academy in the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship game in Toms River. It was […]

Custis has big night as TCA girls win first sectional title since 2011

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor For a brief moment, it looked like all of Trenton Catholic Academy’s hard work in the first half was melting away. Gloucester Catholic scored seven straight points to cut a 14-point deficit in half and Iron Mikes coach Bob Fusik called timeout. When play resumed, Maniya Custis showed why […]

Catholic magazine recognizes Howell, Toms River schools as innovations finalists

Two schools in the Diocese were recently selected by Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine as finalists in its Innovations in Catholic Education Awards. In all, 12 awards were presented across four categories for innovative projects in: promoting Catholic identity, curriculum and instruction, technology integration and total community involvement. St. Veronica School, Howell, is a finalist in […]

Women’s suffrage explored by DAR essay contest honorees

Students in St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, recently finished in the top three tiers for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade entries in the 2018-19 Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest.

St. Mary School heads to YouTube with CSW highlights

St. Mary School, Middletown, recently produced a video with highlights of its 2019 Catholic Schools Week.

Schools to hold summer STREAM Camp

This summer, students entering grades two through eight once again are invited to explore their inner scientist, artist or engineer during three one-week sessions in the greater Trenton area. The third annual STREAM Camp, a collaboration between St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, and St. Raphael School, Hamilton, will allow students to explore the subject areas of  […]

St. Rose takes second straight sectional crown

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Coming off a 2018 state championship, the St. Rose of Belmar girls basketball team returned with a new coach and a lot of new players this season. But it was one of the holdovers who led the way to another title for the Purple Roses. Senior Lauren Lithgow scored […]

With broken hand, sophomore wins first state wrestling title in SJV history

When is sleeping more difficult than wrestling? If you’re Dean Peterson, it’s when you have a broken hand.

Manchester pulls away from Lancers in fourth quarter of SCT final

The St. John Vianney girls’ basketball team is always one of the best teams in the Shore Conference Tournament, but it has had difficulty being THE best in recent years.

Sister Dorothy close in thought as TCA boys win Mercer County Tournament

It was early January and the Trenton Catholic Academy boys basketball team was having its troubles. The Iron Mikes were off to what would become a 1-7 start, long-time head coach Fred Falchi had stepped down and assistant Eric Elliott had been promoted to head man and was trying to figure things out.

Defense key as TCA girls win MCT championship against Pennington

The Trenton Catholic Academy girls basketball team has a very simple package for success. Take scoring contributions from several different players throughout the game, and wrap them all together with the strong binding that comes from playing team defense from start to finish.

High-scorer helps St. Rose girls basketball to another big year

Amazingly, before they joined forces this year, Mary Beth Chambers and Brynn Farrell had no idea who the other woman was. In her first year as St. Rose of Belmar girls basketball coach, Chambers had previously forged a successful AAU coaching career. Farrell, now a junior, led New Jersey in scoring with a 31.7 scoring average at Metuchen High School as a freshman. She was averaging 28.7 points as a sophomore before breaking her wrist three games into the season.

Champions crowned on a busy playoff day at CYO Center

It was the biggest day of the year for Mercer County CYO basketball Feb. 17, as seven playoff champions were crowned during Championship Sunday at the league’s iconic gym on Broad Street in Trenton.

Senior’s lifelong love affair with hockey helps SJV to another stellar season

St. John Vianney ice hockey coach Mick Messemer is not far off on his assessment of senior center John Gutt. “He’s the type of kid who seems like he learned to play hockey and skate before he learned to walk,” Messemer said.

Farm to School Day takes root in Hamilton Square

FROM THE MONITOR By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Isaiah Dunn, an eighth grader in St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, said he always enjoyed school visits to area farms in nearby West Windsor and Howell. But the special Farm to School Day, in which the farms were brought to his school Feb. 13, was […]

Mass recalls devoted TCA administrator

FROM THE MONITOR By Christina Leslie | Correspondent The Trenton Catholic Academy family gathered to bid farewell to their beloved founding president, Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy Payne, at a Feb. 13 Memorial Mass. Hundreds of students, teachers, alumni, parents and guests filled the Hamilton school’s gymnasium to pay tribute to a woman who was […]

Survivors use Holocaust stories to teach about bullying

FROM THE MONITOR By Georgiana Francisco | Correspondent It was April 17, 1948 when Danny Goldsmith first saw the United States as he sailed into the New York harbor aboard a World War II Liberty ship that carried immigrants from Europe to the “promised land.” On Jan. 23, Goldsmith began celebrating the 71st anniversary of […]

Bishop O’Connell visits communities of faith during Catholic Schools Week

FROM THE MONITOR By Jennifer Mauro, Managing Editor; Mary Stadnyk, Associate Editor, and Christina Leslie, Correspondent The unique, faith-driven learning experience of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton was showcased during Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, and their chief shepherd, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., paid a series of visits to […]

TCA says farewell to beloved president, Sister Dorothy Payne

FROM THE MONITOR The community of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, is mourning the passing of its founding president, St. Joseph Sister Dorothy L. Payne, who died Feb. 3. A viewing, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Feb. 7 in St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pa. A Memorial Mass for Sister Dorothy […]

Red Bank Catholic pays respects to young military alumnus

FROM THE MONITOR By Christina Leslie | Correspondent The Red Bank Catholic school community stood as a silent, prayerful witness for one of their own Feb. 4 as the motorcade for 21-year-old Jamie Riley processed down Peters Place on its way to his funeral Mass in Tower Hill Presbyterian Church. Pfc. Riley, a 2015 graduate […]

RBC athlete’s faith takes him from despair to domination on the mat

FROM THE MONITOR By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor During early autumn 2017, Steve Cmielewski was not in a good way. A year after starting at middle linebacker for the Red Bank Catholic football team as a sophomore, Cmielewski suffered a season-ending broken ankle three plays into his junior season. Doctors told him he would […]

Medford school closes Catholic Schools Week with Mass, visit from Bishop

FROM THE MONITOR By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor Following a bustling week complete with special activities such as hosting an open house, participating in academic competitions and enjoying fun events like a pep rally, students in St. Mary of the Lakes School wrapped up Catholic Schools Week 2019 with a special visit by Bishop […]

Pep Rally for Catholic teachings closes out Catholic Schools Week at Donovan Catholic

FROM THE MONITOR By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Catholic Schools Week drew to a strong finish for Donovan Catholic’s students Feb. 1 when nationally known athlete and motivational speaker Gene Zannetti shared a very Catholic perspective on how to connect the dots between faith and the fast living world of today. Zannetti, a former nationally […]

Bishop makes Catholic Schools Week visit to Freehold community

FROM THE MONITOR By Christina Leslie | Correspondent The student body of St. Rose of Lima School welcomed Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., with song, dance, laughter and well-considered questions Jan. 31 during his Catholic Schools Week visit to the 143-year-old Freehold Catholic school. After a greeting by eighth grade student council members, Sister of […]

Catholic schools shine at State House for CSW

FROM THE MONITOR By EmmaLee Italia | Contributing Editor Celebrating Catholic Schools Week, student representatives and school officials of Catholic Schools from around the state were recognized Jan. 31 at the State House in Trenton for all they contribute to New Jersey – quality education, responsible citizenship and financial support. Photo Gallery: Students make Catholic […]

Willingboro students salute those who serve their community

FROM THE MONITOR By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor Police stations and hospital emergency rooms might not be high on the list of places that people would want to visit. But bright and early the morning of Jan. 29, students from Pope John Paul II Regional School were more than happy to go their local […]

Princeton students go live on Fox 29 for Catholic Schools Week

FROM THE MONITOR By EmmaLee Italia | Contributing Editor Students in St. Paul School, Princeton, got a dose of stardom Jan. 29 when they were featured on Fox 29 Philadelphia’s “Kelly’s Classroom” for Catholic Schools Week. Airing on the channel’s “Good Day Philadelphia” morning show, the segment that features a new school each week zeroed […]

NJ soccer coaches bestow honor on former Notre Dame’s Mike Perone

FROM THE MONITOR By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Jake Nerwinski is heading into his third training camp with Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps and can safely be termed one of the many success stories authored during Mike Perone’s 40-year tenure as Notre Dame High head coach. Before he was ever a star at the […]

The Monitor salutes Catholic Schools Week 2019

Each year, Catholics schools around the country take a week to celebrate the gift of providing students with a quality education in a Catholic faith-based environment. The 2019 observance of Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 and is a time for schools to highlight their academic excellence, spirit of service, leadership, community […]

Major Leaguer credits Catholic education for success

FROM THE MONITOR By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Nearly 13 years after his graduation from St. Benedict School, a Major League baseball player returned to share the important lessons he had learned there. “The three main values I learned in Catholic school were faith, compassion and accountability,” declared Jimmy Yacabonis, a starting pitcher for the […]

Polar Plunge sets high water mark in fundraising

FROM THE MONITOR By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Organizers of the annual Polar Plunge for Catholic Education are calling this year’s event one for the record books. “This is the biggest year yet for the Polar Plunge,” event chairman Jim Shaw said enthusiastically as some 500 in the water and hundreds on the beach concluded […]

Catholic elementary schools: a 21st century journey of discovery

FROM THE MONITOR By Mary Morrell | Contributing Editor The library in St. Benedict Elementary School, Holmdel, is a hub of activity. No longer just the traditional staid environment, the library has been transformed into a center for innovation where, at any time during the day, students may be found busily creating weather reports or […]

Blue Ribbon Schools receive local, state recognition

FROM THE MONITOR Story by Christina Leslie | Correspondent Proving yet again that, in the Diocese of Trenton, Catholic Schools Have it All, local elementary schools were recognized by state elected officials with official proclamations noting their selection as members of the class of 2018 U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools. The clergy, […]

Funding boost supports commitment to school safety

FROM THE MONITOR By Mary Morrell | Contributing Editor In light of Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of bill A4597/S3080 Jan. 8, doubling nonpublic school security money, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton are looking to the future as they continue to build safe communities with additional or enhanced school security measures. Under the bill, […]

Schools taking preemptive steps to bolster students socially, spiritually

FROM THE MONITOR By EmmaLee Italia | Contributing Editor In 1736, when Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he was talking about fire safety. But the same axiom can be applied today when it comes to helping students’ with social anxieties. Catholic schools in the Diocese […]

Bishop celebrates Catholic Schools Week in song with St. Veronica, St. Aloysius students

FROM THE MONITOR By Jennifer Mauro | Managing Editor “Have you heard the song, ‘Baby Shark?’” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., asked dozens of youngsters gathered Jan. 28 in St. Veronica Church, Howell. “Yes,” they said shyly but enthusiastically as the Bishop led them in song: “Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo. Baby […]

Catholic Schools Week Roundup

The following schools have announced events to which the public is invited during Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. For more information about Catholic Schools Week activities, visit the schools’ websites. BURLINGTON COUNTY OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL, Moorestown • Jan. 27, Open House, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Jan. 28, Open House […]

Unique courses, activities building blocks for the future

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Along with forming students in faith, Catholic schools around the Trenton Diocese strive to offer young scholars a wide range of academic programs and extracurricular activities that stretch the boundaries of the educational experience. These unique courses, programs and clubs have been created to meet the needs of students from […]

Catholic schools invest in a commitment to health

Rose O’Connor | Correspondent In his encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis makes clear the relationship between human life and creation, stressing that a failure to care for creation compromises, among other things, human health. The Pope underscores the need to be aware of what it means to be stewards […]

Catholic school students offer prayer, love, support in challenging times

Dorothy K. LaMantia Every day, those in Catholic schools stand to pray, asking God for blessings and guidance as the school day unfolds. When troubles arise, such as an illness or loss of a classmate, teacher, administrator or family member, Catholic school communities fervently turn to prayer and attend Mass, ready to provide – or […]

Schools accept challenge of Laudato Si’ to be stewards of creation

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent Mindful of the challenge to protect the earth, “our common home,” posed by Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” Catholic schools continue to integrate positive environmental initiatives while teaching students about the call to be good stewards of creation. In this encyclical, Pope Francis stresses that when human […]

New innovations abound in diocesan Catholic school education

From Staff Reports Just as learning is a lifelong process that builds upon past successes and strong framework for future ones, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools continually strives to fulfill its stated mission to “provide leadership, direction, support, and service to pastors, principals, and school communities as they form students in the Catholic faith […]

Schools follow Gospel mandate to be of service to others

By Dubravka Kolumbic-Cortese | Correspondent The Catholic doctrine of love thy neighbor rings loud and clear throughout the Trenton Diocese, and schools are using Catholic Schools Week as an opportunity to highlight what they do in terms of works of service and helping others in need. One such example is in St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, […]

Catholic Schools Week to emphasize education, leadership, service

Compiled from reports Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton will be joining their counterparts across the nation in recognizing their identity as institutions of faith and education as they celebrate the 46th annual Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb.2. This year’s national theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” In signing a proclamation designating […]

Blue Ribbon Schools receive local, state recognition

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Proving yet again that, in the Diocese of Trenton, Catholic Schools Have it All, local elementary schools were recognized by state elected officials with official proclamations noting their selection as members of the class of 2018 U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools. The clergy, faculty, staff and student […]

Catholic school students enjoy a new paradigm of learning

By JoAnn Tier, Superintendent of Catholic Schools Young children approach life and school with open minds, eager for adventure and new learning. At what point does that enthusiasm change to passiveness or the disconnection often experienced in classrooms? As an educator, I was perplexed when I experienced this disengagement with my third-grade son. Charlie had […]

We all share the responsibility to promote Catholic schools

A message for Catholic Schools Week 2019 from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. This past year, five of our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton were awarded the coveted National Blue Ribbon School recognition by the United States Department of Education. That is an amazing accomplishment and a source of pride not only for […]

Gov. Murphy signs law doubling funding for nonpublic school security

By Jennifer Mauro | Managing Editor Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Jan. 8 a bill that doubles funding for security in nonpublic schools. Under the bill, religious and private schools in the state will see security funding increase from $75 to $150 per student. The additional $11.3 million in funding will go to various […]

St. Aloysius and St. Veronica Schools announce plans to form new Catholic academy

Compiled from reports Two strong and successful Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton – situated just over three miles apart – will pool their resources and efforts to become a newly established Catholic Academy that will open its doors in September 2019. St. Aloysius School in Jackson and St. Veronica School in Howell […]

Donovan Catholic girls turn personal adversity into team energy

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor If the Donovan Catholic girls’ basketball program can hang its hat on one definitive attribute, it’s the ability to thrive amid adversity. Last year, despite the fact that coach Glen Jansen lost his father and grandmother during the Shore Conference Tournament, the Griffins finished 21-6 and reached the quarterfinals […]

Amid bid for 2020 Paralympics, SJV alum’s story hits big screen

By David Karas | Correspondent St. John Vianney High School alumnus Anthony Ferraro – who is legally blind – had a successful wrestling career during his time at the Holmdel institution, with 122 wins and just 16 losses. Since his graduation, Ferraro has continued to make a name for himself, both on the big screen […]

Catholic schools gearing up for annual Polar Plunge fundraiser

By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor Going for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean in January may sound a bit daunting, but those who are planning to participate in the 13th annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Polar Plunge for Catholic Education are ready to take on the freezing temperatures and generate support for their beloved […]

Coach Elliott takes over TCA basketball after Falchi steps down

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor When Fred Falchi stepped down as coach of the Trenton Catholic Academy boys’ basketball team over the holidays, assistant Eric Elliott took over one of the most high profile programs in the state. The pressure to win is constant, but Elliott is not making it his first priority. In […]

All Saints Regional School to become St. Mary Academy under administration of Barnegat parish

All Saints Regional Catholic School in Manahawkin, which has provided education to children in five Ocean County parishes for more than 20 years, will move away from its regional model and reopen in July 2019 as St. Mary Academy under the administration of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat. Photo Gallery: All Saints Regional Catholic School’s 2018 […]

Princeton eighth-grader wins essay contest on Holocaust

Claire King, eighth-grader in St. Paul School, Princeton, was recognized as one of three New Jersey student winners of the Fifth Annual Holocaust Essay Competition. King’s winning essay reflected on the childhood experiences of Holocaust survivor Daniel Goldsmith, who spoke to SPS upper school students last spring as a culmination of their Holocaust Studies Program, […]

Classic Car Club members restore ‘a Vette for a Veteran’

By David Karas | Correspondent Members of the Classic Car Club at St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, are doing a lot more than just admiring hot rods these days – they are volunteering their time on an overhaul and restoration of a vintage Corvette. And the project, more than just a learning experience, is […]

‘Karin’s Follies’ performance to benefit Donovan Catholic scholarship

To celebrate the memory of their recently departed teacher and friend, Karin Krenek, the alumni and students in Donovan Catholic will present the musical program, “Karin’s Follies” 2 p.m. on Dec. 30 in the gymnasium at 711 Hooper Ave., Toms River. The performance will benefit a new scholarship in her honor at the Catholic igh […]

Stepping down after 50 years, Notre Dame field hockey coach leaves legacy of support on, off field

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor If there was a thesaurus entry for “Barb Major,” it would consist of about 50 positive synonyms – one for every year she coached. In discussing Major with those who worked with or played for her, one cannot help but be struck by the amount of accolades her admirers […]

Distance no obstacle for SJV football star, war veteran friendship

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Johnny Buchanan and Tony Parisi were seemingly put on earth to make other people feel good about themselves, so it may be more than coincidence that the two found each other. Through their meeting has blossomed a beautiful but somewhat unlikely friendship. Buchanan is a St. John Vianney High […]

Blue Ribbon schools saluted by state Board of Education

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent The elation sparked in October by the announcement that five schools in the Trenton Diocese were named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools showed no sign of abating Dec. 5, as each was formally recognized for the achievement by the state Department of Education. “It’s amazing,” said JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent […]

SJV senior culminates career with state gymnastics all-around title

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Bang! That was the sound of Ari Agrapides concluding her high school gymnastics career. On Nov. 10 at Montgomery High School, the St. John Vianney senior won her first-ever outright NJSIAA state individual gold medals in her final attempt. Agrapides stamped herself as the state’s top gymnast by winning […]

Blue Ribbon proud in Red Bank

From Staff Reports St. James School, Red Bank, celebrated its 2018 National Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award Nov. 16 with a Mass and procession that included students, parents, families, former and current faculty and principals, donors, and members of the PTA, Royal Fathers Club and athletic association. St. James was one of five schools in […]

Schools across Diocese benefit from #GivingTuesday to tune of $19K

By EmmaLee Italia, Contributing Editor and Rose O’Connor, Correspondent Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton broke new ground Nov. 27 with #GivingTuesday, offering proponents of Catholic education the opportunity to show their financial, volunteer or prayer support online, coinciding with a global day of generosity. “It has been so much of a team effort,” […]

Student to serve on NJSIAA student athlete council

By David Karas | Correspondent Kyle Harris, a junior in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, was recently selected to serve on the inaugural Student Athlete Advisory Council of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The 17-year-old Tinton Falls resident and member of St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, was one of approximately 100 […]

Students honor principal with ‘piggy party,’ special presentations

By EmmaLee Italia | Contributing Editor When students in St. Veronica School, Howell, wanted to show appreciation for their principal of 27 years, Resurrection Sister Cherree Power, they managed to do so with one of her favorite things – pigs. “Every year they do something very nice, but this was unique, fun and special,” said […]

Students top state in robotics coding competition

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Students from three Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton combined their STEM talents and a precise series of zeros and ones to add up to success in the statewide Cyber Robotics Coding Competition. Teams from All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin; St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, and St. […]

Red Bank Catholic wins state title against Mater Dei Prep in tense showdown at NFL stadium

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Statistics look attractive, but oftentimes lose out to heart, soul and desire. That was the case Nov. 24 when Mater Dei Prep’s football team held a 408-256 advantage in total offense and 18-10 edge in first downs, but Red Bank Catholic took a 14-10 victory in a classic NJSIAA […]

CBA cross country wins another M of C; RBC girls win Non-Public A

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor If the calendar says November, rest assured you will find the Christian Brothers Academy boys and the Red Bank Catholic girls excelling in New Jersey’s major high school cross country meets. On Nov. 17 at Holmdel Park, CBA won the school’s 23rd Meet of Champions title – giving the […]

Catholic education to benefit from #GivingTuesday

By Jennifer Mauro | Managing Editor #GivingTuesday is known as a global day of giving, but it’s also one of the best ways to get involved in the community in one’s own back yard. Such is the hope of this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign in the Diocese of Trenton, which aims to support Catholic education in […]

TCA project promotes collaboration

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent Developing a sense of compassion for persons with physical challenges and even finding a way to help them was the goal of a recent project conducted by the sixth-grade class in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton. As part of their Project Lead the Way Gateway STEM class, the students were recently […]

After 30 years, former Catholic school teacher and graduate reunited on ‘Today’ show

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent The library in St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, was recently transformed into a mini television studio as Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist on the “Today” show, returned to her alma mater to film the “Thank a Teacher” segment for the daily news program. The segment, which aired Nov. 5 on NBC, […]

Principals from Diocese’s Blue Ribbon schools honored at national ceremony

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Representatives from the five Diocese of Trenton schools named as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence in October gathered with their peers from across the country Nov. 7-8 in Washington to receive their awards and share best practices. “It was a distinct honor to gather with [them], an experience […]

Bishop celebrates All Saints Day Mass with Notre Dame school community

From staff reports On All Saints Day, Nov. 1, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, welcomed Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., to celebrate Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation for the entire community. Reflecting on All Saints Day, which honors all of the saints, known and unknown, within the Catholic Church, Bishop O’Connell, in his […]

State final loss fails to detract from St. Rose girls’ soccer season

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor For the St. Rose of Belmar High School girls’ soccer team, it was all about the big picture. Yes, the Purple Roses fell one game short of their first state title in eight years, but they will look back with pride on the program’s best season in five years. […]

Despite strong last-minute push, St. Rose falls to Rutgers Prep in boys’ soccer

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor For a frenzied final 10 minutes, it looked like the St. Rose of Belmar boys’ soccer team would be able to keep its magical run alive. But the ninth-seeded Purple Roses just missed several late opportunities to get the tying goal as third-seeded Rutgers Prep took a 2-1 victory […]

Bishop O’Connell visits with student-athletes from Notre Dame High School

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Members of Notre Dame High School’s Catholic Athletes for Christ received a special visitor Nov. 7, as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., dropped by the gymnasium for a wide-ranging question-and-answer session. “It’s a great source of pride to the Diocese to see our young people so committed to Christ […]

St. Benedict hosts vocations talk show for students

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent A parish gymnasium in Holmdel recently took on the look of a New York City television studio talk show as eighth-graders were transported to the set of St. Benedict’s own “Catholic Not-So-Late Show.” Matthew Santucci, parish coordinator of faith formation, and parochial vicar Father John Michael Patilla presented a lively, […]

Lincroft school introduces new STEAM Wing

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Students and teachers in St. Leo the Great School are using a newly renovated, state-of-the-art STEAM wing, not the type powered by water vapor, but instead a curriculum which highlights the latest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching. Through the “Classrooms of Tomorrow” […]

CBA boys, RBC girls fall in SCT finals, regroup for states

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor The Diocese of Trenton was represented in both championship games of the Shore Conference Tournament Oct. 24 at Point Pleasant Borough High School. Though neither team could bring home a championship, it didn’t mean they were done trying, as they and numerous other DOT teams began play in the […]

Notre Dame High School celebrates winning football title, fighting cancer

By Rich Fisher, Contributing Editor, and Jennifer Mauro, Managing Editor It was an evening just as good off the field as on it. Notre Dame High School defeated Trenton, 21-7, to clinch a share of the West Jersey Football League’s Capitol Division championship Oct. 26 in Lawrenceville. Serving as a backdrop for the big night […]

Free of foot problems, Panko scoring more than ever for Notre Dame soccer

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Olivia Panko is a leader on the Notre Dame High girls’ soccer team in several ways. She leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and five assists; she helps lead by example in practice and games with four years of varsity experience; and she serves as one of […]

One-at-a-time approach working for unbeaten RBC, Mater Dei

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor The Red Bank Catholic and Mater Dei Prep football teams have several things in common. Both are fueled by state tournament losses in 2017; both are coached by guys with NFL ties, both are undefeated and both are looking at first-round home games in this year’s states. Photo Gallery: […]

Burlington school featured on Philly game show

By EmmaLee Italia | Contributing Editor St. Paul School, Burlington, had a unique opportunity Oct. 13 to be participants in a half hour game show, “The Class-HRoom,” on Fox 29 Philadelphia, with students competing against their teachers to answer questions about pop culture and academics. “We had already worked with Fox 29 to raise funds […]

Toms River schools celebrate the saints and warm up for Year of Youth

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent From the “Quad” in back of Donovan Catholic High School, to the halls of St. Joseph School and the vast church that bears his name, the saints made their presence felt Oct. 12 as more than 1,300 students celebrated a Saint Day/Year of Youth Kick Off. Their holy presence was […]

More than 700 gather with Bishop for annual Catholic Schools Mass

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent Wearing bright smiles, students representing 40 Catholic schools from around the Diocese processed down the center aisle of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Oct. 11, proudly carrying their school banners at the start of the annual Catholic Schools Mass. “All I can say is, ‘Wow!” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said […]

SJV’s Catholic Athletes for Christ instilling hope around community

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent Hope is a wonderful thing, and the athletes of St. John Vianney High School are offering a lot of it for the future. For the second straight year, the volunteer work done by SJV’s Catholic Athletes for Christ earned the Holmdel Lancers an invitation to march in the Day of […]

RBC’s Bauman will feel at home under the Golden Dome

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent Kevin Bauman always knew he wanted to play Division I football. The fact he will be doing so at a school that encourages his Catholic faith and just happens to have the most storied program in college football, only makes it that much better. The talented Red Bank Catholic junior […]

Roses are blooming after Leskauskas returns ‘home’

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent Julianne Leskauskas recalled the fall 2017, when she would attend St. Rose of Belmar girls’ soccer games and just felt something was missing as she sat on the sidelines. As a freshman, the Brielle resident collected 21 goals and nine assists for the Purple Roses, helping them to a 10-7 […]

Five schools in Diocese receive prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools distinction

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Calling it “an extraordinary accomplishment for the Diocese,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., congratulated five Catholic schools of the Diocese of Trenton that received word Oct 1 that they had achieved the coveted “2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools” designation from the U.S. Department of Education. St. Catharine, Spring Lake, Robert […]

Leadership summit enriches Donovan Catholic teacher

By David Karas | Correspondent In the time-honored tradition of sharing summer memories and highlights on the first day of school, at least one Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River, teacher likely gave some of her students a run for their money. Christine Mooney, director of instructional technology and a French, English and yearbook teacher, […]

Student-athletes brainstorm evangelization opportunities in annual CAC meeting

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent From Catholic high schools spanning the Diocese of Trenton, teen leaders of Catholic Athletes for Christ assembled Sept. 18 in the Chancery, Lawrenceville, to celebrate their common ground – faith, and athletics. Photo Gallery: Catholic Athletes for Christ gathering 2018 “This is our sixth year, and it’s going stronger than […]

Tennis, faith a good match for Donovan Catholic senior

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor Cristina Merone is 7-0 at first singles for the Donovan Catholic tennis team this fall after winning 22 matches at the top flight during her junior season. She is justifiably proud of those numbers, but takes just as much pride in her other roles with the Griffins – spirit […]

Serendipity leads SJV grad to Brookdale volleyball team

By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor In the midst of a rebuilding season for the Brookdale Community College volleyball team, a star is emerging in freshman Katie O’Neill. The Jersey Blues are just 1-6, but the 2018 St. John Vianney High School graduate is carving out an impressive campaign at outside hitter. Entering the Sept. […]

Donovan Catholic grad takes on head basketball role at Mater Dei

Compiled from staff reports Mater Dei Preparatory Academy, Middletown, has appointed Dennis Kazimir as the new boys’ head basketball coach. Kazimir, who grew up in Brick and graduated from Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River, has 15 years of coaching and management experience on the collegiate and high school level and recently completed four seasons […]

St. Rose’s new surfing team ready to hit the waves

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent Competitive high school surfing in New Jersey is growing more popular each year, and St. Rose in Belmar is one of the latest schools to ride the Monmouth County wave. The Purple Roses have established their inaugural team under 24-year-old coach Adam Iatesta who, since he was 8, has surfed […]

Excitement’s on the roster for first day of school across Diocese

From staff reports With new school supplies and backpacks in tow, students across the Diocese of Trenton disembarked buses or walked alongside parents as they returned to school the week of Sept. 4, where they were greeted warmly by principals and teachers. FIRST DAY PHOTO GALLERIES: St. James, Red Bank St. Ann School, Lawrenceville St. […]

Hearts, Hands, Health, Help

Student representatives from the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton visited numerous hospitals and medical centers in the past months with tokens of love for the young patients within. Their bounty of more than 10,000 toys, books and games and $13,000 in gift cards were amassed by the school communities as part […]

2018 Back to School supplement

Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Trenton are joyfully opening wide their doors this September, welcoming back students to the rigors and rewards of a faith-based education and celebrating the new principals and presidents who are taking on new roles. Tried-and-true methods of instruction share the stage with new, innovative use of technology and partnerships, […]

After great success, Hearts 2 Hospitals to return in new school year

From Judy Nicastro Elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton are certainly no strangers to works of service, but during the 2017-18 school year, the bounds of that service reached a whole new level. For a number of years, elementary schools in the Diocese have been participating in a diocesan Day of Service, designed to […]

Efforts in full swing to help students with dyslexia

From Daniel O’Connell There have been many studies in recent years on brain development. Much has been written about cognition and meta-cognition and many scholars and researchers have shared their own “thoughts about thinking.” One thing is certain: Each of us is a unique child of God, and each of our brains has developed differently […]

Understanding diocesan curriculum process, focus

From Dr. Margaret Boland Curiosity, creativity, interdependence, and technology – infused in a rigorous content and imbedded in the ideals and traditions of the Catholic faith – are the hallmarks of the diocesan curriculum. Curriculum at its simplest is understood to be a set of learning goals and content objectives articulated across grade levels. At […]

Commitments abound for a new school year

From JoAnn Tier Reflecting on years gone by as an elementary teacher, I recall the enjoyment experienced in teaching Social Studies. Historic times and personalities came alive in an intriguing way. Beyond the textbook, additional resources brought life to the curriculum for students and teacher alike. A common theme that surfaces throughout history is that […]

It always begins with a prayer

From Father Gabriel Zeis, T.O.R. My best memory of a Catholic school experience, and my whole education was the Morning Prayer. It was then that the whole day was put into perspective and a peace came over me, a sense that no matter what would happen that day, it would all be just fine. Over […]

Catholic School Highlights: What’s new, praiseworthy in local schools

In an effort to highlight the best of what Catholic schools have to offer their students, schools of the Diocese submitted to The Monitor features they anticipate for the 2018-19 academic year, new and enriched programs or plans, advancements and faculty additions, and what the schools are most proud of. Here are their responses, condensed […]

ND principal to honor tradition, embrace future

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent As she begins her tenure as principal of Lawrenceville’s Notre Dame High School, Joanna Barlow is standing on familiar ground. Not only has she served as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction there for seven years, but she brings with her an affinity for Catholic education that, as she put […]

Sister Mary Helen Beirne aims to build on Freehold school’s legacy

Story by Lois Rogers | Correspondent Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill Mary Helen Beirne is looking forward to adding to the legacy of the venerable, 143-year-old St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold. Over the decades, that legacy has kept pace with the times, offering a child-centered learning environment that nurtures the spiritual, physical, […]

Veteran Catholic educator takes helm in Maple Shade school

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent For Cynthia Smith, the new principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade, the first day of school will mark a new beginning and a homecoming at the same time. Smith, who began her career in education as a teacher in Cinnaminson’s St. Charles Borromeo School nearly 30 […]

Principal Chiaravalloti envisions active leadership in St. Ann School

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Salavatore Chiaravalloti calls his appointment as principal of St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, a great honor. “I am privileged to be able to lead St. Ann School and continue to guide its growth,” he said. With a background in teaching, technology and administration, the skills and experience Chiaravalloti will bring to […]

Mount Carmel community top priority for new principal

Story by Lois Rogers | Correspondent When the doors open for the first day of classes this year, students in Asbury Park’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel School will be greeted by their new principal, Theresa E. Craig. She takes the helm from Sister of St. Joseph Jude Boyce, who served as principal for 14 […]

Notre Dame principal takes on interim president role

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent When it comes to plans, it doesn’t pay to second guess the Holy Spirit. Mary Liz Ivins – the new interim president of Lawrenceville’s Notre Dame High School – admits that her original life plan was to “become a guidance counselor, work somewhere, marry and have 12 children.” That vision […]

St. Paul School principal aims to be source of inspiration, encouragement

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Kimberly Cioci, the new principal of St. Paul School, Burlington, is looking forward to the school year, blessed with a caring staff, five new teachers and a philosophy of education she labels as “freedom.” The Philadelphia native earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla.; […]

CBA grad joins St. Benedict School

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent It was a matter of faith, morals and values. After a dozen years of teaching and counseling in area public high schools, Kevin Donahue has once again embraced the call to Catholic education to become the new principal of St. Benedict School, Holmdel. Donahue earned a bachelor of arts degree […]

Faith, football come together in Notre Dame High School Bible study

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent The weight room at Notre Dame High School has taken on a whole new meaning for a group of Irish football players. “Coming to Notre Dame, I always thought of the weight room as some macho place you go down to and get huge, but it’s so much bigger than […]

Diocese’s schools using social media to build communities

By Mary Morrell | Correspondent Kevin Callahan describes using social media this way: “It’s like Paul visiting Corinth, without strapping on the sandals.” Callahan, minister of evangelization and marketing in St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, sees social media as a tool for communication, growth and community building, sharing the story of both parish […]

Diocesan, local PTAs important to Catholic schools success

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent While Parent Teacher Association boards have long been integral in the operations of a school community, their fundraising efforts and the support they provide are both needed and appreciated, now more than ever. In the Diocese of Trenton, local PTA boards are fortunate to be guided by a diocesan PTA, […]

Tuition assistance, donors help Catholic schools and their families

By Mary Morrell | Correspondent “Catholic schools transform lives,” Bishop George V. Murry, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, said during a January meeting in Washington with Catholic school educators to ensure the viability of vibrant Catholic schools. One of the underlying concerns discussed at the meeting was rising […]

SPS welcomes former Rumson teacher to interim post

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Upon hearing of the opening for principal of St. Paul School, Princeton, Kim O. Clauss immediately visited the school’s website and viewed a lip sync video students participated in the previous year. “Watching the [school’s] lion mascot walk through the school while the children were dancing in the hallways to […]

St. John Vianney gymnasts set the bar high for new school year

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent The first three years of existence for the St. John Vianney gymnastics program were much like a gymnast itself – ups and downs. As their fourth season approaches, the Lancers may follow one up with yet another. The fledgling season of 2015 produced second-place finishes in the state sectional and […]

Notre Dame senior takes faith into recording studio

By Thomas Wiedmann | Correspondent Whether he’s in the recording studio, on the soccer field or in the classroom, Notre Dame High School senior Chad Nelson consistently practices his faith and strives to make it transcend into his many pursuits. “I talk to God almost on a daily basis, and I look to him for […]

Delran sophomore continues to build confidence in field hockey skills

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent Bobbi Warner began her field hockey career by honing her “Who, me?” expression whenever she was called for an infraction. Warner was not doing that to try and get away with something. She really had no clue what her offense was. Of course, when it comes to field hockey, a […]

TCA makes strides in growing STREAM curriculum

When students in Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, arrive on the first day of school Sept.4, there will be additional components included in the school’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Art and Mathematics) curriculum. Since the implementation of Project Lead the Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum during the 2016-2017 school year, TCA has continued […]

New initiatives, uniforms highlight 2018-2019 year in Mount Holly

Sacred Heart School is eager for the 2018-2019 school year to begin! The faculty and staff look forward to seeing our students and celebrating past traditions. At the same time, the school eagerly looks forward to welcoming new students, creating new traditions and implementing exciting new initiatives. Building upon our existing Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, […]

Notre Dame High welcomes new administration, teachers for 2018-2019 year

Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, begins the 2018-2019 school year with new leadership. Mary Liz Ivins, ND’s principal for 17 years, will now assume the role of president, following the retirement of Barry E. Breen, and Joanna Barlow, former vice principal for curriculum and instruction as the our new principal. JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of […]

Catholic schools want our kids to have it all

“Back to School!” You see the signs everywhere reminding us that it’s that time again. Although they may protest a bit, kids are usually eager to see their friends again after a few months’ absence and get back into their familiar routines. Parents are probably less inclined to “protest.” In so many ways, our society, […]

In letter to parents, St. Peter principal outlines hopes for school’s 95th year

Aug. 15, 2018 Dear St. Peter School Families: I hope this summer has been a time of rejuvenation, filled with family fun and joy. It is hard to believe that a new school year is quickly approaching, and we are filled with anticipation for all that the new year will bring here at St. Peter […]

Catholic education, brothers help SJV grad thrive in soccer at WPU

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent When Cameron Allen transferred to William Paterson University last year, it marked the first time he was attending a non-parochial school. Allen went to St. Thomas School, Old Bridge, for elementary and middle school before attending St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, for four years. He then went to Siena […]

Nonpublic school funding restored in 2018-19 state budget

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Bringing good news for Catholic schools across New Jersey, the approved state budget will restore funding for nonpublic school transportation, technology and nursing and retain funding for security. “With the combined efforts of all of our school communities contacting both their legislators and Gov. [Phil] Murphy, we made our voices […]

Know Christ to make a difference in this world

From Father Gabriel Zeis, T.O.R., Vicar for Catholic Education How prepared is a graduate from a Catholic High School in 2018? Having reflected upon this most recently while preparing a Baccalaureate Mass homily and having recently attended Princeton University’s Baccalaureate celebration, I must say, extremely well prepared. In preparing for my most recent Baccalaureate homily, […]

Eighth-grade students take next step in faith

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Along with their high school counterparts, this June 1,133 eighth-grade students graduated from the Diocese of Trenton’s 31 Catholic schools. Baccalaureate Masses and graduation exercises were joy-filled opportunities for clergy, school personnel and families to share their appreciation and respect for the faith-filled education their child had just experienced. Photo […]

‘Dream anything,’ SJV grads hear during graduation

By Thomas Wiedmann | Correspondent The St. John Vianney High School Class of 2018 was bid a fond farewell from staff and faculty June 2, as the seniors and school community delighted in a commencement ceremony of celebration, guidance and prayer. Keynote speaker Scott Fitzgerald, an alumnus of the Holmdel school, praised the class’ accomplishments […]

Proud-to-be Caseys urged to continue service, aim high

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent Preceded by the skirl of bagpipes honoring the school’s Irish roots, faculty, staff and students of Red Bank Catholic High School strode confidently June 4 into the main arena of the OceanFirst Bank Center on the campus of Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Photo Gallery: RBC Graduation 2018 Photo Gallery: […]

For Donovan Catholic Class of ’18, faith is the takeaway

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Four years of fellowship, faith and academic achievement closed on a high note June 4 as 165 Donovan Catholic seniors tossed their blue caps in the air outside St. Joseph Church, a sure signal that a new chapter in their lives had begun. Photo Gallery: Donovan Catholic Graduation 2018 Photo […]

TCA graduates encouraged to follow true superheroes

By Rose O’Connor, Correspondent “I am here tonight, not as your commencement speaker, I’m with you tonight as your Bishop … God has a message for you and he wants me to give it,” said Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., as he presided over the Baccalaureate Mass for Trenton Catholic Academy in St. Anthony Church, […]

St. Rose graduates remembered for sense of community

By Thomas Wiedmann | Correspondent The echoes of proud parents, friends and loved ones cheering, clapping and whistling filled the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, as the 126 purple- and gold-gowned graduates of St. Rose High School, Belmar, received their diplomas June 5. The ceremony was preceded with a Baccalaureate Mass […]

Holy Cross graduates hold special place in school’s history

By Georgiana Francisco | Correspondent Having sought her mother’s advice prior to penning her valedictory address, Holy Cross Academy’s Greta Gareth was told, “Don’t take yourself so seriously.” Photo Gallery: Holy Cross Academy Graduation 2018 So, during commencement exercises June 4, Gareth urged her 114 fellow graduates in the Delran school to think not only […]

Notre Dame graduates cement place in school’s legacy

By Brittany Wilson | Correspondent Notre Dame High School’s rich legacy of faith, knowledge and service was celebrated June 10 as the 261 members of the Class of 2018 turned their tassels and prepared to embark on new beginnings. A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., June 9, in Notre Dame […]

Jackson kindergartener’s Christmas artwork receives national recognition

By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor An early Christmas present came by way of a national award for Penelope Michael. The kindergarten student in St. Aloysius School, Jackson, recently learned that she was one of 24 students nationwide to have her artwork chosen as a winner in the annual Missionary Childhood Association’s Christmas Artwork Contest. […]

Spring Lake students, parishioners make a difference a world away

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent “Mission of Mercy Uganda,” the outreach program of St. Catharine School and St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, has existed as an integral part of the faith community for 16 years. What began as a diocesan twinning with the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, Uganda, was continued by St. Catharine’s with annual […]

SPS students’ Read to Feed funds will help purchase animals for families

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent When teachers in St. Paul School invited representatives from the nonprofit organization Heifer International to speak about participating in its Read to Feed program in April, they were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response. “There was a palpable excitement about the program,” said Jennifer Graja, early literacy and sixth-grade integrated […]

Notre Dame’s Horvath wins MOC pole vault title by setting meet, state records

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent Haley Horvath did it again. With an exclamation point. After winning the indoor pole vault championship at the NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions in February, the Notre Dame High senior won the outdoor MOC title June 9 at Northern Burlington High School in Columbus. Horvath’s vault of 13-feet, 5-1/4 inches […]

A Message From Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.: God’s message for graduates: have faith, hope, love

Graduation from high school is a “rite of passage,” an event shared with your high school classmates here and throughout the United States. The phrase “rite of passage” simply means “a ceremony that marks the transition from one stage of life to another.” And that is certainly true for you. For you, this “rite of […]

Be courageous: Aim high, take risks – and radiate joy

A message from JoAnn Tier, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Trenton The mission of each Catholic school is rooted in the teachings of Jesus. The manner in which the expression of faith is evidenced is often accentuated in school traditions. The Baccalaureate Masses for the Class of 2018 provided beautiful expressions of faith, while […]

God’s message for graduates: have faith, hope, love

A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.: God’s Message for Graduates: Have Faith, Hope, Love. Graduation from high school is a “rite of passage,” an event shared with your high school classmates here and throughout the United States. The phrase “rite of passage” simply means “a ceremony that marks the transition from one stage […]

2018 Graduates: Ready to be ‘missionary disciples’

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Graduating students from Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Trenton took a monumental step toward their futures, saying goodbye to the familiar while anticipating the possibilities to come. The Class of 2018 celebrated with Baccalaureate Masses and commencement exercises to mark the end of a 12-year journey and the […]

Donovan Catholic softball turns tables on Lancers to win SCT title

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent In an eye-popping display of offensive power, the Donovan Catholic softball team collected 12 hits and three home runs in taking a 13-4 win over St. John Vianney in the Shore Conference Tournament championship game June 4 at County Basie Field in Red Bank. What a difference scant days make. […]

St. John Vianney softball survives tense ending to win first state title in five years

By Rich Fisher | Correspondent St. John Vianney High School’s first softball title since 2013 was defined in different ways by different players, but it all translated into the same emotion – ecstasy. On June 2, the Lancers of Holmdel took a pulsating, 2-1 victory over Mount St. Dominic of Caldwell in the NJSIAA Non-Public […]

Vegetables, chicks, zoos all products of St. Dominic STEM lab

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent With STEM curriculum at the forefront of Catholic education in the Diocese of Trenton, the days of only reading, writing and “rithmatic” are long gone. In St. Dominic School, Brick, the classes include aspects of agriculture that use to belong just to the farm and the wild: hydroponic gardening, hatching […]

Niceties Club makes prom dreams come true for underprivileged girls

By EmmaLee Italia, Correspondent and Mary Stadnyk, Associate Editor Attending one’s high school prom might seem like a given rite of passage for many students – that is, unless you are unable to afford the customary attire. Enter the Niceties Club in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville. For four years, club members have made it […]

Pro-life efforts at RBC serve women, babies

Story by Rose O’Connor | Correspondent The Red Bank Catholic High School pro-life club, Caseys4life, recently learned a little something about themselves as a school community when they hosted a baby shower in the classroom for Birthright of Red Bank. “We found out that the baby shower had actually been around for 35 years. It […]

‘Moon crash’ has happy ending for Belmar students

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Surviving a crash landing on the moon sounds like science fiction – but students of St. Rose Grammar School, Belmar, are ready for it when it happens. The fifth-grade classes spent three weeks in science class studying the solar system, with the knowledge that a “survival” activity would take place […]

St. Catharine STREAMS forth with cathedrals

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Pulling from all aspects of STREAMS education (science, technology, religion, engineering and English, art, math and social studies), sixth-graders in St. Catharine School, Spring Lake, recently built models of 10 famous cathedrals around the world – including the Diocese’s St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. PHOTO GALLERY: Students create […]

Pray for Vocations program expands into schools

By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor Lori Bonfrisco admits that she rarely thought about the importance of supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life through prayer. But when her fifth-grade daughter, Elena, announced that she was given an opportunity in which she and her family were asked to participate in the new Pray for […]

Principal McKenna to retire after 21 years of service to Lawrenceville school

From Staff Reports John McKenna, who has served as principal of St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, for the past 21 years, will retire at the end of the school year in June. “For the past 21 years, Jack McKenna has worked to provide the Church of St. Ann with a quality school that is a source […]

Catholic Schools Day of Service sees kids helping sick kids feel loved

By EmmaLee Italia/Correspondent Thanks to the combined efforts of the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton, children being treated in area hospitals will know a little more comfort and peace. “It wasn’t an assignment to us – it was something we wanted to do,” said Alex Feuer, eighth-grader in St. Veronica School, […]

St. Gregory students learn about other peoples, cultures

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent This spring, students in St. Gregory the Great Academy explored the rich tapestry of nations around the world without ever leaving their Hamilton Square Catholic elementary school. The academy held its inaugural Multicultural Fair April 20, introducing its student body to the culture and traditions of peoples from all over […]

Students across Diocese all smiles on annual Day of Service

From Staff Reports The Diocese’s 31 Catholic elementary schools were abuzz with excitement April 27 as its students filled bags with toys, books, puzzles, snacks and more as part of the annual Day of Service. This year, schools were dedicated to a single service project – “Hearts to Hospitals: Hearts to Lead – Hands to […]

St. John Vianney seniors to graduate with associate degrees before high school commencement

By Mary Morrell and EmmaLee Italia | Correspondents The Christian Brothers Academy varsity sailing team celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a school-sponsored sport June 2 with a special anniversary regatta event in Toms River. The regatta saw alumni from the past 10 years joining with the current varsity team in highly competitive, but lighthearted battles […]

TCA student awarded Catholic University of America scholarship named for Bishop O’Connell

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent For Trenton Catholic Academy senior Angie Labissiere, attending The Catholic University of America, Washington, and receiving the Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship is a dream come true. “I truly feel privileged to be chosen as the winner of the Bishop O’Connell Service Scholarship. Being able to attend college […]

Holy Cross students immersed in STEM education

By David Karas/Correspondent Whether it involves evaporation or 3-D printing, energy transfer or the formulation of scientific questions, students in Holy Cross School, Rumson, encounter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) throughout their curricula – and they love every minute of it. Working toward Next Generation Science Standards, teachers in the Rumson school are collaborating […]

Catholic schools to help hospitalized children, families

On any given day, in just about every Catholic school, students are involved in the effort to help others. From raising funds for worthy nonprofits, to visiting nursing homes and stocking food pantries, there is no limit to the many acts of charity and kindness that are undertaken as part of the Catholic school experience. But over […]

Third-grader designs logo for diocesan Day of Service

By Dorothy K. LaMantia/Correspondent Kayla Tarniowy, a third-grade student at St. Benedict School, Holmdel, was delighted when she learned her original drawing was chosen as the official logo of the 2018 Day of Service for all elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton. “I am so happy because it’s going to be on everything – […]

RBC students organize day of prayer in wake of school violence

By Ken Downey/Correspondent Less than a week after the “National School Walkout” day campaign, students in Red Bank Catholic High School put their best feet forward in an effort to raise awareness for school safety. The student body came together March 20 in the school’s gymnasium for a schoolwide Day of Prayer and Reflection in […]

Notre Dame students welcomed into Church

From Staff Reports Wearing proud smiles, five students in Notre Dame High School completed their Sacraments of Initiation during the blessed time of Holy Week. Photo Gallery: Mass in Notre Dame High School Father Jason Parzynski, chaplain of the Lawrenceville school, celebrated a Mass March 28 during which sophomores Kyle Dowgin, Angelina Esperanza and Morgan […]

Scholastic Olympics celebrate 25 years of student achievement

Christina Leslie | Correspondent      The silver anniversary celebration held in Toms River March 13 resembled so many others, with balloons decorating the venue, a dee jay enlivening the crowd, and broad smiles lighting up the faces of the more than 200 attendees. But the silver anniversary celebrated in Donovan Catholic High School that […]

St. John Vianney students line hallways in prayerful solidarity for secure schools

By Dorothy K LaMantia | Correspondent Over the public address system of St. John Vianney High School, Jeff Johnson led a prayer that set a distinct tone as students gathered in the hallway at 10 a.m. to join hands, hearts and voices in solidarity with communities scarred by violence. “Our conventional wisdom tells us to […]

Diocese’s schools offer prayers on ‘National School Walkout’ day

By Jennifer Mauro | Managing Editor                                                                                                    […]

Notre Dame High’s Barry E. Breen to retire

From Staff Reports The board of governors in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, recently announced the retirement of school president, Barry Edward Breen, effective June 30. An educator for more than four decades, Breen has been the head of school for 34 of those years, spending 17 in service to Notre Dame High School. He […]

Education, faith highlighted as students from across New Jersey visit State House

Story by Rose O’Connor | Correspondent Story by Rose O’Connor | Correspondent Students from around the state gathered Feb. 1 at the State House in Trenton to celebrate the many contributions made by Catholic schools and to recognize the standouts of the annual Catholic Schools Week poster and video project. Sponsored by the New Jersey […]

Jackson school students urged to grow in strength, wisdom of God

By Jennifer Mauro | Managing Editor “Children of the light.” Those were the words Father John Bambrick used to describe the pews full of kindergarten through eighth-grade students from St. Aloysius School, Jackson, who gathered for Mass Feb. 2 at the end of Catholic Schools Week. “In Baptism, God illuminates our souls, and he welcomes […]

Holy Cross School helps feed area’s hungry, youngsters through fundraiser

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent The student body in Holy Cross School, Rumson, heeded Jesus’ call to “feed the hungry” this winter by staging a school-wide food drive that came to fruition during Catholic Schools Week. The students gathered hundreds of non-perishable food items and donated them to two area organizations. By reminding the students […]

Student teachers offer innovative lessons in Brick school

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent Some 48 eighth-graders walked in the shoes of their teachers Feb. 2 during Teacher Appreciation Day, a Catholic Schools Week tradition in Brick’s St. Dominic School where teachers leave the instruction to their students. In the kindergarten for instance, youngsters “built” farms on their iPads while others did the same […]

St. Peter’s Vocations Day lends insight into religious life

By EmmaLee Italia and Mike Ehrmann | Correspondents What children aspire to become depends on many factors, not the least of which is the adults to whom they’re exposed. In St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, educators are making sure some of that exposure includes people living a religious vocation. The school’s Vocations Day Feb. […]

Toms River schools come together to build faith

By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor The familiar phrase “strength in numbers” took on added meaning Jan. 29 when some 1,300 students from St. Joseph Grammar School and Donovan Catholic converged in St. Joseph Church to begin their celebration of Catholic Schools Week. Together, all of the students from kindergarten through 12th grade, their pastor, […]

Traveling museum teaches St. Veronica students real-world applications of STEAM

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent The gymnasium of St. Veronica School was filled with STEAM Feb. 2 as the Howell school welcomed a portable field trip that tested the students’ minds with projects and games designed to teach science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. St. Veronica School principal, Resurrection Sister Cherree Power, smiled as she […]

By Dubravka Kolumbic-Cortese | Correspondent In a nod to its Catholic Schools Week theme of “Hearts to Lead, Hands to Serve,” fourth- through eighth-grade students in St. Mary of the Lakes School, Medford, spent a school day hand-tying more than three dozen blankets adorned with pink hearts for young homeless or runaways not too much […]

Gov. Phil Murphy proclaims Catholic Schools Week

From Staff Reports New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation designating the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2018, as Catholic Schools Week in New Jersey and acknowledging the contributions of Catholic schools to the public welfare of all New Jerseyans. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. […]

Catholic Schools Week begins with a splash in Sea Bright

By Lois Rogers | Correspondent As pipes and drums played a marching tune, more than 1,000 students, parents, teachers and administrators careened down the sloping and rather soggy sands in back of Sea Bright’s Donovan’s Reef Jan. 28 and into the rolling sea. By the time they emerged from the water moments later, some 21 […]

A message from Bishop O’Connell: Catholic schools – a choice for more

From Staff Reports When a child is baptized in the Catholic Church, his/her parents make promises to help their child grow in the Church’s faith. Parents are their “first teachers,” their “first preachers” of the faith and, as a result, the family home becomes the “first Catholic school” and a “domestic Church.” Without their direct […]

CSW celebrates the gift of Catholic Education

From Staff Reports Pope Francis has described Catholic schools as tools of evangelization, dialogue and hope that may be used to build a more humane world. Future generations who are “educated in a Christian way for dialogue will come out of the classroom motivated to build bridges and, therefore, to find new answers to the […]

A message from Joann Tier: Catholic Schools Week 2018 is time to celebrate

JoAnn Tier | Superintendent of Catholic Schools January 28 through February 3 marks a time of celebration nationwide. Each year during Catholic Schools Week, school doors open wide inviting the public to be a part of the Catholic school experience. Visitors can observe an environment centered in faith with intriguing programs and activities that engage […]

St. Paul principal sees parish, school as an invaluable partnership

By Mary Morrell | Correspondent When Dr. Ryan Killeen asked pastors and principals to describe their perception of the significance of the Catholic school in their parish communities, their responses ran the gamut of eye-opening, encouraging, and, sometimes, funny with one pastor saying, “Well, the school is the life of the parish. If it was […]

Holy Cross Academy, Delran, family prepares to begin new chapter

By Georgiana Francisco | Correspondent In the five-plus weeks since the announcement was made that Holy Cross Academy in Delran will close as a diocesan school in June, plans to convert the institution to a private entity moved forward in earnest and are already showing results. Guided by a three-year financial plan, and the outline […]

With new connection between TCA, Eet Gud Bakery, community traditions continue

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent Trenton Catholic Academy and Eet Gud Bakery are staples in their community. Situated just a mile apart in Hamilton, their fingerprints in the neighborhood are far-reaching, with alumni and fans from all over, going back generations. So the fact that the two will be more closely related in the future […]

Parish and school work hand in hand in support of Catholic education

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent “It’s a challenge, but it’s a good challenge,” said St. Katharine Drexel pastor Father Christopher P. Picollo about the inclusion of a Catholic school in the life of the parish that he leads. Located in Burlington, St. Katharine Drexel Parish not only includes two worship sites, but also sponsors St. […]

Parish is part of the team for St. Ann School

By Christina Leslie | Correspondent “You need a team to run a school,” said Trinitarian Father Gerard F. Lynch, pastor of St. Ann Parish, about the 2010 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence which shares the church’s Lawrenceville campus. “I leave the day-to-day to principal [John] McKenna but there are no surprises, for we meet regularly.” […]

Point Pleasant Beach school participates in global ‘Hour of Code’

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent PROGRAMMING PUPILS • Students in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, use laptops and other tech devices to complete their first Hour of Code in December. Photo courtesy of St. Peter School Students in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, flexed their computer skills the week of Dec. 4 as [...]

Aviation Day puts St. Catharine, Spring Lake, students in pilot seat

Trenton Monitor report UP, UP AND AWAY • Students in St. Catharine School, Spring Lake, test their piloting skills using a white drone during Aviation Day Nov. 22. Eighth-graders who have been studying principles of aviation spent the day assisting with various activities and creation of flying contraptions. Photo courtesy of Kathy Francis General aviation [...]

Donovan Catholic teens pray, serve, celebrate as Body of Christ

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent During their class retreat Oct. 25, seniors in Donovan Catholic High School, Toms River, work on Rosary chaplets and prayer cards for students in a Texas Catholic school who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo courtesy of Mary Beth Deblasio Donovan Catholic seniors recently took a break from [...]

Princeton’s St. Paul School clinches Scholastic Olympics, again

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Olympic Victory • Students of St. Paul School, Princeton, took home top honors for the fourth year in a row at the 36th annual TCA Scholastic Olympics Nov. 9. Courtesy photo Once, twice, thrice…. frice? The folks at Oxford will have to invent a new word for their [...]

OLPH victorious in Camden Diocese’s academic contest

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Two-Time Winners • Students of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade, scored first place for the second consecutive year in the Nov. 8 Camden Catholic High School Academic Olympics. Courtesy photo For the second consecutive year, students from Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade, [...]

Notre Dame High School uses basketball tourney for hurricane relief

By Rose O’Connor | Trenton Monitor Correspondent The community of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, recently put their basketball skills to use during the school’s first “Hoops for Hope” charity tournament, the proceeds of which will go to aid residents of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island of Dominica who were impacted by Hurricane Maria. [...]

New saint plaques adorn St. Benedict School

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Students, staff and faculty in St. Benedict School might sense the presence of a group of very special saints looking down upon them in love and support of their academic pursuits each day. The walls of the Holmdel Catholic elementary school are adorned with new wood and metal [...]

At annual Catholic Schools Mass, the subject is faith

By Lois Rogers | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Praying Together -- Students from around the Diocese pray during the 2017 Catholic Schools Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., Oct. 12 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. Craig Pittelli photos Leaving no doubt about the importance of faith in the lives of young people, Bishop David [...]

St. Joseph students top field in annual scholastic bowl

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Students from St. Joseph School, Toms River, earned first-place honors in the 14th annual St. Rose High School Invitational Scholastic Bowl held Oct. 23. Representatives from nine Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton gathered at the secondary school’s Belmar campus to compete in nine subject areas [...]

St. Ann student wins aviation essay contest, meets Tuskegee Airmen

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent An interest in aviation and unique opportunity intersected recently for Ean Chambers, eighth grade student in St. Ann School, Lawrenceville. And that became the catalyst for his entering – and winning – an essay contest sponsored by Southwest Airlines. Chambers, who wants to become a commercial pilot and [...]

Bishop celebrates 20th jubilee of All Saints Regional

By Dorothy K. LaMantia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., celebrated All Saints’ Day a bit early as he joined students and guests in marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin. To see photo gallery on this story, click here. Excitement filled the air Oct. 31 [...]

Red Bank Catholic seniors, St. James School’s youngest partner in Creative Movement class

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’ • Kindergarten and preschool students in St. James School, Red Bank, stretch, bend and pretend along with Red Bank Catholic performing arts director Stacy Bascom and RBC seniors assisting in the Creative Movement class. Courtesy photo A unique partnership between Red Bank Catholic High School and [...]

Cathletes collaborate to spread faith through athletics, social media

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent With Catholic Athletes for Christ in the Diocese of Trenton, what began six years ago as a mere idea has blossomed into an evangelical force to be reckoned with, its enthusiasm seeming only to grow each year. Photo Gallery: 2017 Catholic Athletes for Christ High School Leadership Summit A [...]

TCA students participate in lab coat experiment

By Rose O’Connor | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Dressing The Part – Donning their new lab coats, third and fourth grade students from Trenton Catholic Academy pose for a picture with Radioactive Rick from Mad Science. Photo courtesy of Trenton Catholic Academy “I am so excited,” Trenton Catholic Academy third grade student Sophia Navarro said as [...]

Water tests find Diocese’s schools free from lead

Story by Lois Rogers, Trenton Monitor Correspondent As Catholic school buildings around the Trenton Diocese opened for the fall term, students, faculty and staff entered with the assurance that every available water source in them has been rigorously tested and are free of lead. Such affirmation is the result of an effort that initially began [...]

Former Red Bank Catholic student competing for Miss America title

By Dorothy K. LaMantia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent While many of her classmates headed back to campus during the last week of August, University of Delaware senior Chelsea Bruce traveled from her home in Manasquan to Atlantic City to represent the state of Delaware in this year’s Miss America pageant. The graduate of Red Bank Catholic High [...]

Back-to-school photos from around the Diocese of Trenton

Thousands of students from across the Diocese of Trenton headed back to school the week of Sept. 5 to begin the 2017-18 academic year. Trenton Monitor photographers were on hand to capture the excitement and joy — and sometimes nervousness – felt by students and teachers on their first day. You can see their work […]

Deacon ready to serve in Catholic education

Deacon Joseph G. Rafferty Sr., a lifelong teacher and administrator who views Catholic education as “essential,” is poised to take on the role as principal of St. Paul School, Burlington, this September. “There is a rigor and grit in Catholic schools,” Rafferty, a resident of Gloucester City in the Diocese of Camden, said frankly. “It […]

Schools look ahead to new, improved tech, academic programs

Thomas Makin of Rumson and Julian Mattioli of Colts Neck use a school laptop to work on their Math Counts contest entries in Holy Cross School, Rumson. The club again earned Gold Level status last year. Photo courtesy of Holy Cross School Story by Rose O’Connor | Trenton Monitor Correspondent For educators, there are few [...]

Focus on Catholic Social Teaching aims to help students live Christ’s mission

By Lois Rogers | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Resurrection Sister Cherree Power, principal of St. Veronica School, Howell, looks over the calendars featuring Catholic Social Teaching that are printed annually. The calendars are printed for teachers and parents so everyone knows what aspects are being taught on a monthly basis. Lois Rogers photo In elementary and [...]

Schools strive to prepare students for global community

By Rose O’Connor | Trenton Monitor Correspondent One of the most important jobs teachers have is to educate students on becoming responsible citizens in an ever-changing global society. To that end, Catholic schools around the Diocese have risen to the challenge and new world language curriculum guidelines will be presented in the Diocese this year, […]

New president, fresh ideas will guide work of diocesan PTA

By Rose O’Connor | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Paula Pangilinan, second from left, Trenton diocesan PTA president, the entire board and JoAnn Tier, second row, third from the left, superintendent of Catholic Schools, are looking forward to implementing new ideas this school year, including social media marketing. Courtesy photo For 92 years, the Trenton diocesan PTA has [...]

Retiring principal Costantino hopes Hamilton school’s legacy of family will continue

By Rose O’Connor | Trenton Monitor Correspondent When he became principal of Our Lady of Sorrows School, Hamilton, in 2011, Donald Costantino felt “he had come full circle.” And while his 40-year career in education had ventured in various directions, he is certain that it culminated exactly where it was supposed to – serving in [...]

St. Rose School partners with NJIT to create STEM program

Teachers from St Rose Grammar School, Belmar, gathered June 13 to participate in a special training as part of a new partnership the school has formed with New Jersey Institute of Technology to build a STEM program and STEM Lab. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, subjects that school principal Gregory Guito is [...]

Bishop, St. Paul students record Rosary CD

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was recently invited by St. Paul School, Princeton, to record a Rosary CD with the students. To see photo gallery on this story, click here. The Bishop met seven of the school’s fourth- through seventh-graders in the St. Paul Parish Mercy Chapel the morning [...]

Young essayists’ works recognized in annual contest

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Five young Catholic school students from Monmouth County received accolades for their writing skills in an annual essay contest sponsored by N.J. Assemblyman David P. Rible (R-District 30). Ryan Merkler, a student in St. Rose School, Belmar, and St. Catharine School, Spring Lake, students Ryan Gloster, Reid Matuch, [...]

Never Stop Learning – Catholic school principals exemplify continuing education with doctoral degrees

By EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent In this season of graduations, the focus is primarily on the youth of our Catholic community, moving from one stage of education to the next, and celebrating the milestones of their academic accomplishments. But there are other graduates to recognize – those who have been in the business of guiding [...]

STEM skills built in St. Peter School bridge project

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent For the past few weeks, the hallways of St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, have been lined with architectural wonder: model bridges, based on their real life counterparts. The annual research project for sixth and eighth grades, which changes topic each year and includes a research paper, was [...]

Notre Dame latest in Diocese to partner with Georgian Court University

Leaders from Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, and Georgian Court University, Lakewood, jointly illustrated their commitment to Catholic education as they signed a new guaranteed admissions agreement aimed to make it easier for students to enroll in and afford college. “Partnering with Georgian Court University enables Notre Dame High School to meet the needs of [...]

St. John Vianney teen hopes artwork helps others better understand autism

By Ken Downey Jr. | Trenton Monitor Correspondent St. John Vianney High School sophomore Alyssa Militello hopes that through her art, she can give the world a better understanding of autism. “I think it will show people a different and positive view of people who have autism,” the Holmdel school student said. “I’m not 100 [...]

Choir from St. Gregory the Great Academy sings for Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent The school choir of St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, had the unique opportunity April 29 to sing in St. Patrick Cathedral, New York. As part of a regional workshop run by The American Federation Pueri Cantores – the student choral organization of the Catholic Church – [...]

Catholic school students help teens in Asbury Park shelter

Students in two Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese donated their time, talent and treasure recently to benefit an area charity which strives to assist at-risk youth. Fifth through eighth graders in Holy Cross School, Rumson, kicked up their heels at a fund raising dance party, while St. Rose School, Belmar, students delivered a supply [...]

Donovan Catholic joins International Baccalaureate community

Donovan Catholic, Toms River, recently announced that the school has become the newest member of an ever-growing community of high schools offering the International Baccalaureate World School program in 147 different countries. Donovan Catholic holds the distinction of being: one of 15 IB high schools in New Jersey and the state’s only Catholic high school; [...]

Catholic school students make a difference with Day of Service

The Corporal Works of Mercy were carried out in special, creative and even fun ways as thousands of Catholic school students around the Diocese of Trenton spent a day performing works of service April 28. Initiated by the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools, the third annual event, held in as many years, had students in grades [...]

Catholic school benefits hailed on radio by local students

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Students of the Diocese of Trenton had a chance to bring their enthusiasm for Catholic schools to the airwaves during Catholic Schools Week, recording interviews with Domestic Church Media. Talking about their unique experiences and service projects that contributed to their education, boys and girls from St. Joseph [...]

Student poster, video contest winners recognized at State House

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Catholic education received special attention at the state level when Gov. Chris Christie released his proclamation of Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29 – Feb. 4. To see photoo gallery on this story, click here. To kick off the celebration, which recognizes the unique contributions of Catholic education, [...]

Retreat fosters coming of age, reaching out, social action

By Dorothy K. LaMantia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent On Donovan Catholic’s calendar, Feb. 3 was dedicated as the date of the junior class retreat, when freshman, sophomore and senior classes remain home, and the normally bustling halls are quiet, inviting the junior girls and boys to prayer and reflection. To see photo gallery on this [...]

Bishop wraps up Catholic Schools Week with visit to Point Pleasant Beach school

By Lois Rogers | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Catholic Schools Week drew to a memorable close for the St. Peter School community in Point Pleasant Beach Feb. 3 – the Feast of St. Blaise – as Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., blended educational accolades with ancient tradition, blessing the academic endeavors of the students and their [...]

Middletown faculty lose hair as Catholic Schools Week comes to end by raising $1K for cancer

By Ken Downey Jr. | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Around 500 students packed the gymnasium of St. Mary School, Middletown, filling the bleachers as they stomped their feet to the chant “Let’s Go Teachers” in anticipation of the annual student-faculty volleyball game. The volleyball game Feb. 3 was part of the school assembly that brought Catholic Schools Week [...]

Radio interviews of local Catholic students taking place during CSW

This Catholic Schools Week offers a special opportunity to hear from diocesan Catholic school students in their own voices. Domestic Church Media, home of four radio stations that cover large portions of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Staten Island, is offering special programming Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, featuring interviews with students throughout their listening area, [...]

US Reps. Lipinski, Smith introduce legislation to honor, support Catholic schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.— To mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, beginning January 29, and running through Feb. 3, U.S. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) announced Jan. 30 the introduction of H. Res. 57, “Supporting the Contributions of Catholic Schools,” a celebration and show of support for Catholic schools around New Jersey and the [...]

Burlington and Mercer County schools open Catholic Schools Week with Bishop O’Connell

The campus of Burlington County's only Catholic high school — Holy Cross Academy in Delran — was buzzing with a lot of smiles and energy the morning of Jan. 30 as students eagerly awaited the arrival of some very special guests to help them kick off their celebration of Catholic Schools Week. To see photo [...]

Rumson school’s Penny Harvest benefits African school, hurricane victims

Give a bunch of kids brown paper bags and empty buckets, and there’s no telling what they might do. In Holy Cross School, Rumson, however, the students filled them with $2,005 worth of loose change. In early November, Maryjane Gallo, sixth grade teacher and co-founder of the Tawawami Children’s Project, a non-profit organization whose sole [...]

Freezing for the faith: More than 1,000 take plunge to support Catholic education

By Lois Rogers | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Talk about the weather! In years to come, when eyewitnesses and participants shared stories about the Polar Plunge for Catholic Education sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians Patrick Torphy Division, it’s a given that the frigid temperatures, snow-topped sand and pounding surf of the 11th annual event on the [...]

Holy Cross School, Rumson, marks 75 years of Catholic education

They’re Excited! • Pictured is the Holy Cross student body forming the number 75 in honor their school’s 75th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Holy Cross School Holy Cross School, Rumson, will continue to celebrate its 75th anniversary year with a Jan. 29 Mass and Open House for prospective families. The Jan. 29 anniversary events, which [...]

Donors cut ribbon for St. Rose High School’s new library

By Haley Cafarella | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Clergy, school and diocesan officials, alumni, prominent members of the community and seniors in St. Rose High School, Belmar, were on hand Dec. 2 as the school officially unveiled the renovated and newly equipped Ottilie R. King Memorial Library. Robert C. King, an alumnus, and his wife, Cynthia [...]

Notre Dame High School students earn national awards in Model United Nations event

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Correspondent A group of students from Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, had the opportunity to share their views on topics of world impact during a Model United Nations conference held Dec. 1-4 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In addition to flexing their writing and public speaking skills, four of [...]

Big turnout as community joins celebration of St. Peter School’s National Blue Ribbon

By Lois Rogers | Trenton Monitor Correspondent Green may be the official color of St. Peter School, but on Nov. 14, deep blue was the predominant hue as the Point Pleasant Beach community turned out in force to celebrate the institution’s designation as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. To see photo gallery on [...]

High school, college initiatives help students further their Catholic education

By Mary Stadnyk | Associate Editor Pursuing a Catholic education can present its share of challenges and sacrifices for students and their families. As a way to help grammar and high school students in the Diocese of Trenton continue their next level of education in a Catholic institution, some unique and attractive incentives have been [...]

Restored chapel highlights new school year for Manahawkin students

By David Karas | Trenton Monitor Correspondent The start of the school year took on added significance for students in All Saints Regional Catholic School, Manahawkin. To see photo gallery on this story, click here. During a Mass to mark the opening of the 2016-17 academic year, the students, teachers, faculty and family also witnessed the [...]

St. Peter School celebrates National Blue Ribbon honor

By Mary Stadnyk | Trenton Monitor Associate Editor Students in St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, learned some very exciting news when they arrived to school Sept. 29. During an early morning assembly and prayer service, their principal, Tracey Kobrin, announced that St. Peter School was one of 329 schools nationwide to receive the prestigious [...]

Win or lose, Cathletes ‘here for Christ’

By Brittany Wilson | Diocese of Trenton Social Media Coordinator Nearly 90 members of Catholic Athletes for Christ from across the Diocese of Trenton showed how strong faith, coupled with strong athletics, has helped them become leaders both on and off the field during the annual CAC High School Leadership Summit Sept. 20. SEE A [...]

Gov. Christie signs law to fund security measures in nonpublic schools

On the same day many teachers across the Diocese were welcoming students to the start of a new school year, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law the “Secure Schools for All Children Act,” which establishes a state aid program for security services, equipment and technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic [...]

Donovan Catholic thrower earns bronze in international championship

By Rich Fisher | Trenton Monitor Correspondent In becoming the third best teenage shot putter in the world, Alyssa Wilson had a tougher time getting to the event than she had competing in it. On July 20, Wilson won the bronze medal at the International Association of Athletics Federation’s World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. [...]

Trenton Catholic grad celebrates following NBA draft to Sacramento Kings

By Rich Fisher | Trenton Monitor Correspondent  This season’s much-anticipated National Basketball Association Draft held special significance for members of the Trenton Catholic Academy family when one of its graduates was drafted to the Sacramento Kings. Malachi Richardson, a 2015 graduate, graced the primetime stage June 23 as the 22nd player to be drafted. The [...]

Congratulations graduates of the Class of 2016!

The high school graduates representing the Class of 2016 leave an undeniable mark on the history of each of our Catholic schools as their contributions, their creative thinking, their talents and their passion for learning were realized and expressed.  The 1,693 graduates are saluted for their focused academic performance and for being awarded in excess [...]

Buddy bench encourages kindness on playground at Toms River school

By Mary Stadnyk | Trenton Monitor Associate Editor Most children probably think the best part of the school day is recess. They get to go outside, run around and have fun playing games with their friends. But for students who are shy, feel left out or are new to the school community, they can dread [...]

Red Bank Catholic student project keeps NJ’s birds safe

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Staff Writer Thanks to the ingenuity of a science teacher and a group of students from Red Bank Catholic High School, a recent innovation is ensuring that the sight and song of another generation of birds is gracing the skies above central New Jersey. The Catholic high school has [...]

Students with love of faith, sports come together as Catholic Athletes for Christ

By Brittany Wilson | Diocesan Social Media Coordinator Dozens of high school athletes proved their love of athletics, grounded in faith, has helped them become leaders both on and off the field during the annual High School Leadership Program for Catholic Athletes for Christ held in part April 26 in the Diocese of Trenton’s Chancery in [...]

‘Doing it all’ – Catholic students embark on mission of service

Annual event brings schools into communities for acts of giving back In communities across central New Jersey, students from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton are spending a day doing service April 29. This second annual event includes everything from visiting senior homes to organizing environmental clean-ups on the shore, and is another reminder that [...]

Red Bank student wins Maryknoll essay contest on mercy

By Patrick T. Brown | Trenton Monitor Associate Editor and EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent When Grace Wilson, eighth grade student in St. James Elementary School, Red Bank, was called out of science class to meet with school officials, she first thought she was in trouble. But it was her understanding and explanation of mercy that caused [...]

St. Paul School dances and sings with Villalobos musicians

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent For just a short time the afternoon of April 8, the entire student body, teachers and staff of St. Paul School, Princeton, were instantly transported to Mexico, courtesy of the musical stylings of the Villalobos Brothers. The violin virtuosos were invited by theschool’s Parent Teacher Association to share [...]

Publishing book enables students to honor saints, hone many skills

By Mary Stadnyk | Trenton Monitor Associate Editor The third grade class in St. Jerome School found a creative way to combine their studies on the saints of the Church and learn some of the ins and outs of the publishing world. They did this by publishing a book on the saints of their own. [...]

Catholic school students excel in Scholastic Olympics

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Staff Writer The cheers emanating from Donovan Catholic High School March 15 let all passersby know a fierce competition was being waged on the Toms River battlefield. The worthy seventh-grade competitors wielded No. 2 pencils as their weapons of choice and sought medals as their bounty. When the dust [...]

Robotics competition engages St. Paul students’ ingenuity

Students from St. Paul School, Burlington, joined with their peers in nearby Doane Academy March 1 to participate in a Sumo wrestling competition. However, the opponents fighting in the ring were not human, they were robots. Over the past few months, teams of two to four students in grades five through eight spent many long hours [...]

ND quarterback Lezynski, administrator McWilliam honored for athletics, academics, leadership

By Rich Fisher | Trenton Monitor Correspondent  In writing a letter of recommendation to nominate Xavier Lezynski as Notre Dame High School’s candidate for this year’s George Wah Scholar-Leader-Athlete honor, Principal Mary Liz Ivins got right to the crux of what makes the senior such an outstanding person and athlete. “What impresses me most about [...]

Diocese offers tuition assistance for 2016-17 school year

First-round application deadline for kindergarten through eighth-graders is March 3. Families seeking assistance covering the cost of a quality Catholic education can now apply for tuition assistance from the Diocese of Trenton for the 2016-17 school year. Tuition assistance is awarded to families with children in grades kindergarten through 12 who are enrolled in Catholic [...]

St. Aloysius teacher promote reading among students

Educators in St. Aloysius School, Jackson, acknowledge with disturbance the unofficial estimate that the average student spends no more than 11 minutes each day reading – and that includes school days. That’s part of the reason why middle school language arts teacher Dana Hoover works so diligently to find ways to encourage active reading by [...]

Catholic schools in Diocese receive accreditation

A year-and-a-half of hard work has paid off for Catholic schools in the diocese. According to JoAnn Tier, Moderator for the Office of Catholic Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, the Diocese of Trenton and its schools were informed that they have been officially accredited by AdvancED, an internationally-recognized accreditation agency. The accreditation is a [...]

Gov. Christie signs Catholic Schools Week proclamation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a proclamation designating the week of Jan. 31 to Feb. 6 as Catholic Schools Week in the state and acknowledged contributions Catholic schools have made to the welfare of all New Jersey residents. The theme for this year’s week-long celebration is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and [...]

Investing in the Future

Accreditation process brings value to Diocese, schools, students A message from JoAnn Tier Moderator for Catholic Education Teaching is an art.  Teachers look into the eyes of a child to determine understanding.  In so doing, they make a connection far beyond conveying basic instruction.  The child knows the teacher cares and is invested in him.  [...]

Asbury Park school implements peer-led virtue program

By Mary Stadnyk | Trenton Monitor Associate Editor The way Sister of St. Joseph Jude Catherine Boyce sees it, the best way to encourage children to do the right thing is by way of presenting them with positive challenges rather than emphasizing the negative consequences that could result from poor choices or inappropriate behavior. In [...]

Room to Grow — Schools in Diocese of Trenton find new ways to welcome greater number of students

By Christina Leslie | Trenton Monitor Staff Writer and Rosemary Daniels | Correspondent  A visitor can step outside St. Ann School, Lawrenceville, take a mere five footsteps across a metal platform, open another door and enter a place that calls to mind the wildly popular world of Harry Potter. To see photos from St. Ann School, [...]

Events planned across Diocese for Catholic Schools Week

The following schools have announced events to which the public is invited during Catholic Schools Week.  For a full listing of Catholic Schools Week activities visit the schools’ respective websites. Burlington County Holy Cross Academy, Delran – Feb. 1, Harlem Wizards game, 6:30 p.m., co-sponsored with St. Paul School, Burlington, for tickets, email www.holycrosshighschool.org, (proceeds [...]

‘Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service’: Catholic schools provide benefits to society and Church

By Patrick T. Brown | Trenton Monitor Associate Editor Catholic schools have it all, as the slogan goes, but ‘having it all’ takes on an added dimension when you look at the national scope, impact and benefits of the Catholic school community across the United States. According to statistics provided by the National Catholic Educational [...]

Education commissioner overturns NJSIAA votes to separate public, non-public football, wrestling

With the flick of a pen, State Commissioner of Education David Hespe could have inked a spot in New Jersey history in late December, but members of the Catholic education community are glad he didn’t. On Dec. 28, Hespe ruled to overturn two votes cast during the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s annual meeting earlier [...]

Retiring Donovan Catholic head coach to continue mission of witness after football

After nearly 40 years of whistles, playbooks, workouts in the summer heat, X’s and O’s, and game planning, Dan Duddy will have a little more free time next fall. But the recently-retired head coach of Donovan Catholic High School’s football team won’t measure the success of his tenure by wins and losses. For Duddy, serving as [...]

High school students attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Shannon Jones, a senior in Donovan Catholic High School and a mem­ber of St. Dominic Parish, Brick, plans to pursue a career in medicine. So when she learned of the oppor­tunity to hear from dozens of speakers – including several Nobel Laureates, the dean of Georgetown University’s Medical School, and the physician who decoded the [...]

Red Bank Catholic celebrates New Jersey Week of Respect

“I love me…so I can love you.” It’s a relatively simple statement, but it carries a powerful message. And that message swept through the Red Bank Catholic High School community last month as students celebrated the 2015 New Jersey Week of Respect. Choosing the theme of self-respect for the school community, members of the Hot [...]

Hamilton school marks 60 years of education

With smiles and fond memories, waves of students, teachers, alumni and supporters joyfully marked the 60th anniversary of their beloved Our Lady of Sorrows School, Hamilton. To see photo gallery on this story, click HERE. The Oct. 25 Mass celebrated in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, a worship site of Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, [...]

Schools observe National Bullying Prevention Month

At St. Rose School in Belmar, October was a month to “Say Boo to Bullies.” In St. Peter School, Point Pleasant Beach, students focused on just how hard it can be to fix a heart “wrinkled” by bullying. In the Lower School of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, the emphasis was in making a difference” by [...]

Prominent advocate explains ‘Move Over’ law at SJV

It’s not often one hears a presentation on a state law from one of its most significant advocates. But students in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, had just that opportunity earlier this fall. The students received a special visit, coordinated by the school’s physical education department, about the state’s “Move Over” law from Donna [...]

#GetThereSafe: Notre Dame students pledge to drive safely and without distractions

Students in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, received a powerful message this month, all while promot­ing increased driver safety and support­ing their school. The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program, which works to raise awareness among teens of the dangers of distracted driving and to promote safety behind the wheel, presented a $1,000 check to the ND [...]

Schools receive high marks in accreditation process

The schools of the Diocese of Trenton received high marks and commendations as evaluators from the education accrediting agency AdvancED revealed the results of a comprehensive external review for accreditation conducted in early November. An overview of AdvancED’s findings was presented Nov. 4 in the Diocesan Chancery by Eddie Krenson, lead evaluator for the team, [...]

Pizza Showdown garners support for Catholic education

Who doesn’t like pizza? That’s what the members of the Holy Angels and St. Raphael Alumni Association decided two years ago when they held their first Pizza Showdown Contest, a fundraiser to benefit the Student Awards Fund. This year, the Pizza Showdown contest, held Oct. 14 in the parish center on the campus of St. [...]

National merit honors announced

Students from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Trenton have exhibited their exemplary academic development by earning the designation of Commended Student or Semifinalist in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program. The students numbered among the 1.5 million students nationwide who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying [...]

St. Rose tops competitors in Scholastic Bowl

Young scholars from St. Rose School, Belmar, carried the first place team trophy to its new home one block south after their win in the 12th annual St. Rose High School Invitational Scholastic Bowl. Students from nine Catholic grammar schools of the Diocese participated Oct. 26 in nine subject areas for both team and indi­vidual [...]

St. Ann School’s International Night teaches heritage appreciation

Native dress, savory ethnic foods, traditional dance and a wealth of artifacts and historical factoids offered visitors to St. Ann School an evening to travel the world and marvel at the grace and beauty of all nations. To see photo gallery on this story, click here. For two hours Oct. 8, the gymnasium in the [...]

St. Rose tops competitors in St. Rose Invitational Scholastic Bowl

Young scholars from St. Rose School, Belmar, carried the first place team trophy to its new home one block south after their win in the 12th annual St. Rose High School Invitational Scholastic Bowl. Students from nine Catholic grammar schools of the Diocese participated Oct. 26 in nine subject areas for both team and individual [...]

St. Joe’s Temeh credits successes to foundation built at Trenton Catholic

This is what former Trenton Catholic Academy boys’ soccer coach Sean Miller unabashedly states about Emmanuel Temeh: “He’s my favorite player that I’ve ever coached.” After speaking with Temeh, it’s easy to understand why. In a refreshing change from the sense of entitlement so many NCAA Division I athletes have, Temeh goes the other way. [...]

Diocesan school communities come together with Bishop to celebrate their Catholic faith

The mood within St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, was that of a joyous, faith-filled family reunion during the annual Diocese of Trenton Catholic Schools Mass Oct. 15. More than 800 students, teachers, administrators and parents representing 32 elementary and eight high schools in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties shared their love of [...]

‘Ministry, Advocacy, Prayer’ — St. Paul School marks 135th anniversary

The kick-off celebration Mass of St. Paul School’s 135th anniversary couldn’t have come at a better time. To see photo gallery on this story, click HERE. Coinciding with the Sisters of Mercy’s annual Sept. 24 Mercy Day – the opening of the first House of Mercy in 1827 and the beginnings of the Sisters of Mercy [...]

Standing room only in Brick for golden anniversary of St. Dominic School

| By Lois Rogers, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | The whirlwind of rejoicing that kicked into high gear when the first day of classes in St. Dominic School Sept. 8 coincided with its actual 50th anniversary, culminated Oct. 4 with a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. To see photo gallery on this [...]

Bishop celebrates Mass to mark St. Joan of Arc School’s 50th jubilee

| By Dubravka Cortese | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | “It’s not enough just to be Catholic,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said. “We have to live as Catholics, taking up our crosses and following him.” Click here to see photo gallery. Bishop O’Connell’s words reflected the belief that is fostered and reinforced every day in St. [...]

TCA Lower School principal receives another national honor

Anne Reap, principal of Trenton Catholic Academy Lower School in Hamilton, is among 59 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad who have been named as 2015 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). The NDPs will be honored Oct. 16 at an awards banquet at the [...]

Catholic Schools Mass video is now available

Students, teachers, parents and friends of the Catholic school community had an opportunity to view the Catholic Schools Mass via live stream provided by the Diocese of Trenton Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was the principal celebrant of the Mass held in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. An [...]

Two more schools in Diocese earn Blue Ribbon recognition

Two Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton have received high honors from the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education. In a letter offering her congratulations, JoAnn Tier, diocesan moderator for the Office of Catholic Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, reported that Holy Cross School, Rumson, and Our Lady [...]

St. Dominic School to mark 50 years of Catholic education

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 17, 2015 |  By David Karas, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | The first day of school this fall will bear a special significance for the community of St. Dominic School, Brick. On Sept. 8, when students and faculty return to the campus for a new year, they will mark the half century anniversary of [...]

St. Joan of Arc School gears up to celebrate golden anniversary

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 15, 2015 |  By David Karas, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | The community of St. Joan of Arc School, Marlton, is getting ready to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary, kicking off with a school Mass during the first week of school. Mary Clare Brandt, marketing director for the school, shared the excitement of her [...]

Back to School 2015

Though school families are hanging on to the last weeks of summer fun and leisure, preparations have begun in earnest to welcome students back to a new school year, ripe with potential for learning and enrichment. New principals are taking office, and other educators and school leaders are continuing their efforts to further integrate technology [...]

Social media can be a viable educational tool

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 17, 2015 |  By Rose O’Connor, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | With the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest among both students and parents, educators in the Diocese of Trenton have ramped up their social media use to capture the attention of 21st century learners. A two-part question posed by teachers and administrators [...]

Looking forward to a year of celebration and growth!

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 13, 2015 |  By JoAnn Tier, Moderator, Office of Catholic Education | Each year, there is excitement and anticipation as a new school year unfolds. Shopping for notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks accents that enthusiasm and illustrates the ritual of back-to-school preparations. Always growing, always learning, the year will bring an abundance [...]

Summer basketball leagues boost skills, confidence for DoT athletes

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 10, 2015 |  By Rich Fisher, TrentonMonitor Correspondent |   It was a busy summer for the Notre Dame High School boys’ basketball team as the Irish try to get to the next level after a strong 2014-15 season. Notre Dame’s team of returning lettermen, guided by assistant coach Rashaan Thompson, reached the [...]

TCA graduate earns Fermi Foundation scholarship

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 5, 2015 |  For the fourth consecutive year, the Fermi Federation has awarded a $500 scholarship to a graduating Trenton Catholic Academy senior. Michael Del Valle was this year’s recipient, and will use the scholarship toward furthering his education in St. John’s University, New York where he will begin studies in the [...]

St. John Vianney baseball team enters BlueClaws Ring of Honor

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com August 10, 2015 |  By David Karas, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent |  When the St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, Lancers baseball team beat the odds and clinched a state championship title in 2014, the players – many of them seniors who had walked in their graduation ceremony earlier that day – rushed onto the field [...]

Summer collections seek school supplies for less fortunate

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com July 31, 2015 |  By David Karas, TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | When Aileen Rivell and her family moved from Westfield to their current home in Colts Neck and joined St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, one thing was missing: a school supply drive to collect needed materials for students. “My family really enjoyed participating in the [...]

They’ve Got Heart

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com July 28, 2015 | The photography club in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, donated $500 to the Nicole’s Heart foundation to help support the heart screenings they set up for high school students. The club raised funds through bake sales, card sales, and selling digital art magazine designs. The current club members are [...]

Catholic schools celebrate state funding successes

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com July 16, 2015 | By Christina Leslie |TrentonMonitor.com Staff Writer While Catholic school communities across New Jersey are applauding the restoration of state budget funding for essential non-public school services, members of seven school communities in the Diocese of Trenton had a special reason to celebrate. Initially, the proposed state budget for fiscal year [...]

Teachers complete GCU graduate program

A special group of teachers who just earned master’s degrees in Georgian Court University, Lakewood, found that some of their most memorable lessons didn’t come from the curriculum. “The program allowed me to work with other Catholic school teachers, and because of the faith-based component, I was able to share my experiences with peers who [...]

School helps family to return home

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com July 6, 2015 | By Lois Rogers | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent It won’t be too long before Inez Tello and her two sons move into the house St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, and Colts Neck Reformed Church partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build. In fact, the dedication at the Center Street, Freehold [...]

St. Dominic students get ‘Jump Start’ on school

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com July 2, 2015 | Future kindergarten students in St. Dominic School got a jump start on their academic careers this summer. The Brick Catholic school offered a two-week “Jump Start” program this June which introduced 20 youngsters to daily life in the classroom. “It’s mean to ease the transition from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten [...]

Summer collection seeks schools supplies for students in need

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com July 3, 2015 | By David Karas | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent When Aileen Rivell and her family moved from Westfield to their current home in Colts Neck – becoming parishioners of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck – one thing was missing: a school supply drive to collect needed materials for students. “My family really [...]

Success on the tennis courts for ND measured in more than victories

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com June 22, 2015 | By Dan O’Mara | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent The boys’ varsity tennis team from Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, fell just short of a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Non-Public State title last month, but its success in the highly-competitive tournament was the culmination of what had been a terrific season [...]

Photo galleries of 2015 Catholic high school Baccalaureate Masses & graduation ceremonies

Turning of tassles, tossing caps high into the air, awarding of diplomas and other awards, shedding tears of joy and a little sadness were captured in photos taken in Baccalaureate Masses and graduation ceremonies in high schools around the Diocese during May and June. Click on the following links to see these special keepsake photos: [...]

St. Al’s finds success at the net, on the track

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com June 22, 2015 | The Gators of St. Aloysius, Jackson, had a successful weekend of athletic competitions May 16 and 17. The junior varsity girls’ volleyball team won the 2015 Monmouth Ocean Parochial Volleyball League championship May 16 at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. After losing the first game of the best-of-three championship match, the [...]

St. Jerome students offer ‘change for change’

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com June 19, 2015 | By David Karas  | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent In an effort that blended lessons in math, social studies and religion, students in St. Jerome School, West Long Branch, found a creative way to benefit their local community. The third-grade class, under the guidance of teacher Cathy Longano, engaged in a project [...]

Holy Cross students net donations for heart health

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com June 14, 2015 | Students in Holy Cross School, Rumson, have found a meaningful way to make their shots count on the basketball court. Continuing a tradition that has been in place for more than 15 years, students raised money for the American Heart Association through a fundraiser that encouraged them to recruit [...]

Students’ imaginations flourish at TCA Creativity Fair

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com June 9, 2015 | Students from seven Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton flexed their mental muscles during the annual Trenton Catholic Academy Creativity Fair held April 30 at the Hamilton high school. The competition, now in its 22nd year, tested the creative mettle of students in grades five through eight in eight subject [...]

Notre Dame’s McKenna lifted to international stage in latest honor

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 22, 2015 | By David Karas | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent From the weight room in Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, to the international stage, Coach John McKenna has made a name for himself – not only for his work with athletes, but for his faith. Coach John McKenna, athletic performance director for the [...]

‘High School Heroes’ teach fiscal responsibility

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 29, 2015 | By Christina Leslie | Staff Writer, TrentonMonitor.com | Students from Trenton Catholic Academy’s Upper School proved they were indeed “high school heroes” recently with a visit to two elementary schools with the mission of assisting youngsters to become more knowledgeable about money. A group of 33 sophomore and junior […]

St. Denis teacher honored for aerospace education

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com June 4, 2015 | By David Karas | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent | Whether it is designing handmade kites to achieve maximum lift or crafting airplanes out of soda bottles to see how far they can fly, the students in St. Denis School, Manasquan, learn from more than just textbooks in science class. And their […]

Culinary Club cooks up fun, service to others

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 17, 2015 | By EmmaLee Italia | TrentonMonitor.com Correspondent Sharing recipes and family cultural cuisine is mainstay for the Culinary Club in St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, which meets regularly throughout the school year. But once a year, club members don aprons, assemble their utensils and prepare to learn from master […]

Holy Cross School Math Club earns national gold level status

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 30, 2015 | “This group was extraordinary. They took hold of a project and they were off,” stated Marcie Forsyth, who along with her fellow math teacher, Kathy Chadwick, coached the Holy Cross School Math Club to National Gold Level Status, the highest honor in the National Math Club. Gold Level recognizes and […]

A blessed life enriched in Catholic education

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 8, 2015 | By Sister Dorothy Payne - Lent 2015 presented me with a unique opportunity for more reflection and “think time” as I began cancer treatments and had to cut back on my ministry time as president of Trenton Catholic Academy.  When asked to write an article for The Monitor, I [...]

Students put their faith into action by doing good works

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 9, 2015 |  Service projects taken on by Catholic school students included: Holy Cross Academy, Delran 5K run to benefit Cancer research Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown Luncheon with the students for mayor, first responders; mini can drive for Camden Outreach Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade Feed the 5000 [...]

‘Catholic Schools Do It All’ during first Diocesan Day of Service

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 8, 2015 | By Christina Leslie and Staff Writer and EmmaLee Italia –  Some 9,000 Catholic school students of the Diocese of Trenton used May 1, the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, to reach out to their communities across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties during the inaugural “Catholic Schools Do […]

Force of 9,000 Catholic school students making a difference in first Diocesan Day of Service

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 1, 2015 |  Catholic school students of the Diocese of Trenton are making their mark today in communities across Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties for the inaugural “Catholic Schools Do It All” Day of Service. About 9,000 students, representing 30 Catholic elementary schools and two high schools are taking part […]

Diocese launches multimedia campaign in support of Catholic schools

The Bishop of Trenton has a lot of good things to say about the Catholic schools in his Diocese, and he is doing it in a newly-produced video entitled “Catholic Schools Have it All.” An array of voices and personal stories about Catholic schools back up Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in the 13-minute production […]

TCA director named NCEA Distinguished Principal

By Rose O’Connor | Correspondent, TrentonMonitor.com For Anne Reap, director of Trenton Catholic Academy Lower School, the decision to become a teacher was made at an early age and was almost inevitable. “I was the oldest of five children,” she said with a laugh. “I always thought of myself as a teacher.” While growing up […]

Catholic Alumni Partnership creates lasting bonds

By Christina Leslie | Staff Writer, TrentonMonitor.com An initiative to continue the involvement of Catholic school graduates in their alma mater institutions has taken strong root in the Diocese of Trenton. The Catholic Alumni Partnership, administered by the diocesan Department of Development, maintains contact with more than 87,000 former students and has stimulated donations exceeding […]

St. Gregory the Great Academy named national Blue Ribbon School

By Christina Leslie | Staff Writer, TrentonMonitor.com Fulfilling its mission statement to “empower students…. while pursing academic excellence and moral formation,” St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, has been designated one of the nation’s Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence for 2014. St. Gregory the Great was chosen as one of 337 schools nationwide, only […]

2014 Catholic Schools Mass News Video

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. celebrates the annual Catholic Schools Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton, NJ on October 7, 2014.

Where Did They Learn All These Things?

Homily for Catholic Schools Mass St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton October 7, 2014 Did Jesus ever go to school? The Bible doesn’t say, so we cannot be sure.  The New Testament does tell us that Jesus could read, something he had to learn somewhere.  The New Testament also suggests that Jesus could […]