Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood. Remember in prayer those men of our parish who have been nominated, that they may appreciate their giftedness and respond to Christ’s call.
The Diocese of Trenton is pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned VOCATIONS website!
If you are a faithful Catholic man, God may be calling you for a higher purpose. Explore the new website. Visit:
National Vocation Awareness Week, November 6-12, 2022
Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by their families and our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.
If you are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, join us for evening prayer, dinner and a great conversation, hosted in Mercer County, on the third Sunday of the month. Reach out to Fr. Jason Parzynski, Vocations Director, Diocese of Trenton at (609)406-7448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations. A vocation is a call from the Holy Spirit, a gift from God that is nurtured in prayer. When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Father those men and women whom He is calling to follow Him in a very special way.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
Lord of the Harvest, we petition you as you have instructed us
to ask for more laborers to serve in the vineyard of Your Church.
You have told us that the harvest is rich and laborers
are few and we experience this great need in the face
of the challenge of the New Evangelization.
We ask the Holy Spirit to inspire young men to seriously consider
vocations to the priesthood. Help all of us to be effective instruments
to encourage and support those whom you are calling
to serve and lead the Church in the future.
Lord, you told the Apostles to put out into the deep.
We ask for the grace and courage to accept your call
as we pray and work for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
We ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest, Amen.
If you are discerning a possible calling to the priesthood, diaconate or religious life, please feel free to speak to one of our priests or deacons, their extensions can be found on the Contact Us -Staff Page of our website.
Diocese of Trenton Office of Vocations
Diocese of Trenton – God Is Calling You
Diocese of Trenton – Ordination of Deacons
Six men to be ordained deacons by Bishop O’Connell May 21, 2022
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on six men who will be ordained deacons May 21.The Mass of Ordination will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, 151 North Warren Street, Trenton, and will be livestreamed on the youtube.com/trentondiocese.
Of the six ordinands, five will be known as permanent deacons. They come from a variety of backgrounds and professional careers and are married with families. Their formation has included completing a five-year program with studies that are consistent with the intellectual norms established in the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and life of Permanent Deacons in the United States.
The sixth candidate is a seminarian, and as such will be referred to as a transitional deacon as he continues his formation and prepares for the priesthood in the Diocese of Trenton.
Once ordained, all of the new deacons will assume responsibilities such as preaching and presiding over weddings, Baptisms, wakes and committals.
Following are the profiles of the men who have answered God’s call to serve the Church.
- Diocese of Trenton – Ordination of Priest
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., lays his hands on the head of then-Deacon Rjoy Ballacillo, a gesture indicating the bestowing of the Holy Spirit during the Ordination Mass held June 5 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Jeff Bruno photoVideo Link of Ordination June 5, 2021 https://youtu.be/iqfGMXheUMU
Priestly Ordinations – June 2018 – Keepsake Publication – ‘Gift and Mystery’