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Bishop O’Connell to Speak on the Call to Holiness at Georgian Court

Lecture Is One of Many Planned Events for “Year of Faith” at University

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 24, 2012—As part of Georgian Court University’s celebration of the Year of Faith, the university welcomes Bishop David M. O’Connell of the Diocese of Trenton for a lecture on the “The Call to Holiness.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, November 1, which marks the Feast of All Saints, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. A brief reception will follow the lecture.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the bishop’s lecture , which is free, but reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

About Bishop O’Connell
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., 10th Bishop of Trenton, was born in Philadelphia. A priest of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, also known as the Vincentians, Bishop O'Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Niagara University, New York, and a Master of Divinity and Master of Moral Theology from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pennsylvania. He pursued studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., obtaining a licentiate and then a doctorate in canon law. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission in Mary Immaculate Seminary by Bishop Joseph McShea of the Diocese of Allentown in 1982.

Bishop O'Connell has served in a variety of educational settings, including Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, Pennsylvania; Mary Immaculate Seminary; St. John's University, Queens, New York; and Niagara University. In 1998, then-Father O'Connell was named the 14th president of The Catholic University of America. Among the many highlights of his presidency was the opportunity to serve as a member of the planning committee for Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States in April 2008 and to host the pope at CUA, where he delivered an address to Catholic educators.

Bishop O'Connell succeeded Bishop John M. Smith as the 10th Bishop of Trenton on December 1, 2010.

About the Year of Faith
The Year of Faith, as declared in October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, will be celebrated globally from October 11, 2012, to November 24, 2013. The global observance marks the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Other GCU Year of Faith activities include:

  • a faculty book club that will examine “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” by the Rev. Gregory Boyle, and “Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories” by William Madges and Michael J. Daley;
  • a student-led Day of Service;
  • a retreat for alumni and parents, focused on the use of Scripture in prayer life;
  • an Advent season virtual pilgrimage open to the community and extended community; and
  • special lectures by visiting guest speakers.

More information about the GCU Year of Faith is available at or by e-mail at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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