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IMAGE Late Openings in Monmouth County for Wednesday, Jan. 28
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
MONMOUTH COUNTY - Late openings for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in and around Monmouth County: Children’s Center of Monmouth County, Neptune - Opening 1 1/2 hours late (Staff report at 10 am, students & adults at 10:30, Business office-normal... Read More...
IMAGE Howell Man Named in 17-Count Indictment Charging Sexual Assault of Child, Child Pornography
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
FREEHOLD, NJ - A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 17-count indictment Friday charging a Howell Township man with sexually assaulting a toddler and recording the attack, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J.... Read More...
Leave the Snow and Ice at Home: It's The Law!
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Hamilton, NJ - Driving with a snow- or ice-covered windshield and windows, side-view mirrors or headlights invites a crash. Also incredibly hazardous is failing to clear ice and snow from your car’s roof, hood and trunk. These turn into dangerous... Read More...
IMAGE Menendez, Booker, Pallone Decry Administration’s Plan to Open Atlantic Ocean to Oil Drilling
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Wetlands along Barnegat Bay near the southern end of Island Beach State Park, New Jersey Lawmakers Stress Catastrophic Environmental and Economic Consequences of an Oil Spill near the Jersey Shore WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Robert... Read More...
IMAGE Middletown Police Identify Shoplifter with Assistance of Social Media
Monday, 26 January 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - On January 22, 2015 Detective First Class Laurence Schachtel arrested Amanda Lind, age 21, from Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, NJ, on two counts of Shoplifting as a result of an investigation into the theft of $725.00 of hygiene... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...
IMAGE What’s that Flock in the Bay?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 25 January 2015
This was a week of counting wintering water-birds. The other day I looked out onto New York Harbor and saw a large raft of diving ducks. I counted at... Read More...
IMAGE Just Sayin...
by Anne Mikolay
Sunday, 25 January 2015
While watching this month's news broadcasts, I have concluded the world is steeped in irony. This tendency to fore-go common sense and do the... Read More...
IMAGE Father Trying to Build Understanding
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 24 January 2015
You won't find too many dads that love like this. Joseph Hernandez of Auburn, Washington, knew before his son's birth that his son would have a birth... Read More...
IMAGE My Encounters with Police Officers
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
During the past few months when there has been so much discussion about police officers, I started to think a lot about how I view police officers,... Read More...

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Trenton, NJ - Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., has accepted the resignation of Father Thomas J. Triggs as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, effective immediately. The May 4 resignation follows recent reports that Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, had assisted in several activities of the parish's youth group despite having been restricted from such ministry in an agreement with law enforcement authorities in Bergen County.

Bishop O'Connell has granted Father Triggs a period of sabbatical before he will be given a new assignment. A parish administrator will be appointed for St. Mary Parish.

In one of his last official acts as pastor, Father Triggs accepted the resignations of Michael and Amy Lenehan, parish youth group ministers, effective immediately. The Lenehans had invited Father Fugee to take part in youth ministry events without ensuring that he would have been cleared for such ministry in compliance with the Diocese of Trenton's policies.

The Diocese of Trenton released a statement April 29 reporting that it was first made aware of the presence of Father Michael Fugee at a youth retreat held in St. Mary Parish through an inquiry from the media on April 23, 2013.  The statement stipulated that Father Fugee had been given no permission to exercise ministry there by the Diocese nor had he filed with the Chancery the "letter of suitability" required of all priests outside of the Diocese before they are to conduct ministry here.   

According to that statement, upon learning of Father Fugee's activities, Bishop O’Connell immediately contacted Father Triggs and indicated that Father Fugee may not exercise ministry there, including any ministry involving youth. Bishop O’Connell then contacted officials in the Archdiocese of Newark to inform them of developments concerning Father Fugee.

In 2001, Father Fugee, while serving in Wycoff, was convicted of criminal sexual contact with a minor. That conviction was later overturned on appeal for procedural reasons. Rather than retry the case, authorities offered Father Fugee the opportunity to undergo counseling and rehabilitation and agree to limited ministry that would preclude access to children and youth. In compliance with those restrictions, the Archdiocese had given Father Fugee responsibilities in the Chancery in Newark.

On May 3, the Archdiocese of Newark issued a release reporting that Father Fugee had requested to be removed from active ministry as a priest, and had taken full responsibility for actions that went beyond his assigned ministry with the Archdiocese. Archbishop John J. Myers accepted the resignation, effective immediately.

Messages from Bishop O'Connell and Father Triggs announcing the pastor's and youth ministers' resignations were read aloud to St. Mary parishioners at Masses the weekend of May 4 and 5. In his message, Bishop O'Connell said that recent "troubling events" and the "intense scrutiny" that have surrounded them have made it clear "that a change in parish leadership is in the best interest of all concerned." 

The Bishop stated, "There are few things in life as important as protecting our children and young people. We all must recommit ourselves to that goal by supporting the policies of the Diocese of Trenton designed to do precisely that."

Bishop O'Connell conveyed his gratitude to Father Triggs for his "service to God's people in Colts Neck for the past six years." The Bishop also expressed his "hope and prayer that this community of faith will move forward together, that any anger or hurt will subside and that the Lord will bless our efforts to serve one another in his name."