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IMAGE 180's Amanda's Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program Participates in "Safe Homes Project"
Friday, 17 April 2015
Amanda’s Easel offers art, music and play therapy for children and families affected by Domestic Violence Hazlet, NJ - Amanda’s Easel of 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., participated in the Safe Home Project which will be on display in Trenton at... Read More...
IMAGE Investigators Continue to Probe Death of Newborn Found at Farmingdale Dump
Friday, 17 April 2015
State Police Release Composite Sketch of Baby “Emma Grace” West Trenton, N.J. – Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are hopeful a composite sketch of a full-term, newborn infant, whose remains... Read More...
Former Bergen County, New Jersey Democratic Chairman Convicted on Racketeering Charges
Friday, 17 April 2015
NEWARK, NJ—A jury today convicted Joseph A. Ferriero, the former chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), in connection with a racketeering scheme involving fraud and soliciting and accepting bribes as a party official, U.S.... Read More...
IMAGE Red Bank Police Report - April 17, 2015
Friday, 17 April 2015
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent; unless, and until, proven guilty in a court of law. April 02, 2015 – April 09, 2015 CRIMES: Theft reported on... Read More...
IMAGE NJ Gold Star Family Monument Groundbreaking Ceremony May 3
Friday, 17 April 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015, Vietnam Era Museum, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, N.J., 2 p.m. PHOTO: SSG William Robert Neil, Jr. Army Special Forces. Holmdel, N.J. – On Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Return of the Brownshirts
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 17 April 2015
In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 17, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 17 April 2015
The second thing should do before starting a carjacking business is learn how to drive a stick: http://bit.ly/1H2BdkM What's worse than losing your... Read More...
IMAGE Concluding the Gospel Twice
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 16 April 2015
On the classical music radio station, they had a program called False Conclusions.  The host presented a number of works that seem to end and... Read More...
IMAGE A Tire-Less Wetland in Union Beach
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 13 April 2015
Each year, volunteers from three organizations, the Bayshore Watershed Council, the New York-New Jersey Baykeeper, and Monmouth County Clean... Read More...
IMAGE Hometown Benefits
by Daniel Murphy
Sunday, 12 April 2015
HOME TOWN BENEFITS...by Daniel Murphy Jr.   There are times when I sit back and realize how fortunate I am to have lived most of my seventy... Read More...

Upcoming Events

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."