Skip to main content

Ecclesial Movements

Catholic Charismatic Renewal

"Creating the Culture of Pentecost"

The Vision of the Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal is for all generations to Return to the Upper Room and awaken to  the transforming power and gifts of the Holy Spirit for the work of the New Evangelization.

The vision will be achieved through:

  • Prayer:  The DOTCCR will provide opportunities for the faithful to experience the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, through which a deep desire for personal and communal prayer is awakened.
  • Study:  The DOTCCR will seek to inform, educate and empower the faithful through formation for spiritual growth and transformation.
  • Service/Evangelization:  The DOTCCR will invite all generations to experience the Baptism in the Holy Spirit through evangelistic outreaches including the annual Diocesean Charismatic Rally, Life in the Spirit Seminars, Retreats, Prayer Meetings, XLT Evenings, Eucharistic Adoration and Healing Masses.
  • Community:  The DOTCCR will help establish relationships as brothers and sisters in Christ within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Contact Us:

Find us on the web at:
Follow us on Facebook: Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal



Cursillo (meaning "short course" in Spanish) is a worldwide movement in which members seek to Christianize their environments.

Functioning under the authority and leadership of the Bishop, the Cursillo movement’s purpose is primarily one of evangelization. Members seek to share the Good News of salvation with others in their family, parish, place of employment and community.

The Trenton Cursillo movement began in 1971-72 and the first Trenton English Cursillo weekend was held on Pentecost weekend in 1972. The lay director of the Trenton Cursillo has a two-year term and is appointed by the Bishop. He or she is the head of the Diocesan Cursillo Secretariat. In addition to the laity, a priest, a deacon and a religious Sister also serve on the Secretariat.

The Trenton Cursillo offers two sets of weekends each year. One set is in the spring and the other is held in the fall, with separate weekends for men and women. Cursillo is open to persons who are married or single, separated, divorced or widowed, as well as clergy and religious.

The weekends run from Thursday through Sunday and give those attending a short course in living a Catholic Christian community experience.

There is an ongoing follow-up program for those who have experienced a Cursillo weekend. The Ultreya is a bi-monthly gathering in which participants talk about their ongoing lives of discipleship. There are also friendship groups where 3-5 people get together on an even deeper level.

The English speaking and Spanish speaking Cursillos function separately but with a common spirit. For more information fo to

Contact Us

Rick Klarmann, Lay Director |
Mary Weis, Assistant Lay Director


The Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with active members in almost every country in the world, totaling more than 3 million.

The organization was created in Dublin, Ireland, in 1921. The Legion of Mary became active in the United States in 1931 and came to the Diocese of Trenton a short time later. Members do apostolic work to help those in need. Legionnaires meet weekly in parishes throughout the four counties. Works of the Legion of Mary include:

  • door-to-door evangelization
  • parishioner visitation
  • prison ministry
  • visitation of the sick or aged
  • religious education
  • visiting the newly baptized
Contact Us

Legion of Mary
St. Mary Rectory
45 Crosswicks St.
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Phone: 609-298-0261
Spiritual Director: Rev. Michael J. Burns


Secular Franciscan Order (sfo)
We do more than put statues of St. Francis in gardens!

Living Gospel to Life - Life to Gospel

The Secular Franciscan Order, or sfo, is an Order of Catholic men and women throughout the world who, attracted to the person and charism of Saint Francis, recognize that they are called by God to profess the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, and so to "follow Christ in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi" (Rule, Article 1), preaching the Gospel...using words when necessary.

How old is it? It is one of three Orders founded by St. Francis himself in the 13th century. (The "First Order" was the Friars Minor and the "Second" was the "Poor Ladies" or Poor Clare's.) At that time we were called the "Brothers and Sisters of Penance" and later "The Third Order of St. Francis". In 1978 our Rule of Life was updated both taking us back to our roots and bringing us into the 21st century following the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Currently there are almost one million Secular Franciscans worldwide, observing the same "Rule" and "General Constitutions".

"Secular Franciscans, together with all people of good will, are called to build a more fraternal and evangelical world so that the Kingdom of God might be brought about more effectively". We pray alone and together (preferably at Mass and the "Liturgy of the Hours" or other "office"). How do I become a Secular Franciscan? Because this is a vocation to an Order and not just a matter of joining a club or society, time must be spent in discernment and study with members of a local Fraternity. The discernment process takes approximately 36 months before one becomes professed in the Order.

Still Interested? Want to know more? Check us out locally.


Contact Us

Blessed Sacrament Fraternity, Whiting, NJ

Meets at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Parish Hall
30 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting, NJ
2nd Sunday of each month - 1:30 p.m.
Contact | Robert Sievers, OFS 

Holy Assumption Fraternity, Roebling, NJ

Meets at St. Clare Hall
1st Sunday of each month - 1:00 p.m.
232 E. Front Street, Florence, NJ
Contact | Jeff Redder

St. Casimir Fraternity, Delran, NJ

Meets at Resurrection Parish Center
260 Conrow Road, Delran, NJ
3rd Tuesday of each month - 1:30 p.m.
Contact | Barbara Szyszkiewicz, OFS

St. Francis Fraternity, Brant Beach, NJ

Meets at St. Francis Parish Hall
4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp., NJ
1st Sunday of each month - 11:30 a.m.
Contact | Lois Pestritto, OFS

St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ

Meets at Kolbe Hall of St. Peter's Church
406 Forman Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
3rd Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
Contact | Angel Gullish, OFS

St. Peter Fraternity, Riverside, NJ

Meets 4th Sunday of each month
101 Middleton St., Riverside, NJ
4th Snday of each month at 11:00 a.m.
Contact | Rita Perry, OFS

Spirit of St. Francis Fraternity, Hamilton, NJ

Meets 4th Sunday of each month
St. Anthony's Church Hall
626 Olden Ave., Hamilton, NJ
Contact | Madge Peroni, OFS


The Catholic Diocese of Trenton, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Trenton, NJ 08648