Chaplain of the year
Council Name: SAINT ROSE COUNCIL, 6386
The St. Rose Council is pleased to propose Rev. Msgr. George R. Trabold, of the NEWARK Archdiocese, for the Chaplain of the Year Award for the year 2013-14. Our nominee resides at 52 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills, NJ
Msgr. Trabold’s personal support of the men of the Council, collectively and individually, has been an inspiration to our organization.
- CHURCH ACTIVITIES - Msgr. George chaired the first Knights’ Spirituality Committee for the Saint Rose Council. The programs initiated by that Committee include outreach to the Knights and to all the men in the Parish and have included: First Fridays’ Eucharistic Adoration; Monthly Corporate Communions; Parish Men’s Communion Breakfast; Catholic Resource Center Library (800 volumes); and a host of other spiritually oriented programs.
- COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT- Under his guidance, the Parish of St. Rose has initiated a stewardship program that involves the participation of hundreds of Knights and parishioners in a myriad of programs from assisting the elderly with household chores to the painting of pregnancy care centers throughout the diocese. In 2013 alone, over 825 volunteers participated in over 30 separate stewardship projects. The parish supports a number of additional programs that feed the needy including Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas luncheons for the elderly, soup kitchens in Elizabeth and Newark, and a monthly food collection program that supplies literally thousands of pounds of groceries to Newark’s Catholic Charities.
- LEADERSHIP – Msgr. George has been instrumental in attracting an enthusiastic and high quality staff including two priests, one retired priest in residence, two Deacons, an additional Deacon in formation and four Sisters. Under his direction and leadership, they are responsible for various ministries and activities. In addition to the religious staff, he has brought on board extremely capable lay staff and parish trustees. Reflective of our vibrant parish, Msgr. George directs 17 professional staff and 35 administrative.
- PASTORAL PROGRAMS – Faith formation for children and adults under Msgr. George’s tutelage include an active Youth Ministry program, a Religious Education program with more than 600 students, a National Blue Ribbon parochial pre K-8 school. There are Advent, Lenten and ongoing small group faith sharing programs totaling over 100 participants in 13 individual faith sharing groups. He is instrumental in a newly formed Culture Of Life committee comprised of Knights and parishioners who plan, organize and implement numerous programs to provide education about and activities in support of life.
- PARISH MINISTRY AND LAY APOSTOLATE FORMATION – Msgr. George encourages and welcomes the laity in homebound visitation, Lector formation, Eucharistic Minister formation, an active Bereavement ministry, and an RCIA program averaging 1-2 catechumens and 7 candidates each year.
- KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SUPPORT - As our Chaplain Msgr. George has always made himself available to our schedule for special Masses and Services. He has always tried to find ways to say yes to any of our needs. He has worked side by side with the Knights in all aspects of recruitment, working with the Membership Committee throughout the year. His efforts in identifying quality men who are not members, personally writing to them and encouraging their membership, is in large measure instrumental in the continuing vitality of the Council. Msgr. George offers personal involvement to the Knights in charitable fund raising.
The Reverend Monsignor George R. Trabold was born on August 11, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. Raised in Orange, New Jersey, he attended local schools including Saint John’s Grammar School and Our Lady of the Valley High School. He graduated from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey with a B.A. in Classical Languages in 1969.
He studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, New Jersey, from which he received a Masters of .Art Degree in Theology. On May 26, 1973 Monsignor Trabold was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark.
Upon ordination he was assigned as Associate Pastor at Saint John the Evangelist parish in Bergenfield, New Jersey where he served for four and one-half years. On January 1, 1978 he was appointed to the Archdiocesan Tribunal and sent to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. to pursue graduate studies in Canon Law. Monsignor Trabold received his J.C.L. and began full-time service in Tribunal Ministry in May 1980. While at the Tribunal he served as a Judge and Defender of the Bond.
Beginning in February 1985 Monsignor Trabold served temporarily in the Diocese of Metuchen assisting in the establishment of the Diocese’s Marriage Tribunal. Upon completion of this term of service in Metuchen, he was appointed to the staff of the office of the Archbishop on July 1, 1987.
On September 13, 1988 he was appointed Secretary to the Archbishop for Development. On October 7, 1991 he was elevated to Chaplain to His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
On January 18, 1992 he was appointed Secretary for Canonical Affairs in the Office of the Archbishop in addition to his duties as Secretary for Development. He relinquished his duties for Canonical Affairs when he was appointed as Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist parish in Bergenfield, New Jersey on February 1, 1994. He has also served as State Chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in New Jersey since February 1993.
On June 15, 1997 Monsignor Trabold relinquished his duties as Secretary for Development when he was appointed by Archbishop McCarrick as Chairman of the Development Committee of the Archdiocese of Newark.
On July 1, 1998 Monsignor Trabold was appointed Pastor of Saint Rose of Lima parish in Short Hills, New Jersey, where he is presently serving. He was appointed Chaplain of Knights of Columbus Council #6386 in 1999 and became a Fourth Degree Knight in 2000. He was appointed Friar to the Bishop Bailey Assembly in 2000.