Dialog Editor This is the first in a series of stories on members of religious orders in the Diocese of Wilmington. The series is part of the paper’s coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis. The Christu Jyothi Sisters or Sisters of Christ the Light are the newest order of religious women in the Diocese of Wilmington. The order, founded in 1992 in India, now has two sisters working for the Capuchin’s Ministry of Caring. Sister Lissy Sebastian Karottumalayil, CJS, works at the ministry’s Emmanuel Dining Room on Jackson Street in Wilmington. Read more »
The members of 38 religious orders of women and men in the Diocese of Wilmington bring God’s light to the people they serve.
Bishop Malooly told a congregation of religious — sisters, brothers and priests — at evening prayer on the World Day of Consecrated Life Feb. 2 at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Greenville that an aspect of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord is Christ’s light revealed to Simeon and Anna in the Temple, the revelation of God’s light to the world. Read more »
Now is the time to be especially nice to religious sisters, priests and brothers in your life; 2015 is their year.
The Diocese of Wilmington will begin its celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life on Feb. 2 with Solemn Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Greenville.
Bishop Malooly will preside at the service that’s sponsored by the diocese’s Office for Religious. Read more »
WILMINGTON — Father Brian Zumbrum, ordained in 2013 as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, has found his vocation within his vocation. Now in his second year at Nativity Prep, the tuition-free middle school for boys in Wilmington, Father Zumbrum has an opportunity to combine his passion for teaching with that of working in an urban setting.
“My entire formation has been immersed in the urban world,” he said recently in his office at Nativity. “The urban setting can be a very difficult one, and not everyone’s matched for it, but I am. I thrive in the day-to-day craziness that sometimes can come, but also in that sense that everything we do truly does matter.” Read more »
Dialog reporter Diocese’s two newest seminarians took concerns, questions to priests at Come and Seek gatherings The thought of entering the seminary had been in the minds of Brennan Ferris and Joe Sullivan for quite a while, but the decision to go wasn’t solidified until after both had attended Come and Seek meetings with local priests and other men discerning their vocation. Come and Seek is a program started by diocesan priests last year to introduce men to priestly life in an informal setting. Ferris, a Wilmington native who attended St. Elizabeth elementary and high schools, is a sophomore at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in South Orange, N.J. He said he had thought about entering the priesthood for several years, but it was as a senior in high school that the call became stronger. He attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., as a freshman and heard about Come and Seek when he was back in Delaware. Read more »
Five students from schools and parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington have been recognized as winners in the annual Vocations Guild drawing contest , which was held in November during Vocations Awareness Week. One student each from first through fourth grade, along with one religious-education student, were honored. Read more »
Father Peter Mullan, a native of Elkton, Md., was among 35 men ordained to the priesthood Dec. 13 in Rome for the Legionaries of Christ. Father Mullan told the Legionaries that he believes his vocation began during his unusual birth and baptism.
Born with a blockage in his intestines, he was flown from Elkton to Baltimore by helicopter for surgery.
“I still have that scar from that surgery across my stomach,” he said. “Before the operation my mother knew her catechism well enough to baptize me herself. So one day she gave birth to me, and the following day she gave birth to me spiritually. No time to lose for God.”
Father Mullan was ordained at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
WILMINGTON – A few years ago, Father Jay McKee introduced a program at his parish, Good Shepherd in Perryville, Md., to expose middle-school children to religious life. So when Bishop Malooly introduced his priorities for the diocese in 2013, one of which was to address vocations, Father McKee went to work planning a similar program for the entire diocese.
Last week, and with the significant assistance of the Office of Catholic Schools and others, the diocesan Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations, headed by Father David F. Kelley, held four events featuring priests, brothers and sisters speaking to sixth-grade students about their vocations. They were held at All Saints Catholic School, Christ the Teacher Catholic School, St. Edmond’s Academy and Holy Cross School.
Father McKee said between 600 and 700 students participated. Read more »
Oct. 26 is Priesthood Sunday. The Delaware Knights of Columbus and members of the Diocese of Wilmington look forward to this day each year to recognize and celebrate our priests in the Catholic Church for all they do throughout the year and to encourage and pray for vocations to the priesthood.
Parishes each have their own special way of marking this day (cards, personal contacts, Masses, etc.), but each has the same purpose and that is to let our priests know they are very much appreciated, treasured and cherished by their flock. Read more »
Former Wilmington resident Sister Benedicta Marie of the Holy Cross made her perpetual profession of vows with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word on Aug. 22, her family reports. Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Ala., celebrated the Mass.
Sister Benedicta Marie was known as Debbie Hain when she moved to Delaware in 2001 before her senior year of high school. She was homeschooled during her senior year, then attended the University of Delaware for two years before transferring to Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.
She entered the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word in 2006. The congregation was founded about 25 years ago and follows the rule of St. Francis of Assisi, with him and St. Dominic as patrons. The apostolate consists of prayer, catechesis and retreats.
Sister Benedicta Marie’s parents attend St. Matthew’s Parish in Wilmington.