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St. Elizabeth High School earns ‘Superstar’ title for ViFi program

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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School has been recognized by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce as one of six Superstars in Education for its Viking Initiative for Innovation program, better known as ViFi.

The effort has changed the way technology is used in the classroom to make the curriculum more effective and more deeply engage students and faculty.

St. Elizabeth is the only nonpublic school in Delaware to receive the honor. Thirty nominations were submitted to the chamber. Read more »

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Eastern Shore woman moves toward the faith by teaching it

March 25th, 2015 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Missy Hollis is so familiar with Catholicism that when she told her father she was converting, he responded that he thought she was already Catholic. But, no, Hollis has not yet formally joined the church to which her husband and children belong, although she certainly feels Catholic.

The Eastern Shore resident is one of more than 200 people across the diocese who will join the Catholic Church this Easter season after participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Read more »

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Lenten mission at St. Jude’s highlights the Eucharist

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LEWES – Father Anthony Marshall used his favorite passage from Scripture to show those attending a mission recently at St. Jude the Apostle Church that Jesus Christ is their friend.

He cited John 15:9-17, in which Jesus tells his disciples that they will always be in his love “if you keep my commandments,” referring to the 10 Commandments. But Jesus added an 11th commandment, Father Marshall said, “that you love one another like he has loved you.”

“How did he love us? He laid down his life for us.” Read more »

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Sisters from India represent newest religious order in the diocese

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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 »

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Bishop urges Delaware lawmakers to repeal death penalty

March 19th, 2015 Posted in Our Diocese

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Dialog Editor   Bishop Malooly wrote members of the Delaware Legislature this week to “strongly urge” they support a repeal of the state’s death penalty. (See letter below) While the bishop noted the issue is a morally complex one “given the conflicting demands of justice” and the mass killings of innocent people by ISIS, Boko Haram and by the Boston Marathon bombers, he said all human life is a gift from God and the Gospel message “is forever one of forgiveness, reconciliation, rehabilitation, and charity to all, never with exception.” Read more »

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Hahn, DiVincenzo earn player of the year honors, lead all-state hoops teams

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Adrianna Hahn of Ursuline Academy and Donte DiVincenzo Salesianum School, who led their teams to the girls’ and boys’ basketball state championships last weekend, have been named Delaware’s players of the year. The selections were made by the state’s high school sports media and basketball coaches and were announced Wednesday afternoon. All ballots were submitted before the semifinal and final rounds of the playoffs.

Hahn won the award for the third time, the first player since fellow Ursuline alumna Elena Delle Donne to do so. She adds this honor to her Gatorade Player of the Year Award for Delaware, which she also received three times. This was her fourth selection to the first team. Read more »

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Obituary: Sister Margaret Bonner, OSF, 94

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ASTON, Pa.Sister Margaret Bonner, who spent four years ministering in the Diocese of Wilmington, died March 12 at Assisi House. She was 94 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 73 years.

Bonner 1942_MargaretSister Margaret, formerly known as Sister Aloysia, was the director of personnel development at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington from 1966-70. She began her religious life as a teacher, but spent most of her career in hospital administration and nursing education, including 33 years at Neumann University.

Services will be March 18 in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pa. A Christian wake service begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a viewing. The Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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Future looks bright for Ursuline basketball

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Dialog reporter

 

NEWARK — As the final minute approached in Ursuline’s 53-41 basketball state championship win over Caravel Academy on March 13, coach John Noonan began emptying his bench, allowing his starters to exit the court to loud ovations from their fellow students and the large contingent of Raiders fans. Kailyn Kampert left the court with Alisha Lewis, Maggie Connolly and Kryshell Gordy, with smiles and high fives all around.

At the next stoppage of play, it was Adrianna Hahn’s turn. Noonan greeted his five-year starter with a hug, one of many she would receive as the seconds ticked off the clock. The Raiders supporters rose to their feet. Later, as Queen’s “We Are the Champions” filled the Carpenter Center, Hahn assessed the present, while a few of the returning Raiders looked toward the future. Read more »

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Sals complete basketball playoff run with improbable state title

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NEWARK – As the seconds ticked away in Saturday’s boys state basketball championship final, Polytech’s Gabe Brown fired up one last three-point shot with about eight seconds to go. It kicked off the rim into the hands of Donte DiVincenzo. The Salesianum senior dribbled the ball upcourt, took a little hop-step and hurled the rock skyward. The buzzer sounded, and the Sals had successfully defended their state title from a year ago with a 52-45 win over Polytech at the Bob Carpenter Center.

DiVincenzo ran in a small circle and jumped into the arms of his waiting teammates as Salesianum completed what, for most of the season, seemed like an unlikely postseason run. The senior, who cemented his legacy at Salesianum, paced the winners with 23 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs, and another banner for the wall in Father Birkenheuer Gymnasium. Read more »

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Hahn scores 29, leads Raiders to 15th state hoops title

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NEWARK – While many in Delaware’s high school basketball community had written in Ursuline Academy as the girls’ basketball state champion before Friday evening’s final, someone forgot to let Caravel Academy in on the secret. The No. 2 Buccaneers stayed remarkably close to the top-seeded Raiders, but they had no answer for senior Adrianna Hahn, who exploded for 29 points in Ursuline’s 53-41 win at the Bob Carpenter Center.

It was Ursuline’s first title since 2012, Hahn’s freshman year, and the school’s 15th overall. For Hahn, it was the realization of a goal that she personally and the team collectively had set a long time ago. After the game ended, the Raiders and their coaches lingered on the Carpenter Center floor until security asked them and their fans to vacate the building.

Ursuline junior Kailyn Kampert takes to the air while teammates Dakota Raymond (red shirt), Alisha Lewis, Adrianna Hahn and Sabriya Harris watch the final seconds tick off in the Raiders' 53-41 championship win over Caravel. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

Ursuline junior Kailyn Kampert takes to the air while teammates Dakota Raymond (red shirt), Alisha Lewis, Adrianna Hahn and Sabriya Harris watch the final seconds tick off in the Raiders’ 53-41 championship win over Caravel. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

“This has been our goal since the first day of the season, all 15 of us and the coaching staff,” Hahn said. “We’ve worked so hard, we accomplished so much, and I’m so proud. This is the best way to end it. I didn’t want to leave anything out on the floor. I didn’t want to regret anything. I wanted to give my 100 percent and remember this for the rest of my life.”

Hahn was on a mission Friday, scoring all 10 of her team’s first-quarter points despite Caravel employing a box-and-one defense and draping senior Ky’Asia Stanford on her. When it was over – 10 field goals, four assists, numerous crossovers and several drop steps later – Hahn cradled the state championship trophy that had been her main target since 2012.

Ursuline's Adrianna Hahn drives during the second quarter. She scored 29 points to lead the Raiders. (The Dialog/www.

Ursuline’s Adrianna Hahn drives during the second quarter. She scored 29 points to lead the Raiders. (The Dialog/www.

The Raiders were not at their best in the first quarter, which is when they are accustomed to putting opponents away. Caravel’s offense and ball control were lacking, however, and Hahn gave the Raiders a 10-4 lead after one quarter. Alyssa Irons came off the bench to drain a three-pointer early in the second, and it appeared as if Ursuline might finally have found its momentum.

Over the next three minutes, however, the Buccaneers stormed back, going on a 10-point run to take their only lead of the game at 14-13. Micah Morgan started the run with a layup, followed by another easy bucket from Stanford. The Buccaneers kept pounding it inside, with three more layups by Caroline Davis and two by Morgan.

Ursuline coach John Noonan let his team play its way through the point streak instead of calling a timeout. He said his coaching staff believes in letting the players figure things out on their own.

“They’ve overcome every obstacle all year, and that’s what we were saying there on the bench. Let the kids get out there and fix it. We say it in practice every day, fix it. We don’t believe in blowing timeouts. And that’s exactly what happened tonight. The kids just went out there and played basketball,” he said.

Hahn restored order after the last Morgan field goal with her own layup and a free throw, and the Raiders were on their way. They answered the Caravel streak with a 10-point run of their own, holding the Bucs scoreless for the last 4:23 of the half save for an old-fashioned three-point play by Grace Lange with 11 seconds to go.

An Ursuline player gives the state championship trophy a kiss after Friday night's win. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

An Ursuline player gives the state championship trophy a kiss after Friday night’s win. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

The teams played evenly throughout the third. When Caravel pulled to within 30-29 with five straight points, the Raiders responded by scoring 10 of the next 12. Seven of those were scored by Hahn, but eighth-grader Alisha Lewis also knocked down her only field goal of the night, and Kailyn Kampert drilled a big trey. Kampert hit six of seven free-throw attempts down the stretch to help keep Caravel at bay.

Kampert was an eighth-grader on the varsity roster when the Raiders won in 2012, and she tied her mother, Sue Manelski Kampert, with her second championship. Sue Kampert was a member of two state champions (1980 and ’81) during her storied career at Padua. Kailyn Kampert said this title means more than the one from three years ago.

“It’s so much better. Obviously, we’re 15 strong and every member matters, but playing for it, there’s no better feeling,” she said.

Noonan said “50 to 100” people had approached him in the days leading up to Friday’s matchup wishing the Raiders good luck, but that he wouldn’t really need it since his team was that good. After all, Ursuline had defeated Caravel by 20 in the regular season. He said that’s nonsense.

“Look, we all watch sports,” he said. “It never happens that way. You beat someone in the regular season, it’s a regular-season game. You beat somebody in the tournament, it’s a tournament game. The intensity level is off the charts.”

The future looks bright for Ursuline, which started a lineup that had one player each from eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12 grades. Hahn is the lone departing starter, and despite the huge hole that will leave, Noonan can look forward to having Kampert, Lewis, Maggie Connolly and Kryshell Gordy return. Gordy was instrumental in the state championship win, grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Ursuline finished with a 23-1 record, its lone loss coming in the Diamond State Classic to a Pennsylvania powerhouse.

Kampert finished with nine points – all in the final quarter – and six rebounds. For Caravel, which finished at 16-8, Stanford led with 14 points before fouling out with 2:09 to go, while Morgan added 13.

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