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Catholics greet Cardinal Njue of Nairobi at Mass in Bear

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BEAR – Cardinal John Njue traveled halfway around the world to remind more than 1,000 Kenyan Catholics from across the United States of their heritage of faith.

The cardinal, archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya, took the opportunity to try to deepen the faith of the Kenyans far from their African roots. It was sometimes a simple message during the Aug. 15 Mass, on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Several times during the Mass, celebrated in the Swahili language, Cardinal Njue broke into an English-language mantra to which the Kenyan Catholics seemed well acquainted. Read more »

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Parish choir members will sing for Pope Francis

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Talented voices from the Diocese of Wilmington will enhance Philadelphia’s papal Mass

When Pope Francis celebrates Mass Sept 27 for an estimated million-plus people on the Ben Franklin Parkway, 500 men and women will sing as the Philadelphia Papal Choir. Among them will be several talented voices from the Diocese of Wilmington.

Local parish music directors and choir members have been busy rehearsing with the group in Philadelphia on Monday evenings. Their excitement has grown as the Mass draws nearer.

“I love my job,” said Sandie Grieshaber, music director at Holy Rosary Parish in Claymont. “I love working here because you’re uplifted every time. But singing for the pope is the ultimate. It’s just great. I knew when he was coming I really wanted to get there.” Read more »

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Abessinio Family Foundation supports Catholic Charities through $170,000 matching funds gift

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In recognition of the 185th anniversary of Catholic Charities’ service in the Diocese of Wilmington, Rocco and Mary Abessinio established the St. Rocco Fund for Catholic Charities. The fund pledged a dollar-for-dollar matching gift donation for funds donated to Catholic Charities by July 5 this year. Read more »

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Kenyan Cardinal Njue to visit Bear parish

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At least 1,500 people from several states are expected to be in Bear this Saturday for a Mass in Swahili celebrated by visiting Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya. The Mass, which will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, is being sponsored by the Kenya Catholic Community in America in conjunction with the Diocese of Wilmington.

Planning for the Mass has been ongoing since last fall, said Joseph Kiarie, chairman of the Kenya Catholic Community in Delaware, which has approximately 100 members. It will begin at 11:30 a.m.; to accommodate the congregation, which could reach 2,000 people, Mass will be held outside the church under a large tent. Read more »

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From the Bishop: Support the Cathedral collection

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Dear Friends in Christ:

Over the last seven years, I have been blessed to travel across this great diocese to celebrate the sacraments with the wonderful people of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore in their parish churches and missions.

Each of the churches in our diocese is uniquely beautiful in appearance and spirit. We have quaint chapels in quiet towns that serve watermen, farmers and migrant workers; we have large, growing churches that bustle with children and their families; we have resort churches that welcome many thousands of out-of-town vacationers each weekend; we have ethnic churches that honor immigrant ancestors and those that serve recent arrivals who search for the freedom and prosperity that our country offers; we have aging church communities that offer a place of prayer, peace and comfort to their mostly elderly parishioners. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly asks for prayers for the success of pope’s visit to the United States

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Bishop Malooly is asking parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington to host Holy Hours for the success of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States next month. Read more »

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Anticipation is high but information is slow for those organizing bus trips to pope’s Mass in Philly Sept. 27

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The excitement in the Diocese of Wilmington of those planning bus trips to attend the public Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in Philadelphia on Sept. 27 is building, but a lack of details from organizers is proving frustrating.

Up to 1.5 million people are expected to fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that Sunday afternoon, but the city of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families and the Secret Service have yet to release details about several key issues that concern folks who will attend, according to Barbara Willis of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Diocese of Wilmington. Her group is sponsoring three buses that will depart from Salesianum School in Wilmington. Read more »

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Jesus House at 40: Renewal center in Wilmington still a place of counsel, recovery and retreats

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The folks running Jesus House call it a “prayer and renewal center” for good reason.

Founded by Chris and Angie Malmgren with the help of other lay Catholics 40 years ago, Jesus House has survived for two generations on countless prayers, a steady renewal of its resources through donations, fees and grants, as well as “the grace of God,” says Spring Davidson, the center’s current director. Read more »

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Ursuline grad aims for future Olympic field hockey team

July 23rd, 2015 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , , ,

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Two years ago, Laura Hurff was looking forward to her senior year at Ursuline Academy, during which she was named the Catholic Conference player of the year for field hockey and made first-team all-state for the second time.

This summer, Hurff, a 2014 graduate of Ursuline, has continued her athletic progress. Earlier this month, she was named to USA Field Hockey’s Under 21 team roster, the organization’s developmental pipeline for future Olympic teams. This comes after a freshman year at Syracuse University in which she helped the Orange to their first national championship appearance. Read more »

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Celebrating a 250-year mission of faith in Cordova, Maryland

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CORDOVA, Md. — Childhood friends Margaret Edmunds and Henrietta Callahan Wood stepped back 80 years Sunday as they walked through Old St. Joseph’s Mission Church.

They pointed to where their families used to sit every Sunday for Mass, and stopped at the altar rail to recall how they received their first Communion in 1936. Wood pointed to the donors’ names on many of the church’s stained glass windows, telling how she was related to many of them.

Bishop Malooly and Father Jim Nash, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul in nearby Easton of which St. Joseph is a mission, arrived by horse-drawn carriage before Mass celebrating the 250th anniversary of Old St. Joseph Mission in Cordova, Md. (The Dialog/Gary Morton)

Bishop Malooly and Father Jim Nash, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul in nearby Easton of which St. Joseph is a mission, arrived by horse-drawn carriage before Mass celebrating the 250th anniversary of Old St. Joseph Mission in Cordova, Md. (The Dialog/Gary Morton)

They were among the elders of more than 400 people who came to Old St. Joseph’s on July 12 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of its founding.

That they could reconnect with one another – Edmunds traveled from her home in Fort Collins, Colo., and Wood from nearby Caroline County – fit nicely with the one of the themes of the day as cited by Bishop Malooly in his homily. The bishop spoke of connections, of freedom, and of recommitment.

He connected the story of Amos in the first reading, St. Paul, who authored the second reading, and the Apostles in the Gospel reading whom Jesus sent in pairs with only the clothes on their backs to spread the word of God to Father Joseph Mosley, the Jesuit priest sent from a mission called Old Bohemia Plantation near Middletown, Del., to minister to Catholics on the Lower Eastern Shore. Father Mosely arrived here in March 1765 to establish a church on land he had purchased.

“Now it is our time to actually talk about our faith. … We need to tell people the Good News, much like Father Mosley did … of what God has given us,” Bishop Malooly said. Read more »

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