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Annual Catholic Appeal tops $5 million for first time in diocese history

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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Collections for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal topped $5-million for the first time in history for the annual campaign that helps fund ministries and offices of the Diocese of Wilmington.

By the campaign’s January 9 close, $5,037,231 was collected from pledges totaling $5,173,756 as the campaign easily surpassed the goal of $4,523,000, according to the Development Office, which oversees the campaign.

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Lower tuition coming at St. Thomas More Academy

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags:

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MAGNOLIA – Tuition at St. Thomas More Academy has been slashed as much as 32 percent for the 2018-19 school year as a new, four-tiered tuition scale goes into effect.

Parishioners of Holy Cross Church in Dover will pay $8,000 for a child to attend St. Thomas More, a reduction of $3,725, or 32 percent, from the current across-the-board tuition of $11,725. Parishioners of other Catholic churches will pay $8,500; non-Catholic students who attended a Catholic elementary school before going to STMA, $8,700; and all others, $10,725 (down 8.5 percent).

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Traditions associated with Epiphany vary based on location

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Father Stanislao Esposito didn’t anxiously await Christmas morning to see what Santa had left him while growing up in Italy. Instead, he awaited a Jan. 6 visit by La Befana, a good witch, who brought gifts for boys and girls.

“The idea was that since Jesus got his gifts on the Epiphany, so did we,” said the pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea-Holy Savior in Ocean City, Md. Read more »

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Ocean City priest displays over 600 Christmas figurines

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – Parishioners at St. Luke Church received an early Christmas gift last weekend: Father Paul Jennings’ massive Nativity display that includes a whole community of miniature figurines at work and play.

Some 600 individual figurines and 20 settings are in the community set up by Father Jennings last week. They spread out on each side and in front of the central Nativity set depicting the scene of Jesus’ birth on the first Christmas. Read more »

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Salisbury children learn about Advent from St. Nick

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SALISBURY, Md. — St. Nicholas helped religious education students at St. Francis de Sales Parish learn about Advent while providing them an example of how they can prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day by following his example.

St. Nicholas, portrayed by Mike Hooks, gave a brief account of his life to about 100 people, most of them students from pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade. He moved throughout the parish hall to various stations where students learned more about Advent; colored church liturgical calendars with the colors for each season — Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, etc. — constructed pipe-stem-cleaner Advent wreaths for their bedrooms; made St. Nicholas popsicle-stick ornaments; and developed artwork for a Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” contest. Read more »

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Called to faith at Catholic youth gathering

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Young people discover how church ‘relates to your life’ at national conference

Ania Zdunek seems like someone who would recognize God’s presence about her in her everyday life, since she attends a private Catholic high school.

But the Archmere Academy senior from St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Wilmington realized that she did not always see God as part of her everyday life when she attended the National Catholic Youth Conference last week in Indianapolis. “Sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge God in everyday life,” she said. Read more »

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Joseph P. Owens, newspaper industry veteran, moves into Catholic press to take reins at The Dialog

November 21st, 2017 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , , ,

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Special to The Dialog

Joseph P. Owens has been named editor and general manager of The Dialog, succeeding Joe Ryan, who retired effective Oct. 31.

Bishop Malooly appointed Owens to the post effective Nov. 13. He also announced that The Dialog will now be under the auspices of the Communications Department, headed by secretary Bob Krebs. The Communications Department also will “embark on a new initiative to strengthen all of our print, digital, and social media platforms.” Read more »

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Connections continue to build

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Bishop Carlos Trinidad of San Marcos visits diocese as Solidarity Partnership nears 15th year

 

EASTON, Md. — Bishop Carlos Trinidad didn’t hesitate when asked the major issues that confront the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala: treatment of women, lack of opportunity for young people, and malnutrition.

Then he smiled ruefully as he acknowledged an overwhelming issue that he seemingly overlooked, one that fuels the three concerns he listed. “The poverty, it is always there.” Read more »

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Annual Marian pilgrimage returns to National Shrine

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WASHINGTON – On a day when Bishop Malooly rededicated the Diocese of Wilmington to the Immaculate Conception, many who participated in the daylong Marian pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception felt their faith revitalized.

“You might already be aware that this country is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary,” Bishop Malooly said. “Today, we dedicate our diocese once again. … Let her bring us even closer to her son, Jesus.” Read more »

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Providing ‘good care and a good education’ with a little help from Share in the Spirit

September 15th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags:

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When Eric Eyong and his wife Myra considered a school for their children, he knew where he wanted them to be: in a Catholic school.

He knew the values Catholic education provide since he attended a Catholic boarding school while growing up in Cameroon, on Africa’s Atlantic coast. He likes the Christian values that are instilled by the Catholic Schools. And as a former public school teacher in the Chicago area, he appreciates the discipline Catholic schools provide, something he determined is especially lacking in public schools. Read more »

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