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Georgetown expert will discuss Catholic-Jewish relations at talks on Eastern Shore

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A Catholic lay leader in interreligious relations believes a spiritual journey between Islam and the Catholic Church started half a century ago shows how members of the two faiths can live together and cooperate.

“In the everyday lived experience, Muslims and Catholics can get along … can respect each other” given their shared reliance on prayer and working for justice, said John Borelli. Read more »

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Born and baptized the same day (36 years apart) in Chestertown, Md.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Kelley Moore celebrated her 36th birthday by joining her two children and husband in the Catholic faith.

It wasn’t planned that way, but was rather a fluke of timing. She didn’t realize she would be received into the church at the Easter Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Parish on March 26 when she entered the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults last year. Read more »

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Born and baptized the same day (36 years apart) in Chestertown, Md.

March 31st, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Kelley Moore celebrated her 36th birthday by joining her two children and husband in the Catholic faith.

It wasn’t planned that way, but was rather a fluke of timing. She didn’t realize she would be received into the church at the Easter Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Parish on March 26 when she entered the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults last year. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps support Hispanic Ministry

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Goal of Franciscan priest from Peru to reach out to immigrants extends from soccer fields to parishes

 

Ministry often means more than gathering people in prayer or lending a helping hand.

It can also mean a pick-up soccer game. At 11:30 at night. On an island on the western edge of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Just ask Brother Emerson Rodriguez, the Franciscan priest who since February has directed the Diocese of Wilmington’s Hispanic Ministry. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps the homeless and jobless become self-sufficient

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps support diocesan ministries for homeless young mothers and for the jobless

Neither Kelly Adams nor Arden Johnson ever imagined they would become homeless until each of their lives unraveled, about a decade apart.

Adams, 25, had studied at Delaware Tech in Dover, with the hope of becoming a nurse, when her financial aid ran out. She had a job and her own place to live until she lost her job last June and later her residence. She started living with friends and relatives on a rotating basis. Later that summer she learned she was pregnant. Read more »

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Lenten dinners and devotion in Seaford

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SEAFORD — Fridays during Lent at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish here include fish, fervor and forgiveness.

Starting at 4 p.m. on Fridays, the community can gather for a Knights of Columbus fish dinner, followed by Stations of the Cross and opportunities for going to confession from parish priests. Read more »

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Ministry of mercy for the sick: Annual Catholic Appeal supports hospital chaplains who provide spiritual help and hope to the ill

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The needs of the people with whom Father Antony William Rajayan works go beyond the physical conditions that place them in Christiana Medical Center.

While medical teams work on their physical health, he said, the patients and their families often also seek someone who can help “from a spiritual point of view. They are asking for a priest, if they are Catholic, or a religious leader.” Read more »

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Father Manista celebrates his 17th birthday today

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CENTREVILLE, Md. – Father Clem Manista has been a priest for nearly 42 years. He’s driven a car for more than four decades.

Yet he’s just celebrating his 17th birthday.

Mary Ruth Meredith, a parishioner at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Centreville, Md., presents the pastor, Father Clem Manista, with a box of birthday cards from parishioners yesterday. (The Dialog/Gary Morton)

Mary Ruth Meredith, a parishioner at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Centreville, Md., presents the pastor, Father Clem Manista, with a box of birthday cards from parishioners yesterday. (The Dialog/Gary Morton)

That’s because Father Manista is a leapling, or leaper, common names for people who were born on Feb. 29. Today, Leap Day, comes once every four years (in a Leap Year) to help balance the calendar with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. That orbit takes slightly more than the 365 days in a standard year, so an extra day is added every fourth year.

Father Manista was born on Feb. 29, 1948, so chronologically he is 68 despite having had only 17 birthdays. That meant he celebrated just six birthdays when he became a priest in 1974 (the youngest a priest can ordinarily be ordained is 26) and became eligible for a driver’s license (minimum age 16) on his fourth birthday.

Parishioners at Mother of Sorrows Church, where he is pastor, honored Father Manista with a party in the church hall Sunday, on the eve of his birthday.

Father Manista moved to Centreville from St. Paul’s in Delaware City last summer. When he went through the facilities before moving, he was delighted to find what may be considered an omen that he was fated for Mother of Sorrows.

“One of the holy water fountains has the exact day of my birthday, 2-29-48.”

He views his birthday, one in every 1,461 people are born on Leap Day, according to the Honor Society of Leap Year Day babies, as a conversation starter, although it has a few drawbacks.

For example, when he enrolled in Medicare (eligibility begins when one turns 65) someone with the Social Security Administration, changed his birthday to Feb. 28, apparently to appease computer operations. “That messed me up a little bit on my taxes” since the IRS noted a discrepancy in his birth date records. He had to contact the SSA to correct its records.

Father Manista shares birthdays with some notable people in three of his main passions: his faith and the priesthood; the movies, and baseball:

  • Pope Paul III was born on Feb. 29, 1468. He is best known for having called the Council of Trent, known for its reforms and its doctrinal teachings. He also was one of two popes who excommunicated King Henry VIII of England (the first was later revoked).
  • William A. Wellman was born Feb. 29, 1896, and became an actor and movie director. He directed “Wings,” a 1927 movie that won the first Academy Award for best picture, and won an Oscar for best writing, original story, for 1937’s “A Star Is Born,” for which he also was nominated for best director. He was also nominated as best director for “Battleground” in 1949 and “The High and the Mighty” in 1954.
  • Ralph Miller was born Feb. 29, 1896, and became a major league baseball player. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies (Father Manista’s favorite team since he was a child) in 1920-21 and for the World Series-winning Washington Senators in 1924.

Leap Day is fine for birthdays, but not everything. Father Manista recalls that one couple asked him if he thought Feb. 29 would be a good day to marry.

“I suggested against it,” he said. “In a marriage you need a date every year to celebrate.”

As a child growing up in St. Hedwig Parish in Wilmington, Father Manista was saved from the problem of which day to celebrate his birthday – Feb. 28 or March 1 – in non-Leap Years by a family tradition of commemorating a birthday on the closest Sunday. He and his sister continue that tradition.

That doesn’t keep him from joking about how he celebrates during those off years. “I tell people I celebrate for one minute at the midnight between Feb. 28 and March 1,” he said.

At the other extreme, he sometimes tells people that he “celebrates my birthday for two weeks” since it comes so infrequently. He’s not exactly kidding, though he means it light-heartedly.

“It takes that long sometimes,” he said, since many people who note the uniqueness of his birthday invite him to meals or outings.

It takes a while to get to all of them, he said, but not as long as it will take for his next birthday to roll around.

 

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Nearly 350 people joining the church this Easter

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Bishop Malooly welcomes those on Lenten journey to faith at ceremonies in Dover

 

DOVER – Yan Waguespack never anticipated becoming Catholic, having grown up in China, in an atheistic society.

On Feb. 13, she was among 96 people called by name to sign the Book of Elect for their parishes, signifying their desire to be baptized Catholic, receive their first Communion, and be confirmed at Easter Vigil Masses at their own parishes next month. Read more »

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Delaware high court debates death penalty, but I.H.M. parishioner has already decided

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LEWES – While Delaware’s judicial system studies the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty statute and the legislature haggles over whether the state should even have such a law, Kristin Froehlich views the issue from a personal perspective.

Twenty-one years ago, her 22-year-old brother, David, and four of his friends were shot to death in a dispute with a landlord over a bounced rent check in Redding, Conn. The landlord, Geoffrey Ferguson, set the apartment afire in an attempt to cover the crime. Read more »

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