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Viewpoint: ‘The cry of humanity: peace, peace’

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That Halloween season Strategic Air Command bombers with bright orange markings started flying low over our schoolyard to land about four miles away at Philadelphia’s airport. It’s a memory confirmed by histories that report it was Oct. 26, 1962, when B-47s were deployed to civilian airports in a DEFCON 2 alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

As an 11-year-old following the news, I assumed the problem of Communist Russia’s missiles in Cuba would be resolved by the United States invoking the Monroe Doctrine to keep the Soviet Union’s weapons both out of Cuba and the entire Western Hemisphere. Read more »

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Hugs across borders: Solidarity thriving at 15

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Perspectives change, friendships are born in program that unites Guatemalans with Catholics in diocese

For 15 years now, parishioners from the Diocese of Wilmington have visited Guatemalan Catholics in the Diocese of San Marcos to make friends across borders and to learn the needs of the impoverished faithful in the Latin American nation. Read more »

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Bishop announces Cultural Ministries office to oversee outreach to ethnic groups

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Bishop Malooly announced a new diocesan office this week with the appointment of Father Glenn Evers to head the Office for Cultural Ministries for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Father Evers, who will remain as associate pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin, will oversee the existing diocesan offices for Hispanic Ministry, Ministry to Black Catholics, the Korean Catholic Community and the Native American Catholic Community. Read more »

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Viewpoint: No whining in 201, only joy

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Suite 201 in St. Martha’s House — also known as Casa Santa Marta and Domus Sanctae Martae — in Vatican City is Pope Francis’ residence.

After his 2013 election as pope, Francis famously declined to live in the papal apartment in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace in favor of the guest house facility the Vatican opened in 1996 for visiting cardinals, bishops and clergy. Read more »

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Sesquicentennial Pilgrimage April 16-26, 2018

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Diocesan pilgrims will stop at Annecy, Rome, Assisi

 

Frankly speaking, the Diocese of Wilmington’s 150th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Annecy and Rome next spring will be all about Francis. Four leaders of the church named Francis, that is, will highlight the journey — Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Pope Francis, St. Francis de Sales and St. Francis of Assisi.

Bishop Malooly will lead the diocesan pilgrimage from April 16-26 next year starting in Annecy, France, where Francis de Sales, the patron saint of the diocese, ministered. Read more »

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Everything old is being made new again at Marydale

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$8 million renovations of 108 housing units for elderly to be completed this year

 

In 1981, it cost $3.1 million to build Marydale Retirement Village, the 108-apartment retirement community off Salem Church Road in Newark.

Thirty-six years later, a complete renovation of the 18-acre complex, managed by the Diocese of Wilmington’s Catholic Charities through Catholic Ministry to the Elderly Inc., costs more than $8 million.

The renovation project, a complex operation that’s been underway for the past 12 months, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Read more »

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Only on Angelus: Notes from Father Jasper’s ordination

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Kathy Jasper was in the front of the line for the very first of “first blessings” her son Father Rich Jasper bestowed following his ordination by Bishop Malooly May 20 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

It was a special moment between a mother and her priest-son that Kathy Jasper had anticipated for a long time.

“I’m ecstatic,” she said after the blessing, “because people don’t know he was only two pounds when he was born. That’s 42 years ago when they didn’t have all this technology,” she said.

“I’ve always said to him, ‘God has a reason for you to live,’” she added. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Deny Dover’s death-dealing bills

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Spring, nature’s season of rebirth and growth, has taken on a deadly aspect in Dover’s Legislative Hall with the introduction of three bills this session that focus on ending lives in Delaware.

One bill, Senate Bill 5, would officially make the Federal legalization of abortion part of the Delaware code of laws. The move might seem redundant, but the bill is intended to create back-up law for the First State to invoke, should the Supreme Court ever reverse its 44 years of rulings regarding Roe v. Wade.

Bishop Malooly, in a statement on SB5, has reiterated in his opposition to the measure. He stated on May 1 that the right to life is the first and most fundamental human right, that abortion denies God’s gift of life and dignity to the most vulnerable, and that “the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and every condition. This applies to the unborn as well as the sick, the elderly and those on death row.” Read more »

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An ordination journey nears its destination

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When Rich Jasper recently traced the course of his life that lead to the priesthood, he said, “As you can see, the Lord writes straight with crooked lines.”

However, in an era when men are often ordained beyond their 20s, Jasper’s vocation path of ardently practicing his faith, teaching it to young people, and sharing it with parishioners and with the needy has had a clear route to the altar in retrospect.

Jasper, 42, will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington by Bishop Malooly on May 20 at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Read more »

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Former state policeman has experience keeping people safe

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St. Mary Magdalen parishioner will be the next coordinator of the Office for Safe Environments

Michael Connelly, who becomes the Diocese of Wilmington’s new coordinator of the Office for Safe Environments April 24, first dealt with cases of children being sexually and physically abused during his 20-year career in the Delaware State Police.

The former captain, who served most of his career in the detective division in New Castle County, retired in 1998 as commander of Troop 2, then in New Castle, now in Glasgow. Read more »

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