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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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Holy Child Sisters tap Sister Juliano to lead U.S. province

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Sister Carroll Juliano is leaving her post as coordinator of the diocese’s Office of Safe Environments this spring to become the leader of the American province her religious order, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Rosemont, Pa.

During nearly four years in Wilmington, Sister Juliano has overseen the diocese’s Keeping Our Promises curriculum in schools and parishes that ensures children are safe and protected in parish and school communities. Read more »

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Parish catechists’ awesome job: Bringing children to faith in Jesus

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“You bring children to Jesus,” John Collins told about 140 catechists from the Diocese of Wilmington at Catechetical Day, March 11 at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.

“It’s not all about facts and memorizing; it’s about getting to the heart and then the action of living our faith,” Collins, a national speaker for W.H. Sadlier, told the religious educators and parish directors of religious education at the day’s afternoon assembly. Read more »

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Bishop Barres, installed in Rockville Centre, thanks people of Wilmington diocese

January 31st, 2017 Posted in Featured, National News, Our Diocese

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When Bishop John O. Barres was installed Jan. 31 as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., after serving as Bishop of Allentown for more than seven years, he thanked the people of the Wilmington diocese, where he was ordained a priest in 1989. Read more »

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Community prayers for justice, dignity

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St. Catherine’s Church hosts a Red Clay area ecumenical prayer service

A dank, rainy evening couldn’t stop more than 300 people from 25 faith communities from gathering at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wilmington Jan. 17 to pray for justice, non-violence and human dignity.

The ecumenical prayer service, organized by Father John M. Hynes, pastor of St. Catherine’s, was appropriately scheduled for the day after the nation celebrated the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the night before the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Read more »

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