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Former cathedral rector Father William Kauffman dies at 67

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Father William B. Kauffman, a former Lutheran minister who was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Wilmington in 1990, died unexpectedly July 27 at his home in Rochester, Minn. He was 67.

Father Kauffman was raised in Waynesboro, Pa., and served the Lutheran church until 1986, when he began studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. After ordination, he served as an associate pastor at Holy Cross, Dover, and St. Peter Cathedral, Wilmington. He was named rector of the cathedral in 1995. Read more »

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Catholic youth organizer extraordinaire

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CYM bids farewell to Joe McNesby, who spent 28 years coordinating parish sports for young athletes

WILMINGTON – From September through May, young people gather on fields and in gymnasiums up and down Delaware and into Maryland for Catholic Youth Ministry sports. They show up, as do coaches and fans, and almost without fail everything goes off without a hitch. But there is someone responsible for making all that happen, and for the past 28 years, that person has been Joe McNesby.

Until this month, that is. Read more »

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St. Helena’s group combines passion for sewing, social ministry

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For the past six years, women have turned pillowcases into dresses for girls in Haiti, Africa

WILMINGTON — For the last several years, one group at St. Helena Parish in Bellefonte has tried to make the lives of little girls a bit brighter through the venerable skill of sewing. The parish’s Sewing Group has been making dresses for children in Haiti and Africa since 2011, and a previous version made clothes and other items for babies. Read more »

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CYM golf draws record number of participants

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NEWARK — Catholic Youth Ministry welcomed a record 129 golfers to Deerfield Country Club on July 13 for its annual golf outing. The event helps make programming more affordable for young people from around the diocese. Read more »

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Cell phones off, St. Elizabeth students connect in service

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High school students spend start of summer helping Oblate Sisters at Mount Aviat Academy in Childs, Md.

CHILDS, Md. — Eleven girls from St. Elizabeth High School spent the better part of a week recently disconnecting, for the most part, from their everyday lives and connecting with each other and the community at Mount Aviat Academy in Childs, Md.

The annual service project and retreat marked its third year in Childs after having been held in Ridgely, Md. Sister John Elizabeth Callaghan, an Oblate Sister of St. Francis de Sales and principal of Mount Aviat, said St. Elizabeth reached out to the Oblates offering their service, which the congregation was happy to accept. The girls and two teachers who accompanied them stayed at the sisters’ retreat facility in Galena, Md., about 40 minutes away. Read more »

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Extreme Camp: St. Mary Magdalen students start school vacation by giving back to parish

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WILMINGTON — For grade-school students, the summer could be extremely boring, or it could be extremely productive, with crafts, service and water games. Thirty-two rising fifth- through eighth-grade students spent a week in June at St. Mary Magdalen making the most of their time.

Extreme Camp is now in its third year at the north Wilmington parish. The campers — 27 girls and five boys — kept busy around the campus and with each other. Eight counselors, seven of whom are in high school, joined in, as did a few adults and St. Mary Magdalen youth minister Theresa Griffith. Read more »

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A place for rest and reflection

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Ministry of Caring dedicates Mary’s Garden in former home of St. Patrick’s Senior Center

WILMINGTON — For almost a year, the administrative offices of the Ministry of Caring have been located in one place, at the former St. Patrick’s Senior Center, instead of four different locations. Now, the staff, clients and neighbors have a quiet place for rest and reflection to go along with it.

Bishop Malooly was on hand June 19 with Ministry of Caring founder and executive director Brother Ronald Giannone to bless and dedicate Mary’s Garden behind the building, which is located on 14th Street in Wilmington. The garden is dedicated in honor of Dolores and Pio Abessinio, the parents of Rocco Abessinio, who has contributed to numerous charitable causes in the diocese. Read more »

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Middletown brings Pandas’ run as state soccer champs to an end

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SMYRNA – Middletown entered the girls’ Division I state championship girls soccer match with Padua already without the Delaware player of the year, Alyssa Poarch, and shortly before halftime, the Cavaliers lost goalkeeper Taylor Wolf to an injury. But an early goal by Alexa Rodriguez held up, thanks mainly to the play of emergency keeper Mary Warren, and the top-seeded Cavaliers ended No. 2 Padua’s five-year reign as state champions with a 1-0 win June 3 at Smyrna High School.

Each team had to play a half staring into a setting sun at Charles V. Williams Stadium, and Rodriguez took advantage in the 13th minute. The Pandas had controlled possession until then, but they had few opportunities to beat Wolf. The momentum swung Middletown’s way, and when Rodriguez found herself with the ball and a bit of space about 25 yards from the net, she struck. Her blast just eluded the outstretched fingers of keeper Katie Szczerba – who had a bright sun in her face – and tucked under the crossbar for the game’s lone tally. Read more »

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Spartans bats silenced in semifinal loss to Caravel

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WILMINGTON – St. Mark’s baseball team put three runners on base and scored once during the first inning of their state semifinal game vs. second-seeded Caravel on June 1, but the Spartans struggled on offense the rest of the afternoon in a 6-1 defeat. The loss brought the team’s season to an end with a record of 14-7.

The day began well enough for the Spartans, the sixth seed. Chris Ludman doubled down the left-field line, and the next batter, Brian Gilardi, singled to right, bringing in a run. Gilardi took second on the throw home, but despite a walk to Eric Ludman, Caravel pitcher Joe Silan was able to escape further trouble. Read more »

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Three-run sixth pushes Sals past Hodgson, into baseball semifinals

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum and Hodgson engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel when the teams met in state baseball tournament quarterfinal action on May 31, but the Sals’ bats came through late in a 4-2 victory. Sallies moves on to face top-seeded Conrad on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium.

The 13th-seeded Silver Eagles scratched out a run in the top of the fourth, and with the way their pitcher, William Hart, was dealing, it appeared that lone tally might be enough. But No. 5 Salesianum rebounded to tie the game in the fifth and scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. That was enough to get the victory. Read more »

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