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‘Be Jesus for others’: Bishop Malooly’s homily at the ordination of Father Rich Jasper

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The following is excerpted from the text of Bishop Malooly’s homily during the Ordination Mass of Father Jasper, May 20, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington.

 

On behalf of the Church of Wilmington I want to begin by thanking Rich’s parents, Rick and Kathy, for bringing their son to life in Christ through baptism. Also, Brian, we are grateful for your support of your brother.

It is in baptism that the seeds of the priestly vocation are first planted. My dear parents, you are an important part of God’s mysterious call, and I want to recognize that from the start. Read more »

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From the Bishop: Please help support our retired priests May 21-22

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May 12, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

Currently about 30 percent of our diocesan priests are retired with many more either approaching retirement age, or working well past 70, the usual age of retirement for diocesan priests.

While a priest is in parish ministry, his salary and expenses are paid by the parish. When he retires, the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund takes care of Father’s needs. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly’s 2016 Christmas Message

December 22nd, 2016 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized Tags:

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For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

— John 3:16-17

 

Christmas 2016

Dear Friends in Christ:

As we once again celebrate the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, we are reminded that the reason for this joyful celebration is love. God so loved us that he gave us his only Son who was born into a poor family, in a humble stable far from home. God became man because of love.

 The adoration of the Magi is depicted in a 14th-century painting by Giotto di Bondone. (CNS/Bridgeman Images)


The adoration of the Magi is depicted in a 14th-century painting by Giotto di Bondone. (CNS/Bridgeman Images)

By sending his Son to us, God bridged the gap between us and Him that sin had created. As his followers, we are called to be bridge builders in our own time and place to lead others to God

Most of the time, it is easy to love members of our families. It is also easy to love those whom our culture deems worthy of our admiration and affection, such as movie stars or sports figures. But as Christians, we are also called to love those on the margins of society: the death row inmate, the refugee, the immigrant, the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the mentally and physically ill, and the unborn.

This Christmas season, let us remember that love is the reason for this season. By opening our hearts to the love of God and each other, we not only live out God’s greatest commandment to love God and neighbor, but we also strengthen our families and our Church and make our country and our world better.

May our loving of God and each other inspire us to better discipleship and fill us with joy this Christmas and always.

 

God bless you,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

 

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Mensaje de Navidad de 2016 del Obispo Malooly

 

¡Asi amó Dios al mundo! Le dio al Hijo Único, para que quien cree en él no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna. Dios no envió al Hijo al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que se salve el mundo gracias a él.

Juan 3:16-17

 

Navidad 2016

Queridos Amigos en Cristo:

 

Celebrar otra vez el nacimiento de Nuestro Salvador nos recuerda que el motivo de esta jubilosa celebración es el amor. Tanto nos amó el Señor que nos dio a su único hijo, que nació pobre en un pesebre lejos del hogar familiar. Dios se hizo hombre por amor.

Cuando el Señor nos mandó a su hijo, creó un puente que superó el abismo que el pecado creó entre Él y nosotros. Como seguidores suyos, somos llamados a construir puentes en nuestro propio tiempo y en nuestro propio lugar para conducir a los demás hacia Dios.

Es fácil amar a los miembros de la familia en la mayoría de los casos. También es fácil amar a los que nuestra cultura juzgara dignos de la admiración y del afecto: las estrellas de cine y los deportistas famosos, por ejemplo, pero como cristianos somos llamados a arnar a los marginados de la sociedad: los condenados a muerte, los refugiados, los immigrantes, los pobres, los que no tienen techo, los ancianos, los enfermos de la mente o del cuerpo y los niños no nacidos.

En esta temporada navideña, recordemos que el amor es el motivo del festivo. Cuando abrimos el corazón al amor de Dios y a los que nos rodean, no solo vivimos el mandato más trascendental de amar a Dios y al prójimo, sino que también fortalecemos a la familia y a la Iglesia, y regeneramos al país y al mundo.

Que nuestro amor a Dios y al prójimo nos inspire a ser mejores discipulos, y que nos llene de alegría esta Navidad y siempre.

 

Que el Señor los bendiga,

El Muy Reverendo W. Francis Malooly

Obispo de Wilmington

 

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The last Gospel, last homily at Christ Our King

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‘Kingers’ reunite at Christ Our King Church for bittersweet closing Mass at Wilmington parish

 

The following is the text of Bishop Malooly’s homily at the closing Mass of Christ Our King Church, on the closing of the parish on Oct. 30.

 

(See photos by Don Blake, below the homily text.)

 

My first exposure to Christ Our King parish was in 1958. In September, I joined three of the recent Kinger graduates – John Grady, Vinnie Canatelli and Fran Kane — in the seminary in Baltimore. They didn’t carry through to the priesthood but each became an outstanding Catholic gentleman. John Grady is here today. He has been a successful lawyer and a trustee for many years at Holy Cross Parish in Dover.

My first week here as diocesan bishop in 2008, I joined them and their classmates for their 50th anniversary party. Read more »

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From the Bishop: Support the Cathedral Collection

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Dear Friends in Christ:

 

Last year, with the strong support of our pastors, we initiated an annual special collection to assist the Cathedral of Saint Peter. As always, you responded with outstanding generosity. I am asking for your help again this year. Read more »

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A letter from Bishop Malooly on the Annual Catholic Appeal

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Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

In celebration of the Holy Father’s acclamation of the Holy Year of Mercy, we are called to “rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.”

During Jesus’ time on earth, he responded with mercy and love to everyone he encountered. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, comforted the mournful, and forgave sinners and his enemies. As Disciples of Christ, we are expected to follow his example and to carry out the Church’s mission of being a witness of mercy.

The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal, with its theme, Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy, reminds us that we are given the opportunity to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through our actions, touching people’s lives and offering hope.

The Church’s Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are the driving force behind every ministry and service supported by the Appeal. Your participation enables the diocese to reach out in mercy and love to those in need — the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the distressed, the unchurched, our children and our elderly.

Our daily action in support of others is our daily walk with the risen Lord. I urge you to open both your hand and your heart and embrace an attitude of mercy. It will give you great joy to see how much your gift means to those in need.

Sincerely yours in Our Lord,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

 

Commitment weekend for the Annual Catholic Appeal is April 9 & 10.

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Bishop Malooly’s Easter Message 2016

March 23rd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. John tells us that on the first Easter, the disciples were very much afraid. They were huddled together in the upper room where just three days earlier Jesus had washed their feet and given them bread and wine as his body and blood. They had locked the doors for fear that those who crucified Jesus would come for them next.

To that locked room and to those frightened people, Jesus came and stood in their midst. Immediately, their fear was gone. St. John tells us, “The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” And that joy has never left the Church, has never left the community of believers. That joy never fades because the new life Jesus won by his passion and death, he shares with all those who believe that the one who died on the cross lives again. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly’s 2015 Christmas Greeting

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“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” These words from the beginning of Saint John’s Gospel sum up the mystery we celebrate each Christmas: that Jesus, God’s eternal Word of love, entered into our human existence. God’s Word isn’t just an idea or thought, but it is a person — a person that could be seen and touched and heard. From the cave in Bethlehem to the cross, Jesus shared that word of God’s love with all he met, especially the least among us. Read more »

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From the Bishop: Support retired religious through RFR collection

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On the weekend of December 5-6, our parishes will be conducting the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR). I urge you to offer this appeal your prayerful and vocal support.

Your efforts are vital to its success. Read more »

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Helping parents send children to our schools

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Dear Friends,

For 185 years, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wilmington have been forming and educating students in the Catholic tradition, teaching them to honor the dignity of each human person and encouraging them to grow in the image and likeness of God.

Our Catholic schools are dedicated to educating students in the light of Jesus Christ and are essential to the life, ministry, and future of our Church. Our schools provide a comprehensive education to each student, in a loving Christian environment where prayer and service are infused into daily living and learning. Read more »

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