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Wilmington native Sister Jean Marie Odachowski dies at 102



LODI, N.J. – Felician Sister Jean Marie Odachowski, a native of Wilmington, died June 11 at the Immculate Conception Convent infirmary in Lodi, N.J. She was 102 and had been a Felician for 85 years.

Sister Jean Marie was formerly known as Sister Mary Fulginette. Born Mary Odachowski, she was a graduate of St. Hedwig School in Wilmington before attending the Felician Sisters’ High School Aspirancy in Lodi. Read more »

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Father Edward Storck, who served in diocese since 1960, dies at 91




Father Edward J. Storck, a retired priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, died June 12 at the age of 91.

Born in Baltimore, Father Storck entered the Third Order Regular of the Franciscans in 1943 and was ordained a priest while a member of that congregation in 1952. As a Franciscan, he was a pastor, military chaplain and teacher before becoming treasurer of St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., in 1959. Read more »

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High Schools celebrate graduations




St. E’s graduates 101

WILMINGTON — St. Elizabeth High School graduated 101 students in commencement exercises held at the St. E Center on June 5. Bishop Malooly presided.

The class was accepted to 123 colleges and universities and received offers of scholarships and grants totaling $10.5 million. Read more »

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Sals’ Mike Drake leads all-state selections from Catholic schools




Salesianum senior attack Mike Drake, who scored two goals in the Sals’ championship-game win on June 3, has been named the 2017 state boys lacrosse player of the year. Drake will continue his athletic career at the University of Notre Dame.

He is one of six players from Catholic schools who earned first-team honors. The selections were announced June 5 by the state lacrosse coaches association. Read more »

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Official Appointments, May 26, 2107



Bishop Malooly announces the following appointments:


The following priests have requested and been granted retirement from active ministry in the Diocese of Wilmington. These retirements are effective June 28, 2017.

Rev. William J Lawler

Rev. Arthur B. Fiore

Rev. Raymond F. Weisman

Rev. Gregory M. Corrigan


The following appointments are effective June 28, 2017:

Rev. Msgr. Steven P. Hurley, STL, VG, is re-appointed pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Wilmington. This is in addition to his duties as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

Rev. Stanislao Esposito is re-appointed pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Ocean City, Md./Holy Savior Mission, Ocean City, Md.

Rev. James M. Jackson is appointed pastor of St. John/Holy Angels Parish, Newark.

Rev. Stephen C. Lonek is appointed pastor of St. Mary Refuge of Sinners, Cambridge, Md./St. Mary Star of the Sea Mission, Church Creek, Md.

Rev. Stephen C. Lonek is re-appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Secretary, Md.

Associate Pastors

Rev. Michael A. Angeloni is appointed associate pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Easton, Md.

Rev. Christopher R. Coffiey is appointed associate pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish, Wilmington.

Rev. Glenn M. Evers is appointed associate pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Hockessin.

Rev. John T. Solomon is appointed associate pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Dover/Immaculate Conception Parish, Marydel, Md.

Rev. Daniel Staniskis is appointed associate pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish, Salisbury, Md.

Rev. Marek Szczur is appointed associate pastor of St. Hedwig’s Parish effective July 1, 2017.

Newly Ordained

Rev. Richard J. Jasper is appointed associate pastor of St. Ann’s Parish, Wilmington.


Deacon Michael Truman is re-appointed Coordinator of Prison Ministry for the Diocese of Wilmington. This appointment is effective immediately and for a period of three (3) years.

The following is an official appointment to the Diocese of Wilmington Curia:

Mr. Joseph Corsini is re-appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Wilmington effective immediately and for a five (5) year term of office.


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Pastors on the road: ‘Linkage model’ for parishes has more churches sharing pastors

By Joseph Ryan, Dialog Editor


Take a look at Father Stephen C. Lonek’s two assignments as a pastor listed in the Official Appointments list on the right side of this page (see appointment, above; also on page 3 in the print edition).

That’s not a misprint.

Father Lonek has been appointed pastor of St. Mary Refuge of Sinners in Cambridge, Md. and its mission, St. Mary Star of the Sea in Church Creek, Md. And he’s also been re-appointed pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Secretary, Md.

Father Lonek’s expanded geography of duties makes him one of a growing number of “roamin’” Catholic pastors in the diocese. His two Eastern Shore parishes have been linked. They remain separate parishes, but are led by a single pastor.

Bishop Malooly discussed this “linkage model” of parish administration in his pastoral vision for the diocese, “Together in the Spirit,” that was published in May 2016 on Pentecost Sunday.

The parish administration model is part of one of the four priorities for the diocese the bishop discussed in “Together in the Spirit.”

Those priorities are:

• New models for parish structure and administration.

• A new effort of evangelization.

• A renewal of catechesis involving adult formation, parish religious education, Catholic schools and youth ministry.

• Reinforcement of “our baptismal call to holiness in all vocations with a special effort to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life.”

The first and fourth priorities address the repercussions of the dwindling number of priests available to serve at parishes.

In “Together in the Spirit,” Bishop Malooly mentioned the “quality” individuals who are in priestly formation and the Vocations Office’s expanding efforts to invite men to answer the call to the priesthood. The bishop also admitted, “…we still have to deal with the current reality that we will soon not be able to have a pastor for every parish.”


‘Linkage’ model

That’s why Priority 1 of the bishop’s pastoral vision addressed models for parish structure and leadership.

In addition to the resident pastor model, one pastor at one parish, the “linkage model,” where an individual pastor is assigned to two or more parishes, is an emerging model for some parishes.

Already, the Cathedral of St. Peter is linked to St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s in Wilmington under the leadership of Father Leonard R. Klein.

Father James S. Lentini serves as pastor for both Holy Cross in Dover and for Immaculate Conception in Marydel, Md.

Also, last year, St. Matthew’s and Corpus Christi in Wilmington were linked under the care of Father Michael P. Darcy, and Father Timothy M. Nolan was assigned as pastor for two New Castle parishes, St. Peter the Apostle and Holy Spirit.

Father Nolan talked to The Dialog this week about his first year leading two New Castle congregations.

St. Peter’s and Holy Spirit “aren’t a bad connection,” Father Nolan said.

“The people were supportive of it. They understand the reason [for the linkage] and the parishes were very welcoming. If there was any consternation, they didn’t share it with me.”

The two churches are less than three miles apart, which made their rearranged Mass schedule easier for their pastor’s commute on Sundays.

St. Peter’s has a Saturday vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Holy Spirit’s Saturday night Mass is at 4 p.m. and its Sunday liturgy is celebrated at 9 a.m.

Easing Father Nolan’s transition serving at both parishes was the fact he was Holy Spirit’s pastor from July 2007 until July 2011, when he was named pastor of Corpus Christi.

Another helpful factor was that three area parishes — St. Peter, Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Fatima — have shared their Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program for some time, Father Nolan said. So the idea of regional parish cooperation, suggested by Bishop Malooly in his pastoral vision, was familiar to New Castle parishioners.

This past Holy Week, Father Nolan said, his New Castle congregations attended a Holy Thursday Mass celebrated at St. Peter’s, and an Easter Vigil Mass at Holy Spirit Church.

“Our Triduum was a wonderful example of people coming together,” Father Nolan said. “It was nice in a way to have more people at those beautiful liturgies.”

Holy Spirit is the larger of the two churches. It can hold 700 people, whereas 300 parishioners at St. Peter’s would make the church overcrowded, Father Nolan said.


Parish personalities

“It’s really been a priority of ‘year one’ to have both communities to be able to live cooperatively together,” the “roving” pastor added. He said both parishes’ personalities have remained as they were prior to the linkage, however.

“They haven’t been diminished,” Father Nolan said. “It’s not a competition.”

Holy Spirit has kept “the shrine aspect of the church,” with the statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace on the parish grounds, Father Nolan said.

Holy Spirit is also the site of Serviam Academy, a private tuition-free Catholic middle school, so there’s a school presence on the site of the parish’s former school.

St. Peter’s parish still has its historic characteristics of Old New Castle, as well as its own school tradition.

“It’s a good school,” Father Nolan said. There’s a positive energy about the school and an excellent principal (Mark Zitz). It’s a wonderful atmosphere” there and the students attend three weekday Masses, Father Nolan added.

The pastor also credits Deacon Michael Olliver, who was business manger at Holy Spirit, for now taking care of business matters at both parishes.

“He frees me up” to take care of a larger geographic area, Father Nolan said.

Father Lonek, starting his own parish linkage leadership, can take heart that the linkage model has been working well in New Castle for a year.

“The people have been wonderful,” Father Nolan said. “I’ve been very blessed. The parishioners work well together and the professional staff have been phenomenal.”







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Delaware HB160: Suicide, by any name, isn’t dignified


Legislators in Dover are considering a physician-assisted suicide bill this month, HB160, that’s strongly opposed by the Diocese of Wilmington.

The difficult and heart-breaking decisions faced by families and patients during end-of-life care shouldn’t end in deaths of despair or “convenience.”

Both hospice care and palliative pain-killing measures can effectively eliminate suffering at the end of life.

This graphic, prepared by Maryland Against Assisted Suicide, highlights the dangers of assisted-suicide bills.

Please contact the Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network, at www.cdow.org/DCAN, to oppose HB160 and other anti-life bills pending in Dover.PAS-Infographic-2017_To-Print_Page_1

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‘Catholic Forum’ to feature ADL program for educators



The Anti-Defamation League’s Bearing Witness program for Catholic school teachers, will be the topic of the May 28, edition of “Catholic Forum,” the radio program/podcast produced by the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. The guest will be Randi Boyette, associate regional director for education at the ADL’s Philadelphia office.

Bearing Witness is a four-day professional-development program held each summer at Daylesford Abby, the Norbertine monastery in Paoli, Pa. The program was designed specifically for Catholic school educators to give them the tools and information needed to teach their students about the historic relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities, Jews and Judaism, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia office works in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

“Catholic Forum” airs Sunday mornings at 9:05 on WAAI 100.9FM in Hurlock, Maryland; and at 10:05 on WDEL 101.7FM and 1150AM and www.wdel.com. After it airs on the broadcast stations, the program’s podcast is available at www.cdow.org/communications and by searching “Catholic Forum Radio” on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio podcasts.

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Bishop Malooly’s letter to priests decries anti-life bills in Dover


On May 3, Bishop Malooly wrote a letter to priests of the Diocese of Wilmington regarding three bills introduced this legislative session in Dover that would: codify in state law legalized abortion; amend the state’s death penalty statute in order to restore capital punishment; and legalized physician-assisted suicide.

The following is the text of the bishop’s letter to priests on Wednesday: Read more »

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Blue Mass on May 5 postponed


The annual Blue Mass, set for Friday, May 5, has been postponed, the Diocese of Wilmington announced today. A new date has not been determined yet.

Badge of police officer

The postponement of the Mass at St. John the Beloved Church honoring police, firefighters and emergency workers was requested by the Wilmington Police Department on behalf of the area’s law enforcement communities, so more first responders will have the opportunity to attend the May 5 memorial service for Delaware State Police Corporal Stephen Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty April 26.

In addition to Corporal Ballard, Blue Mass organizers this year have planned to honor fallen Wilmington firefighters Captain Christopher Leach and Lieutenants Jerry Fickes and Ardythe Hope; Lewes firefighter Timothy McClanahan; Delaware Correctional Officer, Sergeant Steven Floyd; Dover Police Department’s Patrolman Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts; and Ocean City firefighter and paramedic, Howard Allen Schweitzer.



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Bishop honors 80 seniors with St. Francis de Sales medals



Bishop Malooly presented the St. Francis de Sales Award medal to 10 seniors from each Catholic high school in the diocese at a Mass and convocation April 24 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington. The award recognizes the students for excellence in faith development, scholarship, service, leadership and citizenship.

The medal features St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of the Diocese of Wilmington, on one side and the invocation, “St. Francis de Sales, pray for us” on the reverse.

Archmere Academy: Liam Delaney, Matthew Groum, Jacqueline Kraft, Catherine Lawless, Alison Lobo, Danel Matranga, Olivia O’Dwyer, Blake Parker, Keelin Reilly, JaNyiah Rothwell.

Padua Academy: Jessica Bridge, Darby Deutsch, Helen Drees, Brynna Gaffney, Amanda Haggarty, Hannah Jacobs, Kalani Picho, Gabriella Santacecilia, Brooklynn Stoupa, Emily Stuebing.

St. Elizabeth High School: Abigayle Gant, David Hazelton Jr., Johnathan Hendricks, Brandon Holly, Kevin Marchioni, Megan McLaughlin, Madelynn Norris, Joseph Pritchard, Alyssa San Diego, Kellen Sweeney.

St. Mark’s High School: Elizabeth Danberg, Meredith Fish, Brianna Jubb, Claudia Kacmarcik, Christopher Ludman, Julia Pala, Nicholas Pautler, Matthew Smith, Karina Tramont, Joseph White.

St. Thomas More Academy: Vincent Ains, Ana Bole, Gillian Crawford, Esther Dawley, Michael Kosior, Kyla Lavender, Patrick Magee, Noel Majka, Sarah Pool, Israel Rudinoff.

Ss. Peter and Paul High School: Adam Alderfer, Berkley Andrews, Laura Dennison, Jennifer Douglas, Clare Kelly, Michael McCormack, Julius Rees, Mimi Sanford, Katie Schisler, Jonathon Singelstad.

Salesianum School: Steven Banko, Davar Bost, Thomas Cellucci, Cole Ciber, John Doordan, Liam Haffey, Kyle Heiss, James McFate, Kevin Palena, John Villec.

Ursuline Academy: Elizabeth Barnett, Morgan Blasetto, Celina Ceballos, Marie Dickson, Nina Kegelman, Francesca Kokoszka, Maria Mathew, Julianna Salak, Madeline Tallman, Mengqi Tuo.

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