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St. Anthony of Padua parish statement on Padua Academy

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags:


(Below is a statement from St. Anthony parish regarding change of leadership at Padua Academy) See Dialog article here.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish is responding to misunderstandings and/or false statements made in social media and quoted in some press reports relating to the change in leadership at Padua Academy:

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Padua Academy to get new head of school


Students, parents and alumni of Padua Academy learned March 16 that Cindy Mann is no longer head of school.

Word came in a letter from Oblate Father Nicholas Waseline, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish.

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Diocese of Wilmington musicals kick off this weekend

February 13th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,


From “Les Miserables” to “Pippin,” from “Addams Family” to “Godspell” to “Frogs,” stage performers and support staff have been working overtime to perfect second semester high school productions that begin as early as mid-February.

Readers become accustomed to reading about top-level athletes and their accomplishments through fall, winter and spring seasons each year.

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‘Resolutions’ is theme for Theology on Tap program

January 20th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags:


Theology on Tap comes to Caroline County on Wednesday, Jan. 24, perhaps the first step toward forming a young adult ministry through St. Benedict Parish.

“Resolutions” is theme of the first program, scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. at Cohee’s 404 Restaurant and Lounge in Denton.

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Southeast Sussex Ministerium hosts Christian Unity program at St. Ann’s in Bethany Beach

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags:


The Southeast Sussex County Ministerium hosts the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., at St. Ann’s Church, Bethany Beach. Refreshments follow in Delaney Hall.

Participating choirs include Community Lutheran Church, Mariners United Methodist, Millville United Methodist, Ocean View Presbyterian, St. Ann’s, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Union Wesley United Methodist. All are invited.

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Buccini family to be honored by Catholic Charities at 2018 tribute dinner


The Buccini Family — D. Robert, Bernadette, Rob, and Chris — will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

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Student and school news


Knights of Peter Claver offer scholarships

The Knights of Peter Claver and its ladies auxiliary are accepting applications for scholarships for students entering or already in Catholic grade school or high school, as well as college or a certificate program.

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, leadership qualities and community service. They will be worth $1,000 for postsecondary, $750 for high school and $500 for grade school.

Applicants must show proof of acceptance to their school or certificate program, and those seeking aid for postsecondary education must have a grade-point average of 2.5 or better.

A completed application form, high school transcript (for postsecondary applicants), personal statement, two recommendation forms, proof of parish membership in the Diocese of Wilmington and proof of Delaware residency are required. Materials should be submitted to the Knights of Peter Claver and the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, 1012 N. French St., Wilmington, DE 19801. The deadline is April 30.

For information, email lmchatman@comcast.net.


Archmere to honor 1955 alum, a noted photographer, this weekend

CLAYMONT – Archmere Academy will celebrate its seventh annual Fine Arts Festival this Saturday with its students works, but this year the school also will pay tribute to the late Bill Eppridge, a 1955 graduate and an accomplished photographer.

Eppridge, who died in October at age 75, was an award-winning photojournalist for Life magazine and whose work has appeared in numerous national publications. He was in New York when the Beatles arrived in 1964, and he took the iconic photo of a mortally wounded Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968.

The Fine Arts Festival takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Patio. The formal program, including a presentation by Eppridge’s widow, Adrienne Aurichio, and performances by Archmere’s Stage Band and Mastersingers, will begin at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


St. Elizabeth students create Stations of the Cross art

This is one of the student-created pieces of art for the Stations of the Cross at St. Elizabeth High School.

WILMINGTON – As Lent began, students at St. Elizabeth High School created 14 pieces of artwork representing Jesus’ death and burial. Those creations are now hanging above the doors of classrooms at the Wilmington school.

Father Norman Carroll, the pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish, produced a video prayer service featuring the 14 stations. That was presented at an assembly March 10 that was attended by Bishop Malooly. Students offered prayers and reflections for each station.

The project was Father Carroll’s idea. He asked the students to create the images for each station by asking themselves, “What does this station mean to me?”

“It was our hope that the project would invite them to understand the stations as simple invitations into feelings and experiences that Jesus had along His way to Calvary,” Father Carroll said.


St. Mark’s to hold Blue-Gold fashion show this weekend

WILMINGTON – The Blue-Gold Club has long been one of the most popular at St. Mark’s High School, and its annual fashion show a highlight of the school year. The annual event will take place again this weekend on Friday and Saturday.

The club raises funds and awareness for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disAbilities and the St. Mark’s School Blue-Gold Scholarship Fund. The fashion show, which draws close to 2,000 people, is the largest fundraiser for the club and features clothing donated by area shops and boutiques. It also celebrates the relationships between St. Mark’s students and faculty and their buddies.

The entire week is filled with activities, including a home run derby, basketball tournament, indoor soccer and volleyball. It ends with a dance for St. Mark’s students and their buddies. This year, the school is holding a dance marathon on Friday.

Since 1983, St. Mark’s has contributed more than $525,000 to support DFRC’s efforts.


St. Elizabeth athletics now on Facebook

WILMINGTON – The St. Elizabeth Vikings’ spring sports teams might be battling the chilly weather, but the athletic department has been quite busy building its profile. The Vikings joined Facebook on March 12 to give fans another outlet for information.

The page includes information on schedules, news and athletes. It is available at www.facebook.com/sehsathletics.


Easton teacher receives honor from Knights

Mary George

EASTON, Md. – Mary George, a math teacher and coach at Ss. Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Md., has been named the Catholic High School Teacher of the Year by the Easton chapter of the Regina Coeli Council of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights honor local teachers who inspire students “to learn, accept, demonstrate and live out what they have learned of their Catholic faith and who show excellence in the teaching profession.”

In addition to teaching, George is an assistant girls basketball coach, moderator of the school’s rosary club and a cantor at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish.


St. Elizabeth freshman wins award for play

WILMINGTON – Nikolas Hunter, a freshman at St. Elizabeth High School, received an honorable mention and a special award for his play, “Breaking Glass,” which was one of six finalists in the 2013-14 Delaware Young Playwrights Festival.

The Delaware Theatre Company, which sponsored the festival, gave Hunter the Historical Viewpoint Award for creating a play that required research to support the story.

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Ursuline student named one of Delaware’s top volunteers


Natalie Onesi, an eighth-grader at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, has been named one of Delaware’s top two youth volunteers for 2014 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national organization that honors young people for their acts of volunteerism.

Natalie, 14, devotes a week every summer to repairing homes for people with injuries or disabilities, according to Prudential. She said she was inspired to volunteer by her church. Two years ago, at the suggestion of a family friends, she and her brother joined a religious retreat that designates a city where some 400 students worked on approximately 60 homes whose owners could not afford to make repairs.

According to Prudential, she spends her days during this retreat not only working, but also building a relationship with the people she is helping.

The other state honoree is Julie Murphy, 17, a junior at Newark High School. She played a key role in running a statewide sleeping bag drive that provided bags to more than 1,000 homeless children in Delaware.

The two girls each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C., in early May where they will join the honorees from every state and the District of Columbia. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014.

Marius Sander, 16, a junior at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, was one of four state finalists. Sander has raised $4,400 for Mom’s House, which provides free childcare to low-income single parents pursuing an education. He raised the money by hosting violin concerts. He started the fundraising concerts in 2010 and also plays violin and saxophone for nursing homes, hospitals and hospice centers.

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Student and school news


Padua partners with Wharton School on entrepreneurship

WILMINGTON – Padua Academy is collaborating with Keith Weigelt, a professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to offer an entrepreneurship this summer. The program will be open to students at area parochial and private high schools.

Weigelt has created a program called “Entrepreneur in the Classroom,” which teaches business literacy and aims to ignite a sense of entrepreneurship in the students, according to Padua. The one-week curriculum covers business plan ideas, competitive environments, sales and marketing, pricing stragegies, operations, human resources, management, and accounting. Read more »

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Delaware Catholic high schools announce scholarship winners


The seven Catholic high schools in Delaware have announced which eighth-grade students have earned scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. All information has been provided by the schools.


St. Thomas More Academy


Holy Cross: Nicole Pinera, Guilia Randazzo

Jefferson: Alya Lahiff

Sussex Academy: Ryan Anderson, Elise Conlin

Smyrna Middle: Ryan Dean



Most Blessed Sacrament: Caroline Pasquariell, Michaelson Capuano, Chloe Sass


Ursuline Academy


Ursuline: Hannah Ali, Yara Awad, Maxon Blow, Lauren Chua, Maggie Connolly, Mary Goodridge, Dominique Kendus, Annelisa Lyles, Erin McGrellis

St. Mary Magdalen: Madelyn Heck, Nicole Kelly, Rita Offutt, Anna Zdunek

Christ the Teacher: Amber Owens

St. John the Beloved: Emily Sardo

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Sadie Ward

Independence: Riley Beck, Natalie Comer, Cameron Johnson, Esha Mishra, Sophia Riveros, Amy Thomson

Springer: Chelsea Gbemudu

St. Anne’s Episcopal: Madison Larmore

P.S. DuPont: Emma Lucey, Hannah Ward

Cab Calloway: Giavanna Mariano, Annie Nguyen

H.B. DuPont: Alexis Ward



St. Philomena: Elizabeth Brutsche

Kennett Middle: Theodora Elliman, Jasmine MacFarlane,


New Jersey

Woodland Country Day: Olivia O’Donnell



Patterson Mill: Kathryn Perrault


St. Mark’s High School


St. Mary Magdalen: Liam Lehane, Anna Gallo, William Hoffman

St. John the Beloved: Grady McPeak Timothy Rubini, Mollie Russell, Connor Daniel, Rachel Staib, Erin Derick

Christ the Teacher: Lorenzo Alafriz, Nicole Kirk, Jessica Lawless, Corey O’Donnell, Patricia Ortega, Conner Bolinski, Emily Sipko, Joshua Venti

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Maria DiStefano, Brendan Wilhelm

Holy Angels: Heather Little, Marigrace Ferrill, Juliana Stape, Nicholas Kayatta

St. Elizabeth: Evelyn Welsh

All Saints: Brandon Dongfack, Eric Hendrixson, Katherine Husbands, Meaghan Kane

St. Ann’s: Callie Freda

St. Anthony: Christina Molloy

St. Peter: Mikayla Purnell

Serviam: Alicia Wilson

Independence: Cameron Johnson, Andrew Koense, Esha Mishra, Maggie Myers, Samuel Myers, Maya Sitaran, David Suddard

St. Anne’s Episcopal: Madison Larmore

Layton Prep: Austin Lin

H.B DuPont: Erin Michalcewicz (SP?), Madelyn Vanhorn

Redding Middle: Keerthana Chintalapati

Alfred G. Waters: Matthew Gray

P.S. DuPont: Jesse Li, Francesca Sedlacek

Tower Hill: Eric Jansson



Mount Aviat: Grace Liberatore, Max Classen, Caitlin Marsilii

Immaculate Conception: Clare Estes, Hannah Schepers



Assumption BVM: Evan Gutherman

Avon Grove: Justin Sarver


New Jersey

Penns Grove: Abigail Hamilton


Salesianum School


St. Mary Magdalen: Lucien Peach, Francis Fanning

Christ the Teacher: Lorenzo Alafriz, Matthew Balbierer, Owen Fink, Corey O’Donnell, Conner Bolinski

St. Edmond’s: Jackson Whallon, Owen King, Jack deBruin

St. Ann’s: Charles Klous

St. Peter the Apostle: Matthew Knotts

St. John the Beloved: Grady McPeak, Nicholas Saponaro, Joseph Fassano

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Benjamin Myers, Michael McGowan, Brendan Wilhelm

Independence: Ryan Law, Sanath Patil, Matthew Ryan

Newark Charter: Joseph Wesselman

Alfred G. Waters: Noah Carpe

P.S. DuPont: Patrick Taylor

Layton Preparatory: Austin Lin

Cab Calloway: Michael Hemphill



St. Agnes: Frank Byrd, Daniel Redmond, Jonathan Schiltz, Nicholas Fanelli

Ss. Simon and Jude: John Simonelli, Patrick McConologue, Brendan Manning, David Angelo

Ss. Peter and Paul: Gerald Wilmer, Nicholas Slachta

St. Cornelius: Joseph Rizzo

Malvern Prep: Timothy McLaughlin

Assumption BVM: Christian Trowbridge

Notre Dame de Lourdes: Ryan Whelan

St. Mary Magdalen: Nicholas Palermo

Holy Family: Evan Mader

Waldron Mercy: Raymond Cobb

Garnet Valley: Cooper Urban

C.F. Patton: William Prysock



Mount Aviat: Max Classen


New Jersey

Mullica Hill Friends: Alexander Gulea


Archmere Academy


P.S. DuPont: Alisa Yakovenko, Francesca Sedlacek, Helen Laster, Grace Zhang, Brant Wesley, Connor Smeader, Natasha Gengler, Emily Zheng, Jiawei Miao, Kevin Khov, Nicolas Larson, Jake Collins, Peter Liu, Talya Speak, Sophie Friedman, Sarayu Sivaram

St. Edmond’s: Jack Whallon, Jack deBruin, David Bondi

St. Mary Magdalen: Anna Zdunek, Grace DiGiovanni, Anna Gallo, Francis Fanning, Liam Lehane, Evan Callaghan

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Gillen Curren, Benjamin Myers, Emily Rosato, Francis Doran, Sarah Weir

St. John the Beloved: Rachel Staib

Ursuline: Lauren Chua, Mary Spadaro, Mary Goodridge

All Saints: Eric Hendrixson

St. Elizabeth: Evelyn Welsh

St. Ann: John Prosceno

Sanford: Evan Sabini

Independence: Sophia Riveros, Adeline Davis, Amy Thomson, Grace Gong, Sohan Shah, Pooja Kaji, Karna Nagalla, Meera Garg, Ryan Law, Andrew Koense, Ashish Mahuli, Rajeswari Kambhamettu, Sanath Patti, Esha Mishra, Maya Sitaram, Anna Suh, Theodore Fairfield, Kristina Giakas, Blaine Seifert, Kyra Giakas

Tower Hill: Isabelle Pilson

Newark Charter: Michael Chen

H.B. DuPont: Shinny Sun, Annie Wu, Ria Ahuja, Bertran Yang, Elena Hu

Redding: Keerthana Chintalapati, Cassandra Paterson

St. Anne’s Episcopal: Madison Larmore

Springer: Connor Alabrudzinski

Wilmington Friends: Ryan Nowaczyk, Jacob Morris, Siena Ballotta Garman

Skyline: Arushi Tayal, Matthew Cho, Justin Sharpe



Ss. Colman-John Neumann: Patrick Beck

Holy Family: Evan Mader, Juliana Testa

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Anna Martino, Joseph DiGregorio

Ss. Simon and Jude: Nikoleta Testa, Brendan Manning, David Angelo

St. Cornelius: Samuel Linton, Victoria Anderson, Charles Sanders

Villa Maria: Alexa Clarke, Christina Cramer, Maryanna Gattuso

St. Francis de Sales: Travis Gaskill

Notre Dame de Lourdes: Ryan Whelan,

St. Patrick: Eileen Piombino

St. Mary Magdalen: Connor Ruggieri

St. Thomas the Apostle: Brittany Knob

St. Agnes: Jonathan Schiltz

Our Lady of Angels: Sean Kelly

Northley: Devon Linn, Rebecca Gomes, Shreyas Parab

Avon Grove Charter: Justin Sarver

Garnet Valley: Cooper Urban, Amanda Denning, Alexa Conner, Elena Taylor, Connor O’Brien

Patton: Daphne Ho, Madyson McDougal

Media Providence Friends: Daniel Marcolongo

Chichester: Melanie Dempsey

Westtown: Thomas Hogan

Stetson: Kathleen Griffith

Haverford Friends: James Radomile


New Jersey

Mullica Hill Friends: Alexander Gulea, Magdalen Lind, Nicholas Martorelli, Kyle Rowe

Kingsway: Lauren Formanski, Madison Ambrose

St. James: Dara Dawson, Juliana Wallgren



Mount Aviat: Max Classen


St. Elizabeth High School


All Saints: Brandon Dongfack, Danielle Eckton

Christ the Teacher: Lorenzo Alafriz, Matthew Balbierer, Colby Corrozi, Isabel Durnan, Owen Fink, Joel Hafycz, Nicole Kirk, Rebecca Miller, Corey O’Donnell

Holy Angels: Nicholas Kayatta

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Francis Doran, Matthew Hurst, Brendan Wilhelm

St. Edmond’s: Dylan Kirk

St. Elizabeth: Alena Boyer, Rebecca Gonzalez, Irene Hu, Emily Marvel, Abigail Thompson, Evelyn Welsh

St. John the Beloved:  Ava Stratton

St. Mary Magdalen: Karl Bryan, Liam Lehane

St. Peter the Apostle School: Reiley Bond

H.B. duPont: Sarah Kunkle

Alfred G. Waters: Matthew Gray, Emily Gray

P.S. duPont: Sarayu Sivaram

Independence: Adair Bartram, Eric Ziegler



Northley: Rebecca Gomes

St. Philomena: Elizabeth Brutsche



Padua Academy


All Saints: Danielle Eckorn, Lauren Freebery, McKenna Rybaltowski

Christ the Teacher: Ursula Dzik, Elena Ikeocha,Rebecca Miller, Patricia Janae Ortega, Amber Owens, Emily Sipko

Holy Angels: Marigrace Ferrill, Heather Little, Peyton Sikes, Julianna Stape

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Claire Bisson, Maria DiStefano, Madelyn Phillips, Emily Rosato

St. Ann: Callie Freda, Annika Sernyak

St. Elizabeth: Alena Boyer, Emily Marvel

St. John the Beloved: Mary Shannon Dougherty, Lauren Hilger, Sarah Manno, Ava Stratton

St. Mary Magdalen: Grace DiGiovanni, Anna Gallo, Anna Zdunek

Ursuline: Victora Millsap

C.F. Patton: Madeline Maier

Alfred G. Waters: Emily Gray

H.B. DuPont: Erin Dolan, Sarah Kunkle, Madelyn Van Horn

P.S. DuPont: Emma Lucey, Francesca Sedlacek

Springer: Siobhan Mangan

Independence: Adair Bartram, Esha Mishra, Sophia Riveros, Lauren Schafer, Maya Sitaram, Amanda Stull, Anna Suh



Holy Family: Juliana Testa

Notre Dame de Lourdes: Anne Bohnenberger

St. Thomas the Apostle: Kathleen Melia

St. Cornelius: Victoria Anderson

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Caroline McColgan, Anna Martino

St. Philomena: Elizabeth Brutsche, Katherine Giardinelli

Sacred Heart: Gianna Vitelli

Fred S. Engle: Sydney Przywara

Kennett: Jasmine MacFarlane

Northley: Rebecca Gomes, Devon Linn



Mount Aviat: Olivia Giannetta, Grace Liberatore, Kaeley Willemsen


New Jersey

St. James: Molly Mausolf

St. Margaret: Sarah Philbin

Kingsway: Lauren Formanski, Kayleen Italia

Penns Grove: Abigail Hamilton

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