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Meet the eight new permanent deacons of the diocese

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Bishop Malooly will ordain eight men to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Wilmington on Aug. 19 at Church of the Holy Child in Brandywine Hundred. With this ordination, 110 men will be permanent deacons.

“With God’s help and the support of their families, each of these men will contribute greatly to building up the kingdom of God by their calling to this very important ministry,” the bishop said. Read more »

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From the Bishop: Racism is a sin that defiles the image of God

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A Statement by Bishop Malooly

 

I stand with many U.S. bishops in condemning the evils of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism that were evident during two days of demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 11 and 12. Our prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives during the protests and to those who were injured.

The U.S. bishops wrote in their 1979 pastoral statement, “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” that “racism is a sin.” That simple statement was as self-evident then as it is now, but racism — which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia recently called America’s “original sin,” evidenced in our tragic history of legal slavery — is a sin that persists.­­­ Read more »

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Catholic Appeal pledges top 2017 goal by 11.8 percent

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Current pledges amount to more than $5,058,081, which is more than half-a-million above the target

Pledges to the Annual Catholic Appeal have already surpassed its 2017 goal by more than half a million dollars.

The Diocesan Development Office reports more than $5,058,081 has been pledged, which exceeds the $4,523,000 target for 2017 by 11.8 percent, just 14 weeks after Commitment Weekend. Read more »

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Rain forces Blessing of the Sea indoors to nearby Holy Savior in Ocean City, Md.

August 18th, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — Normally the sound of waves crashing onto the shore and the screeching of gulls accompany the annual Blessing of the Sea by Bishop Malooly here every Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

But heavy rains during the afternoon this Aug. 15 left Father Stanislao Esposito turning to “Plan B,” as he put it. And “B” in this case did not stand for beach, even though the rains subsided during the evening Holy Day of Obligation Mass. Read more »

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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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‘This is not a job, but a way of life’

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By Corinne Furey

Special to The Dialog

New Ursuline president Trisha Medeiros excited about 21st-century learning, return to Delaware

 

Trisha Medeiros took over as president at Ursuline Academy on July 1, succeeding Cathie Field Lloyd, who retired after 10 years. Medeiros comes to Ursuline from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, N.J., where she was head of the upper school for five years. Previously, she held a number of positions over a decade at Wilmington’s Tower Hill School, including assistant head of the upper school.

She and her husband, Norm, have two children, Ava, 12, and Mack, 9.

Medeiros has a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. She met with Corinne Furey, a rising sophomore, in June. Their conversation, provided by the school, follows. It has been edited for length and clarity. Read more »

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‘Quo vadis?’ A ‘discerning’ question

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A Christian legend has it that St. Peter was encouraged to leave Rome during a persecution of Christians. But in doing so, he saw Christ entering a gate of the city. Peter asked Christ, “Where are you going? (“Quo vadis?”)” and Christ responded he was entering Rome to be crucified again.

St. Peter, struck by the vision, remained in Rome and met his martyrdom by crucifixion.

“Quo vadis?” was the theme of a three-day retreat for young men from the Diocese of Wilmington considering the priesthood, July 27-29, at Malvern Retreat Center in Malvern, Pa. Read more »

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St. Jude in Lewes forms an Alzheimer’s support group

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Kathy Prioreschi knows the toll Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can take on the patient’s family members.

Each week she travels from her home in Rehoboth Beach to Fredericksburg, Va., to help cousins there care for their mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“My cousins came to me and said, ‘Please help.’ They’re facing the awful reality that my aunt can no longer be alone, and they are trying to make sure she can stay in her home with 24-hour care for as long as it can last,” Prioreschi said. 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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Notre Dame history professor to lecture at Salesianum Aug. 7

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“Why History Matters for Catholics” will be the topic of a lecture by Brad S. Gregory, a history professor at the University of Notre Dame, Aug. 7, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Salesianum School.

The free lecture, sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington and the Notre Dame Club of Delaware, will be preceded by a light reception, starting at 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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