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Bishop will host ecumenical service for peace at Cathedral in response to violence, racial tension

August 25th, 2016 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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Bishop Malooly will host an ecumenical prayer service to mark the National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invited all dioceses in the country to observe the Day of Prayer in response to recent violence and racial tension that has arisen in some urban areas of the United States. Read more »

Blessing the waters of the Atlantic Ocean: Bishop makes annual pilgrimage

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – When Bishop Malooly was a child, his family would travel from Baltimore to this Atlantic Ocean resort town every summer.

Since becoming bishop of Wilmington in 2008, Bishop Malooly has continued that summer tradition, which has become an annual pilgrimage on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He celebrates Mass at Holy Savior Church; processes two blocks to the Ocean City beach where he blesses the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and then dines at the parish hall with students who come from around the globe to work the summer beach season. Read more »

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The Ministry of Caring’s new ‘center of service’

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The Ministry of Caring officially opened its new administration headquarters Aug. 9 at a longstanding “center of service” in the city of Wilmington, the former convent of St. Patrick’s Church at 115 East 14th Street.

The 1927 building served as a convent for the parish’s Franciscan sisters, and after the parish school closed, housed St. Patrick Center’s drug rehabilitation center and later provided housing for 17 homeless seniors. Read more »

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New diocesan archivist brings legal and genealogy background to the job

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For someone with a long and distinguished career in the law, the opportunity to take over as the diocesan archivist held tremendous appeal.

Susan Kirk Ryan, the new diocesan archivist, and Donn Devine, who retired from the post this summer, review a book in the archives. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

Susan Kirk Ryan, the new diocesan archivist, and Donn Devine, who retired from the post this summer, review a book in the archives. (The Dialog/www.DonBlakePhotography.com)

“It’s a family historian’s dream job, especially a Catholic family historian,” said Susan Kirk Ryan, who took over the position in July following the retirement of longtime archivist Donn Devine. “The ability to help people find family records and see the sacraments that they and their families were a part of is really a moving and wonderful experience.”

Kirk Ryan, 61, said her interest in genealogy took root when she took some classes in the subject beginning about six years ago. Her parents, particularly her father, were interested in the topic long before she was.

“I began to ask more about my own ancestors. Sometime after my father died I began trying to help my mother find her family history. Her ancestors were Irish and mainly settled in New York and Connecticut,” she said.

Last summer she traveled to Ireland and stood at the altar where her great-great-grandparents married.

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Susan Kirk Ryan

“I can’t even describe what a moving experience it is” to do that, she said.

Since 2015, she has been the president of the Delaware Genealogical Society and for the last year has provided assistance to patrons at both the Wilmington Family History Center and the Delaware Historical Society. She also is an instructor at the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, teaching genealogy and moderating the weekly genealogy interest group.

In addition to maintaining the archives, the archivist “provides consultation on records management, focusing on historic and administrative documents, and documents and records pertaining to the bishop,” said Robert Krebs, diocesan chancellor and director of communications. The archivist assists the chancellor with gathering, arranging and safeguarding these items as required by Canon Law.

Kirk Ryan praised Devine for his work as archivist, including building a database of many of the records.

“Donn Devine has done a fabulous job at the archives. He has been doing this work for a long time,” she said.

Kirk Ryan said one of her goals is to bring diocesan records into the digital era. She also wants to find ways to keep the oldest records well-preserved and accessible. Parishes keep their own records, but every 10 years, the diocese puts them on microfilm, she said.

She hopes to find a few volunteers who can help with some of the work.

Genealogy is not her first career. Kirk Ryan has a law degree from Villanova and spent 25 years in that profession. She was a deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware from 1980-90, including five years as chief of the Human Services Unit, where she supervised 21 other attorneys. From 1998-2013, she worked with the state as a hearing officer, covering numerous topics. She served on the Delaware Supreme Court Board on Professional Responsibility.

Robert Krebs, the diocesan chancellor, was a member of the panel who interviewed Kirk Ryan and six other applicants. He said there was a lot of interest in the position. Kirk Ryan, he said, stood out for a number of reasons.

“Her distinguished career as a member of the bar, her attention to detail, organization skills, and her love of history and genealogy, make her uniquely qualified for the job,” Krebs said.

He also noted that she is a lifelong resident of Wilmington – she graduated from Ursuline Academy – and knows the diocese well.

Krebs called Devine “an institution” in the Diocese of Wilmington. “We are looking forward to utilizing Donn’s expertise as the diocese plans its sesquicentennial celebration that will begin in March 2018.”

Kirk Ryan and her husband, Dialog editor Joseph Ryan, are members of St. Joseph on the Brandywine Parish in Greenville. They attended St. Mary Magdalen Parish with their daughter, Emily, for many years, where Susan was on the parish finance council and the Christian Formation Committee and was a Eucharistic minister. She received the St. Thomas More Society Award in 2012, with her brothers William and Richard, for their family’s commitment to the law.

The archives are at St. Joseph on the Brandywine. Individuals who would like to visit are asked to set up an appointment with Kirk Ryan by contacting her at skirkryan@cdow.org or (302) 655-0597.

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Bishop Malooly’s statement regarding Biden officiating at same-sex marriage

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Bishop Malooly sent the following statement to priests of the Diocese of Wilmington, Aug. 5, after Vice President Joe Biden officiated at a same-sex marriage at the Vice President’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 1.

“I share with you this link to a statement that was released [Aug. 5] from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the recent and disappointing public celebration of a same-sex union.

“I have spoken to and consulted with the leaders of our conference and completely concur with this statement. We join together in clarifying our Catholic teaching and upholding our beliefs.”

Here is the link to the full text of the U.S. bishops’ “Faithful Witness to Marriage” statement:

http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com/2016/08/faithful-witness-to-marriage.html

A groom and bride hold hands on their wedding day. Bishop Malooly has issued a statement on the "disappointing" celebration of a same-sex marriage where Vice President Joe Biden officiated. (CNS file photo/Jon L. Hendricks)

A groom and bride hold hands on their wedding day. Bishop Malooly has issued a statement on the “disappointing” celebration of a same-sex marriage where Vice President Joe Biden officiated. (CNS file photo/Jon L. Hendricks)

The Catholic News Service story on the statement from the U.S. bishops’ conference, is on The Dialog website’s National section at:

http://thedialog.org/bishops-biden-created-confusion-over-church-teaching-a-counter-witness-for-presiding-at-wedding/

 

 

 

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Our Mother of Sorrows upgrades its food pantry

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Centreville, Md., parish expands Our Mother’s Pantry giving its clients room to shop for necessities

CENTREVILLE, Md. — Shondra Richardson’s recent grocery shopping trip seemed normal as she pushed her cart through the aisles and selected from a variety of foods and household necessities.

Yet her ordinary shopping experience made it extraordinary. Read more »

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Oblates ready for second year of ministry at Oratory

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St. Thomas More Oratory serves the Catholic community at the University of Delaware 

NEWARK — It’s been a year since the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales assumed pastoral leadership at the St. Thomas More Oratory, and the Catholic community at the University of Delaware continues to evolve.

The pastor, Oblate Father Ed Ogden, has a new associate and has brought some new ideas to the Newark campus, but he has tried not to undo the good that has been done by Kim Zitzner, the longtime director of Catholic campus ministry at UD. 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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Updated Bishop’s Schedule

August 4th, 2016 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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The following updates have been made to Bishop Malooly’s schedule:

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 7

• Mass, St. Mary Magdalen, Wilmington, 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, AUG. 12

Malooly_4c• Mass, St. John Neumann, Berlin, Md., 8 a.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

• Mass, St. Luke, Ocean City, Md., 9 a.m.

SUNDAY, AUG. 14

• Mass, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Ocean City, Md., 7 a.m.

• Mass, St. Andrew, Ocean City, Md., 10 a.m.

MONDAY, AUG. 15

• Mass and blessing of the water, Holy Savior, Ocean City, Md., 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUG. 16

• Mass, St. Ann, Bethany Beach, 8:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17

• Blessing of new altar, St. Benedict, Ridgely, Md., 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20

• Mass, permanent deacons admission to acolyte, Holy Child, Wilmington, 5 p.m.

 

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Serviam Academy’s students were in back-to-school mode last month during field trip

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ALAPOCAS – As the blazing heat took over in July, the 56 girls who attend Serviam Academy for Girls were deep into back-to-school mode. On a late July afternoon, their summer program took them to Axalta Coating Systems at the Dupont Experimental Station for their final field trip.

Axalta manufactures and markets paint for commercial vehicles and industrial coating systems. Serviam president Peggy Prevoznik Heins said the girls were able to learn about the materials that go into paint, color-matching and other aspects of its production. Read more »

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