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Salesianum senior a National Merit winner

WILMINGTON – Jonathan Parmer, a senior at Salesianum School, was named a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winner, the only student from Delaware to gain that honor in the latest round of scholarships.

Approximately 1,000 high school seniors received awards from some 200 corporations. Corporate sponsors provide funds for the children of their employees, residents of the community they serve, or students who plan to pursue careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

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Father Conlin, former Franciscan pastor of St. Paul’s, dies at 92

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RINGWOOD, N.J. – Father Matthew T. Conlin, a Franciscan friar who was pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington for five years, died April 14 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 92 and had been a Franciscan for 70 years, a priest for 66.

Father Conlin was the pastor at St. Paul’s from 1991-96. After his ordination in 1945, he spent the next 34 years in higher education, primarily at Siena College, including serving as president from 1970-76. He also served in administration for the Holy Name Province, as a prison chaplain and in parish ministry. He also helped found Anthony Houses Inc., residences for the needy based in Jersey City, N.J.

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At St. Mark’s, Padua, Archmere, rowing growing as girls’ sport

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WILMINGTON — Crew, although not well-known on the Delaware high school scene, is gaining in popularity nationwide and might be the fastest-growing athletic college scholarship opportunity for girls. Students from at least three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Wilmington spend their afternoons rowing in Wilmington.

Padua Academy has a group of girls who row with the Newport Rowing Club with students from other schools. Two girls are with the NRC varsity squad and eight are novices. Some 15 students from St. Mark’s High School compete out of the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association, as does a group from Archmere Academy.

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Franciscan volunteers at St. Paul’s learn about themselves by serving others

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WILMINGTON — They are recent college graduates, but the education they have received working among the poor and needy in New Castle County has broadly expanded what they learned on the way to a degree.

Five members of the St. Paul’s Parish community in Wilmington are spending a year, and in one case a second year, volunteering in Delaware to help make the area a better place. The quintet, who are here with Franciscan Volunteer Ministry, have found great purpose in their work.

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Pass the Word: Students from diocese visit St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore

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Young men from the Diocese of Wilmington toured St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md., April 17, to learn about seminary life first-hand.

Students from St. Mark’s and St. Elizabeth high schools, St. Thomas More and Archmere academies were among the visitors to St. Mary’s, greeted by Bishop Malooly, Father Joseph Cocucci, diocesan director of Priestly and Religious Vocations and Sulpician Father Thomas S. Hurst, rector of St. Mary’s.

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From the Bishop: Consider a gift to Annual Catholic Appeal

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 Annual Catholic Appeal

Commitment Weekend April 21 & 22

Dear Friends in Christ,

Jesus said to the man, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mt 19:21)

Incorporating the spirit of Jesus Christ into our daily lives is an essential component of our faith. It is the integration of His teachings that allows us to serve as living examples for others. If we accept the Lord’s invitation to follow Him, we accept the challenge to imitate His love and compassion for others.

In these continuing difficult times, it becomes clearer to me that our role as Church is more critical than ever in helping those in need. Bearing witness to poverty, illness and injustice, and responding in the spirit of Christ are the hallmarks of the many ministries supported by our Annual Catholic Appeal and your generosity.

For more than 30 years, the Annual Catholic Appeal has brought good news to thousands of people throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Your gracious and substantial support has enabled our diocese to provide those in need with not only life’s material essentials but also with the spiritual and emotional assistance, religious instruction and the guidance that is so crucial to overcoming life’s greatest struggles.

With confidence in your spirit of love and charity, I ask that you consider pledging a sacrificial gift to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Every gift you give reaches ministries and services that nourish God’s people – physically, morally and spiritually. By giving generously, you accept the Lord’s call to “Come, Follow Me.”

Sincerely yours in Our Lord,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

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Parish profile: Good Shepherd in Perryville, Md.

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 PERRYVILLE, Md. — As pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Perryville, Md., Father Jay McKee has his hands full. The parish includes three churches, a school and an inactive chapel.

The main complex is at Good Shepherd, just off Route 40 on the banks of the Susquehanna River. That’s the location of the parish offices and Good Shepherd School. The parish also includes St. Agnes Church in Rising Sun, St. Teresa Church in Port Deposit, and St. Patrick’s Chapel in Pilottown, although that is inactive and hosts Mass just once a year.

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Official appointments

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Deacon Austin Snow has requested and been granted retirement from active diaconal ministry, effective April 7.

Deacon Westin (Pete) Nelius has requested and been granted a transfer of diaconal ministry from Holy Cross, Dover, to St. Edmond’s, Rehoboth Beach, effective May 1.

Rev. David Brendan Murphy, OP, acting on the approval of the Provincial, is appointed to ministry at St. Albert the Great House at the University of Delaware, effective immediately for a period of six months.

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

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Pandas swing for par on new varsity team

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WILMINGTON – The traditional spring sports offerings for high school girls include softball, track and field, soccer, lacrosse and tennis. At Padua Academy, the available options have gone beyond the ordinary, and the Wilmington school has added a few sports not common in a high school setting. One of those is golf, which is in its second year as a varsity sport. (The school also added tennis this year.)

The golf team was a club for two years before becoming a varsity sport last season, senior Taylor Ohlinger said. The Pandas went 3-3-1 in their inaugural year and started the 2012 season with a 3-2 win over Cumberland Regional High School of New Jersey.

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Dover couple, tested in military and on home front, become Catholic

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DOVER – Years of spiritual seeking ended at the Easter vigil April 7 at Holy Cross Church as Michel and Lisa Kasday entered the Catholic Church. For the Camden-Wyoming couple, it wasn’t really that simple. In their lives, few things are.

Like many couples in this part of Kent County, the Kasdays are a military family. Mike, 40, is a staff sergeant and an engine mechanic at Dover Air Force Base, and his wife is studying nursing at Delaware Technical Community College. They have dealt with deployments and work schedules that are anything but 9-to-5.

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