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A preview of the first full week of boys spring sports


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The first full week of games kicks off this week and here is the boys’ preview of games and matches this week. As always outdoor sports are weather-permitting, so check the school’s website.

This afternoon, Appoquinimink visits St. Mark’s for a boys lacrosse game at 3:45 p.m. The Spartans are coming off a tough 7-5 loss to an out-of-state team over the weekend. It is Appo’s first game of the season; they lost in the first round of last season’s tournament to the Spartans, 15-5. Read more »

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Two priesthoods that span 75 years of ministry in the diocese

March 24th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,


Father Williams Jennings, left, ordained in 1940, is the oldest priest of the Diocese of Wilmington. Father Chris Coffiey, was ordained in 2013. for the diocese. (Courtesy Diocesan Vocations Guild)

The oldest priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, Father William Jennings, left, who will celebrate his 101st birthday in June and was ordained to the priesthood in 1940, meets the youngest priest of the diocese, Fr. Chris Coffiey, age 26, ordained in 2013, at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark.  Father Coffiey, associate pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessin, was at the Jeanne Jugan Residence on March 22, where Father Jennings lives, to conduct a Lenten Day of Reflection for the Diocesan Vocations Guild.

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Learn to Build Intercultural Connections in Milford

March 22nd, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,


The Building Intercultural Connections (BIC) program will be presented on April 5 at St. John the Apostle, Milford.  BIC will start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. with a multi-cultural Mass.

The day includes presentations from a curriculum developed by the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity from the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  Those who attend this conference will increase their capacity to welcome, receive, and encourage all emerging cultural groups in the Catholic Church.

A luncheon, featuring an international menu and folk dancing, will be served.

BIC has been offered in the Diocese of Wilmington and throughout the United States during the past two years.

Clergy, religious, catechists, liturgists, youth and outreach ministers, lay leaders, and all interested faithful are encouraged to attend.  Registration is free. A 5$ offering can be made for coffee, pastries, and lunch.

To register for the conference, contact 302-655-0518, chrisposch@gmail.com, or complete online registration at www.cdow.org, scroll into the News and Upcoming Events Section, and click BIC.  The registration deadline for BIC at St. John the Apostle is March 31.


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RCIA story: Helping with religious ed confirms her call to the faith

March 21st, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,


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OCEAN CITY, Md. – When Mia Schreier formally joins the Catholic Church next month at St. Mary Star of the Sea-Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City, Md., she will be able to join her husband and sons in fully practicing the faith. She had a glimpse of how Catholicism could do that while occasionally attending Mass with a great-aunt while living in Naples, Fla.

“I was attracted to what my friends had. Looking back, I was drawn to their families and how close a connection they had drawn. I couldn’t tell you what it was, but I can figure it out now,” she said earlier this week.
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Teams kick off spring sports slate this weekend


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This weekend is the start of the spring sports season, and even though a lot of the teams wont start until later next week, there are some Catholic teams playing the next few days.

Let’s start with softball.

St Mark’s at St Elizabeth, Canby Park, 11 a.m. Saturday. I can’t believe they are starting with a Catholic Conference game right out the chute. St Mark’s was 10-8 last year and swept the Vikings by scores of 11-1 and 11-3. The Vikings were young last year and hope with a year of experience they can improve from a 5-12 season.

In baseball, the Vikings also open at Canby Park on Saturday at noon when they play Conrad. Conrad just missed the playoffs last season, while St. Elizabeth went 16-2 and returns some of their key pitchers. The Vikings have defending state champion St. Mark’s on the schedule next week.

Archmere’s baseball team opens its season Saturday at Middletown at 11 a.m. The Auks went 13-5 last year, losing to St. Mark’s in the first round of the tournament.

In Magnolia, St. Thomas More will host Ss. Peter and Paul at noon. The Ravens were 5-12 last year.

Lacrosse also kicks off tomorrow.

At 12:45 p.m., Archmere hosts Brandywine. The Auks were 10-5 and gave state champion Salesianum one of their toughest contests.

St. Mark’s visits Chestnut Hill Academy (Md.) at 11:30 a.m. The Spartans went 11-3 last season, losing in the state semifinals to Salesianum. They have upgraded their out-of-state schedule and start with a tough one.

St. Thomas More opens at Conrad at noon. The Ravens were 6-9 last year and would like a good start to the season as they aim to make the state tournament.

In girls action, Brandywine visits Archmere at 11 a.m. The Auks are coming off a 12-3 season in which they reached the state semifinals before losing to Tower Hill. Archmere beat Brandywine, 18-3, last season.

Middletown visits St. Mark’s, also at 11 a.m. An 18-15 win over Middletown last season was one of five for the Spartans, who went 5-10.

Ursuline at Red Lion. The Raiders would like to improve on last year’s 11-4 record. They also reached the semifinals.

Mount Pleasant travels to St. Thomas More for a noon start. The Ravens won a 7-6 decision over Mount last year en route to a 7-8 season.

Girls soccer also begins this weekend.

St. Elizabeth heads to Dickinson for an 11 a.m. start. The Vikings look to improve on a 3-10 season and begin with a Rams team that was winless in 2013.

Ursuline hosts Wilmington Christian at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Raiders were 7-7-1 last year, with one of the wins coming over the Warriors.

What a great weekend slate and hopefully the weather will be nice and we can get out and support our Catholic teams kick off the spring season.

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O’Neill, former Sals reflect on basketball championship


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It’s been a bit crazy around Salesianum School the last few weeks thanks to the basketball team, which won its first state championship with a 50-45 win over St. Georges Tech on March 8 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

For forward Brian O’Neill, the championship game was his last that counted in the standings. The 6-7 senior will continue his athletic career as a football player at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. He scored 15 points in the final and helped cut down the nets. Then the fun started at 18th and Broom. Read more »

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St. Mary Magdalen Robo Dogs could save lives

March 21st, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Youth Tags: ,


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WILMINGTON — A few years from now, if new cars sold in the United States can warn drivers and passengers that carbon monoxide levels are creeping dangerously high, consumers will have a group of fifth- and sixth-graders from St. Mary Magdalen School to thank.

The students designed a carbon monoxide detection system for automobiles after learning that more than 140 people in the U.S. die each year when they are poisoned by the gas, which is odorless and colorless. If the exhaust is blocked – by snow or dirt, or if a car is left running in an enclosed garage for an extended period of time, the carbon monoxide will back up into the cabin of the car, where it eventually becomes fatal.
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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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Deacons trained for diocese with help from Annual Catholic Appeal

March 20th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,


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Mike Olliver enjoys his work as a permanent deacon at Holy Spirit Church in New Castle, especially when it involves the service aspect of his ministry.

“I’m not sure who gets the most out of it – me or them,” Olliver said of the time he spends talking and praying with people with a relative or close friend who is very ill, or celebrating a milestone such as the baptism of a child. “It’s amazing.” Read more »

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Catholic Charities’ honorees have history of community service


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WILMINGTON — A pair of executives from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, Timothy J. Constantine and William E. Kirk III, will be honored for their dedication to community service with the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities’ Annual Tribute Dinner on April 2. Bishop Malooly will present the award at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

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