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Bishop tells prisoners Jesus was born for all

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Bishop Malooly proclaimed the joy of Christmas during Masses at two prisons Dec. 17 and 19 and brought the inmates the message that Jesus was born for all and wants to draw everyone closer to him.

The bishop’s Masses were on Dec. 17 at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna and Dec. 19 at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

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St. E’s Eric Patton named winner of DeLucia Award

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WILMINGTON – Eric Patton, a two-way starter for the St. Elizabeth High School football team, was named the recipient of the 2011 Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a senior football player from a Delaware Catholic high school. The award, which has been given for 40 years, goes to a player “who has exemplified outstanding performance, attitude and character on and off the field.”

Eric Patton receives the Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award from Tom DeLucia. The award goes to a senior football player from a Catholic high school in Delaware for his actions on and off the field. Submitted photo.

Patton, a linebacker and running back, was named the defensive player of the year for Delaware for the second straight season by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association. He recorded 94 tackles on defense, and on offense, he rushed for 1,348 yards and 16 touchdowns in only eight games. He was first-team all-state and all-Catholic on both offense and defense.

The award was presented Monday by Tom DeLucia. He and his wife, Pat, of Wilmington, established the award in honor of their son, Michael, who died from meningitis in 1971 at age 18 months.

 

Previous winners

2010 Ryan Kilpatrick, Salesianum

2009 AJ Dillione, Salesianum; Chaz Malewski, St. Mark’s

2008 Andrew Schieffer, Salesianum; Corey Olsen, St. Mark’s

2007 Frank Kurek, Archmere; Sonny Durham, St. Elizabeth

2006 Andrew Szczerba, Salesianum

2005 Nicholas Dominelli, Salesianum

2004 Gene DelleDonne, Salesianum; Dan Meany, Archmere

2003 Joey Wright, St. Mark’s

2002 Ryan Stearrett, St. Elizabeth

2001 Thomas J. Weiss, Archmere

2000 Jack Gillespie, Salesianum; Jeff Fletcher, St. Elizabeth

1999 Louis Wright, St. Mark’s; Matt Swarter, St. Elizabeth

1998 Edsel Torres, Archmere

1997 Kevin Coen, Salesianum

1996 Mike Watkins, St. Mark’s

1995 Jason Maxwell, Salesianum

1994 Rich Conway, St. Elizabeth

1993 Dan McGee, Salesianum; Sean Davenport, St. Elizabeth

1992 Tom Coyne, Archmere; Josh Kasper, St. Mark’s

1991 Ryan Burke, Archmere; Chad Fedorkowicz, St. Elizabeth

1990 Steve Brady, Salesianum

1989 Chris Iudica, St. Mark’s; Shawn Mitchell, St. Elizabeth

1988 Chris Johnson, Salesianum

1987 Mike Lesutis, Archmere

1986 Dave Erfle, Salesianum; Rich Sernyak, Salesianum

1985 Harry Grant Schiavi, Salesianum; Mark Kostic, Salesianum; Mike Benefield, St. Mark’s

1984 Michael Drake, Archmere; Pat Udovich, St. Mark’s

1983 Roy David Thompson, St. Mark’s; Ken Falkenstein, Archmere

1982 Mike Udovich, Archmere

1981 Joe Garecht, Salesianum

1980 Jeff Thommes, Salesianum; Joe Pileggi, Archmere

1979 Frank Cephous, St. Mark’s, John Ryan, Salesianum

1978 Joe Papili, St. Elizabeth; Mark DiNardo, Archmere

1977 Steve McGrath, Salesianum; Mike LaGasse, Archmere

1976 Bob Hanisch, Salesianum

1975 Chuck Hunter, St. Mark’s

1974 Rom Gac, St. Mark’s

1973 John Carney, St. Mark’s

1972 Mark McLane, Salesianum

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Religious educators honor Ed Gordon

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The Association of Religious Education Administrators (AREA) celebrated the ministry of Edmond Gordon at its December meeting, as Gordon retired after nearly 30 years of service with the diocese as secretary of the Catholic Education Department and director of the Office for Religious Education.

During the luncheon, Tae Kang, a theology teacher at St. Elizabeth High School, spoke about Gordon’s many accomplishments. Gordon, Kang said, was the visionary, producer and promoter of the Echoes of Faith video-assisted catechist program. He helped prepare thousands of English- and Spanish-speaking catechists for work in parishes.

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Every day is sun day at St. Mary’s in Hockessin

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HOCKESSIN – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish has gone a little green – and is saving a lot of green – thanks to an early Christmas gift from two parishioners who are in the energy business.

The Hockessin church is already seeing the benefits from a solar energy system that now provides some of its electric power. The system, materials and labor, was a gift from Bruce and Linda Wanex, who own Wanex Electrical Services. Bruce Wanex said he was looking for a way to give back to his community and to keep his employees busy as the workload slowed.

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Ursuline, Sallies students address distracted driving

December 13th, 2011 Posted in Our Diocese, Uncategorized, Youth

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Students launch safe-driving campaign

WILMINGTON — Students from Ursuline Academy and Salesianum School have launced a modern-day campaign to promote safe driving among their peers.

This bumper sticker is part of a safe-driving campaign initiated by students from Ursuline and Salesianum.

Thirteen students from the Art Forum class, which includes both schools, presented a marketing campaign consisting of four elements to combat the use of cell phones while driving. The visual reminders of the dangers of distracted driving include a cell phone pouch, a bumper sticker, a warning ticket and a music video.

The pouch is designed to conceal a driver’s phone, making it less tempting to use it while driving. The bumper sticker includes the popular phrase “LOL,” but instead of standing for “laugh out loud,” it is short for “loss of life.” The warning ticket reads, “a warning from someone who cares” and reminds drivers not to operate a vehicle while “inTEXTicated.” Finally, the video includes lyrics written by Ursuline senior Lindsay Henzes and set to the tune of the television show “Kim Possible.” The lyrics tell the story of why driving and texting is dangerous.

A pilot program with these elements will kick off in January in collaboration with SmartDrive, a nonprofit driver education reinforcement program aimed at students who already have their license.

The video can be seen below.

No texting and Driving

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Via Crucis invites youth to participate in 2012 pageant

December 9th, 2011 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON — Children from New Castle County and nearby locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland are invited to participate in the 2012 version of the Via Crucis, the annual presentation of Jesus’ passion and death at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
The tradition of Via Crucis (“Way of the Cross”) goes back more than 50 years. It is done in pantomime, accompanied by narration and choir music. The cast is composed entirely of high school and elementary school children.
Those who would like to participate should sign up on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Anthony’s, located at Ninth and Dupont streets. Elementary school children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. It is open to students in any public, private or parochial school, and they need not be Catholic “because Via Crucis is relative to all Christians,” according to St. Anthony’s.
There are no lines to memorize, and everyone is assured a role. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons until the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Via Crucis is presented at 7:30 on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday. The presentation lasts an hour.
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Capuchin Poor Clare nuns celebrate 25 years in diocese

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There are 12 contemplative nuns who live a life of prayer and work within the walls of St. Veronica Giuliani Monastery on Jefferson Street in Wilmington.

These Capuchin Poor Clare sisters live apart from the world but their lives are focused on the heart of the world, too.

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Parishes ‘breaking in’ the ‘new’ Mass without much fuss

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After a year of preparation, the first Masses celebrated in the Diocese of Wilmington after the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal went smoothly, according to local pastors. Use of the new Missal began with the first Sunday of Advent, the weekend of Nov. 27-28.

“Overall, I think it went wonderful,” said Father Richard Smith, pastor of St. Luke Parish in Ocean City, Md. “Everybody had a little growing pains, but a year of catechesis paid off,” he said. “I’d say we did 98 percent, we get an A-plus.”

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Hispanic laywomen certified in ministerial leadership

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WILMINGTON — Five lay leaders have received certification in ministerial leadership in Hispanic/Latino ministry from the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center, an institute of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. They received their certificates last weekend from Bishop Malooly.

The five have been studying Scripture, and theological and pastoral ministry topics for the past five years. The certification licenses them to serve as pastoral agents at their parishes and in the diocese. They are:

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A lesson learned through dance

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The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet delivered a lesson in Latino culture with a performance Monday at St. Elizabeth High School. The HFB, based in Miami, presents contemporary and traditional aspects of Hispanic culture through dance in communities across the United States. Students from St. Elizabeth, St. Ann’s, Our Lady of Fatima, Polytech and St. Georges Vo Tech attended the performance. More information is available at www.flamencoballet.com.

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