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‘One-year’ job became a career of helping people through Catholic Charities

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A few weeks after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Katrina Eichler landed her first job out of college at Catholic Social Services in Dover for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Eichler, who retired in February as Southern Region Director for Catholic Charities, recalled that her mother found her the job that would become her career.

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Bulletin board

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PRIEST PLUNGES FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS:Father Steve Giuliano, the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Middletown, joined fellow Knights of Columbus Feb. 5 for the annual Polar Bear Plunge, in which people jump into

Father Steve Giuliano (second from left) joined (from left) John M. Brenner, Kevin Corcoran and John S. Brenner at the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Lewes on Feb. 5. All are members of the Old Bohemia Council of the Knights of Columbus. The plunge raises money for Special Olympics. Photo courtesy of Father Giuliano.

the cold Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Special Olympics. Father Giuliano said this was his third plunge and that the large contingent of Delaware Knights of Columbus raised more than $17,000 through pledges. Overall, more than 3,600 people took a dip, raising $650,000. He said he began participating after open-heart surgery four years ago – with an OK from his doctor. How would he describe the experience?

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New Knights council at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine

GREENVILLE — Delaware’s newest Knights of Columbus council has been established at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Parish in Greenville. The St. Joseph on the Brandywine Council is the 34th in the state.

A ceremony to install the new council and its officers will be held May 1 at the church. There are 12 officers, including the grand knight, Paul Thorson. Msgr. Joseph Rebman, pastor of St. Joseph on the Brandywine, will be the chaplain.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic organization. Founded in 1882, it has more than 1.8 million members and is open to any practicing Catholic man.

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps Catholic Charities’ substance abuse counseling program

February 27th, 2012 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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Brad Williams used to go through a costly routine. Every night after work he would drink 10 to 12 beers. Somehow, he managed to get up the next day and go back to work.

“I was functioning,” said Williams (not his real name).

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‘They have my complete support and gratitude’

February 24th, 2012 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags:

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 Bishop Malooly says “three dedicated priests” never concealed priest sex abuse or put children at risk 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Documents released recently by the Diocese of Wilmington have once again brought to public attention the past criminal misconduct of some clergy and the mistakes made by Bishops in handling these crimes.  In coverage of the documents, the media has also reported that certain clergy sexual abuse survivor advocates have called for the resignations of Monsignors Cini, Lemon and Rebman for being what they termed “architects” of a diocesan  “concealment strategy” regarding sexual abuse. Read more »

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Md. Catholic leaders seek referendum on same-sex marriage law

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Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Catholic Conference’s executive director, vowing to work with others to bring the measure to a referendum, said the people of the state “will be outraged” at how quickly the bill to legalize same-sex marriage made it through the Legislature to final passage.

The state Senate approved it 25-22 the evening of Feb. 23 after deliberating just 48 hours. The House of Delegates had already approved the bill Feb. 17, and Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, the bill’s sponsor, has pledged to sign it quickly into law.

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Catholic Charities honoring UD president for his passion to help others

February 23rd, 2012 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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 NEWARK — Running an institution the size of the University of Delaware, with about 17,000 undergraduates and some 3,600 graduate students, is a formidable task, one that consumes much of Patrick Harker’s time. But the UD president believes giving back to his community is also important, and he has been active in nonprofit leadership both locally and nationally.

“This was all part of my upbringing. I watched my mother do it through example,” Harker said recently in his office in Hullihen Hall. “She lives a life of service, even though she’s 87.

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Student news

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St. Mark’s, St. Thomas More students win art awards

WILMINGTON — Four St. Mark’s High School and seven St. Thomas More students have received Delaware Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

From St. Mark’s, seniors Spencer Shannon and Kara Barbes each were Silver Key winners. Shannon was recognized for mixed media, Barbes for painting. Their work was on display at the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University in Dover until Feb. 11. That evening, all award winners were honored.

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Archmere Academy names new principal

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CLAYMONT — John J. Jordan, an English teacher and director of admissions at Archmere Academy, has been named the school’s principal, effective July 1. He will succeed William Doyle, who will return full-time to the classroom beginning next year.

Jordan is a 1980 graduate of Archmere.

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Bishop Malooly launches diocesan consultation process

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Bishop Malooly has announced a consultation process in which clergy, parishioners and directors of diocesan ministries   of the Diocese of Wilmington will develop diocesan mission and ministry priorities for the next five years.

The four-month process started on Feb. 16 and 17, when priests of the diocese convened in Cambridge, Md., to discuss major concerns and needs in the diocese and make recommendations the future.

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