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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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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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Students welcome new pastor with a pie to the face


ELKTON, Md. – A few lucky middle school students celebrated “Pi Day” March 13 at Immaculate Conception School by pieing the administrator of their choice. The three youngsters were the ones who memorized the most digits of the irrational number pi. Pi Day is March 14, but Immaculate Conception students are off that day, so the school held the event the day before.

Oblate Father Jim Yeakel, who has been at the parish for less than a week, was welcomed to Elkton with a heaping helping of banana cream. The associate pastor, Father John Solomon, and the principal, Jeanne Dinkle, also got a face full of dessert. The students who did the honors were sixth-grader Ryan Mann and eighth-grader Jackie Ayers, who memorized pi to the 81st decimal place, and seventh-grader Camryn Kilby, who remembered 70.

The school community gathered to watch the carnage. The photos below are of the three administrators, Father Yeakel, and the pie-throwing students.

Father Jim Yeakel, Father John Solomon and principal Jeanne Dinkle before the students’ pieing. Photos courtesy of Immaculate Conception School.



















Father Solomon with a face full of pie.










These students did the honors and presumably will not be forced to stay after school for the rest of the year.

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St. Elizabeth student’s art impresses penitentiary staff

A photograph by St. Elizabeth High School senior Hanna Kelleher of a hallway at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia so impressed the penitentiary’s staff that they have hung it up in their office. Kelleher took the photo as part of her digital art class, taught by Jennifer Mrozek. Read more »

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O’Neill, Hahn earn basketball player of the year honors


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WILMINGTON — Brian O’Neill of Salesianum School and Adrianna Hahn of Ursuline Academy were named the boys’ and girls’ basketball players of the year Wednesday afternoon by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association.

O’Neill, who will play football at the University of Pittsburgh next year, helped lead the Sals to their first state basketball championship this past weekend vs. St. Georges Tech. The 6-7 forward scored 15 points in the final. He had a career-high of 32 vs. St. Elizabeth on Jan. 30.

Hahn continued her stellar career for Ursuline this season, which ended in the quarterfinals against St. Elizabeth. The junior guard, who has verbally committed to Villanova University, will return to lead the Raiders next season.

Other Catholic school boys players who were honored include Donte DiVincenzo, who joined O’Neill on the first team, and St. Mark’s Nick Papa and Archmere’s Tyler Burns, who both made the third team. Jordan Money of St. Elizabeth received honorable mention.

For the girls, a pair of St. Elizabeth Vikings — Macy Robinson and Sabrina Hackendorn — are first-teamers. Emma Matthews of Padua was named to the third team. Honorable mention went to Alyssa Irons and Laura Hurff of Ursuline, Alex Thomas of St. Elizabeth, and Kate Payne and Amanda Olsen of Archmere.

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BIC conference at Milford parish on April 5


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 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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St. E’s’ girls b-ball team rallies against childhood disease


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NEWARK — As the reality of a 58-37 championship-game loss to Sanford School settled in, the members of the St. Elizabeth girls sat mostly silent on their bench, tears rolling down their cheeks. To their biggest fan, however, there was no disappointment, only excitement as he ran across the court at the Bob Carpenter Center to greet his heroes.

When 5-year-old Ignacio Ferreiro Jr. reached the Vikings, he gave each one a high-five. The girls responded with hugs and gentle pats on his head. All except one. The last player Ignacio, known as “Nacho,” saw was senior Macy Robinson, and the Vikings’ star reached down and gave him a big hug, picked him up and held him close on her lap. Read more »

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DiVincenzo’s big fourth quarter leads Sals to first state basketball crown


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NEWARK – When his team needed him most, Donte DiVincenzo rose to the occasion. In the end, Salesianum cut the nets down for the first time, winning the Delaware boys basketball championship with a 50-45 win over St. Georges Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Sals jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes, and the sellout crowd, which included hundreds of white-shirted Salesianum students and a sizable number of alumni, sensed something special. St. Georges, however, found its footing, and with a minute and a half to go in the third, the Hawks took their first lead. Salesianum rebounded for a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Sals’ faithful needed more. Read more »

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