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

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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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Dialog editor

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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Sallies’ robot inventor goes to Washington

February 17th, 2012 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese

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Benjamin Hylak, a freshman at Salesianum School, was honored last week with other students from around the country at the 2012 White House Science Fair.

Hylak was recognized for his invention, an interactive “MAYA Telepresence robot” that allows residents of senior living centers to connect with their families and friends when they are unable to visit in person. He came up with the idea while thinking about the loneliness of seniors at the center where his grandmother lives.

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Three Vikings reach milestone in St. E’s basketball win

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St. Elizabeth closed out its boys home basketball schedule Friday night with a 59-48 win over Caravel, but it was more than just the Vikings’ 12th win (against five losses) on the season.

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Help feed the hungry during ‘Stock the Pantry’ month

February 9th, 2012 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON – February is traditional “Stock the Pantry” month for Catholic Charities, and the organization is again asking the community to help those in the community who depend on Catholic Charities for food.

Donations of nonperishable food, grocery store gift cards or cash donations may be made at all Catholic Charities locations in February during regular business hours.

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High schools announce scholarship winners

February 7th, 2012 Posted in Education and Careers, Our Diocese

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The seven Catholic high schools in Delaware have announced the recipients of academic scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.

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From Holy Chid’s bus to D.C.: Why they marched for life

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Dialog Editor

Nancy Frick was the bus captain for the Church of the Holy Child’s Jan. 23 trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

While the Holy Child parishioners and others from area parishes left the fog-enveloped church grounds by 7:30 a.m. for the demonstration against the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, Frick’s journey to the march started decades ago.

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