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Father Greenfield, Oblates’ provincial, to be president of DeSales University

March 22nd, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Vocations

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Father James J. Greenfield, provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales since 2008, has been elected the fourth president of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., effective next Jan. 1, the university announced March 16.

Father Greenfield, 55, a member of the university’s board of trustees for nearly 15 years, will be the first alumnus of DeSales to become its president. He graduated from what was then called Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1984 with a degree in politics. He succeeds Oblate Father Bernard F. O’Connor, who has served since 1999. Read more »

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Sabres baseball kicks off spring sports for boys schools

March 20th, 2017 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth

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The spring sports season is scheduled to start this Wednesday, with that ever-present phrase, “weather permitting,” hanging over everything. There are some key early season matchups.

Baseball

Tuesday

St. John’s Catholic Prep at Ss. Peter and Paul (Md.), 4 p.m.

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Archmere at Newark, 3:45 p.m. The Auks open the season with the first of five straight road games. The Auks look for another state tournament berth.

Concord at St. Elizabeth, 3:45 p.m. The Vikings aim to improve on last season’s 9-9 finish and make a run for the postseason.

St. Mark’s at Hodgson, 4 p.m. The defending champs open the season on the road against a good Silver Eagles team.

Thursday

St. Andrews at St. Thomas More, 4 p.m.

Chapelgate Christian at Ss. Peter and Paul (Md.), 4 p.m.

Saturday

Salesianum at Mount Pleasant, 11 a.m. The Sals open the season on the road with a Saturday morning game.

Caesar Rodney at St. Mark’s, 1 p.m.

Lacrosse

Tuesday

Ss. Peter and Paul (Md.) at St. Paul’s, 4:15 p.m.

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St. Mark’s at Archmere, 4 p.m. The Auks, ranked third in the state, face a tough Spartans team to open the season.

Thursday

St. Elizabeth at Red Lion, 4 p.m. The Vikings open the season with two tough road games this week.

Friday

Salesianum at Ss. Peter and Paul (Md.), time TBA. The defending champions and top-ranked team open the season on the road against a good Sabres squad.

Saturday

St. Elizabeth at Caravel, 12:15 p.m.

Archmere at Polytech, 12:30 p.m.

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Girls spring sports are upon us, warmer weather wanted

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The spring sports season begins this week, and there are a lot of early season showdowns. Now, if only the weather will cooperate. Read more »

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Helping others is the Bookers’ driving passion

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St. Mary of the Assumption couple being honored by Catholic Charities founded SmartDrive Foundation

WILMINGTON — Pete and Susan Booker have had the urge to serve others going back nearly 50 years in three states, and next month, they will be recognized for all of that service.

The Bookers, members of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin, will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award from Catholic Charities at the organization’s annual tribute dinner on April 5. It recognizes those who have demonstrated “a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people,” which is Catholic Charities’ mission. Read more »

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Answering a call: More than 250 to become Catholics this Easter

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DOVER – When Jamie Thimmes became pregnant with twins about 18 months ago, she was filled with a different kind of awe than pregnancy usually produces.

“It made me feel there was a bigger plan for me,” said Thimmes, 32. “I wanted to be baptized.” Read more »

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Parish catechists’ awesome job: Bringing children to faith in Jesus

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“You bring children to Jesus,” John Collins told about 140 catechists from the Diocese of Wilmington at Catechetical Day, March 11 at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.

“It’s not all about facts and memorizing; it’s about getting to the heart and then the action of living our faith,” Collins, a national speaker for W.H. Sadlier, told the religious educators and parish directors of religious education at the day’s afternoon assembly. Read more »

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St. Thomas More senior keeps the beat on a track to finance

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MAGNOLIA — When he was a young boy, Michael Kosior had a chance to get started playing a musical instrument.

“I was given the option of trying the saxophone or the drums. I thought the drums sounded a lot cooler,” he recalled recently. Read more »

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Lewis is girls player of the year as all-state basketball teams named

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Three players from Catholic high schools have been named first-team all-state, including Ursuline guard Alisha Lewis, who is Delaware’s player of the year.

The sophomore standout led the Raiders to their third straight state championship last Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center. Two other Catholic school players join her on the first team, and one earned third-team honors. Three more were among the 15 who were named honorable mention. Read more »

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Raiders bench savors chance to be part of title game, winning program

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NEWARK – As the minutes dwindled down and the outcome of the girls’ state basketball championship game was no longer in doubt, they started to rise. One by one, Ursuline’s reserves tapped the scorer’s table and waited for a whistle, and their names would be added to the scoresheet signifying that, yes, they had appeared in the final.

Raiders coach John Noonan said it was very important for him to get as many girls into the game as he could, and this year that meant the entire roster. Last season, he said, he was unable to get one of his seniors into the lineup. She had been injured during the playoffs, but that should not have made a difference, he added. Read more »

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Raiders finish dominant postseason run with program’s 17th hoops championship

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NEWARK – Ursuline displayed an efficient offense and its usual smothering defense and was never threatened in capturing the school’s 17th state girls basketball championship on March 10 at the Bob Carpenter Center. A 15-0 run spanning nearly five minutes in the first quarter gave the Raiders the cushion they needed on the way to a 54-32 win in front of 1,454 fans, many of them wearing red and black.

It was the Raiders’ third-straight championship. They also defeated Caravel for the 2015 title. Read more »

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