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St. Jude in Lewes forms an Alzheimer’s support group

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Kathy Prioreschi knows the toll Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can take on the patient’s family members.

Each week she travels from her home in Rehoboth Beach to Fredericksburg, Va., to help cousins there care for their mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“My cousins came to me and said, ‘Please help.’ They’re facing the awful reality that my aunt can no longer be alone, and they are trying to make sure she can stay in her home with 24-hour care for as long as it can last,” Prioreschi said. Read more »

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Catholic youth organizer extraordinaire

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CYM bids farewell to Joe McNesby, who spent 28 years coordinating parish sports for young athletes

WILMINGTON – From September through May, young people gather on fields and in gymnasiums up and down Delaware and into Maryland for Catholic Youth Ministry sports. They show up, as do coaches and fans, and almost without fail everything goes off without a hitch. But there is someone responsible for making all that happen, and for the past 28 years, that person has been Joe McNesby.

Until this month, that is. Read more »

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Notre Dame history professor to lecture at Salesianum Aug. 7

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“Why History Matters for Catholics” will be the topic of a lecture by Brad S. Gregory, a history professor at the University of Notre Dame, Aug. 7, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Salesianum School.

The free lecture, sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington and the Notre Dame Club of Delaware, will be preceded by a light reception, starting at 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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Support the collection for the Cathedral of St. Peter Aug. 19 and 20

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August 2017

 

Dear Friends in Christ:

 

As we, the Catholics of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, prepare to celebrate our 150th       anniversary beginning on March 3, 2018, we are reminded of the important role our beautiful Cathedral of Saint Peter has played in our history. Founded as a parish church in 1816 by Father Patrick Kenny,   an Irish-born priest, Saint Peter’s was named the Cathedral soon after Blessed Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Wilmington in 1868. Read more »

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There’s still time to reserve spots on Rome pilgrimage

August 3rd, 2017 Posted in Our Diocese

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The reservations deadline for the diocesan 150th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Rome and Annecy has been extended to Aug. 15.

The pilgrimage, to be led by Bishop Malooly, is part of a yearlong celebration beginning March 3, 2018, that will include Masses, prayer services, a publication, exhibit and pilgrimages within the diocese.

The pilgrimage to Rome and Annecy is set for April 16-26; it will begin in Annecy, France, where St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of the diocese, ministered. The schedule in Rome includes attending an audience with Pope Francis. Pilgrims will also visit Assisi, the home of St. Francis.

The cost of the pilgrimage is $3,325 per person double occupancy, $3,225, per person triple occupancy and $4,175 for single occupancy. A $400 deposit is due Aug. 15.

Go to www.cdow.org/anniversary-pilgrimage/ for more information; or call Caravelle Tours at 1-877-625-2700.

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Called to be joyful ‘missionary disciples’

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‘Convocation of Catholic Leaders’ meeting engages U.S. faithful to embrace and proclaim joy of Gospel

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to represent the Diocese of Wilmington at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America,” in Orlando, Fla. Five other delegates from our diocese joined me there: Colleen Lindsey, Deacon Bob and Marie Cousar, Arline Dosman, and Lynne Betts. Although unable to attend, Bishop Malooly kept a watchful eye on us through EWTN broadcasts and frequent telephone conversations.

As part of this unprecedented gathering of clergy, religious, lay parish leaders and volunteers convened by the U.S. bishops, we participated in a variety of presentations and discussions designed to stimulate creative and forward thinking ideas and plans of action for the American church’s response to Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). As Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas said, it was “a strategic conversation on forming missionary disciples.” Read more »

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CYM golf draws record number of participants

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NEWARK — Catholic Youth Ministry welcomed a record 129 golfers to Deerfield Country Club on July 13 for its annual golf outing. The event helps make programming more affordable for young people from around the diocese. Read more »

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Cell phones off, St. Elizabeth students connect in service

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High school students spend start of summer helping Oblate Sisters at Mount Aviat Academy in Childs, Md.

CHILDS, Md. — Eleven girls from St. Elizabeth High School spent the better part of a week recently disconnecting, for the most part, from their everyday lives and connecting with each other and the community at Mount Aviat Academy in Childs, Md.

The annual service project and retreat marked its third year in Childs after having been held in Ridgely, Md. Sister John Elizabeth Callaghan, an Oblate Sister of St. Francis de Sales and principal of Mount Aviat, said St. Elizabeth reached out to the Oblates offering their service, which the congregation was happy to accept. The girls and two teachers who accompanied them stayed at the sisters’ retreat facility in Galena, Md., about 40 minutes away. Read more »

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Extreme Camp: St. Mary Magdalen students start school vacation by giving back to parish

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WILMINGTON — For grade-school students, the summer could be extremely boring, or it could be extremely productive, with crafts, service and water games. Thirty-two rising fifth- through eighth-grade students spent a week in June at St. Mary Magdalen making the most of their time.

Extreme Camp is now in its third year at the north Wilmington parish. The campers — 27 girls and five boys — kept busy around the campus and with each other. Eight counselors, seven of whom are in high school, joined in, as did a few adults and St. Mary Magdalen youth minister Theresa Griffith. Read more »

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From Salisbury, Md., to Lincoln County, W.Va.

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St. Francis de Sales parishioners volunteer for Appalachian Service Project

SALISBURY, Md. – Madeleine Yoon hadn’t noticed there were no flowers at the pavilion where she and fellow service workers ate lunch until three days in to their week-long project.

“On Wednesday, all of a sudden, there were flowers,” said Madeleine, a rising sophomore at James M. Bennett High School. Immediately she realized that the family they were helping had picked the flowers. “To us, knowing how important gardening was to them, it was a very kind gesture of welcoming.” Read more »

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