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Former state policeman has experience keeping people safe


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St. Mary Magdalen parishioner will be the next coordinator of the Office for Safe Environments

Michael Connelly, who becomes the Diocese of Wilmington’s new coordinator of the Office for Safe Environments April 24, first dealt with cases of children being sexually and physically abused during his 20-year career in the Delaware State Police.

The former captain, who served most of his career in the detective division in New Castle County, retired in 1998 as commander of Troop 2, then in New Castle, now in Glasgow. Read more »

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From the bishop: ‘We cannot avoid the truth’


The following is the full text of Bishop Malooly’s response to the April 11, 2017, Delaware Voice op-ed in the News Journal:

April 12, 2017

0413.Bishop.QuoteIt was disheartening to read the recently published Delaware Voice op-ed, endorsed by several clergy, which offered the argument that pro-life should mean pro-choice. Whenever the value of the life of the unborn child is denied, logic, reason, and science are rejected in favor of ideology. The letter’s assertion that the termination of a pregnancy is a moment of grace elevates that ideology to the point of being incomprehensible. It is to these extremes that one must go to in order to defend Planned Parenthood, American’s number one abortionist.

Those who defend the right to life of the unborn are not interested in anger and judgment. We strive to live by mercy, but at the same time, we cannot avoid the truth. We look at the reality and see a genetically distinct, living human person in the mother’s womb. We are profoundly concerned for both mother and child and reject any notion that the good of one can be set against the good of the other. We live out this concern every day in our parishes, through Catholic Charities, and the collective efforts of the Catholic Church worldwide.

The pro-abortion position simply refuses to acknowledge the visible, tangible reality of unborn life; but we who believe in the Creator of heaven and earth are required to act on the basis of the truths that present themselves to us.

For decades, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have been advocating for health care access for all. We believe that stopping the beating heart of an unborn son or daughter of God is not health care.

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington


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Pandas soccer returns to win column with shutout of No. 4 Appo


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MIDDLETOWN – Top-ranked Padua edged No. 4 Appoquinimink, 1-0, in a top-five Division I girls soccer match on April 12. Read more »

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Fahey nets six as Vikings boys win third straight in lacrosse


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ALAPOCAS – St. Elizabeth took an early lead and was never in trouble in a 15-2 win in nonconference boys lacrosse April 12 at Alapocas Run State Park. It was the Vikings’ third win in a row. Read more »

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Former St. Thomas teacher Sr. Joyce Ann Helfrich dies at 68




ASTON, Pa. – Sister Joyce Ann Helfrich, 68, a former teacher in the Diocese of Wilmington, died April 9 at her home in Baltimore. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 47 years. Read more »

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Five-run second powers Auks past Concord on diamond


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CLAYMONT – After falling behind by a pair of runs to open the game, Archmere’s baseball team responded in a big way to defeat Concord, 10-3, on April 11. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Auks. Read more »

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Force quiets Archmere bats in softball shutout


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CLAYMONT – The Wilmington Charter Force scored early and shut down the Archmere Auks’ offense in a 6-0 win on April 11.

The Force scored two runs in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Taylor Gillis led off with a double and scored on a Jenna Volker double. Volker came around on a single by Cameron Peters. The Auks got two hits in the bottom of the first as Mackenzie Popp singled and Mady McDougal doubled. Force pitcher Payton Czerwinski, however, got out of the jam with no damage done. Read more »

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Chrism Mass homily: Share, speak and witness the Good News to others


The following is Bishop Malooly’s prepared text for his April 10 Chrism Mass homily at Holy Cross Church in Dover. Each year at the Chrism Mass the bishop blesses the oil of the Sick and the oil of the Catechumens and consecrates the chrism, a mixture of balsam and oil, that’s used for baptisms, confirmations and ordinations during the coming year at parishes in the diocese.

Bishop Malooly blesses the holy oils during the Chrism Mass April 10 at Holy Cross Church in Dover. (The Dialog)

Bishop Malooly blesses the holy oils during the Chrism Mass April 10 at Holy Cross Church in Dover. (The Dialog)

This is my ninth Chrism Mass. As I have said before, for some reason this is always a very significant moment of transition for me. Almost like the beginning of a new year. Tonight, we bless the sacramental oils and my brothers and I renew our priestly commitment. Today, even as we celebrate priesthood and bless the sacramental oils, I am very grateful for all who serve our church.

For this Chrism Mass, I look ahead with hope and I look back with gratitude. We have weathered together many challenges. I especially want to thank my brother priests for their support, faith, leadership and positive outlook. You have kept your parishes and ministries alive and vibrant in some difficult years.

And now we continue to celebrate with Pope Francis as he enters his fifth year. As we are moving ahead in Wilmington, he has the church moving ahead. When Jesus began his public ministry, he returned to Galilee and we hear that the power of the Spirit was with him as he quotes from the prophet Isaiah and the news about him spread throughout the whole region. He outlined clearly how he would live. Pope Francis has done the same in both words and actions and indicated what he expects of us.

Jesus’ mission reached out to all people, especially to those in need: the poor, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, echoes this for us, telling us to go out to the peripheries, as Christ did. Our lives must reach out to accompany others.

Today, that requires us to advocate on behalf of our immigrants and refugees – our brothers and sisters in Christ – no matter where they are from, children of our God. We welcome them and support them. I have visited many of our Hispanic communities in the past year to encourage them. And our bishops’ conference nationally works everyday on Capitol Hill, advocating on their behalf.

To continue Jesus’ mission as a diocese, we have set our goals for the coming years — vocations, catechesis, evangelization, and some slightly new models of ministry. We are moving; we are making progress.

I would, once again, appeal to all of us at this Chrism Mass and throughout Holy Week to intensify our efforts to pray for vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. I am grateful for the work of Father Norm Carroll and his ever growing vocation team of priests. The more of our priests who celebrate the good news of their call, with joy, the more we will attract others.

Tonight, we gather with some of our catechumens and candidates as we did earlier here at the Rite of Election. As in every year they energize the rest of us. As a church we continue to grow even as Mass attendance in some places declines. Our new members step forward because they have found the truth.

Talking about energy and life – if you were not at our eighth annual youth pilgrimage this past Saturday – the theme “Love without Measure”you missed a wonderful opportunity to have your faith reinforced by the youth and young adults of our diocese. We had 800 people marching, carrying the cross, and witnessing to their faith. They celebrated reconciliation, took part in the Stations of the Cross, spent time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and carried the blessed palm from St. Hedwig to celebrate Mass at St. Elizabeth. For me, it is always a remarkable way to begin Holy Week and connect with our present and future church. You can’t help but be caught up in hope.

During this week we will once again remember, commemorate and celebrate the sacred mysteries of our redemption.

On Thursday we will gather to celebrate the Eucharist, commemorating that first Eucharist at the Last Supper, while at the same time we will be focused on washing one another’s feet. Both go together; Jesus comes to each of us to encourage us to serve the needs of his brothers and sisters.

On Good Friday, we will celebrate our Lord’s suffering and death that selfless gift that gives each of us eternal life. It is our core message and God’s greatest gift. At the vigil and on Easter Sunday, we will remember the joy of that first Easter. And the disciples and holy men and women with the power received from the Holy Spirit at Pentecost used the simple tools of words, faces, and conviction to spread the message and did so extremely well.

Two thouand and some years later, it is our turn. We are encouraged by the Lord’s presence among us. We are truly blessed. Let us share, speak, and witness that good news to others.

For us priests and for all of us the Eucharist is the center of our lives and our love for the Eucharist deepens and broadens over time. To move into a deeper relationship with Christ for all of us means moving more deeply into the Eucharist. When people come to you, let them see Jesus in you. That is why it is so important for all of us to recommit ourselves to the celebration of the Eucharist.

When I was installed as your bishop on September 8, 2008, I said, “I will lead but I want to walk with you and I want you to walk with me.” I actually bumbled the words but you knew what I meant and you have done the walk. I had no idea then how complex the walk would be for all of us. The walk will continue to be challenging in different ways than earlier. I need you to continue to walk with me and I thank you for that. God bless you all. And thank you.  Amen.

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Schweizer nets six as Spartans girls continue winning ways


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MILLTOWN – The third-ranked St. Mark’s Spartans got six goals from junior Kendra Schweizer in their 16-5 win over No. 9 Padua on April 10.

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Spartans scored on their first six possessions to grab a quick 6-0 lead, and they added five more times before the half for an 11-2 lead. The Pandas (2-1) got a few goals in the second half, but the Spartans (6-1) held them off.

Schweizer also added two assists in the win. Clare Estes tallied four times for St. Mark’s, and Megan Noonan contributed a pair. The Spartans will be off for 11 days before they host Tower Hill on April 21 at 4 p.m.

The Pandas got two goals from Amanda Berry, while freshmen Jenna Brady and Ava Ruggieri and senior Hannah Jacobs added goals. They will travel to Friends on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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No. 2 Appo edges top-ranked St. Mark’s in diamond classic


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MILLTOWN – The second-ranked Appoquinimink Jaguars edged No. 1 St. Mark’s, 2-1, on April 10 for their third straight win over the Spartans in the last three years. Jags senior starter Ryan Steckline outdueled Spartans senior Billy Sullivan in a pitchers’ duel.

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

(The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Jags scored a pair of runs in the third, the first on a throwing error. Then Steckline singled home a run to give the Jags a 2-0 lead. The Spartans got a run back in the bottom of the third when catcher Matthew Sinko doubled home Matthew Theodorakis to cut the Jags lead to 2-1.

The Spartans loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth on three walks. Steckline helped himself by starting a double play. He took a ground ball and threw home, and the relay to first beat the runner for a huge double play.

Steckline threw 5 2/3 innings, striking out nine while scattering 6 hits. Reliever Emir Garret retired all four batters he faced to pick up the save. Sullivan went the distance for the Spartans, striking out six while only giving up five hits. The Jags (7-0) got two hits from Jarrett Weglarz. They will travel to Tatnall on Thursday for a 3:45 p.m. start. The Spartans (6-1) are at Caravel on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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