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For vocations, one must go out, listen, call, pope says

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In its ministry to young people, and especially in vocations promotion work, church workers must step out of the sacristy and take seriously the questions and concerns of the young, Pope Francis said.

Young people are searching for meaning, and the best response is to go out to where they are, stop and listen to them and then call them to follow Jesus, the pope said Oct. 21. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Pray for those who answer the call

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Bishop Malooly and Father Norman P. Carroll, director of the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations and pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, met with the five current seminarians for the Diocese of Wilmington at St. E’s rectory July 21 for dinner. Read more »

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Franciscan jubilarians include several who served in Wilmington diocese

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ASTON, Pa. — Several women religious who served in the Diocese of Wilmington were among 17 jubilarians who marked 50, 70, 75 and 80 years of religious life on June 12 with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. During a liturgy at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the sisters – with 1,065 years of combined service – renewed their vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience. Read more »

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Religious in the diocese celebrate jubilees

April 15th, 2016 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized, Vocations Tags:

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Bishop Malooly was the main celebrant of a 5 p.m. Mass to honor religious jubilarians on April 12 at the Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington.

The following religious are celebrating jubilees this year in the Diocese of Wilmington.

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High school girls see different faces of vocations

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BEAR – A group of approximately 25 girls from three Catholic high schools met March 1 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bear to hear about vocations from six women comprised of two religious sisters, three married women and one single woman.

After Mass with Father Roger DiBuo, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the girls heard from Franciscan Sister Ann David Strohminger, the diocesan delegate for religious. She shared her vocation story and encouraged the girls to visit religious communities or volunteer with them if they had an interest in religious life. She told them there should be no rush. Read more »

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Wilmington natives mark jubilees with Maryknolls

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OSSINING, N.Y. — Two Wilmington natives are celebrating significant anniversaries with the Maryknoll Sisters in 2016. Read more »

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Father Mark Kelleher traded monastery for parish priesthood

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Dialog reporter

 

NEWARK — When Father Mark Kelleher was a student at Temple University and seriously entertained the thought of a priestly vocation for the first time, one thing was clear.

“I did not want to do diocesan priesthood. I wanted a religious community, a religious order,” he said earlier this week.

Naturally, Father Kelleher was eventually ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, and in October he will celebrate 20 years of priesthood. But the line from his native Kennett Square, Pa., to his current position as pastor of Holy Family Parish in Newark was anything but straight. Read more »

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‘They’re all my brothers and sisters’: Sister Julie McCole gives her energy to Wilmington’s hungry

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WILMINGTON — For Franciscans, living in community is as much a part of their vocation as teaching, caring for the sick or, in Sister Julie McCole’s case, feeding the poor. Sister Julie finds community among the people who work and volunteer at the Emmanuel Dining Room West on Jackson Street, where she has been the director for the past five months, and from the people they serve.

She tries to share more than a meal with the men, women and children who line up each day for breakfast and lunch, about 550 meals a week. She offers a kind word, an encouraging smile. Read more »

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Commentary: Charting our course in this life

November 15th, 2015 Posted in Opinion, Vocations Tags: , ,

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My father used to say he wanted to be a sailor when he grew up. The thing is, he was already a grown up when he announced that ambition. He wasn’t talking about the Navy; he was talking about taking the helm of his own boat someday and catching a good wind.

What kept Dad from heading to a dock to cast off every weekend or summer was his family. A wife and seven children come with some responsibilities and those duties were Dad’s priorities in life. Family always came first for my father and mother.

Dad’s jobs were mostly in sales. I marvel that he was able to raise us on a salesman’s salary, and in retrospect, I understand the pressures my parents faced in having a big family. But I know raising seven made them happy because they rarely showed any signs of the strain of the task. Read more »

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Thirty-three priests celebrate jubilees

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Thirty-three diocesan and religious-order priests are celebrating significant milestones of their ordinations this year.

(Information about six additional Oblate jubilarians previously appeared in the May 15, 2015 issue of The Dialog.)

 

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