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Young people volunteer to help others during the summer at Pitcher and Basin

July 24th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Youth Tags: ,


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SALISBURY, Md. – John and Debbie Meyers sat in the living room of their home recently as a group of high school volunteers painted the front door, stairwell, and upstairs hallway and other teenagers groomed the Meyers’ yard.

“If they weren’t doing this, it wouldn’t get done,” Debbie Meyers said. She and her husband are both on disability and unable to do the work themselves. They also could not afford to have the work done. Read more »

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Golfers shoot a round for Catholic Youth Ministry


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NEWARK — As 120 golfers sat in their carts waiting to hit the links July 10 at Cavaliers Country Club, waiting to begin the annual benefit tournament for Catholic Youth Ministry, Bishop Malooly thanked them for supporting the young people of the diocese.

The support for youth ministry is outstanding,” he said. “It’s really very important for our young people.” Read more »

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Student and school news




St. Elizabeth students attended liturgical conference

Five students from St. Elizabeth High School attended the “One Bread, One Cup” Liturgical Leadership Conference at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana from June 15-21.

The conference, for high school and college students and youth ministers, included sessions on catechesis, liturgical and spiritual formation, and participation in liturgies. The students also were trained in ministries such as lector, Eucharistic minister and cantor.

The students who attended were Rafael Parra, Jake Barks, Megan McLaughlin, Mason Bondrowski and Alexandra Smyz. Father Norman Carroll, pastor of St. Elizabeth, and Melissa Pollio, the parish youth ministry coordinator, also participated.


St. Polycarp parishioner receives scholarship

SMYRNA – Kelley Northam, a parishioner at St. Polycarp in Smyrna and a student at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia, received two scholarships from the Brother Vincent Council of the Columbiettes at the council’s end-of-year celebration on June 19.

Northam was awarded a $500 scholarship presented by the Brother Vincent Council, along with a $1,000 grant given in memory of Mariann Weber, an active member of the Columbiettes. Northam was recognized because of her service projects and “a willingness to reach out to others in the church, school and community,” according to the Columbiettes.


St. Elizabeth students participate in summer service projects

Nine girls from St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington participated in a Girls Summer Service Trip with the Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales at Mount Aviat Academy in Childs, Md., from June 25-27, while a group of 11 boys worked in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from June 22-26.

The girls took part in a food drive and also helped Oblate Sister Audrey Frances construct boxes for party favors for a dinner for disabled and mentally challenged, which the students also attended.

The students who attended were Aika San Diego, Karli Cathell, Alyssa Boyle, Jordyn Humes, Julia Short, Andrea Worthy, Stephanie Charney, Tiara Tanzilli and Leighton Trimarco.

“Not only did the girls have a chance to work with the Oblate Sisters, but also were able to learn about religious life,” said Melissa Pollio, a teacher at St. Elizabeth High School and the parish director of youth ministry. “They helped to coordinate a picnic with the Shorehaven School, a food drive for the Immaculate Conception Outreach Program and a myriad of other projects.”

The boys worked out of the St. Vincent de Paul Center and served lunch at Saint John’s Hospice, renovated housing, sorted through donations at Whosoever Gospel Mission, visited retired priests at St. Catherine, volunteered at local community centers and completed a number of projects at DePaul Catholic School.

Those who attended were Johnathan Hendricks, Rafael Parra, Gianni Cotti, Eric Bristol, Brian Marchioni, Dante Tiberi, Edmond Roncone, Michael Dunning, Michael Piekarski, Nathan Cooper and Austin Crozier.


Students graduate from state police training academy

Several Catholic high school students were among the 33 from across the state who graduated from the state police training academy after a weeklong program that introduced them to police work. The 43rd annual Trooper Youth Week was sponsored by the American Legion.

The students who attend Catholic high schools are Erin Allston of St. Elizabeth; Joseph Demarco, Derrick Kennedy and Garret Moser of Salesianum; and Christopher Matt of St. Mark’s.

Activities included a daily fitness program and classes on crash investigation, evidence detection and fraud investigation.

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Girl and Boy Scouts, adult leaders honored at annual Mass

June 27th, 2014 Posted in Youth Tags: , ,



The Diocese of Wilmington 2014 annual Scouting awards were presented June 14 at St. Margaret of Scotland Church. All information and names are provided by the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry. Read more »

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‘Paradoxical’ social media presents challenges, opportunities for youth coaches, Neumann professor says


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ASTON, Pa. – Social media is a force in our society, particularly among young people, and coaches and administrators who interact with them on a regular basis need to know how to make the online activity positive and handle what can be sticky situations, a Neumann University professor said earlier this month.

Margaret C. Stewart, who teaches communication and media arts, led a session on “The Good Use of Social Networks” at the Soul of Youth Sport conference, which was sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association and held at Neumann from June 15-17. She told approximately two dozen coaches and administrators about the “paradoxical” nature of social media — online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be used for such positive purposes, but also may be very detrimental. Read more »

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Christ the Teacher student creates meal fit for the First Lady


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BEAR – When Roisin Liew returns to Christ the Teacher School in a few months, she will have a great story to tell her friends about how she spent a couple of days in July.

Roisin (pronounced ROH-sheen), who is entering fourth grade, is one of 54 children from across the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to be named winners of the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids “State Dinner.” She and her mother, Shannon, will travel to Washington, D.C., on July 17 for two days of activities, culminating with dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama on the 18th. Read more »

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Ursuline graduate Miller takes reins of St. Mark’s girls basketball


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WILMINGTON — Kayla Miller, a former basketball standout at Ursuline Academy and the University of Delaware, has been hired as the new girls basketball coach at St. Mark’s High School, the school announced June 11. Miller takes over for John Fiorelli, who retired from coaching but remains a teacher at the school.

Miller, 24, spent last season as an assistant coach at Archmere Academy. Before that, she played collegiately at Delaware, helping the Blue Hens reach the NCAA regional semfinals in 2013. She was a mainstay at Ursuline Academy, a member of two state championship teams and a first-team all-state selection as a senior in 2008.

She inherits a Spartans team that went 7-14 last season but which won a game in the state tournament before falling to Ursuline. Five seniors have graduated, but there were five juniors on the roster last year.

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Student’s day off results in D.C. tours with Biden



WILMINGTON – Chris Ptak took June 9 off from St. Mark’s High School, but the freshman had a good reason. He ended up spending much of the day with Vice President Joe Biden, according to St. Mark’s.

Ptak’s parents had given him permission to miss school so he could accompany his father, John, a member of the National Guard who had been assigned to greet Biden as he departed for Washington, D.C. Biden encourages his greeters to bring family members along so he can meet them.

The vice president thanked Chris Ptak for taking a day of his summer vacation, but the young man replied that he was excused from school and that this was the last week. Biden asked Ptak to come aboard Air Force Two and make the trip to Washington with him. After the plane reached Andrews Air Force Base, Biden had his young visitor join him on Marine Two to fly to the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s residence.

Ptak toured the observatory, then accompanied Biden’s motorcade to the White House, where he was given a private tour and met some of the staff.

“I was just amazed that I was there,” Ptak said. “It was really cool.”

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NCEA conference will address ethical, spiritual issues in youth sports




ASTON, Pa. – There is still time for youth coaches, parents and sports administrators to register for the Soul of Youth Sport Conference, which is being held this Sunday-Tuesday at Neumann University in Aston, Pa. The National Catholic Education Association is sponsoring the conference.

According to the NCEA, the conference approaches Catholic secondary school athletics “with a focus on how to maintain an excellent athletic program while supporting and enhancing the overall mission of the school.” It will focus on student and team spiritual formation, common respect athletes should show one another, and how to build programs that are examples of ethical as well as athletic excellence.

More information about the conference and how to register are available at www.ncea.org/events/soul-youth-sport-conference.

Anthony Gargano, the midday host on Philadelphia sports talk radio station 94 WIP, will give the keynote address Sunday evening at the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development at Neumann. Sessions on Monday and Tuesday include topics such as achieving athletic success with honor, legal issues and sports, mission-driven hiring, concussion management and heat acclimatization, dealing with parents, college recruiting and using social networks.

Haley Scott DeMaria will deliver the capstone address, “Swimming Back from Paralysis,” on Tuesday. DeMaria was injured in a bus accident in 1992 when she was a freshman member of the women’s swimming team at Notre Dame University. Two teammates were killed, and DeMaria was injured and unable to walk for a month. She returned to the swim team in the fall of 1993.

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Vikings name longtime assistant Dan Cooney girls basketball coach


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WILMINGTON – St. Elizabeth High School has brought back longtime assistant coach Dan Cooney as the head coach of its girls basketball team, the school has announced. Cooney takes over for Frank Aiello, who served as interim coach last year.

Cooney, a 1983 graduate of St. Elizabeth High School, served as an assistant for 16 years. In that time, the Vikings appeared in six state finals, winning two championships, including 2013. St. Elizabeth athletic director Joe Papili said Cooney’s coaching experience was a factor, but that it was with the Vikings did not necessarily play into the search committee’s decision.

“He was the most experienced, qualified candidate that we had for the job,” Papili said.

The Vikings went 18-6 last season, falling to Sanford in the state championship game. Three starters return – Gabrielle Julian, Alex Thomas and Alanna Speaks, as do the talented Lexi Bromwell and Jordyn Humes. There are some big shoes to fill, however, as St. Elizabeth loses Macy Robinson and Sabrina Hackendorn.

Papili said Cooney is ready to get to work in the “extremely competitive” environment that is girls basketball in Delaware.

“He’s going to work hard and put together a staff that’s going to give the girls the best chance to succeed,” Papili said.

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