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‘Healing presence’ after a broken marriage

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Judicial Vicar sees the role of the Tribunal as working sympathetically with those seeking an annulment

When Pope Francis streamlined the Tribunal process through which divorced Catholics may acquire an annulment, many hailed it as a breakthrough in how the Catholic Church works with people whose marriages have failed.

Father Mark Mealey, who heads the Tribunal for the Diocese of Wilmington, believes the new procedures announced in December 2016 have speeded the process — cases within the diocese now are usually resolved within six months — and ensured that the proceedings are not financially prohibitive. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal supports deacon program

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Ordained and ready to help: Permanent deacons have been serving in parish ministries for 37 years

 

Much has changed since Hal Jopp was among the first 20 men ordained in 1980 as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Wilmington.

“I’m not sure that people were sure what to do with us,” Jopp said of his ordination class. “I don’t think we considered ourselves presiders.” Rather, that first class knew they would assist at the altar and preach. Beyond that, no one seemed to know what they would do.” Read more »

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Seton Center helps thousands each year on Eastern Shore

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps Catholics Charities’ community center provide services for the needy

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Barbara Whitehead realizes the effort some people make just getting to Seton Center to ask for emergency food assistance.

While they need emergency food assistance because their finances are so tight, some in Crisfield, for example, must drive 20 miles each way, or talk a friend into taking them, or take an hour-long bus ride, paying a fare of $3 each way. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal donors help more than 100,000 people

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A goal of $4,523,000 has been set for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal, which helps more than 35 diocesan offices and ministries assist more than 100,000 people each year develop their spirituality, seek emotional and mental peace, and meet their physical needs.

“Their Eyes Were Opened and They Recognized Him” (Luke 24:31), the theme for this year’s appeal, comes from the Gospel story of the resurrected Christ joining two of his followers on the road to Emmaus. As they talked, the followers did not recognize Jesus until, at dinner, Jesus broke bread, gave thanks and started to give the bread to them, reenacting the Last Supper. Read more »

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A letter from Bishop Malooly on the Annual Catholic Appeal

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Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

In celebration of the Holy Father’s acclamation of the Holy Year of Mercy, we are called to “rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.”

During Jesus’ time on earth, he responded with mercy and love to everyone he encountered. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, comforted the mournful, and forgave sinners and his enemies. As Disciples of Christ, we are expected to follow his example and to carry out the Church’s mission of being a witness of mercy.

The 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal, with its theme, Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy, reminds us that we are given the opportunity to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ through our actions, touching people’s lives and offering hope.

The Church’s Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are the driving force behind every ministry and service supported by the Appeal. Your participation enables the diocese to reach out in mercy and love to those in need — the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the distressed, the unchurched, our children and our elderly.

Our daily action in support of others is our daily walk with the risen Lord. I urge you to open both your hand and your heart and embrace an attitude of mercy. It will give you great joy to see how much your gift means to those in need.

Sincerely yours in Our Lord,

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly

Bishop of Wilmington

 

Commitment weekend for the Annual Catholic Appeal is April 9 & 10.

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps support Hispanic Ministry

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Goal of Franciscan priest from Peru to reach out to immigrants extends from soccer fields to parishes

 

Ministry often means more than gathering people in prayer or lending a helping hand.

It can also mean a pick-up soccer game. At 11:30 at night. On an island on the western edge of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Just ask Brother Emerson Rodriguez, the Franciscan priest who since February has directed the Diocese of Wilmington’s Hispanic Ministry. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps the homeless and jobless become self-sufficient

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps support diocesan ministries for homeless young mothers and for the jobless

Neither Kelly Adams nor Arden Johnson ever imagined they would become homeless until each of their lives unraveled, about a decade apart.

Adams, 25, had studied at Delaware Tech in Dover, with the hope of becoming a nurse, when her financial aid ran out. She had a job and her own place to live until she lost her job last June and later her residence. She started living with friends and relatives on a rotating basis. Later that summer she learned she was pregnant. Read more »

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Ministry of mercy for the sick: Annual Catholic Appeal supports hospital chaplains who provide spiritual help and hope to the ill

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The needs of the people with whom Father Antony William Rajayan works go beyond the physical conditions that place them in Christiana Medical Center.

While medical teams work on their physical health, he said, the patients and their families often also seek someone who can help “from a spiritual point of view. They are asking for a priest, if they are Catholic, or a religious leader.” Read more »

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2015 Annual Catholic Appeal surpasses its goal

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‘Once again, our people have shown their willingness to share their resources,’ says Bishop Malooly

More than 15,000 Catholics pledged more than $4.5 million as the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal once again surpassed its target to help support more than 30 ministries and offices operated by the Diocese of Wilmington.

As the campaign closed its books on Jan. 8, collections stood at $4,358,895, or 100.27 percent of the goal of $4,347,000. Read more »

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From the Bishop: Annual Catholic Appeal allows our diocese to advance the mission of Christ

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Dear Friends in Christ,

He Reveals Himself in the Breaking of the Bread (St. Luke 24: 35-48).

The act of breaking bread or sharing a meal is a simple daily routine which brings a sense of togetherness to a family and to a community. As Catholics we are called to bear witness to our faith and open our minds and hearts to bring those less fortunate closer to God’s table. Read more »

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