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Annual Catholic Appeal tops $5 million for first time in diocese history

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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Collections for the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal topped $5-million for the first time in history for the annual campaign that helps fund ministries and offices of the Diocese of Wilmington.

By the campaign’s January 9 close, $5,037,231 was collected from pledges totaling $5,173,756 as the campaign easily surpassed the goal of $4,523,000, according to the Development Office, which oversees the campaign.

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Bishop Malooly to lawmakers: Say no to physician-assisted suicide

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The leader of more than 150,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Wilmington is urging voters to tell their legislators that government has no business making end-of-life decisions and that lawmakers should vote down a physician-assisted suicide proposal.

Bishop W. Francis Malooly, in a letter to members of the Delaware General Assembly, highlights nine chief concerns he believes should eliminate the bill from consideration, including the proposed legislation’s requirement of “physicians and others to make intentional misstatements on official records.” The bishop says a doctor signing a death certificate “must list the underlying terminal illness as the cause of death.”

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A look at 2017: Plans for ‘Rejoicing the Lord since 1868’

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A look back at 2017 shows promise for the church and its leaders and followers.

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Bishop Malooly Christmas message, Padua chorus focus of ‘Catholic Forum’

December 21st, 2017 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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The Christmas edition of “Catholic Forum,” the radio program/podcast produced by the Diocese of Wilmington’s Office of Communications, will feature Bishop Malooly’s Christmas message to the people of Delaware and Maryland’s EasternShore, and Christmas music performed by the Padua Academy Women’s
Chorus under the direction of Ms. Marion Jacobs and accompanied on piano by Ms. Airee Cha.

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Excitement at St. Mark’s after surprise donation from Hyde family

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All anyone needed was to hear the outburst of excitement at St. Mark’s High School gymnasium to know major news had just come from the dais.

More than 600 students, alumni, parents, faculty and Diocese of Wilmington officials erupted with joy when it was announced Dec. 8 that the school had received a $1.5 million donation from Stephen Hyde and family. Read more »

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Stephen Hyde and family donate $1.5 million to St. Mark’s

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Stephen Hyde sees a bright future for St. Mark’s High School and he wants to help set the course for others to join in his optimism.

“I’m very inspired by the direction St. Mark’s is heading and want to assist in that mission and that progress,” Hyde said.

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Support retired religious through the RFR collection

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Dear Friends in Christ,

On the weekend of Dec. 2-3, our parishes will be conducting the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR). I urge you to offer this appeal your prayerful and vocal support. Your efforts are vital to its success.

In his letter to consecrated religious marking the beginning of the year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis outlines various aims for the celebrations, the first of which is “to look to the past with gratitude.” In this spirit, I ask for your heartfelt support of the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR.) The RFR furnishes immediate financial assistance for the day to day care of aging religious and helps their communities implement long-term retirement strategies. Read more »

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Called to do something special for God

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Students take advantage of opportunity to interact with those who have discerned their vocation

 

DOVER — Sixth-graders who have just gotten off a bus after a drive of an up to an hour sometimes need a few minutes to regain their energy. But even that little bit of time wasn’t necessary at the Diocese of Wilmington’s annual Vocations Awareness Day, held Nov. 8 at Holy Cross Parish in Dover.

Nearly 600 students from Catholic schools throughout the diocese got a dose of Father Richard Jasper, who delivered an energetic keynote address, before dispersing in smaller groups for other activities. Father Jasper, the newest priest of the diocese, told the crowd that they were called to do something special for God. Read more »

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Pope honors two diocesan priests with title of Monsignor: updated

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WILMINGTON — Bishop Malooly announced Nov. 2 that Pope Francis has honored two priests of the diocese as Chaplains to His Holiness with the title of monsignor.  They are Msgr. David F. Kelley, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Middletown, and diocesan vicar for clergy; and Msgr. Stanley J. Russell, pastor of St. Helena’s Parish, Wilmington, and dean of the Brandywine Hundred Deanery. Read more »

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Go the extra three miles for Catholic Charities

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Bishop’s 5K is Nov. 18 at Bellevue State Park

Get ready and set to support Catholic Charities with Bishop Malooly at the second annual Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 18, 9 a.m. at the Figure 8 Barn, Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Road in Wilmington.

“One out of every 10 residents” of the Diocese of Wilmington receives at least one service from Catholic Charities each year, said Richelle Vible, executive director of Catholic Charities. “The Bishop’s 5K is a great way to get involved in the mission of Catholic Charities — providing caring service to the most vulnerable in our community. Bishop Malooly will be at the start and finish line — will you?”

In the 5K (about three miles) runners and walkers will compete for the best time, and will be awarded medals, along with race T-shirts. A complimentary picnic with light food and music will follow the race.

Individuals who can’t participate by running or walking can register to be “Virtual Walkers.”

Registration for the event is $20 prior to race day, and $25 on race day, plus a $2.50 event fee. Register at Bishops5k.com.

Please register for the picnic if you are not running or walking. Visit the Catholic Charities website, www.cdow.org/charities and click “Events” for information.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities’ services have grown from the care of orphans to include care for those facing chronic poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy. The agency serves over 100,000 individuals each year throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

For more information contact Paula Savini at (302) 655- 9624 or at psavini@ccwilm.org

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