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Father Edward Storck, who served in diocese since 1960, dies at 91

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Father Edward J. Storck, a retired priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, died June 12 at the age of 91.

Born in Baltimore, Father Storck entered the Third Order Regular of the Franciscans in 1943 and was ordained a priest while a member of that congregation in 1952. As a Franciscan, he was a pastor, military chaplain and teacher before becoming treasurer of St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., in 1959. Read more »

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Father Gardocki, former Corpus Christi pastor, dies at 77

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Father Thomas F. Gardocki, who spearheaded the building of the new church at Corpus Christi Parish while the pastor there, died March 23 at home following a long illness. He was 77 and had been a priest of the Diocese of Wilmington for 52 years.

Father Gardocki was born in Michigan and attended Catholic schools there. He played football and boxed at the University of Notre Dame before being ordained at St. Peter Cathedral in 1965. Read more »

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Pieta in Elsmere is a public display of faith and devotion

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Bishop Malooly joined parishioners from Corpus Christi and students from All Saints Catholic School on Dec. 8 to dedicate the parish’s new cross and statue of the Pieta, along with the pedestal on which it stands.

Father Tim Nolan, pastor of Corpus Christi, said the statue and cross were donated by a parishioner. It was something he had been pursuing for a while.

“It was actually something I had discussed with this particular parishioner. He had donated other artwork to the church,” Father Nolan said. Read more »

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Parishes ‘breaking in’ the ‘new’ Mass without much fuss

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After a year of preparation, the first Masses celebrated in the Diocese of Wilmington after the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal went smoothly, according to local pastors. Use of the new Missal began with the first Sunday of Advent, the weekend of Nov. 27-28.

“Overall, I think it went wonderful,” said Father Richard Smith, pastor of St. Luke Parish in Ocean City, Md. “Everybody had a little growing pains, but a year of catechesis paid off,” he said. “I’d say we did 98 percent, we get an A-plus.”

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