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Parishes provide beachfront for international relations

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In a world bedeviled by terrorism and often focused on differences between nations, religions and peoples, a group of people along the Delmarva Peninsula’s Atlantic coastline are improving international relations one meal at a time.

They provide dinners for the International Student Outreach Program (ISOP), an organization that began at St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City 18 years ago and expanded to Rehoboth Beach. The program is known for free weekly dinners for students who come to the United States each summer to fill seasonal jobs at the beaches. Read more »

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Father Leo Philip McGann, a retired priest of diocese, dies at 80

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Father Leo Philip McGann, a retired priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, died June 13 at Virtua Memorial Hospice Unit in Mount Laurel, N.J. He was 80.

Father Leo Philip McGann (file photo)

 

Father McGann was born in Moorestown, N.J., and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington in 1971.

During his 21 years in service in the diocese, he served as an associate pastor of Holy Cross, Dover; St. John’s-Holy Angels, Newark; and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Ocean City, Md. He was named pastor of Sacred Heart, Chestertown, Md., and four years later he returned to St. Mary Star of the Sea as pastor.

His other roles in the diocese included membership on the diocesan Pastoral Commission and the Liturgical Commission.

Before entering the priesthood, Father McGann had been a member of the Christian Brothers, which he joined as a student at La Salle College. He was a teacher and administrator in Christian Brothers schools in Arlington, Va., Philadelphia, New Mexico and Canada. He was also the director general of the Baltimore province before leaving the congregation.

In 1992 he took medical retirement and moved back to New Jersey, where he lived until his death.

A viewing will be held June 18 from 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown, N.J., his childhood parish. The funeral Mass will be June 19 at 10:30 a.m., also at Good Counsel. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hainesport, N.J.

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Father Smith, pastor of St. Luke/St. Andrew in Ocean City, Md., dies at 67

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Father Richard Smith, pastor of St. Luke/St. Andrew Parish in Ocean City, Md., died Oct. 29. He was 67.

Fr. Richard SmithThe youngest of seven children, Father Smith was born on April 28, 1947, in Trenton, N.J. He served in the United States Army from November 1966 until November 1969. Before entering the seminary, he was employed by Mercer County, N.J., and was Assistant Airport Manager for Operations and Chief of the Crash, Fire, Rescue and Police Department for almost 20 years.

In 1976, he married Rita Buffin of Trenton, who died in 1990. In 1994, Father Smith entered St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore where he earned a bachelor’s in theology and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sacred theology. Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli ordained him to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington in May 2000.

Father Smith served as associate pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington; Holy Cross Parish in Dover; and St. Luke/St. Andrew Parish. In 2008, he was appointed administrator of St. Luke/St. Andrew and was named pastor of that parish in October 2009.

Visitation will take place on Monday, Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Luke Church, 9903 Coastal Highway, Ocean City. Bishop Malooly will preside at a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial on Nov. 4 at noon in St. Luke Church. An additional visitation and Memorial Mass will be held in New Jersey followed by interment at St. Mary Cathedral Cemetery in Hamilton, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Office for Priestly Vocations, Diocese of Wilmington Seminary Fund, P.O. Box 2030, Wilmington, DE 19899-2030, or the Catholic church of your choosing.

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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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