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Army veteran Joe O’Banion finds oasis in Catholicism

March 17th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags:

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Religion was not really a significant part of Joe O’Banion’s life as he was growing up in Marysville, Calif.
“If I had to give them any kind of denomination, it would have been Baptist,” he said recently.
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After 42 years it’s time to become a Catholic

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Blessed with success in his life, St. John the Beloved parishioner still felt that something was missing

 

WILMINGTON — In a few months, Charles Baldwin and his wife, Salvatorica, will return to the Italian island of Sardinia, where they were married 42 years ago and spend about half the year. They will head back to the church in the mountain village where they were married, and this summer will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the priest who presided that day.

For the first time, however, Charles Baldwin will do all of that as a Catholic. Baldwin, 65, is joining the church this year at the family’s Wilmington parish, St. John the Beloved. Read more »

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St. Elizabeth Church was ‘so beautiful,’ she wanted to be Catholic

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WILMINGTON – Katie Atallian remembers a day a while ago when she and her now-husband, Matt, were driving through Wilmington and Matt decided to show her his childhood church, St. Elizabeth.

Katie Atallian was not a member of any denomination, but religion had long been part of her life. She read the Bible when she was younger, and she attended church services with her grandmother and friends throughout her life. So she was no stranger to churches, but this trip to St. Elizabeth was different. Read more »

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Eastern Shore woman moves toward the faith by teaching it

March 25th, 2015 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Missy Hollis is so familiar with Catholicism that when she told her father she was converting, he responded that he thought she was already Catholic. But, no, Hollis has not yet formally joined the church to which her husband and children belong, although she certainly feels Catholic.

The Eastern Shore resident is one of more than 200 people across the diocese who will join the Catholic Church this Easter season after participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Read more »

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Moving toward the faith by teaching it

March 20th, 2015 Posted in Featured Tags: , ,

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Sacred Heart parishioner was in the pews there for years as her faith journey drew her toward church

 

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Missy Hollis is so familiar with Catholicism that when she told her father she was converting, he responded that he thought she was already Catholic. But, no, Hollis has not yet formally joined the church to which her husband and children belong, although she certainly feels Catholic.

The Eastern Shore resident is one of more than 200 people across the diocese who will join the Catholic Church this Easter season after participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Read more »

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RCIA story: Helping with religious ed confirms her call to the faith

March 21st, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – When Mia Schreier formally joins the Catholic Church next month at St. Mary Star of the Sea-Holy Savior Parish in Ocean City, Md., she will be able to join her husband and sons in fully practicing the faith. She had a glimpse of how Catholicism could do that while occasionally attending Mass with a great-aunt while living in Naples, Fla.

“I was attracted to what my friends had. Looking back, I was drawn to their families and how close a connection they had drawn. I couldn’t tell you what it was, but I can figure it out now,” she said earlier this week.
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Bishop welcomes 208 people deciding to join the church

March 20th, 2014 Posted in Featured Tags: , ,

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Jo Wardell finally decided it was time to become Catholic.

“God’s been very patient with me,” she said. “He has given me lots of reminders.”

Those reminders include her overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma 10 years ago and giving birth to a son 17 months ago, despite being told after her cancer treatments that she would never be able to have a child.

So Wardell, 35, entered the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program at St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington. She is one of 208 people who plan to enter the church this year in the Diocese of Wilmington. Read more »

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Journeys to Easter: St. Ann’s parishioner has new vision of faith

March 6th, 2014 Posted in Featured Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON — Nicole Hudson was born into “a big Irish Catholic family,” and although she has been around the church her entire life, it is only this year that she is formally joining the faith. In a way, you could say she’s seen the light. Literally.

Hudson’s sight returned over the past several months after numerous surgeries, and it was only in January that it really started to clear up in her left eye. Her nearly four-year vision loss was caused by diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels in the retina. She drove herself to the doctor in March 2010 and had to call someone for a ride home. The doctor told her that her previous life was gone. Read more »

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Dover couple, tested in military and on home front, become Catholic

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DOVER – Years of spiritual seeking ended at the Easter vigil April 7 at Holy Cross Church as Michel and Lisa Kasday entered the Catholic Church. For the Camden-Wyoming couple, it wasn’t really that simple. In their lives, few things are.

Like many couples in this part of Kent County, the Kasdays are a military family. Mike, 40, is a staff sergeant and an engine mechanic at Dover Air Force Base, and his wife is studying nursing at Delaware Technical Community College. They have dealt with deployments and work schedules that are anything but 9-to-5.

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