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Get your ‘passport’ to visit the historic churches of the diocese

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As part of the Diocese of Wilmington’s 150th anniversary celebration, nine churches in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been designated as Official Sesquicentennial Pilgrimage Churches.

These historic churches will be open for additional touring and worship on the first Saturdays of the month during the 150th anniversary year.

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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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Sustaining Hope for the Future campaign helps Eastern Shore parishes make repairs

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Ocean City, Elkton and North East churches to benefit from campaign donations

 

 

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church has stood as a bastion of the Catholic faith in Ocean City, Md., for more than 125 years.

But time and the humid salt air blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, only a few blocks from the quaint Gothic revival frame structure, have taken a toll on St. Mary’s.

Its stained-glass windows, one of the most beautiful features of the church at Baltimore and Talbot streets, have cracked panes and rusted frames and latches. The steeple needs repair, the ceiling has weather damage, and the pews are sagging.

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