It was a year that began with the required submission of a retirement letter from Bishop Malooly, but 2019 ended with the bishop closing the books on another full year of leadership in the Diocese of Wilmington.
Bishop Malooly’s 75th birthday happened Jan. 18, and the bishop submitted his letter of retirement to Pope Francis as required by canon law. The pope did not accept it during the year.
The results of the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal revealed the highest amounts pledged and collected in the campaign’s 43-year history. The diocesan Development Office reported that the $5,326,910 pledged by Catholics in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland surpassed the appeal’s $4.6 million goal by 13.79 percent.
February Father Roger DiBuo, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Bear, added the role of Liaison for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Groups to his list of responsibilities after the bishop made the appointment. He will help the bishop in relationships between the Diocese of Wilmington and other Christian and non-Christian religious congregations in the community.
State Sen. Bryant Richardson (R-Laurel) sponsored two pro-life bills in the Delaware General Assembly. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB52) and the Woman’s Ultrasound Right to Know Act (HB53) were introduced in the legislature. Father Paul J. Campbell, pastor of St. Christopher Church in Chester, Md., since 2015, died Feb. 3 after a brief illness. He was 66. Dozens of priests and a gathering of friends and family on Feb. 9 joined Bishop Malooly at the Mass of Christian Burial for Father Campbell.
The diocese concluded its year-long 150th anniversary celebration with a Mass at St. Elizabeth Church. The Diocese was established on March 3, 1868 by Blessed Pope Pius IX.
An overflow crowd crammed into a Legislative Hall hearing room before a senate committee chairwoman decided to move the group of several hundred into the main Senate chamber to hear testimony on two bills seeking to limit abortion in the state. The committee of the Delaware state senate heard testimony from nearly two dozen abortion opponents and those who support keeping abortion legal.
Two local groups hosted premiere showings of the movie “Unplanned.” The film is the dramatic account of a former Planned Parenthood high achiever, Abby Johnson, the group’s youngest clinic director in the nation, until she walked out after assisting in an abortion.
Saint Mark’s High School announced that Richard A. Bayhan will retire as prinicipal at the end of the school year.
People in Paris and around the world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, stirring genuine emotions that could come only from witnessing the loss of beauty.
Faith leaders, medical professionals and advocates for people with disabilities were among those with an emotional outpouring at Legislative Hall in Dover on May 8, standing in opposition to a Delaware House bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state. They left without a vote being taken by the House Health and Human Development Committee.
Donn Devine, the longtime Diocese of Wilmington archivist whose lengthy career included law, writing, planning director for the city of Wilmington and inspector general for the National Guard, died at age 90.
Bishop Malooly recognized 10 seniors from each of the eight Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Wilmington with the St. Francis de Sales Award. Honorees are selected for excellence in faith development, scholarship, service, leadership and citizenship.
When Father Steven Giuliano took over as pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Seaford, it marked the end of nearly a half-century of stewardship by the Redemptorist Priests. The religious order, citing its dwindling numbers and increasing responsibilities, decided it could no longer remain in Sussex County.
Bishop Malooly was the main celebrant of the annual Mass for Vocations, which is an opportunity to pray for and support those who are discerning a call to priesthood, consecrated life and the permanent diaconate.
Thomas S. Fertal, most recently the president at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., was named principal at Saint Mark’s High School.
The Dialog won six awards from the Catholic Press Association during the annual Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Athletes at three Catholic high schools will have new or improved facilities this season, while preparation work has started at the most anticipated athletic capital project. Baynard Stadium, the venerable multi-purpose facility across 18th Street from Salesianum, is gone, to be replaced by Abessinio Stadium.
Helen Fuhrmann opened The Angelus Gallery at 417 W. Fifth St. in May after nearly two years of restoration. On the first Friday of each month, the gallery is part of the Wilmington Art Loop, and proceeds from sales benefit the Ministry of Caring.
Bishop Malooly blessed the gym at Christ the Teacher school and the parish center at St. Margaret of Scotland on the same campus in Glasgow to mark the completion of both construction projects.
Volunteers with “40 Days for Life” took part in an effort to offer alternatives to abortion in Wilmington and hundreds of cities across the world.
Nobody rang any bells and no wings were handed out. But the “angels” of the eighth-grade class at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School did get to construct a handicap ramp for a woman in need at her home in Westover, Md. The ramp was built in conjunction with the Chesapeake Housing Mission and is the second year the school and mission have worked together on a service project.
St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington held its first musical lecture — “Let’s Pray Two!” — at St. Helena’s Church in Wilmington. The Dialog published a special section — “Giving Thanks” — a 44-page tribute to Bishop Malooly the same year as his 75th birthday when he sent a letter of resignation to Pope Francis as required by canon law. It included “through the years” pages with dozens of photographs and quotations from the bishop during his tenure in the Diocese of Wilmington.