Rejoicing in the Lord since 1868

150 CDOW logo 4c The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a year-long celebration that will include special Masses and prayer services, pilgrimages, a keepsake-publication, a traveling exhibit, and a Eucharistic Congress. The Diocese of Wilmington was established on March 3, 1868 by Blessed Pope Pius IX.

A sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) committee, composed of clergy and laity, has been meeting for over a year. A logo and the slogan – “Rejoicing in the Lord since 1868” – have been developed and will be used leading up to and throughout the year. The slogan was chosen in honor of the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, whose episcopal motto is “Rejoice in the Lord.”

Read the news release, here.

Check here for updated information about the Diocese’s 150th anniversary celebration!

The 150th Anniversary Edition of the book, “Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington” by Fr. Tom Peterman is now available to order as a great gift for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. $50 includes shipping and handling. To order and pay: [email protected] or to Rev. Thomas Peterman, 2505 Centerville Road, Wilmington DE 19808. Read all about it in The Dialog.

Calendar of Events (coming soon):

Order the 150th anniversary edition of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s 2017-2018 Directory today!  Click here.

Learn about some of the historic churches in our Diocese:

St. Francis Xavier Shrine (Old Bohemia), Warwick, Maryland

Old St. Joseph’s Mission, Cordova, Maryland

Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, Delaware

The historic Cathedral of St. Peter Austin Pipe Organ

Learn about the man who may be the first canonized saint from the Diocese of Wilmington

Father Paul of Graymoor