Mission, Statistics & Map

Mission Statement

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, encompassing the state of Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is a believing community, professing its faith in God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through Baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are joined not only to Christ, the Head of the body, which is His Church, but to all who believe in Him as Lord and Savior. In communion with the Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, and guided by the pastoral care of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Wilmington, we are called and commissioned:

1. To be a community of faith living the love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit;

2. To proclaim the good news of salvation announced through Jesus Christ and confided to the Church;

3. To celebrate in liturgy, especially in Eucharist, the saving act of God in Christ;

4. To strengthen our allegiance to the Gospel and deepen our understanding of it; and finally,

5. To serve all our brothers and sisters as Jesus taught us.

United by faith, worship, prayer and service, and grateful for God’s many gifts, we seek the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit. Continually we reaffirm the mission we have received to announce and promote the presence of God’s Kingdom which is already at work in our midst.

DIOCESE ESTABLISHED MARCH 3, 1868
Comprises all the city of Wilmington and the counties
Of New Castle, Kent and Sussex in the State of Delaware.
The Counties of Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent,
Queen Anne, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico
And Worcester in Maryland.
Square Miles – Delaware 1,932; Maryland 3,375, total 5,307 sq. miles

TOTAL POPULATION: 1,358,080
CATHOLIC POPULATION: 239,638
PATRON OF THE DIOCESE: St. Francis de Sales

Statistical Summary

PERSONNEL

Bishops

1

Priests (Diocesan)

123

Priests (Religious)

61

Other Priests in Diocese

20

Brothers

19

Permanent Deacons

104

Transitional Deacons

3

Sisters

203

GEOGRAPHICAL

States

2

Counties

12

Deaneries

7

Parishes

57

Missions

18

Shrines

2

Square Miles

5,307

   

SCHOOLS

High Schools

2

Parochial Elementary

15

Inter Parochial Elementary Schools

3

Private Elementary

4

Total Students in Catholic Schools

11,979

Parish Religious Education Students

10,668


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