News Releases

  • Independent audit finds Diocese of Wilmington in compliance with Charter. October 3, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has once again been found to be in complete compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the comprehensive action plan adopted by the U. S. bishops in 2002 to effectively deal with sexual abuse of minors by members ...
  • Bishop Malooly/Padua Academy singers to be featured on Christmas Eve radio program/podcast December 18, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Christmas edition of “Catholic Forum,” the radio program/podcast produced by the Diocese of Wilmington’s Office of Communications, will feature Bishop Malooly’s Christmas message to the people of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Christmas music performed by the Padua Academy Women’s Chorus under the direction of Ms. ...
  • Pope honors two diocesan priests with title of “Monsignor” November 2, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington announced today that His Holiness, Pope Francis has honored two priests of the diocese as “Chaplains to His Holiness” with the title “Monsignor.” The priests are Reverend Monsignor David F. Kelley, VC, Pastor of Saint ...
  • Historic Cecil County Church focus of new video Tour of St. Francis Xavier Shrine in Warwick, Maryland, founded in 1704, available on Diocesan YouTube Channel October 31, 2017 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has released a new video tour of a church and rectory/museum that stands on the site of one of the oldest Catholic churches in America, St. Francis ...
  • Bishop Malooly issues letter of support to Hispanic Catholics in wake of DACA announcement. September 9, 2017— (Wilmington, DE) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, issued a letter of support today to Hispanic Catholics, in response to Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six months. Here is the message that the Bishop has asked to be ...
  • Bishop Malooly condemns evils of racism in statement August 17, 2017— (Wilmington, DE) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, issues the following statement in the wake of Charlottesville violence: I stand with many U.S. bishops in condemning the evils of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism that were evident during two days of demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. ...
  • Read Bishop Malooly’s response to a recent Delaware Voice in the News Journal in its entirety This is Bishop Malooly’s response to the April 11, 2017 Delaware Voice in the News Journal. The paper published a version that they edited in their April 13, 2017 edition. Here is the response in its entirety: April 12, 2017 It was disheartening to read the recently published Delaware Voice op-ed, endorsed by several clergy, which offered the ...
  • Retired Delaware State Police Captain tapped to head Diocese of Wilmington Safe Environments Office April 10, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — Mr. Michael D. Connelly, retired Commander of the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigation Division, will become the Coordinator of the Diocese of Wilmington’s Office of Safe Environments, it was announced recently. Mr. Connelly spent 20 years as a Delaware State Trooper, and managed 35 detectives at the time ...
  • Bishop Malooly’s Statement on recent anti-Semitic activities. February 28, 2017— (Wilmington, DE) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, issues the following statement regarding recent anti-Semitic activities around the country and in our community: Recent shocking acts of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and the spate of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers across the nation, including ...
  • Year-long sesquicentennial celebration to begin March 3, 2018 Diocese of Wilmington announces plans for year-long sesquicentennial celebration 150thanniversary year to run from March 3, 2018 to March 3, 2019  March 2, 2017 – (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has announced plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a year-long celebration that will include special Masses and prayer services, pilgrimages, ...
  • A statement from Bishop Malooly concerning executive orders on immigration February 3, 2017 My Dear Friends, In December, I had the pleasure of celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Angels Church in Newark and Saint Paul’s Church in Wilmington – two of our larger Hispanic Catholic communities. During my time with them, I expressed my solidarity with them and the local, regional, and ...