November 2–8 is National Vocation Awareness Week. This is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

Jesus asked us to pray that his Father would send more laborers in his vineyard. Please join me this National Vocation Awareness Week in praying for our young people: that they hear the Father’s call in their lives and that they answer “yes” to his invitation to serve in his vineyard. God bless you.                                        —Bishop Malooly 



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The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them,


Come and Seek


Recently featured in The Dialog, this is a monthly gathering for men interested learning more about the priesthood. Meet others who are considering answering the call and chat with Diocesan priests about their vocations. The Diocese hosts two groups: one in the Northern part of the Diocese hosted at St. John the Beloved in Wilmington and one in the southern part of the of Diocese hosted at Sts. Peter and Paul in Easton.

If you think you might be called to the Priesthood, you’re invited to socialize, talk, and hang out with priests and men like yourself who think the Lord may be calling them to be a Priest. Check out the schedule below

Wednesday, October 22 Wednesday, October 8
Thursday, November 20 Wednesday, November 12
Friday, December 19
*Christmas Trip to Longwood Gardens
*Meet at 5pm
Wednesday, December 10
All meetings (unless otherwise noted) are held at 6:30 p.m. in the Vianney House at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, Del. 19808. All meetings (unless otherwise noted) are held at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 1210 S. Washington St., Easton, Md. 21601.
For more information, contact…
Fr. Christopher Coffiey
302-239-7100 ext. 24
[email protected]
For more information, contact…
Fr. Joseph McQuaide
302-674-5787 ext. 115
[email protected]



Twenty high school men joined Bishop Malooly at St. Mary’s Seminary and University for the Diocese’s 17th Pass the Word program. They spent the day with priests and seminarians of the Diocese in prayer and reflection about the gift of a vocation to the priesthood. To read about the day, see The Dialog’s report.



Bishop Malooly recently expanded the Diocese’s Vocations office by creating a team of priests to promote vocations, recruit potential seminarians, and aid in their discernment. For more information, read The Dialog’s report.

The Dialog/Mike Lang

The Dialog/Mike Lang

Vocations Office Staff

Father David Kelley
Director of Seminarians and the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations

Father Charles Dillingham
Associate Director for College and Post-College Vocations

Father Joseph McQuaide
Associate Director for High School Vocations

Father Jay McKee
Associate Director for Grade School Programming and General Vocations Awareness

Contact us at [email protected]


To visit the Diocese of Wilmington’s Vocations page, click here.