Bishop Malooly to ordain Michael A. Preston to the Priesthood on May 22nd

May 17, 2021 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will ordain Rev. Mr. Michael Anthony Preston to the Priesthood on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Rev. Mr. Preston was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate last August.

Rev. Mr. Michael A. Preston

A native of Port Deposit, in Cecil County, Maryland; Rev. Mr. Preston was born in 1992. He is the son of Cathleen Bradley and William Preston, Jr. He attended Good Shepherd Catholic School and Perryville High School, both in Perryville, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Theology while at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey; and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

During his seminary studies, Rev. Mr. Preston worked in pastoral ministry at St. John the Beloved, St. Mary Magdalen, and St. Elizabeth parishes in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessin, and St. Margaret of Scotland in Glasgow, Delaware.

“One of my greatest joys as Bishop of Wilmington, has been to ordain men to the diaconate and priesthood,” said Bishop Malooly, who is currently serving as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese. “I am looking forward to ordaining Michael to the priesthood, and ask the good people of our diocese to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide Michael as he begins his priestly ministry, and that more men will heed God’s call to a priestly vocation.”

“I am very excited about serving the people of God in the Diocese of Wilmington,” commented Rev. Mr. Preston. “I am thankful for all the support I have had over the years.”

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, attendance at the May 22nd Mass of Ordination is by invitation only. The ceremony will be live-streamed on the Diocese of Wilmington’s YouTube channel –

More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase vocations-awareness and to work with people who may have priestly or religious vocations is available by contacting the Rev. Norman Carroll, Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at 302-573-3113 or [email protected] More information is available at

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 29 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Information is available at

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