Statement from Bishop Malooly on the announcement that Guatemalan Bishop Ramazzini will be elevated to the College of Cardinals.
September 3, 2019 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, has released the following statement upon learning that Bishop Alvaro L. Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of Huehuetenamgo, Guatemala, would be elevated to the College of Cardinals. Bishop Ramazinni was the Bishop of San Marcos, Guatemala when the Diocese of Wilmington and the Diocese of San Marcos began a Solidarity Partnership in 2003.
“I join our brothers and sisters from San Marcos, Guatemala in expressing my joy and congratulations to Cardinal-designate Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri on the announcement that Pope Francis will elevate Bishop Ramazzini to the College of Cardinals next month. Bishop Ramazzini visited the Diocese of Wilmington many times when he was Bishop of San Marcos, and was instrumental in forging a friendship with the people of our diocese that led to a strong, enduring Solidarity Partnership between our two dioceses. Bishop Ramazzini is a tireless worker for the rights of the poor and oppressed, and this is a very well-deserved honor.”
This official partnership that began in 2003, was the formalization of a relationship that had existed between the two dioceses for quite a while. Over the years, Bishop Ramazzini had traveled to Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore to visit the people of his diocese working here. Subsequently, the late Bishop Michael Saltarelli, then Bishop of Wilmington, visited San Marcos to experience for himself the home of so many of the Guatemalan immigrants now in the area. Numerous delegations from the Diocese of Wilmington have traveled to San Marcos, and from San Marcos to Wilmington.
Bishop Ramazzini left San Marcos in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI named him as Bishop of Huehuetenango.
History of the San Marcos ~ Wilmington Partnership
In April 2003. Bishops Michael A. Saltarelli of Wilmington and Alvaro Ramazzini of San Marcos signed a partnership agreement forming a bond of friendship, spirituality, and care between the two dioceses. This covenant was a result of a series of events that began with the migration of members of the Guatemalan community to lower Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Before long, there were several thousand Guatemalans living in our diocese and most of them came from San Marcos, Guatemala. Over several years, Bishop Ramazzini visited his flock in the Wilmington diocese and met Bishop Saltarelli. Subsequently, Bishop Saltarelli visited San Marcos and met the parents, wives, friends, and relatives of the newest members of the church of Wilmington. Out of these initial contacts and with the assistance of Catholic Relief Services, the partnership emerged. There have been delegations to and from San Marcos during every year of the partnership. Almost everyone who visits San Marcos from the Wilmington diocese says that the experience of meeting the people of San Marcos was life changing. When our parishes and schools hear the stories of visitors from San Marcos, they are able to understand more clearly of the reality of life in a third world country. This strengthens our faith and our Catholic commitment to Social Justice and charity issues. This partnership, which celebrated 10 years of friendship in 2013, has been evolving over time. Opportunities to be involved in this partnership continue to develop as time goes on. Click on the links below to read more about the projects that are ongoing, and to read about the many accomplishments so far. Contact Fr. John Hynes of St. Catherine of Siena and Chair of the Solidarity Committee (302-633-4900) for more
information. Inquiries may also be directed to Mary Jo Frohlich of the committee, at [email protected]
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Solidarity Partners a new volunteer opportunity through the Global Solidarity Partnership between Wilmington and San Marcos. Do you have abilities that can make other peoples lives better? To help them be better persons, able to make their own way in life more successfully? Do you have ideas and convictions about how the world ought to be? Are you interested in other cultures and ways of life? Do you look at life from the viewpoint that God loves and accepts all people and calls you to that also? If so, take a close look at the flyer and the application materials below. Contact Fr. John Hynes at 302-633-4915 or Al Drushler at 302-633-1977 for more information.
Long -term Volunteer Application (Word Document)
Long -term Volunteer Application Self-Reference Form (Word Document)
Long -term Volunteer Application Reference Form (Word Document)