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Pope Francis Appoints Rev. Mnsr. William Koenig as the New Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington

On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, named the Reverend Monsignor William Edward Koenig, Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington. 

Bishop-elect Koenig will succeed the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, who has served as the leader of the Catholic Church in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 2008. In accordance with canon law, Bishop Malooly offered his resignation to the Holy Father when he turned 75 years of age on January 18, 2019. Pope Francis accepted Bishop W. Francis Malooly’s resignation as Bishop of Wilmington and appointed him Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese until Bishop-elect Koenig’s ordination and installation.

Bishop-elect Koenig will be ordained to the Order of Bishop and installed as the Tenth Bishop of Wilmington at a special Mass scheduled for July 13th.

The Mass will be available for viewing. Please check for upcoming details on cdow.org.

For the full biography of William Edward Koenig (pronounced Kay-nig), click here.
 
To listen to the coverage of the announcement of Bishop-elect Koenig’s appointment on the Catholic Forum podcast “Catholic Forum, May 8, 2021 – New Bishop Announcement”, click here.

Bayard House Welcomes New Program Manager
Meet Maria Santana, Catholic Charities’ new Program Manager at Bayard House in Wilmington. Maria has been in service to the Human Services field for over 15 years working for various nonprofit agencies.
 
Working with counselors and staff at Bayard House, Maria’s goal is to empower others in reaching their full potential. Bayard House provides care services to at-risk, homeless, pregnant and/or newly parenting adolescents, young women, and their babies. The Bayard House program helps young women become nurturing parents and self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
 
“My passion in life is to continue working in the Human Services field to empower others in reaching their full potential. My belief is that ‘Happiness' is found in helping others – and that is my destiny.”

Bayard House is the only licensed residential program in Delaware providing direct client care service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Programs at Bayard House include Residential Maternity Care in a home-like environment, Pregnancy Counseling, and Diaper Bank. Catholic Charities Diaper Bank provides diaper distributions to families in need with children ages 3 and under. Catholic Charities Diaper Bank is an affiliate of the National Diaper Bank Network.

For more information about Bayard House, click here.

May is Diaper Drive Month!
Catholic Charities' continues the Annual Diaper Bank Drive through the end of May. Donors can drop off diapers, baby hygiene items, and gift cards at all Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.
 
URGENTLY NEEDED: Diapers in Sizes 4, 5, 6 & Pull-ups.
 
If you are in need of diapers or know of a family that can benefit from the Bayard House Diaper Bank, please call Bayard House at 302-654-1184 to learn more about the program. Families must meet income guidelines and have children of the appropriate age.
 
Click here to make an online donation. Please choose "Diaper Bank" from the drop-down menu
under "Please designate my gift for the following ministry".
 
For more information about Catholic Charities Diaper Bank, click here.

Catholic Charities Offers Immigration Counseling
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wilmington, provides comprehensive and reliable immigration counseling to assist individuals and families in negotiating immigration and naturalization processes. Catholic Charities is fully recognized by the U.S. government’s Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Our immigration staff handles Adjustments of Immigration Status, Consular Processing, Family Reunification and Family-based petitions, Employment Authorizations, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Fiancé Visas, and Citizenship/Naturalization applications. They also offer assistance to victims of human trafficking and immigrant victims of various crimes including domestic violence.

We also assist unaccompanied children, who arrive in Delaware and are placed with family members, in their immigration court hearings.

Any immigrant is eligible to receive services, regardless of status, documentation, or national origin. Fees are nominal and can be reduced or waived based on the financial circumstances of the individual.

Click here to make an online donation. Please choose "Immigration Services" from the drop down menu under "Please designate my gift for the following ministry".

For more information about Catholic Charities Immigration Support, click here.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington. Dialog photo/Don Blake
Your Gifts Help Neighbors in the Community!
Your gift to Catholic Charities is more crucial than ever to help those who are facing the inability to meet basic expenses such as rent, utilities, food, clothing and prescriptions. We are always in need of essential items to meet the needs of our most vulnerable clients. Here's how you can help!

FINANCIAL DONATIONS
Making a financial gift to Catholic Charities is a wonderful way to directly assist those in need in this time of unparalleled uncertainty. Your selfless generosity to help those who are less fortunate, will make an immediate, life changing difference to those within the community that are facing unemployment, eviction, and hunger.
 
Click here to make an online donation or send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W. 4th St., Wilm., DE 19805. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 302-655-9624.
 
FOOD / ESSENTIAL ITEM DONATIONS
We gratefully accept and encourage donations of food, diapers, hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, and gift cards, and cash at all Catholic Charities service locations and Casa San Francisco during regular business hours.

We are now accepting donations of clothing, household goods or items other than listed. Due to restricted building access, please call ahead for an appointment at the location of your choice.
NEW CASTLE COUNTY OFFICE
(MAIN OFFICE)
2601 W 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-655-9624

BAYARD HOUSE
300 Bayard Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-654-1184

KENT COUNTY OFFICE
2099 S Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-674-1600
CASA SAN FRANCISCO
127 Broad Street
Milton, DE 19968
302-684-8694

SUSSEX COUNTY OFFICE
404 S Bedford Street, Suite 9
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-9578

MARYDALE RETIREMENT VILLAGE
135 Jeandell Drive
Newark DE 19713
302-368-2784
EASTERN SHORE OFFICE
Seton Center
30632 Hampden Ave
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-9608

THRIFT CENTER
1320 E 23rd Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
302-764-2717
Catholic Charities serves the most vulnerable in Delaware and the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland, regardless of religion, race, or ability to pay.

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Catholic Charities Mission
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington exists to help fulfill the Christian duty to love and serve God's people. Our mission is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The universal and local Church proclaims the Gospel and teaches the recognition of the dignity and sacredness of each human life and the belief that we are called to share our resources with the most vulnerable among us.

It is the mission of Catholic Charities to address human suffering and to promote and restore the well-being of people and society by:
  • Providing, as a primary focus, caring service to families and persons in need;
  • Coming together with members of the community to become informed about and to take action on critical social issues; and,
  • Advocating publicly for social policies which enhance human dignity and safeguard basic human rights.
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