Catholic Charities to Honor Bishop W. Francis Malooly and Michael Hare at 2021 Tribute Dinner

Wilmington, DE – Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will receive the 2021 Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Michael J. Hare, the 2020 recipient will receive the 2020 Award as the dinner last year was cancelled due to COVID-19.


The Award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Thomas J. Reese, community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities, recognizes exemplary individual who have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people – Catholic Charities’ mission.


On July 7, 2008, the Holy See announced that the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D. had been appointed the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. Bishop Malooly was installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington at a Mass of Installation at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2008 (The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) at Saint Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets in Wilmington, Delaware.


Bishop Malooly was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on March 1, 2001. Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, appointed him at that time to the concurrent position of Western Vicar for the 38 parishes and six missions in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, and Washington counties in Maryland. He retained appointments as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General.


Bishop Malooly was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 18, 1944. He attended elementary school at St. Ursula in nearby Parkville. Responding early to a call to the priesthood, he attended secondary and undergraduate school at St. Charles in Catonsville (now closed), followed by seminary training at St. Mary (Paca Street, now closed) and St. Mary, Roland Park (now St. Mary’s Seminary & University). He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore by his uncle, the late Bishop T. Austin Murphy, at the St. Ursula parish church on May 9, 1970.


Parish assignments included appointments as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph, Cockeysville, Maryland in 1970 and St. Anthony of Padua, Baltimore in 1976. He was Associate Administrator, then Administrator, at the CYO Retreat House (now Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House) in Sparks, Maryland from 1981-1984. In 1984, Bishop Malooly became Director of Clergy Personnel for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He was appointed Chancellor and Vicar General in 1989. In 1990 he was named Prelate of Honor to the Holy Father with title of Monsignor.


He is a member of the Knights of Malta and Knights of Columbus. In April of 1999, he was awarded the President’s Medal by St. Mary’s Seminary & University for his long service to the school and to the people, priests, and bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 2006 he received the Cardinal Shehan Award given by the Archdiocesan Youth Office. On May 21, 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, at that time, he was serving on the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s University. He serves, and has for many years, on the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary and University.


Michael Hare serves on Bishop Malooly’s Pastoral Council and on the Vocations Admissions Board for the Diocese of Wilmington. He also served as president of Saint Elizabeth Parish Council and is a founder and chair of the annual Feast of Saint Elizabeth celebration. He is co-chair of the Saint Patrick’s Day Society, which has raised more than $2 million for the Saint Patrick’s Center, an organization that provides vital services for the underserved on Wilmington’s east side. Additionally, Hare serves on the boards of St. Edmond’s Academy, the Latin American Community Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Salvation Army Delaware, and Delaware Technical Community College. He is also a former member of the Archmere Academy Board of Trustees.


Hare is executive vice president for development at the Buccini/Pollin Group.


A native of Wilmington, he is a graduate of Saint Edmond’s Academy and Archmere Academy. He received a degree in public administration from St. Joseph’s University. He also attended Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Catholic Charities,, serving those in need for 190 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


Letter from 1829 seeking help in Diocese of Wilmington uncovered at Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton

By Mike Lang, Dialog Reporter

August 16, 2021 – Wilmington, DE – A piece of Diocese of Wilmington history has been sitting in Emmitsburg, Md., for nearly two centuries. Recently, two representatives from Catholic Charities had the opportunity to take a trip to see it.

An unidentified person came across a publication from 1930 marking the centennial anniversary of St. Peter’s Asylum in Wilmington. It included a passage about a letter sent in 1829 from a Father George Carrell to the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg asking if they’d consider opening an orphanage in Wilmington. Specifically, it would be for orphans created by accidents at the powder mill along the Brandywine River in Wilmington.

“Somehow, it was determined that the original letter was still in the hands of the Sisters of Charity at the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton,” said Fritz Jones, executive director of Catholic Charities.

So during the last week of July, Jones and Charities board chairman Xavier DeCaire made a road trip to see the letter, “which, frankly, was pretty amazing. Here you are holding the original letter that was sent to the mother superior,” Jones said.

The entreaty was successful. The Sisters of Charity sent three nuns to Wilmington the following year. The asylum was originally located at the corner of Third and West streets, then moved three blocks to Sixth and West, followed by various locations in the diocese. It has since closed, but Catholic Charities, which grew out of that asylum, is going strong.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton had died a few years prior to the writing of the letter, but her spirit fills the shrine, Jones said.

“Here we were in this shrine to her reading this letter that led to what we know today as Catholic Charities,” he said. “It’s hard to describe being able to handle that kind of history, especially when you are part of that history.

“Xavi was very excited to participate in this, not just as the board chair but as someone who went to school at Mount St. Mary’s as well.”

The letter will be part of a film about Catholic Charities that Jones believes will be ready for viewing at the agency’s annual tribute dinner, which will be held on Oct. 6 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Jones, who has worked for the diocese with 43 years and was named executive director in April, said Charities identified people who could speak about the historical aspects of the programs offered. It includes not only what is offered today, but where Catholic Charities came from and how it got here.

The film will include one of the original program directors at Casa San Francisco in Milton, a young woman who benefited from the services offered at Bayard House, and Father Richard Jasper, who volunteered at Seton Center when he was a seminarian.

Bishop Malooly and Michael Hare, an executive with Buccini-Pollin Group, will be honored at the dinner. Hare was the 2020 recipient of the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award, but the dinner was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Thomas J. Reese, community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities, recognizes exemplary individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people.

The dinner will be available for viewing remotely, Jones said, as some people might not be comfortable attending in person. Tickets can be purchased for in-person or virtual attendance.

“I love the idea,” Jones said. “I hope it takes off. Sometimes, it’s hard for our folks to come up from the southern region. We’re very excited to see how this works out.”

More information about Catholic Charities, the honorees and the dinner, including how to purchase tickets, is available at

More Federal Support for Affordable Housing Urged by Catholic Charities Leaders

By  Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

June 23, 2021 – Cleveland OH – Officials overseeing Catholic Charities-connected housing initiatives are calling on Congress to boost funding and expand tax credits for affordable housing programs that serve older adults and homeless people.

Three officials made their pitch to congressional staffers during an online briefing arranged by Catholic Charities USA June 23 on behalf of a growing number of people struggling in unsafe and unhealthy housing situations.

They said only a fraction of affordable housing needs is being met through their programs.

“We’re addressing 15% of the need. It’s a very small percentage,” said Deacon Tom Roberts, president and CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

“When I think about the narrow band of people that are chronically homeless, that if we don’t get them into housing with resources, the drain on the system,” he said, “the cost to push them through a primary medical need or emergency room or the jail system or the legal system is astronomical compared to the cost to get them into housing with resources.”

The wait for affordable housing under the Diocesan Housing Services Corporation of Camden, N.J., is three to four years, said the agency’s executive director, James Reynolds.

At the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Catholic Housing and Community Services program that serves senior citizens, over 260 people applied for one of 46 apartments in a newly constructed affordable housing facility, said director Heather Huot. “That’s 17%,” she said.

The program, known as Section 202, funds construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of properties that can serve as supportive housing for seniors. It also provides rental subsidies for qualifying low-income seniors, including the frail, so that no more than 30% of their income is used for rent.

But funding for construction was halted by Congress in 2012 and it was only reinstated in the 2020 federal budget.

Huot and Reynolds advocated for funding to return to at least the $400 million to $500 million that was allocated nearly a decade ago.

Section 202 helps seniors to live independently while providing basic services such as cleaning, cooking and transportation, Reynolds told Catholic News Service prior to the briefing.

The federal fiscal year 2020 budget allocated $150 million for the program, and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in May began seeking applications from nonprofit organizations to receive funds. HUD estimated that about 45 projects would be funded.

Reynolds said his agency applied for funding for a 75-unit housing project. “The bigger issue is even at $150 million, it falls short of the (nationwide) need,” he said.

Huot told CNS rental subsidies under Section 202 are often overlooked as a viable tool for seniors living on fixed incomes that are squeezed when rent costs increase.

“There’s a misperception out there of what a senior who needs affordable housing looks like. The reality is the majority of seniors who live in our buildings worked in industries, worked in the trades, maybe they were a police officer. They had a full life of contributing to the community and now need some support to meet their needs,” Huot said.

The Catholic officials also advocated for increasing the federal low-income housing tax credit. Reynolds told CNS the credit has led to the development of the highest number of affordable housing units during the past three decades.

The program gives state and local agencies the authority to issue tax credits for new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation. HUD reports that more than 106,000 units were placed in service annually between 1995 and 2018 because of the credit.

Other issues the officials raised included the need for counseling services addressing housing to help people prepare to live in a stable setting and establish personal budget priorities for costs such as rent.

In addition, Reynolds called for HUD officials to review housing policies developed in the mid-20th century that have contributed to “de facto segregation.”

“The realistic opportunity for lower-income people and minorities in particular to access reasonable opportunities in higher income communities just doesn’t exist,” he said.

“I think that while HUD has addressed this issue partially … one of the things they haven’t done nationally at a policy level,” he continued, “is take affirmative steps to ensure not only that we are not furthering discrimination and patterns of housing segregation, but we’re actually going out and providing opportunities to allow folks to reverse these trends.”

He encouraged a review of where affordable housing projects are developed so that people of color and low-income families have the opportunity, if they choose, to move into communities with better schools, improved safety and better access to transportation.

Fund for Women Announces 2021 Grant Recipients

June 15, 2021 – Reprinted from Coastal Point – The Fund for Women (FFW) at the Delaware Community Foundation recently announced the nonprofit recipients for its 2021 grant cycle. Since 1994, the FFW has awarded 376 grants totaling more than $3.2 million to nonprofits serving women and girls in Delaware. The FFW’s one-year grant offers organizations an opportunity to obtain seed money for innovative, creative programming or funding to continue or expand programs where effectiveness has been demonstrated.

For the 2021 grant cycle, the FFW has awarded $209,998 to 15 nonprofits. The agencies listed will utilize the grant funding for critical projects related to housing, healthcare, career training and education programs. Grants were awarded in a virtual, live webinar on June 8. The presentation can be viewed at and on the FFW Facebook (@DelawareFFW) and Instagram (@fundforwomen).

Awards went to (in alphabetical order):

  • Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, $15,000 — statewide — Girls on the Run at the Boys & Girls Club, provides GOTR teams and programming for five clubs statewide during 2021.
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wilmington, $15,000 — statewide — developing life skills to enable young mothers to overcome poverty and homelessness at Bayard House.
  • CHILD Inc., $15,000 — statewide — permanent, safe, affordable housing for nine victims of intimate partner violence and their 12 children.
  • Culture Restoration Project Inc., $10,898 — New Castle — Poetry, Prose & Power, a trauma-informed series of creative writing and life coaching workshops that is a culturally competent, therapeutic, self-affirming outlet for young girls ages 13-17 in Wilmington.
  • Delaware Center for Justice, $15,000 — statewide — Community Reintegration Services Program (CRSP) will provide 125 women throughout the state with evidence-based case management strategies and other crucial services that foster successful re-entry.
  • Delaware College Scholars, $15,000 — statewide — Allows first-generation college access to expand and hire additional summer faculty to support the summer residence portion of their college preparatory and persistence program.
  • Delaware Technical & Community College Educational Foundation 866, $15,000 — Kent — Workforce Development Certified Nursing Assistant Scholarships provides six women a scholarship covering tuition, books, uniforms, equipment and additional costs to Delaware Tech’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program.
  • Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, $15,000 — statewide — Partial funding for nine young women of the Class of 2021-2022 with financial and emotional support to advance their education.
  • Jewish Family Services of Delaware, $14,500 — statewide — Maternal Mental Health Program JFS will partner with Nemours duPont Hospital for Children (Nemours) to increase the specialized capacity of Delaware’s behavioral health workforce to treat perinatal loss and perinatal/postnatal depression among Delaware’s women.
  • NCALL Research, Inc., $15,000 — statewide — A New Vision: NCALL Financial Education Program for Single Mothers in Need Across Delaware will provide 100 low- to moderate-income single mothers in Delaware with tools and resources to build financial stability through a 12-week intensive program.
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, $15,000 — statewide — Housing and support services for Delaware mothers with infants receiving care in Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington and Christiana Hospital in Newark.
  • STEHM, Inc., $4,600 — New Castle — Financial Independence Program provides women experiencing homelessness with core money management skills by attending one-on-one and group workshops to manage their finances to gain the confidence they need to independently care for themselves and their children long-term.
  • The Way Home, $15,000 — New Castle/Sussex — WHOLE (Women Having Opportunities 2 Leverage Employment) provides 100 incarcerated women prior to release with an innovative, interactive, gender-responsive and trauma informed cognitive behavioral transformation course and workforce development training grounded in cognitive-behavioral skills necessary for successful employment.
  • Ubuntu Black Family Wellness Collective, $15,000 — New Castle — Centering Black Mothers for Birth Equity Project; Empowering Black Mothers, Empowering Black Doulas This will be a pilot doula project that will provide the value-added benefit of doula care addressing the Black woman pay gap experienced by Black community doulas.
  • YMCA of Delaware, $15,000 — Sussex — Sussex Family YMCA Teen Workforce Development Program provides a new effort in Sussex County designed to provide teen girls with education and experience for their first job.

The Coastal Point is a local newspaper published each Friday and distributed in the Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, Dagsboro, Frankford, Selbyville, Millsboro, Long Neck and Georgetown, Delaware areas.


Catholic Charities,, serving those in need for 190 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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

April 30, 2021 – Wilmington, DE – 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. He 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.

Bishop-elect Koenig (pronounced Kay-nig) was introduced at a press conference on April 30, 2021 at Wilmington’s Cathedral of Saint Peter.

Bishop-elect William Edward Koenig is presently the Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. He is the son of the late Alfred and Mary Koenig. He has two brothers, Joseph and Michael, and a sister-in-law, Joan, who is married to Michael. He is also blessed by having six nephews and nieces.

Born on August 17, 1956 in Queens, New York, Bishop-elect Koenig grew up in East Meadow, New York where he and his family were parishioners of St. Raphael’s Church.  He attended St. Raphael’s Elementary School, St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary in Uniondale, New York, Cathedral College in Douglaston, New York and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. After ordination, he also attended Fordham University from which he received a Master of Social Work Degree.

Bishop-elect Koenig was ordained to the Priesthood by the Most Reverend John R. McGann at St. Agnes Cathedral on May 14, 1983. His first assignment as a priest was to the Parish of St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset, New York. After five years at St. Edward’s, he served for one year in the Parish of St. James in Setauket where he also assisted in the Campus Ministry Program at State University of Stony Brook. In 1989, he was appointed the Diocesan Director of Vocations with Residence at the Cathedral Residence of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, New York.

As a resident, he assisted the staff of four other priests in helping to form seminarians from the Dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre for the Priesthood as they completed college or Pre-Theology requirements. In 1990, Bishop-elect Koenig was assigned as Diocesan Director of Ministry to Priests while continuing to serve as Diocesan Director of Vocations.  Upon the completion of his assignment in 1996 as Directors of Vocations and Ministry to Priests, Bishop-elect Koenig served from 1996 to 2000 as Parochial Vicar at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York. In 2000, he was appointed Pastor of St. William the Abbot in Seaford, New York where he continued to serve until 2009.  During his term as Pastor at St. Williams, Bishop-elect Koenig in 2007 was named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. In 2009, he was appointed the Rector of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York.  His service as Rector concluded in 2020 when he was appointed the Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

In addition to his Diocesan Assignments, Bishop-elect Koenig has served in a number of roles and Boards in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He has been the Dean of both the Seaford Deanery as well as the Rockville Centre Deanery.  He has been a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors. He as represented the Diocese of Rockville Centre in the Priests Council of New York State. Monsignor Koenig has been the Moderator of CYO of Long Island and is a Board Member of Unitas which serves as an investment corporation for parishes and diocesan entities.

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.

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Catholic Charities,, serving those in need for 190 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.