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.

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


Catholic Charities, www.cdow.org/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.

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

 March 17, 2021 – 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.


To learn more about Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner or to support the Tribute Dinner through sponsorships or ticket purchases contact Andrea Rotsch, [email protected], or visit https://www.ccwilm.org/events/cc-dinner.


Catholic Charities, www.cdow.org/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.



Frederick ‘Fritz’ Jones, longtime Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Charities executive, takes over as Executive Director (Photograph by Don Blake)

April 7, 2021 – Wilmington, DE – The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, announced today the appointment of Mr. Frederick “Fritz” Jones as Executive Director of Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington.  Mr. Jones has served in management positions at Catholic Charities for 43 years, most recently as Director of Program Operations. He has been serving as Interim Executive Director since March 4, 2021.

“I am very pleased to appoint Fritz Jones to this important position,” said Bishop Malooly. “For decades, Fritz has been a leader in our efforts to serve the people of God, especially families and individuals in need. He is committed to our mission to provide critical social services to the people of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

“I am so privileged to have been asked to remove ‘Interim’ from my new position at Catholic Charities,” stated Mr. Jones. “I am excited to serve in this capacity and look forward to new challenges and opportunities in support of those in need in our diocese. My many years of service to Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Wilmington has me well prepared to be successful in this role.”

Mr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University and a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.  During his time at Catholic Charities, Mr. Jones has managed all Catholic Charities programs for the diocese.  His accomplishments include the reorganization of the Behavioral Health Program resulting in increased productivity, and the integration of the residential maternity home into a Catholic Charities program adding serves to new mothers.

Mr. Jones has served the community in many ways including as a member of the Counsel of United Way Executives Designee for Catholic Charities, the Wilmington Planning Commission, and the City of Wilmington Economic Development Committee. Other community groups include the Clarence Fraim Boys and Girls Club, Rockwood Museum, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College.

Catholic Charities traces its roots in the Wilmington area to the establishment of an orphanage for girls in 1830.  Over the years agency services have grown and changed in response to the contemporary needs of society.  Today, Catholic Charities is responsible for directing and coordinating the charitable and social service programs of the Diocese of Wilmington. It offers a wide range of human services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships. It works in concert with other religious, non-profit, and public agencies, and in collaboration with the business and professional communities.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 20 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  There are approximately 246,000 Catholics in the diocese. More information is available at cdow.org.

Catholic Charities receives grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

February 23, 2021 – Wilmington, DE – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington has received a $100,000 BluePrints for the Community grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, it was announced today. Catholic Charities will use the grant money to support its Behavioral Health Services Program for low income families to address emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, is a great corporate partner, dedicated to provide support to underinsured and uninsured Delawareans. Catholic Charities is proud to work with Highmark and BluePrints to share our resources with the most vulnerable among us,” said Fritz Jones, Director of Program Operations. To learn more about available services, call the Catholic Charities office – Main, Kent, Sussex, or Eastern Shore – closest to your home to speak to the Counseling Services intake support staff.

BluePrints for the Community, housed by the Delaware Community Foundation, has contributed over $17 million to the community since its inception in 2007. It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on, but not limited to, the needs of the uninsured and underserved, and to reduce health care disparities in minority population and address social determinants of health.

“Catholic Charities has long proven itself to be as effective as they are compassionate, which is what we need during challenging times,” said Nick Moriello, President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “Highmark and BluePrints are proud to support their work in behavioral health to ensure the well-being of Delawareans.”

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware serves approximately 441,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business. It is an influential company in the market generating an economic impact of $135 million and supporting more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmarkbcbsde.com.

Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has been serving those in need for over 190 years, offering 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.