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.