Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Article

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Diocese of Wilmington

Dioecesis Wilmingtoniensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.svg
Country United States of America
TerritoryThe State of Delaware and nine counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
Ecclesiastical province Baltimore
Metropolitan Baltimore
Area5,375 km2 (2,075 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
240,338 (17.6%)
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
EstablishedMarch 3, 1868 (151 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Peter
Patron saint St. Francis de Sales
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop William Francis Malooly
Metropolitan Archbishop William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington ( Latin: Dioecesis Wilmingtoniensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the eastern United States and comprises the entire state of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland (i.e. the parts of the Delmarva Peninsula not in Virginia). It is led by Bishop William Francis Malooly, whose seat is the Cathedral of Saint Peter in the City of Wilmington.


Cathedral of St. Peter

Rev. Patrick Kenney established the first Roman Catholic mission in Delaware was in 1804 on the site of the Coffee Run Cemetery in Mill Creek, Delaware. The Coffee Run Mission Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. [1] [a] [2] The diocese was canonically erected on March 3, 1868 by Pope Pius IX from portions of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Philadelphia, and also received the 2 eastern-shore counties of Virginia, thus extending all the way down the Delmarva Peninsula. The Virginia portion reverted to the Diocese of Richmond in 1974, leaving the Diocese of Wilmington with all of Delaware and the 9 eastern-shore counties of Maryland.

Clergy Sexual Abuse Settlement

In 2009, the diocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the face of financial liabilities from lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests. [3] In 2011, 150 victims received an average of $310,000 each, totaling $77.425 million-this represents the seventh largest Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse settlement in the history of the U.S. Perpetrators of the sexual assaults were not identified. [4] [5]


Bishops of Wilmington

  1. Thomas Albert Andrew Becker (1868–1886), appointed Bishop of Savannah
  2. Alfred Allen Paul Curtis (1886–1896)
  3. John James Joseph Monaghan (1897–1925)
  4. Edmond John Fitzmaurice (1925–1960), appointed Archbishop (personal title) in 1960
  5. Michael William Hyle (1960–1967)
  6. Thomas Joseph Mardaga (1968–1984)
  7. Robert Edward Mulvee (1985–1995), appointed Coadjutor Bishop and later Bishop of Providence
  8. Michael Angelo Saltarelli (1995–2008)
  9. William Francis Malooly (2008–present)

Coadjutor Bishops

Other priests of the diocese who became bishops

High schools

See also


  1. ^ The title of the on-line article differs from the title of the article as it appeared in print
  1. ^ Tangel, Andrew (December 1, 2005). "Death knell may sound for historic farm buildings". The News Journal. pp. B1, B2. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2006.
  2. ^ "Coffee Run Mission Site (added 1973 - New Castle County - #73000509)". National Register of Historic Places.
  3. ^ Urbina, Ian (October 19, 2009), Delaware Diocese Files for Bankruptcy in Wake of Abuse Suits, The New York Times, retrieved May 15, 2011
  4. ^ Rowe, Peter (September 10, 2017). "Largest sexual abuse settlements by Roman Catholic institutions in the U.S." The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  5. ^ "Largest Settlements by Total Dollar Amount". Bishop Accountability.

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