His Excellency, Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D. Bishop of Wilmington
Bishop W. Francis Malooly was installed as the ninth bishop of the diocese on September 8, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Delaware. A Maryland native, he served as Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar General and Western Vicar (for Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll and Howard counties) He was born on January 18, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1970 and was ordained a Bishop on March 1, 2001.His ecclesial motto: Rejoice in the Lord.
Reverend James Yeakel, OFSF Pastor
Father Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was first professed as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales in 1968. He attended De Sales University in Center Valley, PA earning a BA in History in 1974. Father Yeakel completed his major seminary formation at De Sales School of Theology, Washington, DC, with a MA in Theology in 1978. After completing an MSW degree at Catholic University of America in 1980, he earned a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University 1997. He is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Maryland and New York. He is also a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
In May of 1979, Father Yeakel was ordained a priest at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA. As an Oblate priest Fr. Yeakel served in a variety of ministry settings. He served his Oblate community in various internal ministry positions over the years. He taught at the high school in Philadelphia and at graduate schools in the Washington, DC area. He is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, served several terms as a certification commission member and one term as the commission’s chair. He was Pastoral Care Director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA and again at St. Vincent Hospital in Harrison, NY. As a licensed therapist, he served on the staff of St. Luke Institute, Silver Spring, MD and St. Vincent Hospital, Harrison, NY. His previous parish work includes both part time and full time associate experience.
Reverend Gerald Dunne, OSFS Associate Pastor
Mr. Michael Truman
Deacon Mike was ordained on May 9, 2009. Roberta (Bobbie) and Mike met at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were married in the school’s chapel on July 6, 1974. After a 30-year career, Mike retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in August 2008. This career took them to Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Maryland, New Jersey and back to Maryland. Their adult daughter lives and works in New Jersey. Mike has a B.S. (Psychology) and M.S. (Corrections) from Xavier University and an additional M.S. (Criminology) from Florida State University. Mike’s ministry is to the sick and homebound.
Mrs. Dana Brehamy, Director of Music Ministry
A native of Washington, WV, Dana is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of Music. She also holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed many solo recitals in the eastern US, as well as performances with orchestra.Dana has been active in church music ministry for over ten years, serving parishes in West Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut, and Maryland. She is very excited to be joining the staff at Immaculate Conception and St. Jude, and to have the opportunity to assist the parish in the praise of God through music.
Mrs. Cheryl Nickle, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Mrs. Nickle is a lifelong member of our parish and has been a catechist in our Religious Education Program for a number of years. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies concentrating in liturgy from La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA. She is our current liturgy committee chair. As a retired teacher from the Cecil County School System, she brings a wealth of experience to her new responsibilities as Youth Ministry Coordinator.
Sr. Grace Andrew Jeffery, OSF
Director of Religious Education
Sr. Grace Andrew is a member of the community of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. With her siblings, Sister was born and nurtured by her parents in Philadelphia, PA. With the exception of 1 year, her ministry has been served in the Diocese of Wilmington. Having received her BA from Our Lady of Angels College (now Neumann) in Aston, PA and her Master in Religious Education from Catholic University, Sister brings to the ministry 10 years of experience as a teacher in Catholic Elementary schools as well as 30 years serving as Director of Religious Education in various parishes within the Diocese. Sister Grace has just completed 16 years of ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish.
Mrs. Patricia Kosman
Director of RCIA
Pat has been a member of the parish since 1993 after moving to Bear, Delaware from Cleveland Ohio. Pat has her B.A. in Theology form Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. Pat has been active in a number of ministries over the past 30 years including marriage and baptism preparation and for seven years she was campus minister at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She has two daughters, Christine and Mary. Pat considers it a privilege to be able to walk with people on their journey as they draw closer to God and become members of the Catholic Church.
Parish Support Staff
Plant Manager: Mr. Joseph Bench
Business Manager: Mrs. Peg O’Donnell
Office Manager: Mrs. Kathleen Davis
Religious Education Secretary: Mrs. Vickie Eichler
Immaculate Conception School Secretary: Ms. Jeremy Wilson
Outreach Coordinator: Mrs. Dottie Fritz