His Excellency, Most Reverend William E. Koenig, Bishop of Wilmington
Bishop William E. Koenig was installed as the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington on July 13, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Delaware. He served as the Vicar for Clergy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. He was born on August 17, 1956 in Queens, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1983. To email Bishop Koenig, click here. Learn more about Bishop Koenig.
Fr. Rich Jasper
Father Rich Jasper started his journey toward priesthood as a middle school teacher in Catholic schools in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In addition, he also worked as an assistant youth minister at Saint John the Beloved Church in Wilmington and performed a volunteer year of service at Seton Center/Catholic Charities’ multi-purpose community center in Princess Anne, Maryland, before entering the seminary for the Diocese of Wilmington. During his formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, he served in summer ministry and a pastoral year at Saint Elizabeth Church in Wilmington and was later assigned to diaconal ministry at Saint Mary Magdalen Church in Fairfax, Delaware. For the past three years, he has served as associate pastor of St. Ann Church in the 40 Acres section of Wilmington.
Reverend Gerald Dunne, OSFS Associate Pastor
Father Jerry is an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales. He had the honor of preaching at the final Mass held in the Bridge Street Church in November 1973. Since then, he was faculty at various high schools, was a director at Camp Brisson, and religious superior in Philadelphia. Fr Jerry has been associate pastor of Immaculate Conception/St. Jude parish since 2017. To email Fr. Dunne, click here.
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. To email Deacon Mike, click here.
Mr. Ben Feril
Deacon Ben and his wife Rita became members of the parish in 2005 and both are retired U. S. Navy Officers. He was ordained into the Permanent Diaconate on August 7, 2021 he and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University and Master’s degree in Church Ministries and Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to his ordination, Deacon Ben, was active as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Proclaimer, an RCIA instructor, and a member of the Parish Council. In addition to being an active adult Scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America, Deacon Ben is also a volunteer chaplain with the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. To email Deacon, Ben click here.
Mrs. Mare Draper
Director of Faith Formation
Mare has over 20 years of experience in religious education at the parish level. Her background also includes experience as a grief support specialist and adult faith formation/ community outreach events director for parish families. She also has a Certificate in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Youth Ministry from Loyola University of New Orleans. She is excited to be reengaging with youth and young adult ministry. To email Mare, click here.