Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: A Jubilee Year 2000 Commemoration

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: A Jubilee Year 2000 Commemoration

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Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: A Jubilee Year 2000 Commemoration. Compiled by Thomas J. Peterman. (Devon, Pennsylvania: William T. Cooke Publishing, Inc. 2000. Pp. iv, 400. $35.00.)

The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, is fortunate to have among its priests Father Thomas Peterman, who has such an interest in and dedication to the craft of history. The work reviewed is a successor to his first book on diocesan priests in Wilmington, which was published shortly after the diocesan centennial in 1968, Priests of a Century, 1868-1968 (Cooke Publishing Company, Devon, Pennsylvania). That book included 125 biographical sketches on priests who were either deceased or retired from active ministry. The new book has 346 entries and includes priests in active ministry at the time of publication.

This work does not attempt to study these lives in the context of either diocesan, national, or universal church history. It simply gathers in one place the key facts about diocesan priests, and a few religious priests with long service in the diocese, e.g., Adrian Fuerst, O.S.B., the late Rector of St. Meinrad Seminary, Indiana. Each essay has an accompanying picture and the details of birth, education, ordination, and pastoral assignments. When sources of personal knowledge give the author insight on significant events involving the priest, Father Peterman mentions them. For the eight ordinaries, one coadjutor, and one "assisting" bishop (James Burke, Dominican, who helped Bishops Thomas Mardaga and Robert E. …

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