Our Lady of Lourdes
A Redemptorist Fathers, Roman Catholic Church
(Parish Office: 302-629-3591 / Email: ParishOffice@OLLSeaford.org
Meet our Clergy & Staff:
^Bishop, Diocese of Wilmington:
Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D.
Bishop Malooly was born in Baltimore, Jan. 18, 1944. Responding early to a call to the priesthood, he attended secondary and undergraduate school at St. Charles in Catonsville, then seminary training at St. Mary (Paca Street, now closed) and St. Mary, Roland Park (now St. Mary's Seminary & University). He was ordained a priest May 9, 1970.
Parish assignments included appointments at St. Joseph, Texas in 1970 and St. Anthony of Padua, Baltimore in 1976. He was Associate Administrator, then Administrator, at the CYO Retreat House in Sparks, Maryland. In 1984, he became Director of Clergy Personnel for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He was appointed Chancellor and Vicar General in 1989. In 1990 he was named Prelate of Honor to the Holy Father with title of Monsignor.
In 2006 he received the Cardinal Shehan Award given by the Archdiocesan Youth Office. On May 21, 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Mary's Seminary and University, and Mount St. Mary's University.
^Parish Pastor: Father Clement Vadakkedath, C.ss.R.
Fr. Clement was born in Kerala, India. He attended school in his native town and university studies at the Jesuit college in Bangalore and then joined the Redemptorists (C.Ss.R.). He entered the Redemptorist Novitiate in 1981 and continued his Redemptorist formation at St. Alphonsus College, Bangalore, while doing philosophy and theology courses as part of the seminary training. He was ordained a priest on April 19, 1990.
Fr. Clement began his pastoral ministry in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) and was later appointed as seminary formator and superior while also serving on the Provincial Council. He pursued doctoral studies in the Alphonsian Academy, Rome and obtained a doctorate in moral Theology in 2004. He returned to India and became a Moral Theology professor in the seminary in which he studied. After a year he was elected Provincial of the Congregation and also served as a member on the board of Trustees of the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.
The move to restructure for the sake of mission in the Redemptorist Congregation opened up opportunities for the American and Indian units of the Redemptorist Order to work together which in turn encouraged Fr. Clement to take up parish ministry on the Caribbean Island of Dominica.
The collaborative ministry of the Redemptorists reached a new phase with Fr. Clement opting to be pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford. Fr. Clement was appointed Pastor, following the announcement of Fr. George Blasick's transfer to a new assignment, Summer, 2015.
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^Associate Pastor: Father Paul Kuzhimannil Mathew, C.ss.R.
Father Paul is originally from Thiruvampady, India. His academic qualifications include: 2001-2004, St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, India. 2001-2004, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Bachelor of Theology 2005-2008, MT. St. Alphonsus College, Bangalore, India.
Father Paul joined with Our Lady of Lourdes beginning in 2013.
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^Deacon: James Mueller
Deacon Mueller has served his parish of Our Lady of Lourdes as a lector and cantor for many years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Meinrad College of Indiana and a Masters of Arts in teaching Special Education from Goucher College in Baltimore.
He is currently at Special Education and Reading Remediation teacher at Seaford Middle School. James and his wife Rosie have four children.
^Deacon: Axel Blanco
Deacon Axel was born in Villalba, Puerto Rico on May 28, 1961, and is the youngest of thirteen siblings. He and his wife, Vilma Repollet, met in college, and both graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science of Chemical Engineering. They were married on December 22, 1984 and have three children (Vilma, Axel, and Mayra), three grandsons (Gabriel, Adriel, and Giancarlo), and a granddaughter on the way.
In 2005 he left his home in Puerto Rico and moved to Fort Worth, Texas. Then he moved to Dothan, Alabama where he received his calling to the Diaconate. In the year 2009 he began his formation, and was ordained on June 8, 2012 by The Most Reverend Archbishop Thomas Rodi in the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama. He was assigned to serve at St. Columba Catholic Church in Dothan, Alabama with Father Patrick Gallagher providing his service mostly to the Hispanic Community.
As a ministry of charity, he was assigned to serve the Hispanic Ministry in Dothan Deanery. Beyond his normal duties as deacon, he became Spiritual Director of Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Ministry in Dothan.
He has now moved to work in Selbyville, DE and was assigned by The Most Reverend Bishop W. Francis Malooly to St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, DE with Father John P. Klevence, where he served for 14 months. His love for the Eucharist and for the Virgin Mary empowers him to serve while working for the Kingdom of God on earth.
^Director of Religious Education: Debra Depta
Originally from North Carolina, Debbie, her husband Frank and their three daughters; Amanda, Martha, and Kim, along with their poodle Ted have now been locals for over 25 years. She became Director in 1994.
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^Director of Music: Maribel Santos
^Parish Office Manager: Lynn Amaty
Lynn moved to the Eastern Shore and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in 1989. She became office manager in July 2007.
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Mrs. Amelia Zamberlan,
Dr. Edith Villasenor,
President of Finance Council
Parish Council, Executive Officer
Dr. Anthony Policastro & Mrs. Maria Heyssel,