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: Rev. Steven Giuliano
Fr. Giuliano was born outside Philadelphia and raised in Broomall, PA. After graduating high school, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 17, 1980, where he served in various parishes for 11 years.
In 1991, he moved to N. Pine Street here in Seaford as part of a missionary society from Guatemala. He served the Diocese of Wilmington as Director of Rural and Migrant Ministry until 1996, when he formally joined the diocese and was transferred back to parish work. After serving in several parishes, he was named pastor of St. Joseph in Middletown, Delaware in 2002 and transferred to St. Peter the Apostle in New Castle, Delaware as pastor in 2012.
From 2016 until 2018, Fr. Giuliano served in Rome, Italy with the Focolare Movement, an international movement in the Church that strives to build unity with Jesus in the midst (“Where two or three gather in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20”). After 2 years serving priests from all over the world live the Spirituality of Communion, he returned to the diocese and spent several months assisting at St. Luke/St. Andrew Parish in Ocean City, MD. Following the unexpected death of the pastor of St. Christopher Parish on Kent Island, MD, Bishop Malooly asked Fr. Giuliano to move there as administrator to help the people in their grief and prepare for a new pastor.
On June 26, 2019, Fr. Giuliano was assigned as the first diocesan pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in 49 years, after the Redemptorist Fathers withdrew from service here. Having returned to the area after a 23-year absence, he is excited to serve the parish in this exciting time. Transitioning from 2 priests to 1, the construction of a new Pastoral Center, and an expanding membership all point to a period of transition and growth that bode for a bright future!
^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.
^Deacon Nick Donofrio
Deacon Nick and Marie Donofrio joined Our Lady of Lourdes parish community in August of 2018 having moved from New Jersey. Nick was ordained a permanent deacon in 2005. He received a BA in Philosophy while in the seminary. After a brief service in the US Army he embarked on a career in Human Resources.
^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,
Our Lady of Lourdes
Roman Catholic Church
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