New Catholic bishop to visit four Delaware parishes at Christmas

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Bishop William E. Koenig

Bishop William E. Koenig of The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington will tour the state for his first Christmas as Bishop.

This will be the new Bishop’s first Christmas as shepherd of the more than 240,000 Catholics who live in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

On Christmas Eve, Koenig will preside at the 4 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross, located at 631 South State Street in Dover. 

The Bishop will then preside over an 8 p.m. Christmas Eve liturgy at Mary Mother of Peace Church near Oak Orchard, located at 30839 Mt. Joy Road in Millsboro.

On Christmas Day, Koenig will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord at the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church, located at 152 Tulip Drive in Lewes.

He will then join parishioners for the 11 a.m. Mass at St. John the Apostle Church, located at 506 Seabury Avenue in Milford. 

Additionally, Bishop W. Francis Malooly, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wilmington, will preside at the 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 7 Sharpley Road in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Most Reverend William E. Koenig was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York on May 14, 1983. 

On April 30, 2021, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had appointed him the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, succeeding Bishop Malooly. 

Bishop Koenig was ordained a bishop and installed as the 10th Bishop of Wilmington on July 13, 2021.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 27 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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