- Jun 1, 2020
As the nation and much of the world wait for a drop in the harm and disruption caused by the novel coronavirus, the sisters, staff and residents of Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark, Delaware, are dealing with the devastating impact of the disease while also helping some residents recover.
Father Hilary Rodgers, 75, a retired Diocese of Wilmington priest who lived at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark, Delaware, died April 1 as a result of COVID-19 and underlying illnesses, said the Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate the facility.
The Department of Health and Social Services late in the evening of March 26 announced the first long-term care facility coronavirus-related death in Delaware and the first outbreak of positive cases in such a facility in the state.
So many people are keeping a close watch on the impact of coronavirus in Italy and elsewhere, but few are paying closer attention than Father Stanislao Esposito. The pastor of St. John the Baptist-Holy Angels Parish in Newark, Delaware, was born in Naples and his mother, Teresa, 83, two sisters and a brother are among family members who currently live in his native country.
It’s been nine years since the trial that nearly killed John Vai.
He sat for depositions by church attorneys who called him a greedy liar and accused him of enticing the priest. He saw a secret he’d spent 40 years trying to forget splashed across the pages of his hometown newspaper. In a Delaware courtroom, over six weeks, he laid bare the details of his sexual abuse as a teen by Father Francis G. DeLuca, a religion teacher at St. Elizabeth’s in Wilmington.