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Friday, October 9, 2009

Mourning a 'priest's priest'

People in the Diocese of Wilmington are recalling fondly Bishop Emeritus Michael Salterelli, who succumbed to cancer Thursday at the age of 77.

The Jersey City boy who loved being a parish priest is being remembered for expanding outreach to Hispanic Catholics in his diocese and for his strong pro-life stance — speaking out against embryonic stem-cell research and abortion.

But he was most proud, according to a Delaware paper, of the fact he ordained 23 men to the priesthood during his time as bishop. He also ordained 47 men as permanent deacons.

"Their courage amazes me, inspires me and humbles me," he once said. "Our seminarians are the heroes of the day."

Click HERE to read more about Bishop Salterelli and his legacy.

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