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St. Teresa’s marks 150 years with cel­e­bra­tion

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

PORT DE­POSIT — While its lo­ca­tion in town and the faces in the pews may have changed over the last 150 years, the ba­sic mis­sion of St. Teresa of Avila Church has not, ac­cord­ing to The Most Rev. W. Fran­cis Malooly, bishop of the Catholic Dio­cese of Wilm­ing­ton.

“Hos­pi­tal­ity then and now is crit­i­cal,” Malooly said Sun­day in a ser­vice to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of the church.

Orig­i­nally served by the Baltimore dio­cese, Malooly spec­u­lated about the early days of the church, which was formed as the Civil War drew to a close. While Catholics wor­shiped in Port De­posit as early as 1854, many trav­eled to St. Patrick’s Chapel in Pi­lot Town or crossed the Susque­hanna River to wor­ship at St. Ig­natius Church in Hick­ory be­fore St. Teresa of Avila Church was formed.

Af­ter first open­ing in the home of the priest and then mov­ing to var­i­ous build­ings along Main Street, the church built its cur­rent home in 1866. Malooly told the full house Sun­day that it’s likely the priests would take the train from Baltimore to Havre de Grace, then cross the river by boat to get to Port De­posit.

Now a part of the Dio­cese of Wilm­ing­ton, St. Teresa is in­cluded in the Good Shep­herd Par­ish along with St. Agnes Church in Ris­ing Sun, Good Shep­herd Church in Per­ryville and St. Patrick’s.

Malooly en­cour­aged his flock to con­tinue in the tra­di­tion set by the founders of St. Teresa of Avila so many years ago.

“We have to share our faith,” he said. “We need to talk about why our faith is so im­por­tant.”

“Hos­pi­tal­ity, per­sis­tence and a bal­ance,” Malooly said, are vi­tal.

Af­ter cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­nion, the con­gre­ga­tion filed out of the church on North Main Street and pa­raded to The Car­riage House for a cel­e­bra­tory lun­cheon. David Bailiff, a bag­piper, led the way along with mem­bers of the Knights of Colum­bus from the St. Fran­cis Xavier and Charles Car­roll As­sem­blies.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Fa­ther Jay McKee, pas­tor of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Port De­posit, and The Most Rev. W. Fran­cis Malooly, bishop of the Catholic Dio­cese of Wilm­ing­ton, take turns read­ing as part of the rite of com­mu­nion dur­ing the 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the church Sun­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The adult choir from Good Shep­herd Church in Per­ryville lends its voices to the 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion Sun­day morn­ing at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Port De­posit.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The Most Rev. W. Fran­cis Malooly, bishop of the Catholic Dio­cese of Wilm­ing­ton, en­cour­ages the con­gre­ga­tion of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Port De­posit to con­tinue its mis­sion of hos­pi­tal­ity.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Led by bag­piper David Bailiff, mem­bers and guests of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Port De­posit pro­ceed from the church to The Car­riage House to con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tion of its 150th an­niver­sary.

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