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  • Diocese announces new directors for pro-life activities and Family Life Bureau

  • Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly has appointed the Rev. Leonard R. Klein as director of pro-life activities and Michael J. Stankewicz as director of the diocesan Family Life Bureau.


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  • Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly has appointed the Rev. Leonard R. Klein as director of pro-life activities and Michael J. Stankewicz as director of the diocesan Family Life Bureau.
    Both appointments are effective on March 22 and fill positions being vacated with the retirement of Thomas Jewett, diocese officials said Thursday, March 11.
    “Life and family issues are of utmost importance to our church and we expect that Michael and Father will continue the excellent work that Tom Jewett has been doing for many, many years,” Malooly said.
    Klein was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He has a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from Yale College, a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School and a master of sacred theology from Christ Seminary-Seminex. Ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1972, Rev. Klein served as a pastoral intern, associate pastor, pastor and senior pastor for Lutheran congregations in New York and Pennsylvania.
    Klein converted to Roman Catholicism in 2003 because he had concerns about the capitulation of mainline Protestant churches to contemporary, views toward human sexuality and human life. Later that year, he was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Wilmington and began his studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Since his ordination in 2006, Klein has been working in parish ministry at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wilmington and as chaplain at Christiana Care and chaplain to the St. Thomas More Society. He resides in Wilmington with his wife and daughter.
    In his new position Klein will act as the bishop’s primary staff person for pro-life education and advocacy and organize and direct efforts in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death.
    Stankewicz has a master’s in theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y. and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Cathedral College Seminary in Douglaston, N.Y.
    Stankewicz has been senior vice president in affinity management for Bank of America, most recently as a relationship manager in affinity management in the bank’s credit card division. Prior to this, he was employed by MBNA from 1995 until its acquisition by Bank of America. At MBNA, he held different management roles in the loyalty marketing and project management sectors.
    Before coming to Wilmington in 1995, Stankewicz worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, where he held positions in human resources and marketing.
    Currently, Stankewicz is in the newest class studying for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Wilmington. He is a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish and resides in Hockessin with his wife and two children.
    As director of the Family Life Bureau, Stankewicz will head diocesan services to engaged and married couples, those who are separated, divorced or widowed plus provide educational programs in human sexuality and natural family planning.
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