Dozens of police officers, firefighters, EMTs and military personnel gathered in Wilmington’s St. Elizabeth’s Church Friday morning for the Blue Mass.
Started in 2008, the Blue Mass honors local, county, state and federal law enforcement, as well as fire, emergency medical and military personnel who live and work in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, which includes Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
“We’re especially joyful to be with the emergency and rescue personnel who serve our cities and towns in our state so wonderfully during the year,” said Bishop William Koenig. “We join in prayer and gratitude to God for the ways that he has blessed us through your service, asking God to continue looking over in intervention for your own safety and your own goodness.”
The Mass lasted about an hour.
Many of the prayers related to God providing protection, safety and love to service members and their families.
A reception followed the Mass in Grant Hall, beneath the church.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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