Parish Administration and Staff

His Excellency, Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D. Bishop of Wilmington

Bishop W. Francis Malooly was installed as the ninth bishop of the diocese on September 8, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, Delaware. A Maryland native, he served as Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar General and Western Vicar (for Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll and Howard counties) He was born on January 18, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1970 and was ordained a Bishop on March 1, 2001.His ecclesial motto: Rejoice in the Lord.

Reverend James Yeakel, OFSF                                               Pastor

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Father Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was first professed as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales in 1968. He attended De Sales University in Center Valley, PA earning a BA in History in 1974. Father Yeakel completed his major seminary formation at De Sales School of Theology, Washington, DC, with a MA in Theology in 1978. After completing an MSW degree at Catholic University of America in 1980, he earned a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University 1997.  He is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Maryland and New York. He is also a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

In May of 1979, Father Yeakel was ordained a priest at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA. As an Oblate priest Fr. Yeakel served in a variety of ministry settings. He served his Oblate community in various internal ministry positions over the years. He taught at the high school in Philadelphia and at graduate schools in the Washington, DC area. He is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, served several terms as a certification commission member and one term as the commission’s chair. He was Pastoral Care Director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA and again at St. Vincent Hospital in Harrison, NY.  As a licensed therapist, he served on the staff of St. Luke Institute, Silver Spring, MD and St. Vincent Hospital, Harrison, NY. His previous parish work includes both part time and full time associate experience.


Reverend Paul Colloton, OSFS
Associate Pastor

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Fr. Paul is a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Wilmington-Philadelphia Province. For twenty-five years before joining the Oblates he was a Dominican Friar of the Chicago Province. Before becoming a priest Fr. Paul served in West Allis, WI as Director of Music and Liturgy for eight years and  taught religion and music for one year on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He holds a BA in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, an MDiv in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO and a Doctor of Ministry in Word and Worship from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, where he also taught as an adjunct instructor. His degrees are in theology but he also has nearly 65 credits in music. After serving as Associate Pastor of St. Dominic Parish, Denver, CO and Co-director of Pastoral Life for Dominican Chapel/Marywood in Grand Rapids, MI, he served as the Director of Continuing Education for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) for thirteen years before coming to ICC/SJ in August, 2014. He has over 40 years experience as preacher, presider, liturgist, musician, educator, spiritual director, workshop presenter, retreat director, and author.


Ms. Dana Steele, Director of Music Ministry

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A native of Washington, WV, Dana is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of Music. She also holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed many solo recitals in the eastern US, as well as performances with orchestra.

Dana has been active in church music ministry for over ten years, serving parishes in West Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut, and Maryland. She is very excited to be joining the staff at Immaculate Conception and St. Jude, and to have the opportunity to assist the parish in the praise of God through music.


Mr. Michael Truman
Permanent Deacon

Deacon Mike was ordained on May 9, 2009. Roberta (Bobbie) and Mike met at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were married in the school’s chapel on July 6, 1974. After a 30-year career, Mike retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in August 2008. This career took them to Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Maryland, New Jersey and back to Maryland. Their adult daughter lives and works in New Jersey. Mike has a B.S. (Psychology) and M.S. (Corrections) from Xavier University and an additional M.S. (Criminology) from Florida State University. Mike’s ministry is to the sick and homebound.


IMG_1416 - Version 2Mrs. Jeanne Dinkle, School Principal

Mrs. Dinkle was born in Lancaster and was raised in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. She is the second of four children and the proud product of an elementary and high school Catholic education. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Her Master’s degree is in School Leadership and Instruction from Wilmington University. Her twenty-nine years of experience in education include sixteen years in the Caesar Rodney School District in Delaware, three years in Caroline County Public Schools in Maryland, and most recently, ten years at Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School in Easton, Maryland. Mrs. Dinkle is looking forward to a new phase in her career as principal of Immaculate Conception School. She is confident that her relationship with the staff, students, and families of this school will be nurtured and will grow strong through the grace of God.


Sr. Grace Andrew Jeffery, OSF
Director of Religious Education

Sr. Grace Andrew is a member of the community of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. With her siblings, Sister was born and nurtured by her parents in Philadelphia, PA. With the exception of 1 year, her ministry has been served in the Diocese of Wilmington. Having received her BA from Our Lady of Angels College (now Neumann) in Aston, PA and her Master in Religious Education from Catholic University, Sister brings to the ministry 10 years of experience as a teacher in Catholic Elementary schools as well as 30 years serving as Director of Religious Education in various parishes within the Diocese. Sister Grace has just completed 16 years of ministry at Immaculate Conception Parish.


Coordinator of Youth Ministry



Mrs. Patricia Kosman
Director of RCIA

Pat has been a member of the parish since 1993 after moving to Bear, Delaware from Cleveland Ohio. Pat has her B.A. in Theology form Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. Pat has been active in a number of ministries over the past 30 years including marriage and baptism preparation and for seven years she was campus minister at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She has two daughters, Christine and Mary. Pat considers it a privilege to be able to walk with people on their journey as they draw closer to God and become members of the Catholic Church.


Parish Support Staff

Plant Manager: Mr. Joseph Bench
Business Manager: Mrs. Peg O’Donnell
Parish Secretary: Mrs. Kathleen Davis
Religious Education Secretary: Mrs. Vickie Eichler
Immaculate Conception School Secretary: Ms. Jeremy Wilson
Evening Receptionist: Mr. Patrick McCormac
Outreach Coordinator: Mrs. Dottie Fritz