Staff Member: Deacon Dave McDowell
Deacon Dave McDowell
Phone: 302 227 4550
Deacon Dave McDowell was born in Levittown, Pa to a family of six boys and one girl. He married his wife Colleen and have five sons who all attended and graduated from the Cape Henlopen School District in Lewes, Delaware. He attended 12 years of Catholic School and attended Gwynned Mercy College where he graduated with a degree in Business Education.
While teaching for ten years in the Archdiocesan School system Deacon Dave received his Masters in Counseling. The McDowell family moved to Delaware in 1991 so he could take a job in the public school system. Deacon Dave has been in the public education for 28 years, serving as a Counselor, Administrator and currently a Homeless Liaison/Truancy Officer.
Deacon Dave was a member of St. Michael/Mary Mother of Peace parish for 25 years. In 2001 he was accepted into the Wilmington Diocesan Deacon Formation Program. He was ordained in September of 2004 and served at Mary Mother of Peace until 2016. He was transferred to St. Mary Star of the Sea/Holy Savior Parish from 2016 to 2019.
As part of his diaconate ministry, he has organized and led Lenten and Advent Parish retreats. Other projects he has undertaken include: Adult and Adolescent education, Walking with the Lord Prayer Study, Confirmation and First Communion retreats, Family Movie Nights, Parish Socials, etc.