Two priesthoods that span 75 years of ministry in the diocese

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Father Williams Jennings, left, ordained in 1940, is the oldest priest of the Diocese of Wilmington. Father Chris Coffiey, was ordained in 2013. for the diocese. (Courtesy Diocesan Vocations Guild)

The oldest priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, Father William Jennings, left, who will celebrate his 101st birthday in June and was ordained to the priesthood in 1940, meets the youngest priest of the diocese, Fr. Chris Coffiey, age 26, ordained in 2013, at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark.  Father Coffiey, associate pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessin, was at the Jeanne Jugan Residence on March 22, where Father Jennings lives, to conduct a Lenten Day of Reflection for the Diocesan Vocations Guild.