Msgr. Wassel, now a resident at Holy Family Manor (HFM), Bethlehem and pastor emeritus of Assumption, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph, Mahanoy City, learned how to create crosses from matchsticks and began making 6-inch-tall crosses as gifts.
Diocesan faithful have taken Msgr. Edward O’Connor, pastor of St. Patrick, Pottsville, to more places than he could ever imagine this summer, and he is still traveling. It may not be Msgr. O’Connor in the flesh but an image of him on a stick has been spotted as close as the Poconos and as far away as Spain.
A seminar on the natural approach to infertility highlighted National Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week in the diocese during a July 26 presentation at DeSales University, Center Valley. Dr. Anne Nolte presented “Natural Reproductive Technology: A Restorative Approach to Infertility” in the Gambet Center auditorium. Dr. Nolte is a board-certified family physician with a private practice in New York City.
Summer vacation for 51 young men and 37 young women of the Diocese of Allentown included attending “Quo Vadis” (for young men) and “Fiat” (for young women) vocation camps sponsored by the diocesan Office of Vocations in conjunction with the St. Andrew Committee.
Faithful entering St. Anne, Bethlehem will better appreciate the parish’s patroness, her husband and their daughter with the addition of two murals created by local realist painter Dana Van Horn.
“We have all walked the journey of disappointment. But we soon came to realize a greater purpose – even though the outcome isn’t what we expected.”
Deacon Carlin, a former anesthesiologist at St. Luke Hospital, Bethlehem and assigned to Sacred Heart, Bath, presented “Faith on the Job: Maintaining Values in the Workplace” as part of Theology on Tap.
Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, Alabama ordained the parish son of the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown to the priesthood at the June 3 liturgy. Father Linus is a member of St. Bernard’s Abbey.
Father Kraft, a native of the Diocese of Allentown now serving Nairobi, Kenya, shared more than a dozen “modern” married saints he discovered during his years of research with an estimated 100 faithful at St. Francis Center for Renewal, Monocacy Manor, Bethlehem.
A handful of diocesan faithful journeyed to Geinsheim, Germany May 10-17 to join in celebrating a priest who left his native land to minister to German faithful in a region that is now a territory of the Diocese of Allentown.