A celebration of faith and learning was the focus of the Bishop’s Catholic Scholar Society Awards Ceremony, which honored some of the diocese’s brightest school stars April 29 at Berks Catholic High School, Reading. For the fifth year the event – which drew more than 480 people – included the Bishop’s Distinguished Catholic Alumni Award.
This spring a seminarian will be ordained a transitional deacon on his vocational journey to the priesthood in the Diocese of Allentown. Bishop Emeritus of Allentown Edward Cullen will ordain John Hutta II at the Diaconate Ordination during a ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.
“The essence of Fatima is holiness. These children were given special graces, but more importantly they are examples to us,” said David Carollo, executive director of the World Apostolate of Fatima USA during the adult speaker series “Faith and Spirits.” Carollo presented “The Secrets of Fatima” at Allentown Brew Works with more than 60 adults in light of the approaching canonization of visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto on Saturday, May 13 in Portugal.
It was a great day for the pastor and people of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Allentown, as Msgr. Victor Finelli, pastor, blessed the brand-new parish hall.
The school won the Association of Fundraising Professionals Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter National Philanthropy Day Special Project of the Year Award Nov. 9, 2016 at an awards breakfast at DeSales University, Center Valley celebrating National Philanthropy Day after a community online voting effort.
The welfare and safety of children is paramount in the Diocese of Allentown, and is highlighted during April, which has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Ten diocesan faithful will lead the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) “Growing Our Parish Family” with the goal of raising $5 million for children, families, men and women throughout Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties
A total of 17 young adult married couples from 11 parishes across the diocese attended “Behold: Our Souls Proclaim the Greatness,” a day of reflection for married couples up to age 35. Co-sponsored by the Office of Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministry and the Office of Marriage and Natural Family Planning, the retreat was March 25 at St. Francis Retreat House, Easton.
“STEM, or STREAM as we like to refer to it, is the focus of study based on science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics,” said Kathleen Bondi, assistant superintendent of government programs and instructional technology in the diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Education.
“Quo Vadis” is a Latin phrase meaning “Where are you going?” In the Diocese of Allentown, the Quo Vadis vocation event held each summer for the past four years helps discerning young men do just that.