Father Philip Rodgers, pastor of St. Benedict, Mohnton, was among honorees who received the Franciscan Award – the university’s top honor – Oct. 13 at the annual President’s Dinner of Alvernia University, Reading. Father Rodgers received the award along with Elsayed Elmarzouky and Rabbi Brian Michelson.
Parishes in the diocese are following the examples of active and successful Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC) as more and more parishes are activating councils to help the parishes prosper. Training to assist parishes in initiating PPCs – a body of parishioners who prayerfully discern the needs of the parish and then advise their pastors accordingly– was offered Sept. 17 at St. Mary, Hamburg, where pastors with PPCs already in motion and diocesan officials outlined the roles and benefits.
“We are living in a time of great and extraordinary grace. In times of great evil, God gives greater grace. God won’t be outdone by evil and that is why this story is a script only God could write,” said Father Michael Gaitley Nov. 5 during Spirit 2016 “Encounter Mercy and Truth” at DeSales University, Center Valley.
Catholic readers may enjoy settling down with one of these books in front of the fire and enjoying a good read this fall: “A Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion” co-authored by Celeste Behe; “Building Bridges, Not Walls” by John Francis Burke; “It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies” by Mary Eberstadt; and “With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit,” by Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek.
“All of our friendships are built on our relationship with Jesus Christ. If we go deeper with Jesus Christ – it makes all the difference in the world.”
Nearly 3,000 faithful and 40 priests from the Diocese of Allentown sought out plenary indulgences and meditated on being instruments of mercy Oct. 20 during the Allentown Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.