“Ultimately the deacon is called to be a man of service, both to God and to his people, and I am very excited to share in this great privilege and responsibility.”
The Bishop’s Scholar Awards Ceremony presented $140,000 in scholarships to 131 students based on their academic achievement; their school, parish and community activities; their leadership roles; and recommendations from their principal and their pastor.
“As we reflect on this responsibility, it brings to mind how truly blessed we are, and reinforces more than ever the need for us all to respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, give drink to those who thirst, welcome those who are strangers, clothe the naked, and visit those who are ill, or in prison, as we’re not here for ourselves,” said Frank Fox.
“My hope is that the new media center will provide our students with the opportunity to work collaboratively, problem-solve, and engage in a hands-on learning experience while working through the creative process to produce a broadcast that benefits our school community,” ,” said Principal Diana Kile.
Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert led the faithful praying to the Lord to send more laborers to the priesthood and religious life during a Mass highlighting World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
“Prayer is crucial. Prayer is our treasure chest of hope, and we need more of the Holy Spirit, we need more hope..,” said Deacon Anthony Campanell, presenting “The Forgotten Person of the Trinity” at Faith and Spirits
“His outreach to those on the margins, going to the peripheries – where are they rooted?” asked Dr. Peter Casarella of the Buenos Aires, Argentina native of Italian descent who is also the first Jesuit Pope at the McGlinn Conference Center, adjacent to Alvernia University, Reading.
“We all have crosses to carry and we all have imperfections – don’t deny them – embrace them. Don’t let weaknesses or sinfulness define you. Salesian spirituality is about practicing the virtue that opposes it,” said Father Timothy McIntire, during Theology on Tap at Hops at the Paddock, Allentown.
“If you are not praying with your spouse – make that change. You are missing powers and grace only God can give you. And don’t make it complicated,” said Joy Pinto, host of EWTN’s “At Home with Jim and Joy” and executive director of Her Choice Birmingham Women’s Center, Alabama.