“Suffering is a means to unite ourselves to Christ on the cross. We have all suffered. It is so important to remember that we can’t compare our sufferings to other people’s sufferings,” said Father Allen Hoffa, pastor of St. Joseph, Summit Hill, March 24, to an estimated 110 women during “Preparing Our Souls for Our Savior.”
“Freedom from the disease is possible. There are a lot of people lost and living the secret of addiction. There is a lot to be hopeful for. Recovery is an awesome thing – but you can’t fight it alone,” said Sarah Martinez, family counselor at Caron Treatment Center, Wernersville.
With the theme of “Called to Serve,” the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) has announced the chairs in the five counties of the Diocese of Allentown who will pilot the appeal to soar to its goal of raising $5 million to help those in need.
“God loves us more than we could ever know. That means that we have to respond to that love,” said Father Stephan Isaac, spiritual director of “My Soul Thirsts,” the young adult retreat.
“When your vision is attuned Eucharistically, you begin to see everything miraculously,” said keynoter Dr. John Cavadini, professor of theology and director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, who presented “Miracles and the Mysteries of the Church.”
“It amazes me how much my Christian faith has formed the foundation for my entire life,” said James Doolin, retired special agent FBI and parishioner of St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield, while presenting “Finding God in a Broken World” as part of the Theology on Tap series March 19 at Hops at the Paddock, Allentown.
To enhance and prioritize the mission of the office, Bishop Schlert has named Father Mark Searles as the Director of Vocations Promotion and Father Christopher Butera as the Director of Seminarian Formation.