“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.
Two junior students at Allentown Central Catholic High School have danced their way to the 2017 World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin, Ireland. Megan Dano and Shannon O’Neill, parishioners of Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown and dancers at O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance, Allentown, placed in the top 15 at the regional competition, earning spots at the international competition April 9-16.
Benedictine Sister Christopher (OSB), the former Jen McLarin, took a major step in walking the path of her religious vocation Dec. 8, 2016, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as she celebrated her Entrance into the Novitiate and Reception of the Habit at the Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, Connecticut.
With Bishop John Barres installed as the bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, the Diocese of Allentown is in a time of “sede vacante,” as the seat of the diocese is vacant until a new bishop is appointed and installed.
It’s often said there is no such thing as coincidence – rather, it is the hand of God at work. That certainly seems to be the case with two sons of the Diocese of Allentown who met for the first time due to their military deployment, and followed their faith to become extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.
“We establish a bridge between this world and the next. That’s what we do,” said Father Paul Scalia, priest for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia and the son of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, during a Day of Sanctification for Priests. Father Scalia was the main presenter for an estimated 100 priests for the Diocese of Allentown, who gathered to reflect on the privilege of serving Christ and renewed their commitment to grow in the likeness of Christ, March 8 at DeSales University, Center Valley
“The diocese can be very proud of what has been accomplished – not only in the diocese but worldwide. Through the program millions of dollars have been provided to people in need of the basic necessities of life,” said Msgr. John Murphy, director of Operation Rice Bowl in the Allentown Diocese and director of the diocesan Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States.
The Notre Dame of Bethlehem parish community is commemorating the centennial anniversary of Our Blessed Mother’s appearance at Fatima in a very prayerful way by promoting a “100,000 Rosary Challenge” that began Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary, and the Mother of God. Organizers are seeking 100,000 rosaries to be prayed during 2017.