“It’s worth it to pray together. You really do grow in love,” said Monica Prudente, parishioner of Assumption BVM, Slatington, who with her husband, Paul, observed 50 years of marriage this year and want others to know “it can be done.”
A bishop's discernment is a "community action" that cannot disregard "the richness of the opinion of his priests, deacons, the people of God and those who can offer a useful contribution," the pope said Sept. 14 at the end of the annual Vatican training for new bishops.
As Bishop Alfred Schlert and the Diocese look toward the future, the rich, faith-filled history of the Diocese will no doubt shine a light as a beacon of hope for the future.
After witnessing Bishop Alfred Schlert elevated to the Bishop of Allentown during his Rite of Ordination and Installation, friends, family and faithful expect the Diocesan son to steer the five-county Diocese with a gentle spirit.
Allentown’s fifth ordinary, Bishop Alfred Schlert, has deep roots in his home Diocese, born July 24, 1961, six months after the five northernmost counties of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were carved out to form the new Diocese of Allentown.
"In less than three weeks, I will celebrate the 30th anniversary of being ordained a priest in this very cathedral. I cannot but marvel at God's mysterious ways that led me back today to the same spot to be ordained a Bishop to serve a Diocese I love so much. I feel humbled yet honored to serve the same people who nurtured my vocation," said Bishop Schlert.
Mike Guman, vice president of Oppenheimer Funds and former NFL player for the Los Angeles Rams 1980-88, was the featured speaker at a presentation that wrapped up the summer series of Theology on Tap.
The Combined Choirs of the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown performed a Marian Concert Aug. 13 in tribute of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.