The Synod will begin with an opening Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, celebrated by Bishop Alfred Schlert. The Mass will be livestreamed. Ambassadors will meet right after the Mass to hear more about how the listening process will take place, and about their role in it.
In Private Pilgrimage to the National Shrine, Bishop Remembers the Intentions of All Catholics in the Diocese
Bishop Alfred Schlert visited the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. and remembered the intentions of Catholics throughout the Diocese as he spent time in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and as he celebrated Mass privately on one of the Shrine’s side altars.
Employees of the Diocese of Allentown reaffirmed their commitment to the ministry and mission of the Catholic Church at a recent “Commissioning Mass” celebrated by Bishop Alfred Schlert.
Ana Hidalgo, who has more than 30 years of experience in Hispanic ministry in Central America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the United States, is the new Bishop’s Delegate to the Hispanic Community, a position Bishop Schlert created to lead efforts to make Hispanic Catholics feel welcome in the Diocese of Allentown.
Pope Francis has announced a Synod of Bishops and called on each Bishop around the world to listen to members of their flock – including those who are marginalized or who have fallen away from the Church — and get their feedback on issues important to the Catholic Church today.