Now that the local phase of the Synod of Bishops is complete, the Diocese has submitted its report to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The report summarizes the feedback Catholics provided on such topics as the Mission of the Church; Catholic Faith and Parish Communities; Education, Formation, and Evangelization; Youth and Young Adults; Vocations and the Priesthood; Laity and the Church; and Culture and Communications.
It was five years ago today, Aug. 31, 2017, that Bishop Alfred Schlert was installed as Fifth Bishop of Allentown.Taking his seat for the first time on the marble Bishop’s chair at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, before a packed crowd of bishops, priests, religious men and women, and the faithful, he became the first priest from the Diocese to be named its shepherd.
It’s back to the classroom for students at 36 Catholic schools across the five counties of the Diocese, where the new academic year holds the hope of a continued return to normal after the pandemic. “We are excited to see our students’ joyful faces and renewed energy fill our classrooms and hallways once again,” said Dr. Philip J. Fromuth, Superintendent of Catholic Education, in his traditional opening letter to parents.
The people of the Diocese of Allentown can walk in the footsteps of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Pope John Paul II, and Mother Teresa by attending the diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine in Washington D.C. on Oct. 6
This year’s March comes at a crucial time: The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and now each state must decide abortion policy. Abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania and is supported by a very strong group of legislators and advocates, and by many citizens of the state.
A new documentary on the history of the Diocese of Allentown and its current shepherd, Bishop Alfred Schlert, has arrived just in time to help celebrate the Diocese’s 60th anniversary year.