Bishop Schlert to Ordain Transitional Deacon May 18

Bishop Alfred Schlert will administer the Sacrament of Ordination by ordaining Juan Eduardo Rodriguez a transitional deacon during the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal Kicks Off in Schuylkill County

“Because we are Catholic, it is our calling to reach out to those who need it most. No contribution is too small – every dollar makes a difference,” said John Boyer, a BAA trust advisor.

Catholic Pro-Life Commitment Extends Far Beyond the Womb

The Catholic Church is committed to the pro-life cause of preventing the loss of life through abortion. Many who are pro-abortion criticize the Church another pro-lifers as caring only for the unborn child and not for the woman or the child once he or she is born. But the Church’s commitment extends far beyond the womb, to help babies and children in their young lives. And in the Diocese of Allentown, there are an array of organizations to do just that.

Pro-Life Advocates Gather at Town Hall to Continue Fight for Life

“Here in the early 21st century, the fight for life is on the line,” Michael Ciccocioppo told the 67 pro-life advocates gathered for a Pro-Life Town Hall Tour, one in a series being held across Pennsylvania, at SS. Simon and Jude, Bethlehem.

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.

NFL Pro Talks Addiction and Recovery at DeSales University

Former National Football League player Cris Carter and Joe Ashdale, a talented athlete and alumnus of Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, were on hand at the University Center to share their love of sports and their descent into drugs and alcohol.

Parish Mission at St. Ursula Highlights Eucharistic Miracles

St. Ursula, Fountain Hill offered a parish mission for its 100th anniversary in honor of Jesus Christ that highlighted Eucharistic miracles as the mission launched Palm Sunday evening, April 14.

Compensation Fund for Victims of Abuse Begins Operation

A fund designed to compensate victims for the harm done by some members of the clergy during a dark chapter in the Diocese of Allentown’s history has begun operation.  The program will be independent of Diocese and will not be funded by donations.

Chrism Mass and Holy Week

Read Bishop Schlert's homily from the Chrism Mass and browse pictures of Holy Week throughout the diocese.

Advocacy Focus of Ministry with Persons with Disabilities Conference

“It’s impossible to advocate for someone or a cause without educating yourself,” said Jessica McKenty, advocacy director at The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton counties, keynote speaker of the Diocesan Ministry with Persons with Disabilities half-day conference for parish advocates at St. Mary, Kutztown.