More and more Americans describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” and seek to find God in sunsets and walks along the beach. While God is present in the nature he created, Dr. Carmina Chapp told faithful during “Truth: What the Catholic Church Really Teaches” that being devoid of religion, ritual and doctrine may prolong their entrance into heaven.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Allentown are full of dedicated teachers and staff who are a key part of the mission to provide challenging academics and build moral character in an environment of compassion and faith.
“Inspire change makers to find a project that taps into their passions and let them run with their idea,.” said Tom East of the Center for Ministry Development, Gig Harbor, Washington, presenter of the workshop.
The 31st annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be the weekend of Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Allentown.
Students in Catholic schools benefit from challenging academics and a faith-based environment. They also are instilled with a strong focus on community service and leadership. Nadiya Sieger is one example.
Dr. Philip Fromuth, superintendent for Catholic education in the Diocese of Allentown, received the Ellen Frei Gruber Award from Alvernia University, Reading.
Bishop Alfred Schlert expressed strong support for new accountability standards for all Bishops following the recent bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. He remains personally committed to preventing abuse, to keeping children safe, and to dealing swiftly and effectively with allegations of misconduct. On prayerful reflection, he has put that commitment into writing as a Pledge to Victims and Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse.
Sister Martha was presented with a plaque recognizing her work in prison ministry at Northampton County Jail, Easton. The plaque states it is presented “In honor and recognition of your many years of dedicated service to the residents incarcerated at Northampton County Jail. Your service has not gone unnoticed and is appreciated.”
The experience of same-sex attractions and gender dysphoria, as understood in light of the teachings of the Catholic Church, was the subject of a program offered by the Diocese of Allentown Office of Adult Formation.